Hoo boy, this news is likely going to be polarizing so here goes – one of the top current generation Hallyu actors Lee Min Ho will be preparing for military enlistment to come either end of this year or early next year, and now his agency has revealed he will not be serving acting duty but instead public service. Lee Min Ho reportedly has a car accident injury, nature unknown, and has been exempt from active duty in the army, marines, navy, or air force. I think this also means he won’t be a conscripted police officer either, or maybe that’s one of the public service options.
This news is already being negatively received in Korea, where the norm is to serve active duty unless one is missing an arm or a leg, basically K-netizens hate it when it seems like a star gets special dispensation for military service. As Psy can attest, he who ended up serving two military services, sometimes getting an exemption is both bad for public image and ends up biting in the ass. Lots of male K-netz are commenting about their various injuries and ailments and still needing to do active duty, so whether Min Ho-sshi really can’tu do active duty or not, it’s not going to inure him to the patriotic civic crowd with this news. On the upside, he’s looking good at a recent Sina interview in China promoting Bounty Hunters!