The Korean Entertainment Management Association as well as three other industry related organizations have released a joint statement against removing celebrities from projects based on bullying allegations. The organizations who have signed under the statement include the Korean Entertainment Management Association, the Korean Entertainment Producers Association, the Association of Korean Drama Producers and the Korea Federation of Popular Culture and Arts.
Firstly, the organizations apologized for the issues regarding school violence and pledge to stand by victims in the case that the accusations are proved to be true. However, they appeal to the public to refrain from acting against celebrities based on unconfirmed rumors, citing damage to the industry and relevant crew.
Firstly, we bow our heads in apology. We are in deeper regret than anyone else for the fact that a portion of pop culture artistes (to be referred to as celebrities from here on) have been embroiled in criticism from the community over school violence issues that occurred in their schooling days.
Even if they had been immature and young before they became celebrities, the harsh wounds caused to the victims are ones that will not be able to be taken back and the reality is that they will require lots of time to heal. We offer our condolences to every one who was been damaged by this. In addition, if the matter appears to be true, we believe that the responsibility ought to lie with the celebrities wholly.
However, we wish to appeal that the recent situations do not only affect the celebrities who have been exposed for their wrongdoing, but also will affect the industry of popular culture as a whole. Hence, we are desperately requesting the benevolent understanding of the public.
— The Korean Entertainment Management Association, the Korean Entertainment Producers Association, the Association of Korean Drama Producers and the Korea Federation of Popular Culture and Arts
Lastly, the organization also makes a request to the press and media, asking them to refrain from making unilateral claims that will damage the industry and celebrities involved. They also pleaded with broadcasting companies and producing firms to reconsider any hasty decisions to drop celebrities based on public suspicion.