I won’t go into the details here, but in summary Eric got into a little exchange of tweets with a follower, and tweeted something (which he has since deleted) that was somewhat religiously insensitive. He subsequently got hounded by netizens, and now news media have also picked up on this religious “spat”. In any case, Eric has said that he will be taking a break from Twitter for now. The translation for his final two tweets can be found at Shinhwa Biz
My take is this: Religion has been, is, and always will be a sensitive issue. Especially when we’re talking about an unforgiving environment such as Korean cyberspace, it always pays to be EXTREMELY careful. Unfortunately for him whatever he wrote has touched some nerves, and as expected Korean netizens are having a field day taking his words out of context.
But no point dwelling on what has been said, and let’s just move on. Twitter is evil. -_-
Eric’s management has made a clarification about his tweets on religion.
In a phone interview with Newsen on 12 August, Eric’s rep expressed, “(The tweet) is definitely not directed at anyone in particular. He has been busy filming his drama lately, and in his physically and mentally worn out state, he wrote a tweet containing some religious comments. This was misconstrued by a netizen and his comments came about while trying to explain himself to the netizen.”
“The episode with the netizen has already come to a close. I hope there’s no further misunderstanding.”
This controversy came about after Eric had gotten involved in an exchange of tweets with a netizen regarding Venerable Beop-Jeong (one of the most respected contemporary monks in Korea) and Christianity.
Credits: Newsen + Absolut Shinhwa