25-year-old actress and former f(x) singer Sulli was found dead yesterday in her home. The Seongnam Sujeong Police Station in Seoul has confirmed it was suicide due to severe depression.
Fans have posted their condolences and expressed their through social media. They’ve also called out the people and publications who allegedly bullied Sulli for her progressive views and actions.
Sulli has passed away. But let's not churn out the same crap. Not wearing a bra is not a "scandal." Telling fans to be themselves is not "being controversial." And slut shaming for exposing her breast has nothing to do with Korea being "conservative." It's misogyny and bullying. pic.twitter.com/kSsVyy8ePe
— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) October 14, 2019
Sulli was involved in a number of “controversies” in her career. In 2014, she acknowledged she was dating rapper Choiza, which affected her career and caused her to leave f(x). Choiza survived the scandal and also made jokes about the situation on “SNL Korea.” A classic example of how “dating scandals” mostly affect female idols and actresses, and not their male counterparts.
The actress-singer was also criticized for telling fans they have power over their own bodies, as well as her “no-bra” incident. The latter, according to Asian Junkie, started when she would post photos with no bra on and netizens would maliciously attack her because her nipples were visible. In an episode of “Night of Hate Comments” last July, Sulli defended her decision (she didn’t have to) and said, “I think this is about the freedom of the individual.”
“Bras aren’t good for your health. They have a wire. They’re not good for your digestive organs, and I have issues with my digestion. Since it’s more comfortable not to, I don’t wear them. I think that it’s free and beautiful,” she added. “They suit some clothing, and if there’s a piece of clothing that doesn’t look good with a bra, then I don’t wear one.”
Feminism in the K-pop world is clearly a touchy subject in the country. When Irene of Red Velvet shared she was reading a feminist book last year, many of her male fans burned her photos as protest. Naeun of APink was also criticized for having a phone case that read “Girls can do anything.” Although there are now more artists who are fearlessly making music to empower other women, many idols are still subjected to constant misogyny and bullying.
In fact, Sulli’s fans believe cyberbullying was the reason she took her own life.
Sulli lost her life bc she was forward on important topics and people wanted to silence her opinion. that’s not just bullying but a spawn of misogyny at its finest. don’t remember her as sb who couldn’t take bullying, remember her as sb who fought for our rights as women https://t.co/59u3VsEKWj
— sophie? (@skyminyg) October 14, 2019
I am in deepest sadness right now knowing that my bias in F(x), Sulli passed away. Please stop cyberbullying. SM Entertainment lost another star, I hope the company WILL FUCKING DO SOMETHING FOR THEIR ARTISTS. After Jonghyun, now Sulli…. I cant take this anymore I wanna cry….
— cedrick. 뽀로로경 ? #RIPSulli (@soopersmol) October 14, 2019
wtf Sulli died not because of SM, not because of Choiza, not because of f(x) members and not because of depression and suicide. the real cause of her death is cyberbullying caused by constant harassments.
get your facts straight.
just hoping she's really resting in peace now.
— Trion Caduceus (@_CryingForRain) October 14, 2019
We hope this incident opens everyone’s eyes to the effects of cyberbullying and the impossible standards imposed on Korean idols and celebrities.
Rest in peace, Sulli.
Photo courtesy of Sulli’s Instagram account
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