Anti-cyberbullying Bill Called “Sulli’s Act” Will Be Tabled Following Her Death

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Korean netizens are petitioning for an anti-cyberbullying law to be put in place following the death of Korean celebrity, Sulli. Calling it the “Sulli Act”, netizens took it to the Blue House bulletin boards to appeal for stricter law against malicious comments.

Many asked for a law for real names to be used on bulletin boards to be enforced. An article on Daum reported that the government had tried to introduce the bill to combat cyberbullying many times in the past, but faced opposition from civic groups who claimed that there will be no freedom of speech if one has to use their real names on forums.

Also read: 7 Things To Know About Sulli

The proposal to use real names was rejected in 2003 and 2006. In 2007, a law was passed stating that forums with more than 100,000 users had to implement a system where users have to reveal their partial names, but in 2012, the court decided that it violated freedom of speech.

According to Korean news outlets, the bill will be brought to the table in early December during the National Assembly. About 100 companies and 200 celebrities will be supporting the bill.

After Sulli’s death, celebrities have posted messages of condolences.

Sulli’s former boyfriend, Choiza, posted a message on Instagram.

He wrote, “We spent the most beautiful memories of our lives together. I sent you away with regrets, but I’ll treasure our memories till the day I close my eyes. I miss you.”

Singer Park Jimin wrote:

BTOB’s Peniel also left a message.

Sulli is not the first celebrity to be a victim of cyberbullying. Former KARA member Goo Hara attempted suicide after netizens made malicious comments following her lawsuit with her former boyfriend.

Known to be good friends with Sulli, Hara went on Instagram live to apologise for not being able to attend the funeral as she was in Japan.

Epik High’s Tablo was also a victim of cyberbullying in 2010. A group of netizens got together and started a forum to dispute Tablo’s claims of being a Stanford graduate. Despite the evidence presented, they refused to believe him and the public also started attacking him online. When he finally flew to Stanford to verify his certificates, prosecutors investigated the identity of the forum administrators and found that one of them was a 57-year-old Korean-American businessman living in Los Angeles. He refused to answer to the court summons, claiming that he wrote the posts in a “fair manner”.

Tablo admitted that the episode had made him afraid to go out in public.

If you suspect a friend could be suffering, here are a few things you can do: Listen closely to their feelings and try not to give solutions. Instead gently advise them to get help early, and be supportive. Check in on them when possible, to see how they are coping.

These helplines are available in Singapore:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 6389 2222
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800-221-4444
  • Silver Ribbon: 63861928, 67424190, 63853714

25-Year-Old Korean Star Sulli Reportedly Passed Away

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Korean celebritiy Sulli, previously from girl group f(x), has reportedly passed away. According to Korean news reports, her manager had found her in her home in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do and called the fire department.

The police is investigating the cause of death, but it was reported that there were no evidence of murder or foul play.

Her manager had gone to her apartment after she became uncontactable after their last phone call at 6.30pm on Sunday. He had found her dead at around 3.20pm.

Korea Herald quoted a police official: “It seems that Choi was living alone at the house. It looks like she ended her life but we will investigate, open to all possibilities.”

According to the police, Sulli, whose real name is Choi Jinri, was severely depressed.

 

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Three years ago, she was reportedly rushed to the hospital with injuries to her wrist. Many speculated that it was a suicide attempt, but she and her agency SM Entertainment denied the allegations and said she had hurt her wrist by accident.

She debuted in f(x) when she was 15. She left the group in 2015, a year after she took a break from activities due to mental and physical fatigue.

The 25-year-old, who was a child actress, continued acting and landed a lead role in the movie Real in 2017, alongside Kim Soo Hyun.

She recently released a single, “Goblin” and was one of the hosts for variety programme The Night of Hate Comments.

On September 28, Sulli, who had openly discussed about how she liked to go braless, had a nip slip while doing an Instagram live. Netizens had criticised her online and the video has since been deleted.

In December 2017, SHINee’s Kim Jonghyun, who is from the same agency as Sulli, was found dead.

If you suspect a friend could be suffering, here are a few things you can do: Listen closely to their feelings and try not to give solutions. Instead gently advise them to get help early, and be supportive. Check in on them when possible, to see how they are coping.

These helplines are available in Singapore:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 6389 2222
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): 1800-221-4444
  • Silver Ribbon: 63861928, 67424190, 63853714

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9 Local Celebs And Their Battles With Depression And Other Mental Health Conditions
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How Can I Help Someone Who Is Suicidal?

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