Ji Chang Wook is receiving backlash…. for smoking?
Last night, Ji Chang Wook name began trending after he posted a video of himself smoking. Initially, international fans expressed their surprise at the fact he smoked but the story hadn’t reached South Korea yet (due to the time it was posted), however, it has now reached South Korea and it’s causing Ji Chang Wook trouble.
Korean media is labeling Ji Chang Wook video smoking an ‘issue,’ his agency was asked for a comment but declined. Ji Chang Wook’s name topped Naver realtime search after he posted the video, many (not all) K-netizens criticized him on articles covering the story.
K-netizens justification is that Ji Chang Wook is a public figure whom youngster look up to as a role model, they believe Ji Chang Wook has the power to influence the way his young fans think and thus criticized him for posting a video of himself smoking.
Others also seem to believe he looks ‘cringy,’ ‘gross,’ and more. A trending article on Naver covering the story gained mostly negative reactions, which is unheard of for Ji Chang Wook since he’s never been criticized publicly like this before.
Other K-netizens believe there is no issue with him smoking; they believe Ji Chang Wook has the right to post a video of himself smoking as he wishes since he’s an adult. Some of their comments are,
“What’s the problem?”
“Smoking is not a problem; it’s the night owl [referring to how Ji Chang Wook said he couldn’t fall asleep]”
“I don’t think it’s a problem that he’s smoking, it just looks cheesy as if I am seeing a middle-schooler.”
“It’s not a problem that he’s smoking, but its fucking cheesy, did you post it because you thought it looked cool?”
On the other hand, international fans are baffled by the negative response Ji Chang Wook has been getting.
Ji Chang Wook trending on Naver:
Popular article on Naver covering Ji Chang Wook smoking ‘issue’:
Do you think he deserves to be criticized for this?