The speed at which this scandal broke, got confirmed, and now is getting addressed is one of the fastest such cycles yet. Idol-singer Jung Yong Hwa of CNBLUE was outed as the Idol A from the previous day news that was suspected of getting into a graduate program at Kyung Hee University thanks to preferential treatment since he didn’t even attend the required interview. Jung Yong Hwa posted a handwritten apology shortly thereafter, and then withdrew as MC of the variety program he was co-hosting. Now the university has responded by withdrawing his admission and the professor who admitted him has been removed from the position.
Netizen are rightfully pissed because this triggers their two most sacred mandates – having every student get into school on their merit and also on men serving their mandatory military service. Jung Yong Hwa applying to graduate school makes sense, since he’s a very successful singer and has an acting career, being motivated as a deferment to serve because men who are still in school won’t need to serve until post-graduation, and this includes undergrad and graduate programs. After his stock manipulation scandal from prior years ago and now a preferential acceptance plus military deferment scandal, I don’t know if he will bounce back yet again and if so how long that will take.