Actor Ryu Jun Yeol was embroiled in a sensitive controversy. His remark on a recent live Internet broadcast became a problem.
In November last year, Ryu Jun Yeol appeared on a Twitch live broadcast of streamer Calm Down Man (Lee Mal Nyeon) to promote the movie “The Night Owl”.
On this day, Ryu Jun Yeol confessed that he is practicing “Zero waste”. Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages redesigning resource life cycles so that all products are reused.
Ryu Jun Yeol emphasized that he does not use disposable products as part of “Zero waste”. Fellow actor Park Jung Min also testified, “When Ryu Jun Yeol is at the filming site, he uses a food tray instead of disposable items.”
His following remark was controversial. When Calm Down Man asked “Do you wash the dishes again when you go home?”, Ryu Jun Yeol replied, “My manager does the dishes.” Regarding this, Park Jung Min and Calm Down Man agreed, “Your manager also practices ‘Zero waste’ together with you”, “From the Earth’s perspective, whoever washes the dishes is the same.”
According to Money Today on Jan 4th, Ryu Jun Yeol’s remark caused controversy on SNS and major Internet communities on Jan 2nd. Netizens reportedly criticized his remark, saying, “I don’t know whether the manager does the dishes to practice ‘Zero waste’. It’s a little strange to ask your manager to do the dishes.”
However, there was also an opinion that washing the dishes could be an extension of work. The opinion is that there is no problem as long as there is mutual agreement.
As the controversy intensified, Ryu Jun Yeol’s manager told Xports News, “Since the actor has already practiced zero waste on set for a long time, there are many people who have joined him. I don’t think there’s any need to respond one by one.”
Ryu Jun Yeol starred in “The Night Owl”, which was released in November last year. Against the backdrop of the Joseon Dynasty, “The Night Owl” is a thriller that depicts the story of a blind acupuncturist who can only see at night due to illness. According to the Korean Film Council’s integrated computer network for movie theater tickets on Jan 4th, “The Night Owl” recorded a cumulative number of audiences of 3.26 million.