Yoo Ah In Takes Part in Mass Rally Calling For President Park Geun Hye’s Resignation
Having posted many political relevance in his instagram, which clearly stated his position and opinion on that matter, Yoo Ah In walked the talk.
On November 19, Yoo Ah In joined the citizens walking down the street to protest the South Korea’s president. He was not afraid of putting his A-list star status at risk and showed the outspoken Yoo Ah In that everybody knows.
Masses of South Koreans descend on downtown Seoul for fourth time, urging President Park Geun Hye quit over political scandal. Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in South Korea’s Seoul for the fourth in a weekly series of demonstrations aimed at forcing President Park to resign over a corruption scandal.
Saturday’s protest came as Park’s approval ratings plunged with prosecutors planning to interview her, making her the first sitting South Korean president to be questioned in a criminal case. The scandal centers on Park’s shadowy confidante Choi Soon Sil, who is accused of using her ties with the president to coerce local firms to donate millions of dollars to non-profit foundations that Choi then used for personal gain. [Read the correlation between Choi Soon Sil Gate and Secret Love Affair here]
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After claiming a turnout of about 1.26 million for last week’s protest, which was also the largest protest in the history of South Korea, organizers said they expected some 500,000 people on Saturday, November 19th, while police predicted one-tenth that number.
Yoo Ah In was spotted among the citizens in Gwanghwamun Square, holding the candle in the 4th Candlelight Rally in the afternoon of November 19th. He covered his face with a black mask and wore the bright orange CCRT AEROSPACE “Fragile” sweatshirt. He brought his artist group Studio Concrete participating in the protest along with the Korean flag, and sang the national anthem together with the crowd while marching on the street.
So far the protests have been largely peaceful, with many families participating, but there was still a heavy police presence, with buses and trucks blocking access roads to the presidential Blue House.
Yoo Ah In participating the protest became top trending topic. “Yoo Ah In Candlelight Rally/Vigil” was NO.1 in Daum and Naver Top Trending Topic, around 12a.m, November 20th. His photos is featured in Dispatch News Facebook cover photo as well.
Yoo Ah In’s participation in the demonstration garnered many positive comments and reactions from the netizens. One of his news articles reached over 5000 comments. One comment gets upvotes for more than 52000!
[+52355, -731] Wow so cool…..
[+44351, -615] Wow… If these photos were taken without contacting Yoo Ah In, Dispatch too would be amazing
[+35603, -593] He’s a cool actor, and he has strong beliefs
[+27165, -515] As expected, Yoo Ah In….
[+29091, -526] But, how did you know and take those photos? [note: some netizens explained her/him that this was Dispatch who keeps its eyes on A-list stars like Yoo Ah In and who has frikkin long-focus/long-range zoom lens for its stalking purpose]
[+5089, -132] Heol! A famous person in the crowds!! He really seems to have the courage to express his own convictions
[+2819, -52] Ah as expected, so admirable!!! Being a fan since “Veteran” until now. He’s admirable!!!
[+2157, -40] Really hella cool actor!! Will always support him
[+2115 -36] Really respect this star
[+1915 -39] You can only think of saying “really amazing” aren’t you?! [You readers are speechless right?] So cool
[+6940, -59] 👍
[+6156, -63] He’s the best~ I’m a fan now~~^^
[+5707, -59] Aish, so cool. I’m jealousㅋ
Some more scattered comments on Naver:
[+2200] I’m more looking forward to your every move in the future
[+2000] He’s really the best!!! As I look at him again, I have so much respect for him
[+1175] I have seen many disappointing actors… It’s the first time for me seeing such a wonderful astonishing actor
[+1121] This man can’t be hated
– This man is not just words, he’s a man of actions
– Many celebrities claim that they are busy. Yet look at this top star participating with us
– Thank you, Yoo Ah In-ssi
Note: Two days before taking part in this week’s demonstrations, Yoo Ah In updated his instagram with two clips of Nina Simone documentary [the clips were taken from documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” in Netflix]. Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. These clips just hit right on Yoo Ah In’s heart, because she truly represents his own conviction and faith.
The first clip that he posted was her saying, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.”
And the second clip was “What’s free to me? It’s just a feeling. It’s just a feeling. It’s like how do you tell somebody how it feels to be in love? How are you going to tell anybody who has not been in love how it feels to be in love? You cannot do it to save your life. You can describe things, but you can’t tell them. But you know it when it happens. That’s what I mean by FREE. I’ve had a couple times on stage when I really felt free and that’s something else. That’s really something else! I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: NO FEAR! I mean really, no fear. If I could have that half of my life. No fear! Lots of children have no fear. That’s the only way I can describe it. That’s not all of it, but it something to really, really feel. Like a new way of seeing. Like a new way of seeing something.”
Photos: Dispatch, Zwarin, twitter, instagram. Screencap provided by Jo Anet