iKON Junhoe is under fire because of his activity on social media.
Recently, he posted a photo of a gift he received from Japanese comedian/film director Kitano Takeshi. He boasted about the gift and shared it to his instagram and captioned,
“Kitano Takeshi-san, thank you. Please come to iKON’s concert.”
However, after seeing his post, a fan left a comment telling him that Kitano Takeshi has a history of hating Korea, he told Junhoe to delete all posts related to the comedian.
What caused the huge backlash and controversy was his reply to that fan, he said,
“Don’t order me to do this or that~~ I don’t like it.”
He also explained in another comment that he liked Kitano Takeshi because of his art, adding,
“Why is that whenever there is an issue you always ask to take back and delete all traces?”
“I also have feelings too, so please respect them. There is no problem with me liking him as an artist.”
Hell broke loose afterwards, Netizens didn’t like that comment one bit, they also didn’t like that he told the fan not to order him to do this or that, some of the comments said,
“Does he have a brain?”
“Why is he trying to cause issues before his group’s comeback?”
“He must apologize.”
“Act humble not like that…”
“This fan gave you an advice and you ignored it.”
Netizens also brought up alleged Kitano Takeshi’s past, he had previously reportedly posted comments attacking Korea saying things like ‘Still a Japanese colony and “Korea must be reclaimed’ and more.
He has deleted his post since then. What do you think of this?
At first, I was like ‘yyyyyyyyyaaaa go Junhoe’ and then he deleted the statement and I was upset.
Honestly, idols would never get away with saying such a thing, I also hate it when people say ‘delete this video, delete this article’ simply because they don’t like it or agree with it. So I understand how he feels.
I think he really didn’t know how serious that was, that the comedian was someone who bashed his country… poor him the backlash and the mean comments are just overflowing right now.
Social media is tricky and is a minefield if you’re a South Korean celebrity because everything you do is always monitored. Its so annoying.
I do understand that he replied like this because its right, but also since netizens have such low self-esteem I expected these comments. Idols usually never dare say such comments, they will eat him alive!