“Witch Hunt” is a program broadcast by jTBC. Shin Dong Yup is the main MC and he talks various topics with his guests like Sung Si Kyung, Hong Suk Chun. I don’t really watch that show, but I think what makes people tune in is how they’re quite open about “adult” topics. And of course, Hong Suk Chun being here validates any LGBT topic.
In the episode on January 24th, Shin Dong Yup revealed a story about a male celebrity who is in the closet and is married. I think the discussion was about if you should speak up when you know a secret that could hurt your friend and might break your friendship if that friend is mad at you for keeping it real.
“There are a lot of gay men who are married. There was a time when I knew a female celebrity who was about to get married. I knew that the man she was about to get married to was gay. I kept wondering if I should tell her or not, in the end I didn’t tell her. I didn’t know if it was my place to tell her. They live well now.”
Sung Si Kyung said that “no matter how painful this could be, you must know what’s going on. Can you really be happy when you don’t know the truth? It’s like in the movie Matrix. So what if people would rather not choose the pill that gives you knowledge. I know I’d take it. I think you must know at any cost.”
Shin Dong Yup pointed out that the decision wasn’t that easy to make. “It’s something hard to talk about when you’re actually in the situation. Gay people also have many merits/advantages. They have a warm heart, they’re delicate, they’re the domestic type so… In the end, I didn’t say anything, they got married and they live well. People still don’t know the real situation.”
Of course, he didn’t reveal the name of the gay celebrity, but this didn’t seem to be some made-up story for the show. “Only Hong Suk Chun and I know his identity”, he said which Hong Suk Chun confirmed.
I don’t care who this celebrity is, but that was a… bold move to talk about it like that. Besides, if that man is living a good life as a married man with a woman just like they’re saying he is, doesn’t that make him bi? I mean, in the way Shin Dong Yup tells the story the man and his wife are quite happy, so… that makes it even more awkward.