Entertainment circle suspends promotional events over ferry sinking
SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- In an expression of condolences to the victims of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, the entertainment circle canceled most of its promotional activities scheduled for later in the week on Thursday.
K-pop artists, major television networks and film agencies postponed their promotional events for new songs, TV shows and films, saying it would not be proper to hold these events at a time when the entire nation is in grief.
The confirmed death toll reached nine in the skinking, which is believed to be one of the country's deadliest offshore accidents as there are 287 people still unaccounted for amid growing fears they are trapped inside the sunken ship.
Hours after the accident was reported, EXO, a popular boy band, called off media interviews scheduled for Thursday ahead of the release of its second mini-album "Overdose."
It remains unclear whether the group will perform in music programs run by major television networks as planned later this week.
Girl group Apink, which planned to hold a special event for fan club members on Saturday, also indefinitely postponed the event.
"We made the decision as we were unable to sing and dance before our fans as many people continue to suffer from the ferry sinking," the group told reporters through its management agency. "We'll announce the rescheduled date and venue of the event later," it added.
The film industry also canceled all VIP previews, press conferences and other promotional events planned for the week. The films affected included "The Fatal Encounter," a Korean historical thriller starring actor Hyun Bin; "Make Your Move," South Korean pop superstar BoA's English-debut film; Hollywood animated film "Rio 2"; and the Korean romance film "Obsessed."
The nation's major TV stations were no exception.
SBS canceled its plan to hold a news conference to promote a new weekend drama series on Thursday and postponed the broadcasting of the drama's first episode until a week from Saturday.
"We sincerely hope all the missing people return home safely," the crew of the series said in a press release.