On March 13, 2020 KST, actress Ha Yeon Soo made some time to communicate with her fans via Instagram Stories’ “Ask Me A Question” sticker feature.
When she came across a seemingly harmless question about her friend, Red Velvet‘s Yeri, though…
Please dish stories about Yerim unni with us!!
… Ha Yeon Soo became apparently irritated and responded with her usual, vocal personality.
I think this is a very dangerous question. If you really care about your friends and have any consideration for them, it is wrong to ‘dish stories’ about them — like you’ve asked me to do. You probably already know this, but Yerim is a good, thoughtful dongsaeng to me. Have a good night.
— Ha Yeon Soo
When the response began circulating online, Ha Yeon Soo’s past online “snarks” also resurfaced…
… and netizens reacted to the actress’ constant social media controversies with even more hatred — some of which even came off as blatant sexual harassment.
- “It’s okay, I understand. Only because you have big boobs.”
- “Damn, you’re a man’s man!”
- “But she has small boobs…”
- “Pretty sure they’re tiny.”
- “She’s still on social media? I wonder why her agency doesn’t stop her.”
- “Why does she take everything so seriously?”
- “Why is she even on Instagram…”
- “It’s like… she has an actual a problem.”
- “How suffocating.”
Ha Yeon Soo then posted a warning on her Instagram feed, stating that she will proceed with taking legal action against the hate comments, most prominently shared on Korea’s “Diesel Mania” online forum.
I know Diesel Mania has been always like this. I’ll be taking legal action!
— Ha Yeon Soo
Since then, the warning has been deleted and replaced with a longer explanation of what happened and what she expects in the future:
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제가 특정 카페를 언급하며 악플러를 고소하겠다는 게시물에 보내주신 많은 공감과 응원의 말씀들, 그리고 비판들을 모두 잘 읽고 있습니다. 새벽녘인데 주무시지도 못하고 주신 다양한 말씀들 모두 진심으로 감사합니다. 오늘 새벽, 악플을 단 분의 메시지를 공개하고, 유튜브 출연을 제안했습니다. 고소보다도 그분과 대화하고 싶었습니다. 또, 이번 일을 계기로 성희롱 근절에 나서주실 마음이 있으신 건지 여쭤보고 싶었습니다. ⠀ 저는 저분의 얼굴조차 모르고, 미워하는 마음은 없습니다. 그러나 이번 사과는 제가 7년간 받은 숱한 성희롱에 대한 첫 사과입니다. 왜 고소하겠다고 나섰을 때야 비로소 사과를 받게 되었는지 생각해봅니다. 고소보다도, 어떻게 하면 성희롱이 사라질 수 있을지에 대해 고민하고 싶습니다. ⠀ 긴 글 읽어주셔서, 또 따뜻하게 응원해주셔서 진심으로 감사합니다.
I’ve read all the reacts, the encouragements, and the criticism to the original post I had shared stating that I will take legal action against a certain online community and its commenters. Thank you for sharing your thoughts even though it is late at night. When I shared the screenshots of the hate comments that I received, I asked the original commenters to see if they would be willing to come talk to me on my YouTube channel. I actually do want to talk things out with them before taking legal action. I also want to ask them if they would be interested in helping me prevent sexual harassment online from here on after.
I don’t hate these people. I don’t even know what they look like. But this is the first time in 7 years I received an apology for the countless sexually harassing comments I’ve gotten. It makes me wonder why I can only hear the words ‘I’m sorry’ after I threaten to sue. I would like to work on coming up with different ways, if any, to get rid of sexual harassment.
Thank you for reading my long message. And thank you for keeping by my side through it all.
— Ha Yeon Soo