Some thoughts on the Seunghyun hate.
Marijuana can be polarizing. Some people think it should be legalized – or at least decriminalized – while some people think it should remain illegal and even advocate for harsher sentencing. Some people think of it as a very dangerous substance and others see it as harmless, even beneficial.
With regards to Seunghyun, opinions will vary on whether or not smoking marijuana was, moralistically, a bad thing to do. Some argue that smoking weed is not a big deal. Some argue that it was a terrible mistake on his part. Some might be in favour of legalization but still think it was a stupid decision on his part, or that it was wrong of him to break the law.
And of course, there are those who will send messages, cowardly hiding behind the anonymous feature, calling him a low-life drug addict and telling his fans that they should be ashamed to support him.
Whatever you think of his marijuana use – no big deal, stupid but forgivable, etc. – writing someone off as a lowlife for a one-time use of marijuana, accusing them of addiction is ridiculous. I get that there are differences of opinion; our religious, political, and cultural upbringings divide us, even in countries like mine, where the current Prime Minister has promised marijuana legalization by next year. But many influential, well-respected people have used marijuana, and whether or not you think that was wrong of them I don’t think it should detract from their humanity.
Various leaders of countries, Nobel laureates, successful CEOs, great writers, musicians, and artists have had a history of marijuana usage. Francis Crick, a co-discoverer of DNA, was known for his usage of marijuana and LSD. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have admitted to using both marijuana and LSD (so if you’re typing vitriolic messages about Seunghyun on either a Microsoft product or an Apple product, please take a moment to appreciate the irony).
There is commentary to be made about the negative presence of drugs in society and especially in artistic communities. The tortured artist trope exists for a reason. Drug addiction is a problem that needs to be addressed. We shouldn’t see so many tragic, young losses of life due to drug abuse.
Obviously in a country with such strict laws, smoking marijuana was unwise. But one-time marijuana usage is hardly drug abuse, let alone addiction. Furthermore, even if Seunghyun were addicted to drugs, treating him like the scourge of society would not be the right approach. Addiction is a mental illness. It is a disease. Those who experience it deserve our sympathy and our hope. We should want them to heal. We shouldn’t tell them that they can never redeem themselves.
I know that this will be lost on the anon spreading hate about Seunghyun. They seem determined to hate him, and I find it unlikely that anything I or anyone else says will sway their opinion. But I wanted to say something anyway. Seunghyun isn’t perfect. BIGBANG aren’t perfect. Maybe that’s why I like them so much, relate to them so strongly. I’m not perfect either. We’re all just humans trying our best and sometimes we fuck up. I would always rather support someone going through a difficult time and hope for them to heal than kick them when they’re down.