Coronavirus, specifically COVID-19, has become an issue all around the world, taking the lives of many people and sparking racism, especially towards Asians.
With this in mind, fans were far from pleased when they noticed a post on the Instagram of WayV‘s trainer.
Since he was part of the group’s staff, they signed a couple of their recent Take Over The Moon albums for him. To show his thanks, the trainer decided to post photos of them with a caption about coronavirus and the group that had fans angry.
The trainer had written, “Even Coronavirus can’t stop them.” To top it off, he’d confidently added an emoji for fire.
Fans viewed the caption as not only insensitive to the worldwide crisis the virus has caused but racist as well. Since the group is Chinese, it’s merely fanning the flames of people who have been mistakingly believing that all Chinese people are tied to the virus, simply because that’s the country where the virus originated.
It’s insensitive to everyone. Someone in Daegu has died now, too. And other countries in Asia. It’s just a nasty joke in general. Idk why people always make light of these situations. There have been so many deaths
— mechuu (@mechuu11) February 22, 2020
How can someone not understand the seriousness of a widely spreading disease that’s claiming lives everywhere? He got no other topic to joke on? That’s not at all a good thing to post under a pic.
— Kpop+Cpop=Life (@Ammy19966525) February 22, 2020
The virus seemed like big joke to him
But he doesn’t think the virus isn’t a joke to other people who has experienced it and the family dies about that virus. Please be aware🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Reina Mae (@ReinaMa28320523) February 22, 2020
The fact that there are recently shared photos of Xiaojun with what appeared to be the trainer in question only made fans more upset, especially since he seems to be the same trainer for the rest of NCT as well.
In addition to using the hashtag #Respect_WayV to voice their anger and concerns, it seems like fans had gone straight to the trainer and directly shared their thoughts on his post. His Instagram account now appears to have been deactivated.
So far, neither Label V or SM Entertainment have spoken up about what was posted or the status of the trainer’s employment.
why tf did wayv's trainer make that caption …. "even corona cant stop them" ?????????? it's more insensitive bc theyre ch idols……. gross gross pic.twitter.com/TNn1JUDbUs
— #4yearswithwjsn 🍑 (@uzzucity) February 22, 2020