Celebrities have joined a large part of the Korean people in speaking out against the import of U.S. beef. Famed actor Sol Kyung-gu
", and the "Public Enemy" series has voiced his support for anti-U.S. beef protestors, especially high school students. He has said that he realized that the future of Korea is bright when he saw students expressing their opinions in public.
In the meantime, Seol's latest film "Kang Cheol-jung: Public Enemy 1-1" ("Public Enemy Returns"
) includes a scene in which Seol's character mentions mad cow disease. The scene was filmed in February, before the mad cow disease controversy broke out. He says the day he shot the scene was the day he stopped eating meat. He added that the government should be more judicious in dealing with the public outcry against the U.S. beef import. "Public Enemy Returns"
is scheduled to be in theaters on June 19th.
Another hot actor has posted his thoughts on the U.S. beef import deal. Hot actor Kim Rae-won
, the star of soon-to-be-aired drama "Sikgaek" ("Gourmet"
), wrote on his personal homepage that he is concerned about food safety and imported beef like the rest of the Korean public and came to realize the superiority of the Korean cuisine and tradition through the filming of "Sikgaek". He added that he learned why Korean beef is so superior to other beef while preparing for his role as Seong-chan, an aspiring chef in the drama. The posting wrapped up with his plea to remember the hard work Korean livestock farmers have put into raising the cattle.
Drama "Sikgaek", based on the comic book series under the same title, will air its first episode on June 16th.