Originally, the two actors were going to be attending the four-day ‘Hallyu Star Family Concert,” put on by Lotte at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul. However, in light of recent events concerning the capsized Korean ferry, Lee Minho and Park Shin Hye, in addition to the other stars in attendance, requested that the event be postponed. Lotte objected. The shows on April 19 and 20, which are going to be for Korean fans, have already been postponed. But Lotte was firm in that the April 18 concert, which is for international fans, must remain as scheduled.
Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye have been continuously requesting for a later concert date through today (April 17), but it is likely that the concert will be held as planned. A management official of one of the other stars to attend said, “All of Korea is in a state of grievance. To hold a performance in this situation is too much. The celebrities are stepping forward and showing a proper attitude, but the businesses are firm in their stance, which puts us in an awkward position.”
On the other hand, Lotte is emphasizing that the concert attendees on April 18 are foreigners. They said that they of course cancelled the performances for April 19 and 20, to be held for Korean audiences, but it’s impossible to postpone something for which foreign fans are specifically flying in for, as they will not be able to attend a postponed concert. Going further than simple compensation for the international fans, Lotte’s company image is on the line, as well. Lotte is even more so not backing down, as Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye are the main stars for the concert, having gained huge popularity overseas with their recent drama, “The Heirs.”
One official stated, “It’s not that we don’t understand Lotte’s side of the situation. But both sides have a point, and accordingly, it will require careful action.”