IU's Label Kakao M to Take Legal Action Against Malicious Comments, Victoria Speaks on Hate Comment Culture
Jay Yim, Oct. 18, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
IU's label Kakao M is going to take legal action against malicious comments and rumors about IU.
Kakao M release a statement on October 18 saying, "Our company has determined there is a serious level of libel, sexual harassment, and personal attacks occurring through thoughtless malicious comments and the spreading of false rumors about our artist IU, and therefore we're taking legal action."
"We inform you that we have collected related materials through continued monitoring and the collection of evidence submitted by fans. On October 14, we filed a first criminal complaint to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office through a legal representative. In addition, we're preparing to file an additional criminal complaint."
The most recent comments attacking IU are related to her good friend, the late and great Sulli. Many netizens wondered why IU was not more public with her grief. However, just like Krystal, who was also criticized, it was reported that IU was seen at Sulli's memorial for the entire ceremony, including both days.
An insider said, "IU was at the memorial the entire time. As they were best friends, she was deep in sadness as she stood by the deceased."
— 아이유(IU) 공식 트위터 (@_IUofficial) October 18, 2019
Sulli's former bandmate also took to social media about malicious comments. In light of Sulli's death, the negative impact of hate comments that surface online, and even the online attacks against Krystal, Victoria decided to leave an impactful message on her social media about the hate comment culture. Here is what she wrote:
"Since when did we become so controlled by social media. In order to measure morality, in order to measure relations between people, in order to measure emotions, in order to measure everything that can be measured. It's a space where we can share everything with people on platforms, but it's become a space where we have to put on a show.
If we want to post something, we will, and if we don't want to, we don't. There's no empathy, and there's only personal prejudice. In this fake world, we can't find ourselves. People need to walk in reality. Please don't waste your time.
Please don't tell people so carelessly about how they should live their lives. There are boundaries to warnings and advice given with good intentions, so don't cross those boundaries. Just worry about your own lives. Live in the present. If you live with a good heart, that'll be enough."