It’s easy to make comparisons but only those with the same fact patterns really provide insight. K-actress Seo Ye Ji has disappeared from public view since scandal broke last month that she was the instigator as the then girlfriend of Kim Jung Hyun‘s cold and awkward behavior on the set of his drama Time. She was further revealed to have also mistreated staff, lied about her study abroad credentials in Spain, and overall was revealed to be a rather shitty person with huge controlling tendencies. She skipped the press conference for her movie Recalled with Kim Kang Woo and from all accounts appear to be laying low to let this scandal pass. Recalled opened number 1 at the box office though not big ticket sales just the top movie for that week, and her acting and the movie both got good reviews. A reporter wondered if she can survive the scandal like same way veteran top actor Lee Byung Hun did a few years ago during his Lee Santa controversy (cheating on wife Lee Min Jung with a wannabe actress and then getting blackmailed by her and her friend). He came back of course but the difference with Seo Ye Ji is: (1) he’s got 20 more years under his belt then her, (2) his reputation within the industry is good, he behaves respectfully at work and has never been bandied about as someone with a bad attitude professionally, (3) his scandal was cheating on wife but did not impact others or caused problems to a movie/drama, and (4) he’s a guy and she’s a girl. I mention the last issue because male actors or stars get way more leeway to comeback from scandals than women and that’s a fact, though Seo Ye Ji’s biggest sin in the mind of netizens and industry peers is that her own selfish emotional needs led to negative impact on the cast and crew of Time and that may be an unforgiveable transgression.