The Persecution of Daniel Lee:
Korean rapper was a victim of an online smear campaign that said he didn't go to Stanford. But it gets worse...
But with fame came trouble. Internet bullies and trolls claimed that he was lying about having gone to Stanford. Moreover, the bullies began bullying Stanford's registrar, people associated with the English Department, and any friend or family of Dan's that was brave enough to speak out. Lawsuits started being thrown back and forth.
Dan Lee, AKA Tablo
, wasn't your average Stanford student. Coming from a Canadian upbringing (he moved there at age 8, finishing in under 4 years with both an BA and an MA in English, he received awards and wrote a novel.
During his time at Stanford in the '90s, he also became a rapper. While dabbling in music isn't uncommon during ones undergrad years, for Dan it turned into huge fame, as his indie hip hop group Epik High
became one of the most popular in Korea.
Dan, a new father, began receiving death threats and has gone into a sort of shell shock.
Eventually, a 60 Minutes-esque news show went to Palo Alto with Dan to talk to the registrar and go on a campus tour, and Dan's name has been cleared. At a cabinet meeting, Korean President Lee Myung-bak stated that what happened to Lee was a "witch hunt that should never happen again."
It turns out that the primary cyberbully is a Eung Kim, a 57-year-old Korean-American businessman living in Chicago. Legal consequences pending.
While this is a great long read, I highly recommend watching some of their music videos
. The videos and music are creative and enjoyable. I'm not a fan, but after reading this article, I searched for these and was impressed.