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Jo Kwon Issues Statement Responding to Criticism On His Gay role in "Priscilla"

Jo Kwon left a very long message on his SNS site on July 8 following a press call for “Priscilla”.

Jul 9, 2014 06:42 PM BST
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2AM's Jo Kwon once again stands in the line of criticism for his portrayal of a role of a gay drag queen in his latest musical, "Priscilla". In several promotional images and interviews, Jo Kwon had previously addressed various criticism. This time around, Jo Kwon left a very long message on his SNS site on July 8 following a press call for "Priscilla".

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Jo Kwon wrote,

"I know that there are a lot of misunderstandings and malicious comments toward the many pictures taken by the press.  I am writing this to help people understand...  You could think that it is just a gay show from the poster or pictures. However, our musical 'Priscilla' is not just a musical that portrays the homosexual and transgenders' views, but also a sincere musical that portrays family, friendship, love, paternal love, and emotions...

I just want to show my abilities and talents, that I can work hard and well... It could still be seen with a negative view out of repulsion.  That's why I want to leap over my limits and wall more coolly and diligently...

It is a bit hard because people only react to my job based on what they see, but I chose this road, so I am working hard to take responsibility by overcoming this. However, when I hear malicious comments or other bad things unintentionally, it does not work for me well on a mental level no matter how much I try...

Come to see the performance personally.  Do not think of anything at all, come to the venue with an easy heart, and I would like for us to appreciate what kind of production 'Priscilla' is together.  This summer, I will take responsibility for 'Priscilla..."

He added, "When it does not go the way I want, it is so hard.  Just come watch. Stop criticizing."

"Priscilla" started opening its curtains on July 8 at the LG Art Center.

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