Netizens all around the world are trying to raise awareness about the LGBTQ community and their subjugation within the K-Pop industry, following the recent incident that took place with K-Pop singer Holland. The singer was browbeaten by a group of people, over his sexuality.
For the unversed, Holland is the first, perhaps the only K-Pop Idol to have openly revealed his sexual orientation, making him the only homosexual K-Pop Idol. Recently, the singer shared a horrific incident where he was attacked by a group for people in Itaewon, South Korea, after being called a slur. The singer was targeted because of his sexuality.
He shared the news with his fans, after sharing a picture of himself, on social media. He wrote, “Last night, I was walking around Itaewon with my manager and a friend. Suddenly, a stranger man approached me and hit me on the face twice, calling me ‘a dirty gay’. Now I have a scar on my face and I’m going to the hospital soon.”
“This is obviously a hate crime. The fact that my sexuality as gay is public should never expose me to this kind of violence. Nor any other LGBT+ and all elders, women and minorities in this world. This happening in 2022 shows the sad reality of LGBT+ human rights. I reported to the police and I hope the case is well solved. This should never happen to anybody in this world, no matter who you are. I wish our world is filled with more love and hope rather than hate and violence.” he added.
This perhaps isn’t the first time that something of this sort has happened with Holland, the singer has been attacked previously too, owing to his sexuality. Holland recalled sharing with his best friend in school about his sexuality, but instead got bullied and physically abused for the same.
“People look to me to represent the LGBT community in Korea at the moment, they support me and look at me that way so there’s no reason for me to refuse. I will fight for the rights of the LGBT community in Korea. All the actions that I foresee from my music, the message that I send, and what I write, all of that intends to resolve and change the traditionalist views in Korea” he shared.
Speaking about the discrimination, he said, “I feel like if someone had an issue with me because of my sexuality then they wouldn’t even work with me in the first place.”