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Secret′s Jeon Hyosung Apologizes Again for ′Democratization′ Controversy

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2013.05.20 15:19 Mwave Lee, KyungNam Translation Credit : Erika Kim

Jeon Hyosung again apologized in a longer letter of apology regarding the ′democratization′ controversy.

On May 20, Jeon Hyosung tweeted, "Hello. This is Secret′s Jeon Hyosung. I am so sorry I caused concern with my careless words some time ago."

Secret′s Jeon Hyosung Apologizes Again for ′Democratization′ Controversy

She further explained, "I have nothing to do with the site you are all concerned about. I just wanted to communicate with my fans, and while monitoring fan reactions I found the words ′Democratize with Jeon Hyosung′ across many forums. I did not know the exact meaning, but I figured unconsciously that it was something positive, and referred to the act of recommending something good to another person."

"I learned that the word was taken out of its original meaning by a certain site after this incident occurred," she added. "I am very regretful of the fact that I used the word ′democratization′ carelessly, failing to consider how I can strongly influence others. I also want to sincerely apologize to the bereaved families [of the 5.18 Gwangju democratization movements], who would have been hurt by my careless words. I do know that we are able to live happily now thanks to the sacrifice of those involved. I am very sorry."

"I will continue to study and work hard to become a better person. I again apologize to fans who were troubled by the incident," she finished.

Jeon Hyosung had come under fire after using the word ′democratization′ on radio. Netizens had pointed out that she used the word the way a certain extreme rightist site would use it. The site uses the word negatively to put down the Gwangju democratization movements.

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