Yoon Kyun Sang has been facing criticism for buying an experimental cat breed called Scottish Kilt.
On February 21, the actor shared a photo of his cat Somyi, alongside the caption, “Somyi is a Scottish Kilt. Scottish Kilt is a problematic breed that was developed as a result of human greed. It could be described as mutation breeding. Most of these breeds have a genetic disorder and are often sick. They are usually weaker than normal cats.”
He continued, “Somyi had a skin disease and as you can see in the photo, she has severe malocclusion. Many people say we should adopt [these breeds] instead of purchasing them, but I had no plans to [get another pet]. However, she’s a baby that already entered the world, and when I saw how sick she was, I ultimately took her home.”
Upon reading his post, many netizens expressed concern, saying that it would create demand for experimental breeds. Because Yoon Kyun Sang is a public figure, some are worried that his post will encourage people to buy these breeds at pet shops.
In response to this backlash, Yoon Kyun Sang wrote another post, saying, “Please. I understand what the problem is. I wrote a [clarification] post just as you wanted, but because you said it wasn’t right, I deleted the photos as well.
“I understand that I’m a public figure. I apologize for forgetting. I understand why it was a problem, and I will be more aware from now on.
“But please, I ask you. This is my Instagram account, and most of the people who leave comments here are fans and other people who are interested and curious about me. They’re telling me it’s okay, but it’s not because they don’t know anything. It’s because they’re trying to console me. They’re trying to be thoughtful of this lacking person.
“It’s not because I didn’t make a mistake. I got rebuked after making a mistake and now I’m self-reflecting. These [fans] are by my side, saying it’s okay and telling me to be careful next time. They’re not being thoughtless while leaving comments.
“I have received hundreds of negative comments and messages. I understand, so please stop.”
제발좀. 뭐가 문젠지 알았고 원하시는데로 글도 올렸다가 이건아니라셔서 사진도 다지웠습니다. 제가 공인이란거 알겠습니다. 잠시 잊은점 죄송합니다. 뭐가 문제였는지 압니다. 이제 잘 인지하겠습니다. 부탁드릴께요 여긴 제 인스타고 여기에 들러 글을 남겨주시는분 대부분은 저에게 호감이 있거나 관심이있거나 궁금하여 들르시는분들 혹은 제 팬분들이겠지요. 그분들이 아무것도 몰라서 괜찮아요 라고 댓글을 다는게 아니에요. 혹여 제가 힘들까 위로해주겠다고 글 남겨주는 거에요. 그저 이 부족한사람 생각해주는마음에요. 제가 잘못을 안해서가 아니라 잘못하고 혼도나고 반성도하는데 옆에서 그냥 괜찮아 담엔 그러지마라고 위로해주는 거에요. 생각없이 글남기는게 아니고.. 쓴소리 한분이 두세번씩 몇십 몇백분의 댓글과 메시지 받았습니다. 잘 알겠습니다. 그러니 여기서는 이제 그만해주시길.