[Reporter Lee Da-gyeom, Daily Economy Star Today]

Singer Hong Jin-young continues to broadcast despite controversy about plagiarism of thesis, and is being beaten by viewers. In the SBS entertainment program ‘My Little Old Boy’, where he is regularly appearing, viewers request to get off.

Hong Jin-young received her master’s degree from the Department of Trade at Chosun University with his thesis, ‘A Study on the Trends of Cultural Contents Industry through Hallyu,’ in 2009, and a Ph.D. in 2012. In this regard, a media recently raised suspicion that Hong Jin-young’s thesis recorded a plagiarism rate of 74% as a result of a test of the plagiarism review site ‘Copy Killer’.

Right after the controversy about plagiarism of thesis arose, Hong Jin-young explained, “It is a quotation, not plagiarism,” but when a former professor of Chosun University declared his conscience, she admitted her wrongdoing.

On her Instagram on the 7th, she said, “What was considered a custom at the time is now judged by only a few percent, so no matter what I say, it only seems frustrating and upset.” It is infinitely sad to see myself caught up in such controversy. I will return my master’s and doctorate degrees. I think that’s the best thing I can do.”

Hong Jin-young released his digital single album ‘Never Ever’ on the 2nd and was actively working on various music broadcasts. Although he actually admitted his fault with the option of ‘returning the degree’, he carried out broadcasting activities without self-sufficiency, causing the public to frown.

On the 7th after apologizing for plagiarism of thesis, he had a comeback stage at MBC ‘Music Center’, and on the 8th he stood on the stage of SBS ‘Inkigayo’. In addition, it appeared without editing in the broadcast on the 8th of ‘My Little Old Boy’, which is a fixed appearance. In particular, the broadcast on this day was decorated with an episode promoting Hong Jin-young’s new song, and viewers’ resistance was even more intense.

In this same move, some viewers demanded Hong Jin-young get off ‘My Little Old Boy’. Netizens said, “What do you mean by returning your degree even though you didn’t plagiarize it? If there is a mistake, you have to take time to self-sufficiency.” It is impudent” and so on.

Criticism has also poured out on the production crew of ‘My Little Old Boy’ in that the celebrity who caused social controversy was sent to the broadcast without editing.

As the suspicion of Hong Jin-young’s thesis plagiarism is causing social ripples, Chosun University plans to open a graduate committee on the 13th to investigate whether there was any problem with Hong Jin-young’s degree conferment. An official at Chosun University said on the Maeil Business Daily Star Today on the 10th, “As there is no system for returning the degree in principle, we will convene the Graduate School Committee on the 13th to discuss the relevant contents and investigate whether the degree has been properly awarded.”

Hong Jin-young met the biggest reef after his debut due to suspicion of plagiarism. In the midst of being beaten once again for his promotion of activities, attention is focused on whether he will turn the public’s mind to the choice of self-sufficient time.

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