This is such a controversy that can only happen in seniority conscious Korea but it’s happened and now rising young actor Jung Hae In will have to deal with the consequences. What was a great night for Jung Hae In at the 2018 Baeksang Awards where he took home the male television star Popularity Award has turned into a netizen fueled excoriation of his lack of manners and/or self-promotion. The winners picture taken after the ceremony showed Jung Hae In in the front row center, a spot normally occupied by the most senior actor/actress or the winner of the Daesang award.
Last year screenwriter Kim Eun Sook was center flaked by the winners of the Best Actor and Best Actress awards for film and then drama. Jung Hae In’s camp is saying that he was told to stand there by the organizers, whereas there’s conflicting report that he planted himself in the center and wouldn’t move even when asked to. Gosh darn, as my mom always says just don’t draw attention to oneself and many of the problems in life will simply miss you because you’re not a prominent target.