Recently, two celebrity soldiers were seen visiting an adult massage parlor, which stirred up controversy once again over the leniency of military rules for celebrity soldiers. According to JoongAng Daily, the two celebrity soldiers were just revealed to be Se7en and Sangchu.
On June 25, SBS’ “Scene 21” reported a segment on the hidden stories behind celebrity soldiers.
This segment showed the celebrity soldier’s activities after they completed a special event for the 6.25 Korean holiday on June 21. After finishing the event, the celebrity soldiers did not return to their unit but stayed at a hotel. The soldiers then proceeded to exit the hotel at around 10 PM in their everyday clothes (not in military apparel, which is breaking the rules) and had dinner with a variety of alcoholic drinks such as beer and soju.
They did not go back to the hotel but at around 2:30 AM, they were seen getting into a taxi and getting off at a massage parlor. After spending 10 minutes at the massage parlor, the celebrity soldiers took another taxi and went to another massage parlor. They spent about 30 minutes in that parlor before exiting.
The camera crew asked the massage parlor employee about the celebrity soldiers and the employee answered, “They said that they didn’t have enough time and just left without getting a massage after getting their money back.”
When the celebrity soldiers saw the TV crew, they attempted to take the cameras away with violent force. One of the soldiers commented, “We’re not doing anything wrong.”
Then the TV crew asked, “It’s 4 in the morning right now. Are you a soldier or are you a celebrity? You visited massage parlor A and then proceeded to go to massage parlor B. Do you have anything to say?” The soldiers stayed silent until one of them remarked, “We swear that we have not done anything illegal.”
Afterwards, the National Public Relations unit (where most celebrity soldiers serve their time) commented, “They went for medical purposes.”
After the segment was aired, certain sources of those celebrity soldiers apologized to the TV crew for the physical confrontations.
They said, “We can’t get in touch with the celebrity soldiers right now so we don’t really know the exact situation, ” and “We apologize to the SBS TV crew for thephysical confrontation that occurred on behalf of those soldiers. They must have thought that the TV crew was a crazy fan or paparazzi, which is why they tried to take the cameras away.”
They continued, “If the TV crew revealed that they were from SBS, we don’t think this would have happened,” and “We hope you can try to understand the celebrity soldiers’ standpoints since they suffer a lot and feel psychological pressure because of crazy fans or the paparazzi have tried to approach them even after they had enlisted.”
On the other hand, the reps of these celebrity soldiers explained, “After the previously mentioned event was over, there was an after party thrown by the director of the event. The TV crew probably caught a scene from this party,” and “While it is true that the celebrity soldiers’ actions may have caused misunderstandings, all of this happened under the supervision of the director.”
The rep lashed out to SBS by saying, “If you consider many different factors, this whole situation is very understandable but SBS will definitely try to exaggerate it,” and “If SBS ignores and leaves out certain facts and exaggerates the story, there will be some serious consequences.”
Controversy about celebrity soldiers having it too easy and the military being too lenient on their actions has always existed. Rain‘s military leniency controversy surfaced last January as well. Although the National Defense Unit stated that laws will be more strongly enforced, this recent segment of “Scene 21” caused the general public to raise suspicions and doubts.
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