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Two K-pop stars took their own lives within the span of a few weeks this fall, according to police, after being slammed in the media about their personal lives.

Is K-pop to blame for their deaths?

@vicjkim with the full story:  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-06/sulli-goo-hara-kpop-death 

As two of the biggest stars of K-pop, Sulli and Goo Hara saw their every word and action picked apart. For example, Goo Hara faced online harassment about a plastic surgery procedure she underwent to correct a drooping eyelid. 📸: Starnews/AFP via Getty Images

K-pop is reeling from suspected suicides by beloved performers in recent years, as others in the industry quit and suspend their careers citing mental health struggles.

Female stars often face the harshest scrutiny and backlash.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-06/sulli-goo-hara-kpop-death 

When it comes to K-pop “girl groups,” the images crafted by the labels are either innocent and pure or hyper-sexualized.

The objectification leads to skewed perceptions of the stars from fans, according to K-pop expert Hwang Hyo-jin. 📸: Jang Se-young / Newsis via AP

Sulli and Goo’s deaths resonated with fans everywhere — but especially hit home with South Korean women, who watched the stars become known as rebels for their subtle subversions in an industry largely controlled by men.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-12-06/sulli-goo-hara-kpop-death 


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