I’m of two minds about the Jung Hae In controversy stemming from his center of photo position in the official winners picture. On one hand it’s not the biggest of deals even if he intentionally planted himself in the middle spot to milk his current It Boy fame. But it does color my impression of him and that’s hard to fully erase going forward, being thirsty for fame to the point of ignoring social protocol that is highly important in Korean culture makes him come off as arrogant and self-absorbed. His agency continues to stick with the story that Jung Hae In was directed to stand in the middle by the staff organizing the picture, which could be true except there are tons of instances with younger rising stars intentionally move away from the spotlight to defer to more senior stars.
In this case it wasn’t just Jung Hae In’s age it was also that he won the popularity award which is just a side thing compared to the winners of the best acting trophies. He’s certainly not doing himself any favors by not apologizing, sometimes just saying sorry goes a long way in smoothing things over even if one didn’t do the faux pas intentionally. This week Jung Hae In updated his SNS to share that he just finished the final filming for Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food, thanking his fans for supporting him, and promising to walk his given path. I think he’s shooting himself in the foot in the long run with this ignore the controversy approach but we’ll just have to wait and see.