Neophyte Korean lawmaker Rep. Ryu Ho-jeong has apologized for utilizing Ok-pop idol group BTS’ Jungkook to push her invoice to legalize tattoo artists in South Korea however didn’t take down his photographs regardless of calls for by netizens.
Final June 8, Ryu took to social media and defined her invoice, the Tattoo Enterprise Act, and uploaded a number of photographs of Jungkook that confirmed his tattoos coated with bandages.
“Take the tape off of BTS. Have you ever ever seen tape in your favourite celeb’s physique? This can be a hideous sight, which is usually seen on Korean tv as it’s the guidelines of the broadcasters to not expose tattoos,” Ryu posted on Instagram, Fb and Twitter, Korea JoongAng Every day reported.
This acquired the ire of BTS ARMYs and netizens who accused her of utilizing Jungkook for political beneficial properties and with out his permission, and demanded that she delete his photographs instantly. Some requested Large Hit Music, BTS’ label, to behave on it.’
“It’s good to have a invoice however you’re utilizing the face of a sure celeb an excessive amount of. Please delete the photograph,” one Korean netizen wrote.
One other mentioned, “Please take down the photograph. Do you need to use the artist’s photograph to make a political assertion?”
On a radio program on Korean channel MBC, Ryu expressed her apology and claimed that she is a fan of BTS.
“I wish to give my apology if there have been individuals harm (by the motion). As a fan of BTS myself, I hated their acts of inventive expression getting restricted,” she mentioned, in accordance with Yonhap Information.
She added, “I wished to advertise the invoice by on a regular basis and common content material. I felt sorry as a result of the rationale why the phrase ‘politics’ is acquired negatively appears to be the outcomes of politicians’ failure to construct public belief.”
Regardless of the apology, Ryu didn’t take down the photographs as demanded by netizens. As of writing, Jungkook’s photographs are nonetheless on her social media accounts.
At present, solely licensed medical professionals can carry out tattooing in Korea and non-medical individuals who do it are thought of unlawful.
Tattooing by non-medical individuals has been unlawful since Korea’s Supreme Courtroom dominated in 1992 that solely medical personnel can carry out it.
Common tattoo artist Kim Do-yoon, whose previous purchasers embody Brad Pitt, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and actor Steve Yeun, was fined 5 million gained ($4,494) in December 2019 for tattooing a star in violation of the legislation Medical Service Act of South Korea.
Ryu mentioned there are 3 million Koreans who’ve tattoos however tattooing by non-medical individuals remains to be unlawful within the nation.
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