South Korea’s MP apologised after she provoked fury amongst BTS followers by utilizing photos of tattooed singer Jungkook to advertise her marketing campaign to liberalise the nation’s restrictive legal guidelines on inking
South Korea’s youngest MP apologised Thursday after she provoked fury amongst BTS followers by utilizing photos of tattooed singer Jungkook to advertise her marketing campaign to liberalise the nation’s restrictive legal guidelines on inking.
Ok-pop followers are fiercely protecting of their idols and whereas Ryu Ho-jeong of the progressive minor Justice celebration did nothing to assert she had Jungkook’s help, she was accused of dragging him into politics.
The South has strict restrictions on tattooing, which whereas not unlawful is classed as a medical process and should solely be carried out by a professional physician — with violators going through potential imprisonment.
Even although tattoos have turn into extra widespread in recent times, many leisure figures nonetheless apply plasters to cover theirs earlier than making tv appearances.
Ryu — a self-confessed BTS fan — uploaded photos of Jungkook to her social media accounts, some displaying symbols and the phrase “ARMY”, a reference to BTS followers, tattooed on his proper hand, and others by which he coated them with a protracted white sleeve.
“Have you seen your favourite celebrities covered in bandages on their bodies?” she wrote. “This hideous sight is the result of television stations’ regulations on tattoos.”
Ryu is proposing a invoice to permit educated tattooists to be legally licensed.
But her social media accounts have been deluged with criticism, together with greater than 1,000 feedback on her Facebook put up.
“Don’t use a celebrity for your political agenda,” stated one fan. “I’m glad I had already stopped supporting your party.”
The 28-year-old MP, a former labour activist who now holds a proportional illustration seat, instructed a radio station Thursday she had wished to advertise her invoice via “everyday and popular content”.
“I’d like to apologise if anyone is offended,” she added.
But she didn’t delete the images from her accounts, and the vital feedback continued to mount.