On October 14, Korean actress and former f(x) member Sulli (雪莉) was found dead in her house by her manager. Though the cause of death is still under investigation, it is speculated the suspected-suicide is related to the 25-year-old’s severe depression and emotional instability caused by cyberbullying. In the aftermath of her death, many celebrities, including Taiwanese artistes Rainie Yang (楊丞琳) and Aaron Yan (炎亞綸), spoke up on social media, imploring everyone to think deeply about the issue of cyberbullying.
Rainie wrote on Instagram, “Don’t cyberbully! Do you know this can affect a person’s whole life? Why do you have to judge a person you don’t know? Everyone is a “person!”
She also urged netizens to put their selves in other’s shoes and not let anything regrettable happen. Like Rainie, Aaron is also no stranger to cyberbullying. He expressed sorrow over the departure of his “goddess.” On Facebook, he questioned, “How many cyber bullying-related suicides have been reported so far? How many times have we lost the lives of our colleagues? How many times have you sympathized with a victim, whom you originally hated on before they died?”
Aaron continued, “[Cyberbullies] don’t care about what’s right or wrong, they don’t stop to consider if they would be able to bear such malicious attacks if they were in their victim’s shoes.”
Finally, he urged everyone to think before they write to reduce cyber violence.
Victoria Song (宋茜) Remains Silent Over Sulli’s Death
Sulli’s death caused many netizens to pay attention to her former f(x) members. However, they did not expect Chinese member and f(x) leader Victoria to stay silent on the matter. As a result, they scolded her on Weibo, calling her a “cold-blooded monster.” They also accused her of not fulfilling her duty as the leader to enlighten Sulli. Although netizens insulted her in many ways, Victoria still has not addressed the incident.
On the other hand, some netizens stood up for Victoria and expressed Victoria must be mourning despite the lack of public statements. Some wrote, “It’s hard being a star, you get yelled at no matter what you do,” while others said, “True sadness does not need to be expressed verbally.”
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.