Comedian Kim Gura, famous for his sharp wit and unflinching criticism, will be stepping down from all of his current broadcast activities thanks to a wave of criticism over some of his past remarks.
The controversial incident in question occurred during one of his prior Internet broadcasts. A group of female workers from the Texas area of ‘Cheonho-dong’, a red light district in Korea, who had been protesting against police crackdowns by renting two busses to take them in front of the human rights office.
The problem started when Kim Gura compared this with the Japanese occupation, saying, “Prostitutes dividing themselves up into two busses haven’t been seen since the Korean Women Labor Brigades.”
The Korean Women Labor Brigades were an organization formed by the Japanese rulers during the waning days of the Korea occupation, and are – predictably – a major bone of contention among Koreans today.
As the furor over his remarks refused to subside, Kim Gura released an official statement saying he will be retiring from the broadcast industry, effective immediately.
“If the public can no longer feel enjoyment seeing my face on TV, then I have no right to be a broadcast worker,” he said in a prepared statement, released on the 16th. “As such, starting today I have decided to take some time to myself thinking and reflecting on my actions.”
“As I realized how much my words affected many people, I’ve always lived with a feeling of responsibility in the corner of my heart,” he confessed. “I’ve always been thankful to those who helped me continue my career despite my many faults. But I once again realize that I cannot wash away all of my mistakes… I bow in apology towards everyone who’ve loved me and to whom I’ve disappointed again. I also apologize to my colleagues and friends who will be affected by my sudden decision. To those who’ve been hurt and angered by my words, not even a lifetime of reflection and apology will be enough.”
“I will spend some time thinking over my actions and looking back on my immaturity,” he finished.
It’s currently unknown what will happen to his many programs, such as “Immortal Song 2” or “Golden Fishery – Radio Star“. Stay tuned to allkpop for updates.
Source: Sports Chosun