Navy States That There Are No Issues With Park Bo Gum’s Promotion Of His Projects At Public Concert
The Republic of Korea Navy has released a statement regarding issues raised over Park Bo Gum’s comments at a Navy-organized concert.
On October 27, the Republic of Korea Navy held a concert to celebrate the Navy’s 19th onboard debate. Park Bo Gum was a host for the event alongside anchor Park Se Young, who said to Park Bo Gum at the concert, “[You] are currently starring in the drama ‘Record of Youth,’ so some people may not be aware that you’re serving in the military. When did you enlist in the navy?” Park Bo Gum responded, “I completed my training and am now participating in my first official event on Jeju Island. Tonight is also the night of the ‘Record of Youth’ finale. I hope that people will tune in to the drama after enjoying tonight’s concert.” He also promoted his upcoming sci-fi film with Gong Yoo.
Complaints were raised about Park Bo Gum’s promotion of his projects. The military law states that soldiers cannot participate in profit-making jobs while serving in the military. One particular netizen began a petition online and stated that Park Bo Gum’s comments could affect his projects’ viewership ratings and audience numbers and thus be considered a profit-seeking activity.
On October 28, the Republic of Korea Navy stated that Park Bo Gum’s comments were not legally problematic. A source from the Navy shared to Sports Kyunghyang, “Park Bo Gum’s statement at the event yesterday was a response to his co-host’s question about how he was doing. Upon legal review, it was concluded that it was a happening, rather than a profit-seeking activity. In the future, we will carefully look over these aspects when we engage in public activities.”
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