There have been plenty of frustrating moments in K-Pop, and sometimes, these moments cause netizens to have big reactions. Here are 5 moments in K-Pop that had netizens furious.
1. Former 2NE1 member Minzy revealing what Yang Hyun Suk told the group
In an interview with Billboard, former 2NE1 member Minzy shared that her former boss, Yang Hyun Suk, constantly told the 2NE1 members that they were “ugly”. Minzy also shared that these comments hurt them, as the group was receiving similar comments from malicious netizens.
People, netizens were critiquing the fact that you know, we were not the prettiest group. We were the ‘ugly group.’ I didn’t know how to process that, I held that in. It was tough. [As a group], we pretended it was not a big deal and tried to forget about it, but you can’t forget about it — it’s tough. I was trying to keep up with the other girls in the group in terms of maturity, but when you’re up against these girl groups who look like models and you’re doing something different — cool, but different — you deal in a different way.”
Not only that, but Minzy also revealed that YG Entertainment kept delaying her solo debut, which ultimately caused her to leave the company.
There wasn’t enough focus to finish my stuff.
They kept delaying it and then when it comes to basically everything else, you don’t know the details.
After Minzy shared this, many netizens were furious at Yang Hyun Suk.
Minzy's Billboard article:
I'm tearing up. She was under a considerable amount of pain. Her boss and the society she lived in condemned her group for being born with faces that didn't fit the mold. This is why I get so angry when people come after Gfriend's looks. pic.twitter.com/P1Ugh65ILM
— Gfriendcore (@popcalypses) December 19, 2018
2ne1, individually, were all struggling secretly. I'm convinced that each of them were trying to hide their demons coz they don't want to hurt the people closest to them. I'm glad Minzy left. Mental health comes first. YG is an idiot who dont deserve any of them.
— silent_angel (@silenttears04) December 19, 2018
2. Former Nine Muses member Kyungri revealing how the company CEO mistreated her
In 2016, Kyungri revealed that Star Empire Entertainment‘s CEO, Shin Joo Hak, often ignored her greetings whenever they bumped into each other. Kyungri also shared that Shin Joo Hak didn’t do this to other people in the company, such as ZE:A‘s Siwan.
After Kyungri revealed this, many netizens were furious, as they believed that the CEO only treated people with respect if they were popular.
“Even in university, some seniors would make a big deal about greeting them, and once you do just ignore you and walk by…..I hate those people that CEO probably has a bad personality too.”
“Now I can understand why Kwanghee was so desperate to join Infinite Challenge. The CEO only treats you like a human being if you’re popular. He must have been so stressed out when the CEO only cared for Siwan and Hyungsik. This is seriously a problem with the agency.”
3. Fanatics getting sexually harassed by a company staff member
Several of the Fanatics members were doing a live broadcast, and they were seen wearing short skirts and had nothing to cover their legs. Someone was then seen giving some jackets to the members so that they could cover their legs.
However, after the jackets were given, a male staff member could be heard asking this person why they covered the members’ legs, as well as the sound of a slap.
What are you doing, covering [their legs] up? We’re trying to show them, why are you covering it? Are you stupid?
— Male staff
Netizens were furious due to this male staff member, and some said that the members were getting sexually harassed.
“What kind of man is that male staff?”
“I think if I was their parents, my heart would collapse after seeing that.”
“I feel so upset, seeing the members’ faces.”
Not long after, Fanatics’ agency, FENT, released an apology.
Hello, this is FENT, Fanatics’ agency.
We would like to first apologize to the members and fans who recognized the seriousness of the on-site staff members’ remarks during Fanatics’ V Live broadcast that aired on September 7.
We acknowledge that the staff members’ remarks during the V Live were wrong, regardless of the reason. The person in charge will take action against the person accordingly.
FENT will be careful to not let this happen again in the future.
We would like to apologize once again to the fans who love Fanatics, and we will do our best to protect the rights and interests of the artist you love.
4. Sasaeng fan leaking GOT7 Jackson’s address
So this saesang leaked Jackson's address online and when he asked her about it she denied it acting like she knows nothing about it pic.twitter.com/v5823mCR0W
— Kiara⁷𝓰ₒₜ₇⁷⁷ (@damnchimchim) August 27, 2019
Many netizens were furious at this sasaeng fan for crossing the line, and many called for JYP Entertainment to take action.
Being a creeper is already bad enough and to go share his address is definitely crossing the line. Can people know their boundaries? Please give Jackson space and privacy
— May🍪👑M1RRORS👑🍪 (@SukiLove852) August 27, 2019
jackson: it was you that posted my address online wasnt it?
he was clearly upset and he obviously recognized the sasaeng. he nodded his head as if he was saying "i know its you,,, you finna catch this lawsuit" JYP NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS! pic.twitter.com/u5QkxK8p64
— ً tela ♡︎ 600 days w wonho (@wonhosbebe) August 27, 2019
5. Choi Jong Hoon using social media during police investigations
In 2019, Choi Jong Hoon faced immense backlash from netizens when it was shown that he was engaging in social media while he was going through police investigations on charges of circulation of illegal videos. Choi Jong Hoon liked an Instagram picture of himself reporting to the police, as well as liking another post from another account.
Many netizens criticized him for not reflecting on his actions.
“He has no sense of guilt whatsoever.”
“He has narcissistic personality disorder so he doesn’t know what guilt is.”
“He’s rotten from the inside out. He must’ve been rotten since he was in his mother’s womb.”
Choi Jong Hoon was eventually found guilty of sexual assault, illegal production, and distribution of pornographic videos. He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.