G-Dragon Marijuana Scandal

Okay, so I’m sure by now, most of you kpop fans know about this.

Apparently, back in May 2011, G-Dragon from Big Bang was in a club in Japan and smoked a little bit of weed, in the words of his fans, “by mistake”.

“I smoked a cigarette that someone had given me at a club,” G-Dragon said. “The smell was somewhat different from that of a regular cigarette so I was slightly suspicious that it was marijuana, but it is true that I smoked it,” he said. [allkpop]

The police gave him a drug test and the urine tested negative, but his hair test was positive. He then made that confession.

However, since the amount was so very small, it was his first offence, and because “he’s a college student”, they didn’t press charges and he’s not black-listed from the entertainment world like others before him.

Click here for a translation of YG Entertainment’s official statement on the case. This describes exactly what they believe happened.

GD & TOP were going to debut in Japan this November 2011, but now G-Dragon is going to take some time off of promotions because of this. GD was also working on a solo album, but now that’s uncertain.

FYI: Marijuana is illegal in Japan and Korea. Punishment is typically more severe than in the United States.

What are my thoughts?

At first I didn’t believe him. I laughed at his excuse and believed he really has been doing it all the time.

After reading more into it and thinking, I now believe that because the amount was so small, he really might have been telling the truth. He was in a club when it happened, so he most likely had a few drinks and could have had his judgement impaired enough by the alcohol to just smoke the thing anyway.

Hair tests do cover a span of 30-90 days time. If he had smoked before, or more than that in the past, it would probably be a rare thing since the amount in the test was so tiny in such a span of time.

So, I think what he did was stupid, since it’s not only illegal, but people who do it in those countries are treated as a disgrace. He’s too famous to risk doing something like that. But I can see how it could happen in a club with his judgment impaired and being curious.

Of course, it could have been bigger but YG bribed enough to cover him. Though if he had been guilty enough for YG to actually use bribes, he probably would’ve avoided the drug test in the first place…. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt and hopefully this will all blow over. Sure he’s shown not-so-good judgement in the past, but he’s still young. Especially compared with most American celebrities his age; he’s a good kid.

I mean, he’s only 23. It’s a scientific fact that “…the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25.”

(Also, just who tipped the police off? An anti-fan? Haha.)

Conspiracy Theories

Another interesting aspect of this case is how some fans are questioning whether this is actually a cover-up for a large group of politicians that were caught gambling during work with company credit cards. This alleged news article was supposedly quickly shoved down when this story about G-Dragon came out and eventually disappeared altogether while people were distracted. [orangieland] [thevulgarizm]

If true, this could explain why this is being blown out of proportion, as well as why it took a few months to break into the news. Things like this have happened with other politicians and celebrities in the past so it’s not an unlikely idea (for example, Seo Taiji’s divorce scandal made headlines during a BBK stock manipulation scandal involving the South Korean president… though Seo Taiji’s issue had been going on months before without any notice) .

However, this theory could have been made up by fans that are trying to find excuses for G-Dragon or lessen the blow. There really is no more evidence about this politician issue to back it up anymore. Maybe this isn’t being blown out of proportion since GD was being praised so much until now so it’s more shocking, and maybe it took a few months to get out since it happened in Japan instead of his home country.

What do you think?

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