OK, so she was traveling as an ordinary person. I get that.
But even an ordinary person knows better than to be as rude as BoA was that day. For instance, I'm an ordinary person. But I was born (and grew up) in a state where there is great state loyalty. My family moved to Arizona, but I still wore sports team shirts from my home state, once in a while. As a result, people from that state, while visiting Arizona, would see me wearing the shirt and strike up a conversation with me.
Again, I'm not famous, and I was just minding my own business at all times. But when people approached me, I never behaved the way BoA did toward those Italian fans. Ever. One reason being that any member of my family would have smacked me for being rude, the other reason being that I would have never considered doing anything but chat with them briefly and politely.
To those who don't believe the Italians' story: I recall a thread from several months ago, where I expressed amazement at how BoA ignored fans while walking into a hotel. I saw the video with my own eyes, and what happened was clear. Sadly, that behavior doesn't appear to be a one-off thing. Whether you're a star or not, you can't go around acting that way toward people.
When you're traveling, the whole point of it is to do new things and encounter new and interesting people
. Whether she was BoA or Bo-A Kwon, her reaction was improper. I think this part of the account says it all: "BoA said that she was sorry in her tweet and I think that proves that she realized that she was rude.
She probably saw all the rude mentions sent to her,she didn't like them and she tried to defend her public image." (I disagree on one point: There was no apology in BoA's tweet, just a request that others understand why she was rude.)
I once met former NBA player (now TNT sports analyst) Charles Barkley when I was living in Arizona. He has a reputation for being hostile toward autograph seekers, because so many people were selling his autographs on eBay. Once, when a drunk picked a fight with him in a restaurant, Barkley threw the guy out through a plate-glass window! So yeah, I was real nervous about asking him for his autograph. But he was extremely nice and gracious to my mother and me, because it was obvious we weren't autograph sellers. If someone like Charles Barkley can be nice, so can BoA.
I don't understand why BoA tweeted her non-apology "apology" in Korean; just because the Italians were K-pop fans doesn't mean they're fluent in Korean. She should have found a translator to help her write the tweet in English (which most people worldwide understand), or at least Italian.
If Cobu 3D, Make Your Move, or whatever it's called this week ever gets an international release, she needs to be trying to make friends--not enemies--in other countries. Blaming the Italian fans for her own rudeness in that tweet is ridiculous.
This is very sad. She needs to learn some respect for the "little people."
Edited by hinachan, 17 May 2013 - 11:24 PM.