Doing their civic duty! It’s election day in South Korea and the nation’s favourite stars have been showing their support by heading out to the polls to elect their local government leaders.
In the past, Korean idols have been tight lipped about their political opinions, but in the age of social media, the likes of Lee Hyori, Girls Generation’s Sooyoung and Super Junior’s Heechul and Ryeowook are being much more vocal about their leanings.
Passionate political activist Hyori, 35, tweeted on Wednesday, June 4, “I rock because I can vote!”.
Chansung of 2PM tweeted, “Finally, local election day is tomorrow! Let’s vote everyone! You can’t say anything about the result if you just condone your right as a voter. As soon as you become apathetic, you’re giving up your own sovereignty. Let’s make use of this golden opportunity.” He accompanied the passionate statement with a photo of himself wearing a voting stamp on his wrist.
SHINee’s Jonghyun tweeted a similar sentiment quoting Plato. “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors,” the 24-year-old wrote.
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Female stars including miss A’s Suzy, 4Minute singer Sohyun, 2NE1’s Minzy, f(x)’s Sulli and Krystal, Girl’s Day and A Pink’s Naeun and Namjoo all proudly got involved, sharing their actions on Twitter and Instagram.
This year was a special election day for many idols as those born in 1994 and before June 5, 1995 could vote for the first time. EXO’s Kai and Sehun, VIXX’s Hyuk, Teen Top’s Niel, BTOB hunk Ilhoon and GOT7 star Jr were just some of the male idols that were allowed at the polls this year.