Amid the recent indoor smoking controversy involving actor Ji Chang Wook, past incidents involving celebrities have resurfaced, reigniting the debate over the issue.
Controversy surrounding Ji Chang Wook arose when a video for JTBC’s “Welcome to Samdali” showed him smoking indoors during a rehearsal with fellow actors and production crew.
Although JTBC removed the video in response to the backlash, the criticism remained, leading to an apology from Ji Chang Wook’s agency, Glorious Entertainment.
In a statement, the agency expressed regret for the discomfort caused by Ji Chang Wook’s actions in the drama content released.
Ji Chang Wook admitted his inappropriate behavior and apologized to those who were disappointed, including the audience, the venue staff, and the cast.
Other cases of celebrities smoking indoors
The incident revived memories of past celebrity controversies over indoor smoking. Last August, EXO’s DO faced scrutiny when he was caught smoking in an MBC reception area, leading to a fine after a netizen filed a complaint.
NCT’s Haechan recently caused controversy when a dance practice video showed him smoking an e-cigarette indoors, prompting an apology from SM Entertainment and an obligation to pay the fine.
Ji Chang Wook’s case also led to a video showing director Jang Han Jun smoking indoors in the movie You Were a Director, which was released in October.
The scene in which Zhang Han Jun smokes in front of his colleagues was subtly edited, causing netizens to be disappointed.
Lack of respect for colleagues and employees
The wider issue highlighted by these controversies is not only the legality of smoking in restricted areas, but also the perceived lack of consideration for colleagues and staff.
Netizens have criticized such actions as a form of “abuse of power,” although celebrities have apologized for their behavior. Current debates reflect society’s expectations for celebrities to be mindful of their actions, especially in public places.
Born on July 5, 1987, Ji Chang Wook is a famous South Korean actor and singer who captivated the public with his diverse roles and charismatic appearance.
He rose to fame in the daily drama ‘Smile Again’ (2010-2011) and has since become a leading actor in Korean dramas and films.