The incident began when Davichi‘s Kang Minkyung was complaining how Lee Haeri wouldn’t drink with her but she happily drinks with her musical co-stars.
Lee Haeri explained that she hates drinking, but someone on her musical team is a master at mixing drinks just to her liking!
“Someone the team mixed the drinks very well. They made me a cocktail but it was so sweet! I was never good at drinking soju, but the drink got me drunk, it was sweet, and it was just a small glass.” — Lee Haeri
But then INFINITE‘s Sungjong implied that the man made her drink sweet because he wanted her to get drunk faster.
“Sweet drinks make you drunk very quickly. So when a man is interested in a woman, he makes their drinks very sweet… to make you go faster.” — Sungjong
When the other cast members asked him to clarify what he meant, he jokingly feigned ignorance.
Netizens began criticizing Sungjong for implying that men get women drunk off sweet drinks to take advantage of them.
But the responses quickly became split as fans claimed that he simply meant that men get women drunk for them to quickly “go home” before it gets too late…
방송까지 봐주고 말씀해주세요.. 경솔한 발언이었고 피드백도 필요하겠지만 이 기사는 진짜 너무 심하게 쓴 것이 없지 않아 있어요 자기 경험담이나 생각은 아니고 그냥 그런 사람도 있다 이런 식으로 얘기했고 집으로 가는 거라고 얘기했고.. 비판하는 건 좋은데 저 기사만으로 판단하지는 말아주세요
— 레인다 (@gsdinft_leyenda) February 6, 2018
“Watch the episode first… It was a risky statement and it probably deserved a farther explanation but he wasn’t saying that he does it himself. He’s just saying that there are people who do that and that it means to ‘go home’…” — Netizen
While other netizens are claiming that he clearly meant what was implied and that he should explain himself.
기사 전혀 안심하게 작성돼있고 성종이 한 말 그대로 적혀있는데요? ‘금방금방 가라고’ 하면서 술 마시는 제스쳐까지 취했는데ㅋㅋㅋ집에가라는 말을 했어도 전혀 그 뜻이 아니었는데 제발 쉴드좀 그만 치세요..방청 갔다온 팬들이 저 말 안했다던데 그대로 방송 나오더만 그분들을 아직도 믿다니ㅠㅠ
— 듀오보고싶은날 (@0222duo) February 6, 2018
“The reports are written correctly with exactly what he said. He said ‘go faster’ while making those hand gestures… Please stop protecting him by saying that he meant to say ‘go home faster’… Their fans who went to the recording claimed that he didn’t say it but those exact words were aired. You can’t trust them.” — Netizen
Sungjong and Woollim Entertainment have yet to make a statement about the issue.