Things escalated quickly for the familial scandal currently embroiling actor Kang Dong Won, made all the worse by actions from his side with regards to this news. Kang Don Won has been of the most elusive and critically acclaimed actors in K-ent, doing exclusively movies for the past decade and cultivating a cool image. This week a scandal erupted involving his family history – his great grandfather was a pro-Japanese Korean and reportedly garnered much wealth and success because of it. This is enough to make jingoistic netizens angry, and for good reason as Korea was governed terribly by the Japanese from the humanistic perspective, but its also being reported that Kang Dong Won and/or his agency YG has been deleting all the news about his family history as Japanese sympathizers and that has turned this negative on his image into a raging scandal.
I think having a family member that did reprehensible things in the past, such as being a pro-Japanese sympathizer in colonial Korea or being a Chinese who aided foreigners during the post-Republic era or having an ancestor being a Nazi, that should not be imputed on the current generation. It should be acknowledged, especially if doing such activities in the past has yielded gains that are still being reaped today, but what makes this scandal with Kang Dong Won have legs is that his side tried to shield it. That is just pointless and makes it all the worse. I like him as an actor and I hope he just apologizes profusely, acknowledge, and use his acting talents to win the public over again.