The recent scandal involving IU is making people really think about how the public now views K-Pop idols.
The scandal is mostly caused by the fact that she's a celebrity and one mistakenly uploaded photo on her Twitter now threatens her very reputation. The official statement says that Super Junior member Eunhyuk and IU are just friends and that they took the picture on her sofa. However, many are saying that the two of them must have taken it on a bed and the media are paying no attention the official statement.
It could be that the two are just friends and it's not completely far-fetched to imagine that. It's a given that celebrities are friends with each other because it's such a small world. Sometimes those friendships lead to love or true friendships. It's not a crime that IU can have friends or even relationships.
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It's probably an over exaggeration to say that the two are dating based on a picture that no one really knows the story behind. However, it also shouldn't be an issue who she chooses to meet. It's not a crime for her to be in love with someone but the fact that she is facing such criticism from the public seems sad and disappointing.
She's a celebrity and ultimately the people who judge her worth as a celebrity is the public. Both the praise and criticism come from the same people and therefore, the public is the most feared and most revered existence for these celebrities.
People are now criticizing IU, almost as if she is the disappointing daughter that people worked so hard to raise. However, the amount of hatred with which people went after her, seemed unreal. Now it seems clear that a lot of the public did not like her for her singing abilities but for an image that she portrayed.
It's possible that someone like IU can be hated for something that's really not a crime at all. Just because she's a celebrity and a public figure, people believe that they have the right to say whatever they want about her. It's also partly her fault for portraying herself so differently from normal people as well.