Chinese singer picked by IU protests over drug use controversy

연합뉴스 / 2021-10-14 16:27:31
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▲ This photo, provided by Baidu, shows singer-songwriter Song Dongye. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

 

BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- Chinese folk singer-songwriter Song Dongye has sparked controversy over the cancellation of his concert due to the singer's history of marijuana use five years ago.

Song Dong-ye's song, "Zebra Zebra," became known to fans in Korea after songstress IU was seen singing the song in Chinese during one of her performances.

According to The Beijing News on Thursday, Song had uploaded a long post on social media, saying he had planned to hold a concert in Chengdu, only to find out it was canceled due to someone's report, adding that it was unfair to not be able to perform even though his three-year ban from performing had already been over.

Song earned his popularity in China with hit songs such as "Miss Dong," however in 2016, the folk singer was caught using marijuana by the police, becoming less favored by the public.

While the regulations state the singer is prohibited to perform for three years, Song protested it had already been five years since he used marijuana, saying, "I've become a better person and need a way to support my living conditions." The 33-year-old singer added, "I'm a person who writes songs and sells albums. What am I supposed to do?"

Song also mentioned that it is easy for people in the entertainment industry to be tempted by drug dealers in desperate times such as suffering from depression and mental illness.

Although some expressed understanding from Song's online post, the majority of online users expressed anger towards the singer.

Song's Weibo account has also been suspended.

The Communist Youth League of China, a youth movement organized by the Chinese Communist Party, also uploaded a post to criticize Song.

"It's not like people don't want Song to work. What the people want is for Song to not be presented as an idol or a public figure," the Communist Youth League said. "A celebrity who used drugs can stop taking drugs and find another job."

The league also stressed that a celebrity's drug-related offenses have an adverse effect on adolescents.

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