Seol Min-seok dropped out of the broadcasting station and trusted viewers.
Seol Min-seok, who started as a star lecturer in Korean history and appeared in a number of broadcasts as a history expert, admitted to the controversy over plagiarism of his thesis and announced that he would drop all broadcasts.
Controversy over plagiarism was raised by Seol Min-seok, who submitted his master’s thesis on history education at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of Education in 2010 to “Study on Ideological Debate in the Description of Korean Modern History Textbook.” One media outlet claimed on the 29th that Seol Min-seok’s paper was analyzed with a plagiarism rate of 52% as a result of requesting a copy killer of the plagiarism analysis system. Of the total 747 sentences, 187 sentences recorded a 100% plagiarism rate and 332 sentences suspected of plagiarism. More than half of the papers consisted of ‘clothes’ and ‘weaving’.
“I am sorry for causing inconvenience and concern to many people due to the plagiarism of the master’s thesis,” Seol said on his Facebook page on the 29th. I apologize with my head down.’ “I admit that I neglected research in writing my thesis and neglected to write quotes and footnotes in the process of referring to other papers,” he/she said, reflecting that it was “my mistake without excuse.” He apologized again, saying, “I feel responsible and will drop out of all the shows that I’m on.” Although he posted an apology on Facebook, he left a short notice on YouTube channel “Seol-Saem TV” saying, “I will have time to reorganize for the time being,” without much explanation. My comment on Seol’s TV has also been stopped.
Seol is currently starring in MBC’s “Returns of the Crossing Line” and tvN’s “Seol Min-seok’s naked world history.” As controversy flared up, tvN officially confirmed Seol Min-seok’s departure. As the broadcaster named Seol Min-seok, he was not free from controversy over his degree.
On the other hand, the party involved in the plagiarism controversy has announced that it will drop the show, but the decision by the “good girls” has yet to be made. “The Sons” is an exploratory travel program that was loved with the intention of “recognizing hidden history that we didn’t know with our history teacher.” It was produced as the first season of broadcasting in March 2018, and has become a meaningful weekend entertainment show. However, he is in a difficult position due to the controversy over his fixed cast, Seol Min-seok. “We are only checking the facts,” an official of “The Good Girls” told Sports World on Thursday.
It was not just the broadcast in which he appeared that caused controversy over plagiarism in his thesis. Seol Min-seok appeared in the VCR introducing the Grand Prize candidates for the 2020 MBC Entertainment Awards, which aired on the 30th. In this regard, the production team confirmed the controversy of Seol Min-seok through an article at a time when the live broadcast is imminent on its official website. The video, which Seol Min-seok participated in, was completed in advance, making it difficult to prepare for alternative videos. I ask for your understanding.’ However, some pointed out that Seol Min-seok was nominated for the best male prize in the variety category.
Earlier, a number of information delivery errors were pointed out in a broadcast starring Seol Min-seok as a history expert, sparking controversy over history distortion. Archaeologist Kwak Min-soo, who received his Ph.D. in archaeology and Egyptology, pointed out the contents of tvN’s “Seol Min-seok’s naked world history” Egypt on the 20th, and pointed out that “the facts themselves are so wrong.” It is hard to mention one by one. The map is all wrong. “It’s ridiculous,” he criticized. Earlier in the day, a video related to “labor song” released by Seol Min-seok on YouTube channel was also raised. Bae Soon-tak, a music critic, criticized Seol Min-seok’s statement to the effect that “Jazz lost its initial intention and created R&B,” calling it “complete nonsense.”
Seol Min-seok’s degree itself has been tainted by historical distortions and controversy over plagiarism. There is no sentence in Seol Min-seok’s statement that he admits to plagiarism, but if plagiarism is found, he will have only a bachelor’s degree in theater and film. Many students who took the class of educator Seol Min-seok and viewers who trusted the modifier “historian” are also very perplexed. In the future, it is expected to have repercussions in many ways, including broadcasting, publishing, and education.