So, Nichkhun from 2PM decided to drive while drunk. In Korea, the Blood Alcohol Content limit .050%. Nichkhun’s tested at .056%.
Not only was he driving under the influence, but he also rear-ended a motorcyclist with his car at an intersection. Thankfully the motorcyclist wasn’t killed, but he did gain injuries on his leg, arm and ears.
According to the news, the accident happened around 3:30AM in Gangnam. After the accident, he supposedly went home because everything was so minor. The accident was considered to be minor and he was only over the limit by a small amount.
JYP Entertainment issued an apology statement to allkpop:
“This is JYP Entertainment. Around 2:30AM this morning, Nichkhun who is an artist under our agency had attended a dinner with the entire JYP family present, following a rehearsal for a JYP performance. After having about two glasses of beer, Nichkhun was driving back to his dorm which is located on the same block as the location the dinner took place. On the way, Nichkhun was involved in an accident with a motorcycle at an intersection in the neighborhood.”
They continued, “His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.056%, and his license has been suspended. Nichkhun himself and our company are well aware that we were careless, and for this we would like to apologize. Furthermore, we will earnestly oblige to any follow-up investigations that may be necessary. Once again, we would like to sincerely apologize.” [allkpop]
Nichkhun himself gave an apology. [source] Since his Korean language skills are limited, he simply wrote “I’m sorry”. It’s unfortunate that he wouldn’t say more. Maybe he’ll have a better opportunity in the future.
EDIT: Nichkhun has just apologized through his Twitter –
“I would like to write this letter of apology for such an irresponsible act. To the injured person, his family, the people of Korea, my fans, JYPE family and staffs, 2PM members, and all the people this situation has affected. I have betrayed the ones who have given me their love and support, the love and support I don’t deserve with such behavior. I feel the need to take some time off to re-think about my action and myself, to make myself a better person and never again repeat the same mistake. I am truly ashamed that I have disappointed so many, and I am deeply sorry.” [source]
What are my thoughts?
Ah, I didn’t expect this from Nichkhun… I like the guy! He’s my bias in 2PM!
But this is just another reality check that idols are only human.
I know some of you are in denial over Nichkhun being a role model. I’ve heard a lot of people saying he’s only an entertainer. Well, I’m sorry, but if you’re famous, kids are going to look up to you. And if kids look up to you, you are in fact, a role model. If you don’t want to be an influence on people, then don’t become famous because being a role model isn’t something you choose to do or sign up for.
Kids are going to look up to people they think are cool; people they want to be like. You can’t tell them who they should or shouldn’t like… well you can, but they’re not going to listen. They’re not going to suddenly find some old, intelligent, author guy cool just because you say they should.
So, just accept that entertainers have an influence on kids and that Nichkhun – whether parents, you, or he likes it – is, in fact, a role model.
But… it seems that Nichkhun likes to be a role model. He likes to stand up for things he believes in. This is why I think he probably feels pretty disappointed in himself.
And he should feel that way. After all, if he wants to be a role model, he has to be more careful. To be a role model, he needs to have consequences for his actions or other kids might think it’s okay to go a little over the limit if they want to.
Because even if they just go a little over the limit, look what can happen! …And it’s a well-known fact that most car accidents happen near the home. If the motorcyclist had been going a little faster, he could’ve died.
So far, his consequence is losing the support of sponsors and being kicked out of advertisements. I don’t know if anything more will happen to him besides losing his driving license.
I don’t really know about this “apology” from JYP Entertainment, though… it feels like they’re excusing the situation or trying to make it lighter by saying, ‘oh, but he was near his house’ and ‘oh, but he only had two beers’.
Really, JYP Ent…? Those things don’t matter. Everybody knows that car accidents often happen near your house. Actually, according to a report, 1/3 of car accidents happen within a mile of your house. [source]. Also, two beers?
In JYP Ent’s statement, they say the party started at 2:30AM. The police report says the accident was at 3:30AM.
According to several online sources and calculators, two beers during the course of an hour, for just a male body weight of 100lbs would, unless there’s abnormal circumstances, give a BAC of .040%. I’m sure Nichkhun weighs more than that, so the BAC would be even lower.
I feel a bit suspicious…. But since I’m not an expert, I can’t really say I’m right on this for sure.
But, in any case, drunk is drunk. If you feel tipsy, you don’t drive. Period.
If he was really at a party with all of JYP, then I think they should be saying sorry that they didn’t look out for him better instead of using excuses like I just mentioned.
After reading this statement from JYP and seeing how the police considered everything to be minor offences, I doubt we’ll have to worry about him being kicked out of 2PM, though he was edited out of an ad for Caribbean Bay. Good thing he wasn’t the one chosen to go solo this year, though. I bet that would’ve made the situation a bit more serious.
Block B vs Nichkhun Fanwar:
Hmmm, I know there’s going to be some gloating among Block B fans, since Nichkhun helped their controversy spiral out of control a few months ago. I’m a BBC (Block B fan) myself, and as such, I want to recommend BBCs to limit their feelings to their personal blogs. I know it’ll be hard not to make jabs about this… I’m actually struggling against doing so myself… but try to be the mature ones. Not all Nichkhun fans agreed with him during the Block B scandal, so it wouldn’t be nice to hurt them in the process.
UPDATE: If you’re on tumblr, make sure you tag any rants with “Block B Rant” instead of “Block B” since a lot of BBCs don’t want to see negative things in that tag.
In conclusion, I don’t think we should make light out of this situation. Nobody should be excusing him or saying they feel sorry for him because he brought it on himself. However, I don’t think bashing him is right either. Many idols make mistakes and this was a mistake many people would make.
Also, what if your idol is next? These mistakes pop out of nowhere, so you should have more compassion for fans of Nichkhun.