Actress Kim Gyu-ri, former AOA member Kwon Mina, and singer JK Kim Dong-uk. Photos: @kimqri; @urbanjk1211/Instagram, @ayochanmi/Twitter
Actress Kim Gyu-ri, former AOA member Kwon Mina, and singer JK Kim Dong-uk. Photos: @kimqri; @urbanjk1211/Instagram, @ayochanmi/Twitter

K-pop idols and politics: does former AOA member Kwon Mina’s Instagram criticism of President Moon Jae-in mark an end to Korea’s decades-old taboo?

  • Unlike in Hollywood, where actors slamming politicians might be the norm, in Korea it has ended K-pop and K-drama stars’ careers
  • But now Kwon Mina is openly worrying over Covid-19 vaccines and singer JK Kim Dong-wook mocked the Korean government over corruption and property investment

Actress Kim Gyu-ri, former AOA member Kwon Mina, and singer JK Kim Dong-uk. Photos: @kimqri; @urbanjk1211/Instagram, @ayochanmi/Twitter
Actress Kim Gyu-ri, former AOA member Kwon Mina, and singer JK Kim Dong-uk. Photos: @kimqri; @urbanjk1211/Instagram, @ayochanmi/Twitter
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