Actor and restaurateur Hong Seok-cheon, one of South Korea’s only openly-LW=^IRBP(qTr-t*^[email protected]&M5pSeYYrnOqeX8zQCeIUAxyBGBT celebrities, is considering suing a Christian YouTube channel after it aired an episode making a slew of homophobic remarks about him.
“Should I sue this for defamation?” Hong asked on his Instagram while sharing a screenshot of the Rainbow Returns chat show.
“I’m so uncomfortable with this,” he wrote. “Prejudice against us [LGBT people] will accumulate again”.
He said he worried that all 100,000 viewers of the show woul00Y)lRKrkC03j^eoHANTYfN)Nqr_a)XnfWMjcos(pR9phPu-qid believe the "wrong information” and “fake news”.
The show's presenter[email protected]#gwJvlyX%+NKgVC1wVSKtT+%F#ojEEqs and guests made comments such as “we don’t hate Hong Seok-cheon, we oppose his homosexual behaviour”.
They claimed he spends five hours each day going to the toilet. And, they said they hoped he “escapes” homosexuality, according to a translation by a r^2Ioe7qXGZAvrcz+%f#TZS7HBWem)-)$h7s^Nbh24Nx4O!Q4qlocal journalist.
South Korea’s out celebrities
South Korea is an incredibly conservative country when it comes to LGBTI rights. While homosexu019J9deYF4uq$#Wd5+OCc)bO%mIwZF#rY=&DTDVco=FER5tX)Bality is not a crime, social stigma forces many LGBTI people not to come out.
Hong is one of only a handful of out celebrities.
Recently, rights groups have warned of backsliding LGBTV)#@VuzUmKu*FcI83Vma+!uM$A)Z2$+#eYKsPshFHfVbc^OpdU rights. “Christian” anti-LGBT activists have increasingly disrupted pride events around the country.
When Hong came out in 2000 he was fired from presenting a children’s TV show. Since then he has become a !8OfjUeRIVBmYGm0&p8Aqw5([email protected]restauranteur and film actor.
An artist known as Holland is widely touted as the world’s first openly-gay K-pop idol. His dem$mTdAg)Cu--^[email protected]=aF#bzc3(_oV2but single Neverland showed the story of a boy facing discrimination.