Singer-actress Sulli to host TV talk show on online hate comment-reading

By Park Sae-jin Posted : May 24, 2019, 15:51 Updated : May 24, 2019, 15:51

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SEOUL -- Sulli, a South Korean singer-actress who has bee the frequent target of hate comments, joined a group of hosts for a new TV talk show which will invite celebrity guests to have them respond directly to cyber bullies.

JTBC2, a cable TV channel operated by South Korean broadcaster JTBC, said on Friday that the 25-year-old would host the talk show titled "Night of Hate Comments", which is scheduled to premiere on June 21. Sulli will appear in the show with three other hosts -- Shin Dong-yup, Kim Sook and Kim Jong-min.

According to JTBC2, guest celebrities will have to face their worst nightmare on "Night of Hate Comments" by confronting cyber bullies and reading out online hate comments.

Cyberbullying has been a problem in South Korea's entertainment scene for decades. Some entertainers have committed suicide due to depression aggravated by malicious online comments. Sulli became a target in 2016 when some radical online feminists accused the actress of shooting photographs which were reminiscent of a cute and sexy teenage girl.

Unlike other celebrities who hesitate to take strong action, Sulli fought back hard. She denied all accusations while uploading more provocative posts onto her Instagram. She still receives a fair amount of malicious comments but coordinated cyber attacks have dwindled.

K-pop band BTS, which has plagued by malicious comments, took legal action against cyber bullies last year. In December 2017, Jonghyun, a SHINee member, committed suicide and experts agreed cyberbullying played a role in his suicide.
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