The rage of fans eventually led to the issuance of a national petition.
Song Hye-kyo’s fandom – DC Inside Song Hye-kyo Gallery shared a Blue House National Petition on December 1st, saying, “We demand the strengthening of law on severe punishments for Youtubers who distribute false and manipulated videos and malicious comments.”
On the same day, the petitioner said, “They produce and distribute malicious videos just to gain financial benefits. This is obviously a violent act and personal attack.”
They added, “YouTubers who created indiscriminate content that bothered not only the celebrity but also her family and fandom with distorted lies should definitely be punished. There have been numerous victims of the spread of false rumors and yet they are suffering from difficulties due to lies which were made without sanctions.”
In addition, the petitioner also expressed their disagreement towards the media. They pointed out, “The duty of journalists is to inform people only the truth with an objective view, such as fair news, legitimate information collection, privacy protection, and proper use of information. However, they are making articles by copying information and modifying only a few words but not even checking the truth.”
Lastly, they requested, “These people should be strongly regulated and punished so that no victims will appear again. Please strictly raise the level of punishments so that no one will be attacked just because they are celebrities or public figures.”
The reason Song Hye-kyo‘s fans shared the petition is that unconfirmed rumors surrounding her have recently spread widely.
Citing Song Hye-kyo’s tax evasion in the past, a Youtuber argued that Song Hye-kyo was not under full-scale investigations by the National Tax Service because lawyer Jung Chul-seung, co-founder of Song Hye-kyo’s agency, had taken care of everything from behind.
The video revealing this claim has attracted 2 million views.
In addition, there are many YouTubers who make videos to distribute unconfirmed rumors about Song Hye-kyo, which have recorded more than millions of views.
Fans raised their voices that accusations and charges should be taken in connection with defamation and insults towards them. With the firepower of Song Hye-kyo‘s fandom on its back, the national petition became a hot topic as it gathered more than 7,000 petitioners in one day.
Song Hye-kyo‘s fandom protested against the agency’s insufficient response and announced that they would file a complaint against these above-mentioned YouTubers for defamation. However, the company has not issued any statement in this regard.