Celebrity Union to Boycott All SBS ProgramsOn May 2, SBS aired a show called 'News Chase - Secret Deals Between Celebrities and Brokers.' Korea's Celebrity Union immediately began protesting against SBS. On May 3, the Celebrity Union made an announcement, stating, "SBS has disgraced all Korean celebrities with this show, which made accusations with no specific evidence whatsoever. Most of these so-called facts were based on mere speculation, meant only to get more people to watch the program." The Celebrity Union then asked SBS for an official apology and decided to initiate a celebrity boycott of SBS, which will involve union members refusing to appear on any SBS program.
The Union of Korean Celebrities, which was formed in response to the SBS program, had harsh words for SBS: "There is no evidence that the brokers and celebrities who supposedly agreed to be interviewed for this show were even real celebrities or brokers. This program was aired solely to increase audience ratings; SBS was not interested in the truth when they decided to air this show."
The Korean Celebrity Union asked for an official apology from SBS, then demanded a list of those who participated in filming and interviewing the supposed celebrities and brokers for this program. The union has even asked police to closely investigate these brokers.
The Celebrity Union added, "Mr. Ahn Sang-ryun, who is the producer of this program, totally demeaned the status of all celebrities, even before this show was aired, by claiming that all celebrities are involved in prostitution in a newspaper interview." The Celebrity Union called for SBS to be severely punished and until all their demands are met, the Celebrity Union will promote a signature-collecting campaign to support their boycott of all appearances on SBS programs.
In spite of its many demands and disparagement of SBS's decision to air the show, the Celebrity Union will postpone publicly announcing its list of corrupt producers for now.
by Lee Hoo-nam