Netizens saying Park Bom should ‘retire’ and be thrown in jail
Korean netizens have not taken Park Bom’s side since the 2NE1 member was rocked by drug smuggling allegations today.
The top comment on a Naver article, which has more than 1,100 thumbs up said Park Bom should ‘retire’.
“She needs to retire from the industry. Doing drugs alone is an extreme crime but smuggling them in? If this was China, she’d be given the death sentence.”
A similar comment received more than 7,500 thumbs up in another Naver article.
“Drug smuggling… This is enough to exile her from the industry”
Another top comment with more than 1,000 thumbs up said she shouldn’t be ‘shielded’.
“Just because the drugs were for treatment and are legal in America doesn’t matter because they’re illegal in Korea and she smuggled them in. The fact of the matter is that she was investigated for those matters. Don’t try to shield her for this.”
Meanwhile, one comment said she should be thrown in jail.
“Why even go easy on her because she’s from YG, as if that means anything. Throw her in jail”
It is alleged the 2NE1 singer tried to bring in the illegal substances from the United States through international shipping during October 2010. The package was intercepted by officials at Incheon International Airport.
Amphetamine are stimulant drugs, which means they speed up the messages travelling between the brain and the body and are usually the same substance as speed.
The drugs are illegal in South Korea.
Amphetamine is usually prescribed for disorders such as narcolepsy or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
However, KBS News reported that Park Bom’s drug smuggling case was suspended in 2010 after they found she had a prescription.
A report from Sports Seoul suggests that the allegations may have stemmed from old 2011 rumours, when Park Bom and 2NE1 were accused of taking drugs.
YG Entertainment is currently preparing an official statement.