[HanCinema's News] Anger Erupts Following Son Seung-won's Attempt to Reboot Social Media Presence
By William Schwartz | Published on
The recent rebooting of actor Son Seung-won's Instagram account has been met with harsh hostility across the South Korean Internet, with many followers of social media platforms leery of an apparent attempt by the disgraced actor to restart his career. While Son Seung-won prefaced his reopening with an apology, this has done little to placate commenters. Indeed, Son Seung-won's explicit statement that he missed his followers appears to hint at a desire to restart his career.
Son Seung-won had been a rising star in the South Korean entertainment industry when news broke in December of 2018 of an accident he had been involved with in August of that year where he attempted to bribe a substitute into taking the blame due to his past poor record with drunk driving. Ultimately Son Seung-won only received a sentence of eighteen months. However, the anger expressed by commenters suggests that it is still far too soon for a possible return.
The pictures were posted on a new account rather than his new one and are unremarkable in content. The most distinctive one features Son Seung-won's pet dog. Son Seung-won deleted this new profile as his name started to spike in search engine results. The actor is best known for his role in "Welcome to Waikiki", which had to be recast for "Welcome to Waikiki 2" when news of his malfeasance broke.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.