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[Interview] Kim Gura to Leave Television and Ask for Forgiveness

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2012.04.17 10:25 Mwave Lee, DongHyun Translation Credit : Erika Kim

After some sensitive comments he made in the past were dug up, Kim Gura that he’ll be leaving television and will spend some time reflecting upon himself.

He held an exclusive interview with tvN’s enews on April 16 in Seoul, and expressed his willingness to leave everything behind.

During the interview with enews’ MC Kim Sung Ju, Kim Gura continued to say “I’m sorry. I’ll look back on myself again and again,” bowing his head toward the camera.

The problematic statement came during an appearance on an internet broadcast owned by Ddanzi Daily in 2002, in which Kim Gura said, “80 prostitutes sued the police for an issue related to human rights, and got on a bus to file a case with the National Human Rights Commission. This is the first time prostitutes shared a bus since the comfort women did so a long time ago, and the bus driver probably got all excited.” The statement was not only scathing on its own, but also caused an even bigger uproar when it touched on the sensitive issue of the comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during Japanese colonization. The statement was first brought up through an online community site, and soon spread through the web, plunging Kim Gura into a bombardment of criticism and condemnations.

What follows is a transcript of the interview Kim Sung Ju held with Kim Gura for enews.

[Interview] Kim Gura to Leave Television and Ask for Forgiveness

The interview had to happen so suddenly.

“I thought it was an issue that I had to speak of in a press conference in front of a lot of people, but I couldn’t bring up the courage to do that. That’s why I thought of holding an interview with a close friend, Kim Sung Ju. I′m sorry because I know that I’m being cowardly. I want to apologize for this.”

You said you would spend some time looking back on yourself.

“I thought a lot about it after seeing the news releases in the morning. I talked it over with my wife and the head of my agency. I thought I shouldn’t be on broadcasts laughing in a situation like this. I’m sorry to the producers and colleagues in the programs I was appearing in. I want to apologize also to those who were hurt by my words. I’ll be putting everything down to regret what I’ve done.”

The statement was made 10 years ago, which is a long time ago.

“Even if it did happen in the past, the statement was so violent it was beyond common sense. I couldn’t forgive myself for it. I can’t appear on broadcasts to laugh and talk again now. I told KBS2’s Immortal Song that I won’t be able to participate in the shoot scheduled for today. I thought I should immediately ask for forgiveness and look back on my past.”

It seems a statement you made in the past has shackled you down.

“Actually, even though I was active on variety programs, I’ve never felt comfortable when I thought of the statements I’ve made on the internet broadcast. It was so severe I never scheduled anything that would happen more than a week after. I was always regretful while I was active, but I think it didn’t show very well to the public because of my character. I believe my fans may be disappointed by the fact that they decided to like me in the first place. I want to ask for sincere forgiveness before it’s too late.”

[Interview] Kim Gura to Leave Television and Ask for Forgiveness

What are your future plans?

“I can only think of how I should put everything down and look back on myself. I can’t think of anything else because I have no room for that. I’ll spend my time thinking of a life in which I continue to regret and ask for forgiveness.”

Do you have anything to say to the public that loved you so much?

“I want to bow my head down to everyone who was hurt by my past statements. I was able to be active thanks to the friends and public that forgave me for my past statements and embraced me even though I was flawed. You made me happy, and I thank you. I’ll live the rest of my life in regret.”

Photo credit: tvN

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