[UPDATE 2/20] An interesting update was posted to Jenny Hyun’s blog regarding her mental health. Take from it what you will, but it may add a little context to this bizarre story.
I first heard of Jenny Hyun years ago, back when she won a little competition on MTV called Wannabe, where singers vied to be like their idol of the time. Jenny competed on the show based on Christina Aguilera, who back then, was still a newly established, young Pop star. Jenny actually won the competition, giving her a little momentum into her own career. She soon rebranded herself as Jaley before eventually changing her stage name back to Jenny Hyun years later, and now I understand that she’s a song writer for the K-Pop industry. Check out the clip of her winning the show, below.
So why is she being written about in our ‘Worst Ever‘ feature? Through the usage of social media, it has become apparent that she’s a very vocal individual. She frequently tweets and blogs and shares about various topics including politics, social class, and yes, race. Now, people often say things out of frustration. We get that. But the following tweets that were made by her are inexcusable – regardless of intention or actual disposition. AsianJunkie was able to collect the following:
This was all in response to a questionable & racist tweet by Floyd Mayweather (another infamously outspoken celebrity/boxer) regarding Jeremy Lin. Perhaps she only meant to stand for the injustice spoken by a influential person of interest. Perhaps she is wrongfully displacing a lot of anger based on some personal experiences. Who knows. All I know is, she was way, WAY out of line.
I respect the fact that she has the right to say what she thinks and feels. But I, in no way, respect what she thinks and feels (GENOCIDE!?). But at the end of the day, I’m most concerned about her – as a person. What in the world could drive her to react in such a fashion? Why is there such anger, that whether or not it is not derived from feelings towards a particular group of people, it still brings her to the point of spewing senseless bigotry and slander?
You see, I think all of us have at least a little bit of anger in us. Some more than others. Perhaps reading Ms Hyun’s tweets triggered an immediate emotional response that caused you to wish detriment on her. You wouldn’t be the first. In the resulting backlash, her address has been published online, and she’s received numerous threats to her health and well being along with an enormous amount of criticism.
But… in the end… doesn’t this vaguely resemble a chain of dominos? Dominos that are on fire, and have been pushed by the finger of Beezlebub with the intent of setting off an evil Rube Goldberg machine that can only end with poison tipped arrows gouging out our eyes, leaving us blind in a maze surrounded by loud speakers blasting Rebecca Black’s “Friday” on an endless loop.
Sorry, I got a little off topic there. But my point is this. Floyd’s unchecked anger triggered the hugely imbalanced anger of Ms Jenny Hyun. Who in turn, may have triggered a lot of anger in many of us. And this may then manifest itself in countless other ways of various magnitudes. All I’m saying is, don’t let the anger get to you. Don’t let it be a driving force behind your actions. If you get into that habit, who knows how long it’ll be before you find yourself in a similar position as Jenny.
For the record, she apologized. Sort of.
Jenny Hyun, as a human being, isn’t a “Worst Ever”. But, her letting the anger get to the point that it defines what she does and says? That is.