“Pachinko” Star Jin Ha Apologizes For Past Blog Where He Posted Photos Of Korean Women Without Permission

Korean-American actor Jin Ha, who is currently starring in the Apple TV+ original series “Pachinko,” has released an apology for taking and uploading photos of people without permission.

On March 26, he shared the following apology on his personal website.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my mistakes.

I completely accept all the criticism I have received. It is true that my Tumblr account, “Korean Flowers in Bloom,” which I’ve had since 2011, should never have existed. I trespassed on the privacy of the women in the photos on the account, and the comments I added to the photos were inappropriate. I regret my actions and am sincerely sorry.

I did wrong in taking those photos and uploading them online 11 years ago. Furthermore, I failed to take into consideration the negative impact and left the account as it was for many years. I sent a request to Tumblr to delete my account and they have now done so. “Korean Flowers in Bloom” no longer exists.

Once again, I apologize to the women in the photos that I took. I also apologize to those who felt uncomfortable at the content of my Tumblr account. I can only be grateful that my lack of judgment in 2011 has been criticized by more clear-eyed readers than me. Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to rectify my mistakes.

I should have been better from the start, but even if I realized too late, thank you for helping me realize what I’d done wrong. I will work hard and study in future so as not to repeat the same mistakes.

Sincerely,
Jin Ha

From July 2010 to September 2011, Jin Ha ran an account on the microblog platform Tumblr where he secretly photographed Korean middle-aged and elderly women on the street or on the subway. He also attached comments that contained sexual harassment. The women’s faces were revealed without pixelation.

Jin Ha currently stars in “Pachinko” as Solomon, the grandson of Sun-ja, played by Youn Yuh Jung.

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