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Simba
06-08-2012, 05:29 PM
Yu-na hits Yonsei teacher with libel suit
(http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2954132&cloc=joongangdaily|home|newslist1)

l'etoile
06-08-2012, 05:49 PM
Drama just doesn't end around her. What a celebrity she is.

kwanatic
06-08-2012, 06:11 PM
Really? :rolleyes:

That's a waste of legal fees, time and energy. ATS is a young company and I'm sure they're very interested in protecting Yu-Na's image, but they really need to learn how to pick their battles. I agree with this comment:


I can’t believe that she filed a lawsuit because celebrities like her must be able to handle social issues that are relevant to them unless she plans on censoring every single remark made about her

It's true. Celebrities are public figures which makes them targets and sometimes, people are going to say things that aren't necessarily nice or 100% true. But you can't sue or threaten to sue every time someone says something you don't like. Sometimes you have to learn to ignore things, especially things that are most likely true. Yu-Na is a celebrity and a busy one at that. She undoubtedly receives a certain amount of special concessions from her school because of who she is and what she does. Given her busy schedule, I highly doubt that she's been present for every single class and assignment like normal students, so that comment holds some truth. It isn't libel if it's true.

Grabbing the pitchforks and torches isn't the way to handle this. ATS should have simply released a statement saying that Yu-Na does have obligations that prevent her from attending school daily like most students but that she is committed to completing the curriculum and earning her degree. End of story. Nothing else needs to be said. Yu-Na is a wholesome public figure who people adore which means no one is going to doubt her. Had they handled the negative comment with class, it would have made ATS and Yu-Na look like the bigger people; however, suing people and demanding apologies makes them look overly sensitive and very childish.

ATS just doesn't seem to have good PR people when it comes to negative things regarding Yu-Na. They always go on the offensive rather than take the high road...it makes them look really petty and that reflects badly on Yu-Na.

VIETgrlTerifa
06-08-2012, 06:16 PM
This isn't the first time she's been criticized regarding her academics, is it?

hanca
06-08-2012, 06:46 PM
If someone goes on TV and says things about her that are untrue, why shouldn't she sue him? Unlike the professor, she probably is not worried about wasted money, she can afford it, so why not fight back? Maybe the professor is going to be careful who they are slagging off on the TV.

kwanfan1818
06-08-2012, 06:52 PM
Or maybe the professor who made the comments has expertise in the area of educating teachers and has the same complaints that many US academics have about how athletes aren't expected to perform the same way as the average student.

An acquaintance of mine taught a skater who has been lauded for academic and professional achievements and wasn't that impressed. It wasn't that the skater was worse than the average freshman, but the skater's performance in class conflicted with press reports about the skater's academic prowess.

kwanatic
06-08-2012, 06:54 PM
If someone goes on TV and says things about her that are untrue, why shouldn't she sue him? Unlike the professor, she probably is not worried about wasted money, she can afford it, so why not fight back? Maybe the professor is going to be careful who they are slagging off on the TV.

It just doesn't look good. Even if what he said was 100% untrue, you don't have to attack everyone who attacks you. Her management company could have just as easily ignored the comment. It's from one sad professor who's probably jealous of her success and hates the fact that when she's a teacher, people will actually want to come to her class.

Instead, ATS decided to stoop to that teacher's level by responding with an overreaction that makes it a bigger deal than it really is. Yu-Na is better than that and her management should trust that and not rise to petty comments.

mikeko
06-08-2012, 07:06 PM
It's from one sad professor who's probably jealous of her success and hates the fact that when she's a teacher, people will actually want to come to her class.

I don't think he's jealous. He's a professor at Yonsei University, one of the best research universities in South Korea.

l'etoile
06-08-2012, 07:12 PM
I think she decided that she's had it enough. There have been absurd criticizms besides this questioning Yuna's sincerity to her education. Maybe this suit could be a gateway to clearly see how she's done her job. If they,ATS, didn't have the gut to face the truth, I don't think there would have been a lawsuit at all.

l'etoile
06-08-2012, 07:17 PM
Intersting that this is the first post of the thread starter, simba. Well this kind of thing has been known to be apt as Yuna bashers lol.

Jaana
06-08-2012, 07:18 PM
Generally speaking I think that there is a lot true in professors words regarding the athlete education, LOL. Besides, Id suppose that the professor can easily prove Yu-Nas absence from lessons as there surely are records.

Vash01
06-08-2012, 07:18 PM
I am losing respect for Yu na if she cannot handle criticism. It may or may not be valid in her view point, but it's someone else's opinion. It's not like he told false stories about her sex life or accused her of a theft. Everyone gets criticized- those in the public eye get more exposure to that- but to bring a libel suit against the professor is just ridiculous. At the end of the article it says she will withdraw the suit if he apologizes.

What is she doing? That OGM has gone so much to her head that she cannot even be criticized for something that she is doing in a certain way? She does not have to agree with him, but a lawsuit? Come on.......I thought she had more maturity than that.

l'etoile
06-08-2012, 07:30 PM
I am losing respect for Yu na if she cannot handle criticism. It may or may not be valid in her view point, but it's someone else's opinion. It's not like he told false stories about her sex life or accused her of a theft. Everyone gets criticized- those in the public eye get more exposure to that- but to bring a libel suit against the professor is just ridiculous. At the end of the article it says she will withdraw the suit if he apologizes.

What is she doing? That OGM has gone so much to her head that she cannot even be criticized for something that she is doing in a certain way? She does not have to agree with him, but a lawsuit? Come on.......I thought she had more maturity than that.

You should understand there was severe scrutiny on her after th professor's comments got aired and it was just crazy. Simply because it was YNK. Then it was revealed that he was basing his arguments on rumors without even fact checking. When interviewd by a reporter who suggested the counter facts against his opinion, his first and only reaction was "oh, was that so? I didn't know that."

Classy or not, right move or not, considering unbelievably huge bashing she unfairly received, it's understandable that she or her management had the urge to correct something.

hanca
06-08-2012, 07:37 PM
I am losing respect for Yu na if she cannot handle criticism. It may or may not be valid in her view point, but it's someone else's opinion. It's not like he told false stories about her sex life or accused her of a theft. Everyone gets criticized- those in the public eye get more exposure to that- but to bring a libel suit against the professor is just ridiculous. At the end of the article it says she will withdraw the suit if he apologizes.

What is she doing? That OGM has gone so much to her head that she cannot even be criticized for something that she is doing in a certain way? She does not have to agree with him, but a lawsuit? Come on.......I thought she had more maturity than that.

What if she was proud how well she is doing and how hard she is trying, and then someone who doesn't even know her comes and just start slagging her off? Why should she let other people walk over her just so that she looks classy? I prefer assertive approach. If the professor is sure about his facts, he won't loose the lawsuit. If he isn't sure about the facts and just slagged her off, serves him right.

bek
06-08-2012, 08:02 PM
Generally speaking I think that there is a lot true in professors words regarding the athlete education, LOL. Besides, Id suppose that the professor can easily prove Yu-Nas absence from lessons as there surely are records.

How can the professor prove this? Is he actually her professor. If he's not her professor how can he know how much she does or doesn't spend in college. how would you feel if someone felt they had to freedom to call you lazy or whatever based on rumor and not on any first hand knowledge about your actual study habits. He doesn't even teach at her university.

Not to mention didn't she say that she'd drop the suit if he apologizes.


And second he's saying Kim lacks the qualifications for a teaching practice. Seems to me that Kim is studying is focused on eventually becoming a coach. One could argue that in that particular service her experience with skating makes her more than qualified. (Along with what ever other classes she's taking). She's not trying to become a lawyer after all.