K-pop boy band EXO member Chanyeol received overwhelming support from fans after an award show poked fun at his acting.
The Korean Razzies: Chanyeol, who starred in the film “The Box” earlier this year, was voted the worst film actor in Korea for 2021 at Sports Kyunghyang’s 5th Raspberry Film Festival on Dec. 27, reported Manila Bulletin.
- The annual event is the Korean version of the Golden Raspberry Awards (the Razzies), which acknowledges “the worst of cinematic under-achievements.”
- South Korean media outlet Sports Kyunghyang came up with this year’s ranking of the worst films and actors by surveying 22 local film reporters.
- Chanyeol received eight out of 22 votes, or 36% of all the votes.
- The 29-year-old celebrity is a “problematic idol whose hobby is acting,” according to Sports Kyunghyang. Chanyeol’s performance reportedly proves how “there should be no cases where people only believe in the value of an idol’s name and jump into the lead role at once.”
- Red Velvet’s Irene, who received six out of 22 votes, ranked as the No. 2 worst film actor in Korea for her performance in “Double Patty.”
- Sports Kyunghyang criticized Irene’s acting skills, noting that she struggled to “speak properly.” Some voters pointed out that her acting “did not convey emotions” and that “it would have been a disaster if her face was not pretty.”
Fans express support: EXO fans said Chanyeol does not deserve to be ridiculed for his acting as both he and the film generated local and international acclaim, according to a separate report from Manila Bulletin.
- “Music-blockbuster film ‘The Box’ was nominated in the 42nd Blue Dragon Film Awards (a prestigious awards ceremony in South Korea),” fans pointed out.
- “Due to ‘The Box’ popularity, it aired in around 32 countries and Chanyeol became the first-ever Korean Idol to have a movie premiered in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Ukraine,” the fans reportedly said. “The movie premiered in over 100 cities in Russia and multiple sold-out theaters.”
- The fans went on to highlight the film’s performance at the international box office, where it consistently landed in the top 10 in places such as Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia.
- “The voters obviously voted based on what they personally thought against the individual itself not on the characters they’re supposed to portray,” according to one Twitter user. “Prejudices over unconfirmed facts, these so-called journalists should go back to school.”
- Fans also cited the overwhelmingly positive reviews the film received from critics when it came out.