On April 24, actor Kim Soo Hyun donated 300 million Won to Danwon High School, where many of the high school student victims of the Sewol Ferry tragedy had attended. Kim Soo Hyun requested that the money be used to create a memorial for the deceased students and also support family members, peers, teachers and friends of the victims.
Most netizens have responded favorably to the actor’s heartfelt gesture while others have taken to their Twitter accounts to voice discontentment with the actor’s large donation in comparison to contributions from other celebrities.
One netizen wrote, “It’s great that you donated, but it looks like you’re trying too hard to stand out? Then did Ryu Hyun Jin donate only 100 million won because he didn’t have a lot of money? How tactless. Even if you have a lot of money, donating 100 million is the proper thing to do. Even when donating money, you should take note of what others are doing.”
There have been many netizens that came to the actor’s defense posting responses like, “Kim Soo Hyun donated with good intentions, why are you trying to make a big deal out of it,” “Looking at how critical you are, I realized how our nation can be so uncivilized,” “This person didn’t even donate, so why are they criticizing someone else’s donation? I really can’t understand. The act of donating is a good deed, so stop trying to tarnish someone’s reputation.”
In related news, other celebrities and public figures such as figure skater Kim Yuna, major league baseball player Ryu Hyun Jin, actors Ha Ji Won, Song Seung Heon and Cha Seung Won have made donations to the amount of 100 million Won or so for the victims of the Sewol Ferry tragedy.