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Ryu Jun Yeol Denies Allegations That He Is An Ilbe Supporter

BY Adrienne Stanley | Feb 24, 2016 12:00 PM EST

Ryu Jun Yeol denies allegations that he is a supporter of a controversial Korean website, following an Instagram post (@ryusdb) which drew criticism from netizens.

Ryu is shrouded in controversy after he shared a photo which depicted him in the midst of climbing a steep rock formation.

An article published by Newsen outlined the events surrounding his scandal and subsequent response. 

"Going to go get tofu for [my] mom," said Ryu, in the caption of the Instagram post.

This quote sparked a firestorm of responses from Korean-language users, who speculated that the actor was using slang terms to reference the suicide of former president Roh Moo Hyun, who committed suicide in May 2009, by jumping from a mountain cliff outside of his home.

On February 24, the "Reply 1988" actor issued a statement decrying claims that his recent post of a rock climbing photo was an attempt to show his allegiance to Ilbe, a nickname for the website, Ilgan Best.

"I don't use Ilbe," said Ryu, in his Instagram statement, after providing clarification regarding the reference to tofu and errands for his mother. "I don't know why anyone would say this and even though this isn't the truth, there are a lot of fans that may have been hurt."

 오늘 <글로리데이> 제작보고회가 있어서 인터뷰와 방송 촬영이 이어지고 지금에서 글을 쓰게 되었습니다. 등산을 했습니다. 그 당시 저의 지인이 등반을 하는 사진에 <출근하러 가는 길>이라고 적은 내용을 재밌게 보았습니다. 저도 사진을 많이 찍었고 그 사진을 SNS에 올리면서 지인의 표현을 빌려 글을 썼습니다.  저는 어머니의 두부와 콩나물 심부름을 가끔 했던 아들이었고 두부라는 것은 심부름의 내용의 일부였습니다. 저는 일베가 아닙니다. 어떤 이유에서인지 모르겠지만 제가 일베가 아님에도 상처를 받고 있을 많은 팬들이 걱정 되고 또한 제가 존경하는 분이 저의 일베 해명 기사에 언급 되는 것도 속상합니다. 그래도 공인이기 때문에 제가 해명해야 할 부분은 책임을 지고 답을 드려야 하는 것이 맞다고 생각 했습니다. 저는 일베가 결코 아니고 일베 언어를 사용한 적이 없습니다.  팬 여러분께 저를 좋아해주시는 마음이 부끄러울 일을 하지 않았고 앞으로도 하지 않을 것임을 말씀 드리고 싶습니다. 저에게 과분하게 큰 사랑을 받고 있습니다. 그 마음에 보답 하도록 항상 사랑하고 많은 분들에게 위로가 되는 좋은 배우로 활동 하겠습니다.

A photo posted by 류준열 (@ryusdb) on Feb 24, 2016 at 1:51am PST

His agency, CjES Entertainment, swiftly reacted to the claims, denying his use of the site or support of hard-line, right-wing views.

Ilbe is a controversial website that bears some resemblance to 4Chan. Its anonymity and lack of social hierarchy have provided an environment where alleged fascist views are shared with an emphasis on freedom of speech. 

Ryu currently appears alongside fellow "Reply 1988" actors Park Bo Gum, Go Kyung Pyo and Ahn Jae Hong in the latest installment of the reality show, "Youth Over Flowers."

He is also promoting the CJ Entertainment-distributed, coming-of-age film, "Glory Day."

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