Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.
Following peculiar comments by Ahn Jae-hyun on Instagram following news of Sulli's death, more interest has been drawn to the "Fashion King - Movie", in which they both appeared. Statements made in a press conference for the event some five years ago now come off as considerably more disturbing.
At the press conference Sulli talked about how she had worked hard to make herself uglier for her role. Ahn Jae-hyun then related an anecdote wherein director Oh Ki-hwan advised her to eat ramen and go to sleep so as to make herself uglier. Sulli then followed that up with the statement that from then on, she started to eat ramen before sleeping every night.
The exchange is played off in context as a joke. But the phrasing comes off as troubling in light of Sulli's apparent suicide and past doubts as to her self-worth. Public service organizations in South Korea have been using Sulli's death in an awareness push in regards to suicide issues among young women, urging people afflicted by such thoughts to seek out medical help.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, please check this international list of suicide prevention crisis centers for your local branch. If your country is not on the list, please call your local emergency services.
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.
"[HanCinema's News] Sulli's Past Comments at "Fashion King - Movie" Take on New Disturbing Context"
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