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The Reaction To Sulli's Death Highlights How Two-Faced K-pop Fans Can Be

The former f(x) member and K-pop idol turned actress was just 25.

K-pop idol and former f(x) member Choi Jin-ri – best known by her stage name Sulli – has died according to authorities. It is reported (via Dispatch) that the 25-year-old wasn’t responding to calls from her manager, who subsequently found her dead at her home on October 14. The Seongnam Fire Station later confirmed the reports.

Following the confirmation of Sulli’s death, her company SM Entertainment issued out a statement regarding her passing:

“This is SM Entertainment.

We apologize for conveying such sad and unfortunate news.

Sulli has left our side.

We cannot believe the situation now and we are just filled with grief.

For her family who is grieving after the sudden news of her passing, we earnestly request that you refrain from writing speculative articles or spreading rumors. We express our deep condolences.”

There has since been an outpouring of grief for Sulli from the K-pop community, and several idols whom she was close to have put their promotional activities on hold, including her former f(x) group member Amber Liu.

But while K-pop community are sharing their support for each other and Sulli, one can’t help but feel the the hypocrisy from fans that’s on display.

Ever since Sulli made her debut with f(x) in 2009, she quickly garnered a controversial reputation (and wild popularity) within the K-pop world for her outspoken and feminist views. She was dogged with harsh criticism from the conservative Korean public almost on a daily basis for the most ridiculous things, such as her appearance and for not wearing a bra in public.

The constant scrutiny caused Sulli to leave f(x) in 2015 to pursue a solo career, but the flak was unrelenting. Korean forums continued to bash her and her social media posts were flooded with trolls, even as she continued to be outspoken with her views and troubles.

Upon the confirmation of Sulli’s death however, all that negative scrutiny from the Korean media, public and anti-Sulli K-pop fans has suddenly been replaced with either silence or shows of support.

This begs the question: why didn’t people give a damn when she was alive?

She was constantly speaking out about her personal problems yet people continued to ignore and/or bash her, even as she was clearly in need of help, and people only took notice upon her death.

That’s not to say there aren’t genuine messages of support for Sulli from her fans, but it’s hard to not feel the insincerity and hypocrisy that’s tainting the waves of sympathy due to the bandwagon hopping nature that’s prevalent in K-pop.

And if past incidents and K-pop deaths are any indication, the cries of support will slowly stop and no one in the industry or fandom will learn a damn thing.

There’s a wider conversation to be had on the toxicity of K-pop, the problematic fandoms, the lack of growth from fans and the industry itself, and the need for mental health support for idols, but that’s a story for another day.

For now, we’re left with a young woman who experienced the worst of the K-pop machine just for being herself and it ultimately led to her tragic, untimely death.

Here’s hoping you’ve finally found some peace, Sulli, you deserved far better.

If you or someone you care about needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Family Guy Weirdly Had The Most Mature Discussion On Suicide Ever Seen On TV

Coming from a show filled with crass humour and cutaway gags, it was a huge surprise.

WARNING: This Family Guy article discusses suicide.

People probably know Family Guy as that weird animated show that’s crass and stuffed to the brim with cutaway gags, and they’d be right about 95 percent of the time actually.

But when the show decides to do something different or serious for that remaining five percent, the end result is usually something surprisingly good and there’s no better example of that than its 150th episode, ‘Brian & Stewie,’ which gave us one of the most mature discussions of suicide ever seen on a TV show.

Eschewing all gags and cutaways in favour of an intimate “bottle episode” setting, ‘Brian & Stewie’ sees Brian and Stewie get trapped in a bank vault and the pair end up just talking the entire time.

Things get cranked up dramatically towards the end though when Stewie discovers a gun in Brian’s safety desposit box. After confronting Stewie confront Brian, a vocal anti-gun left-winger, about it, Brian confesses he has it in case he ever wants to commit suicide.

When pressed, Brian admits that he constantly faces existential crises due to his anthropomorphism and he can’t find his purpose in life unlike other dogs.

It’s a wild shift in a Family Guy episode that had the pair getting drunk before culminating with Brian eating Stewie’s vomit just minutes earlier.

But beyond dealing with such heavy subject matter, this particular Family Guy episode also demonstrates how someone should talk to a friend who is contemplating suicide.

Stewie asks simple yet direct questions such as “why are you unhappy” and “why do you want to kill yourself?” Not only does this keep Brian talking (which is good as it keeps their mind on other things while allowing for aid to arrive), it also helps him talk himself out of going through with it.

What’s also great is how Stewie never criticises Brian for being suicidal as depressed people beat themselves up already and there’s no need for more dogpiling. Stewie also tells Brian that he is best friend and he would be lost without him, which gives Brian reassurance and a personal reason to stay alive.

There are no laughs to be had but it all works on both a dramatic and character level as the dynamic between Brian and Stewie has always been Family Guy‘s strong point and having them go through a conversation about suicide was an important development in their friendship.

Now this exchange is not all entirely accurate as Stewie does do some stuff you shouldn’t say to a person with suicidal thoughts, such not telling Brian to get professional help. But look, Stewie is a baby who is put on the spot by his best friend and he did a great job talking Brian down from suicide given the situation.

Who would’ve thought a show like Family Guy could actually teach us something meaningful?

If you or someone you care about needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Freddie Prince Jr.'s Brilliant Star Wars Rant About Toxic Fans Needs To Be Enshrined

Bless Freddie Prince Jr. for telling it as it is.

Toxic fans and Star Wars go hand-in-hand like sand on Tattooine. It’s always incredibly satisfying to see this entitled subset of the franchise’s fandom get taken down a notch and you’re not going to be much of a better take down than the one dished out by Freddie Prince Jr.

The actor appeared on Jeff Dye’s Friendship Podcast and went on an epic Star Wars rant that needs to be enshrined as an all-time great example on explaining lore while smacking some sense into toxic fans.

Over the course of three-ish minutes, Freddie cuts through the crap and calls out people for not understanding the franchise is for kids:

“I did a ‘Star Wars’ cartoon, so even I get hate from ‘Star Wars’ fans. And I’m like, ‘Look, dawg, you’re just made the franchise is not aging with you. But that ain’t how it works. The first one was for f***ing kids. The second three were for different f***ing kids. And this one is just for kids.”

But the pièce de résistance is when he takes toxic fans to task over things like getting “pissed off that Han Solo gave the Millennium Falcon to a girl.

He also gives a surprisingly in-depth breakdown of the things Star Wars fans get wrong about the Force, the mythology behind it when George Lucas created it and how folks seem to forget how it’s all about “balance” rather than the flashy jumping, lightning stuff everyone focuses on.

Words don’t do the epic rant justice so please just watch the entire thing yourself because it’ll be the best three minutes you’ll spend all day. Plus you get a huge serving of Freddie Prince Jr. dropping F-bombs left and right, which is just an extra cherry on top.

Having starred in four seasons of Star Wars Rebels and been taught all things Star Wars by the franchise’s guru Dave Filoni, who in turn learned everything from George Lucas himself, Freddie has more than a leg to stand on when it comes to saying this stuff.

So when Freddie Prince Jr. tells all those toxic fans out there to “learn your Greek mythology,” everyone should sit up and listen, especially the puffy-chested bros who are already cobbling together complaints about Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker what that film comes out.

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