On September 4, FNC Entertainment issued a statement regarding allegations made about Keeho and his alleged twitter stan account, he is a member of the agency’s upcoming boy group P1Harmony and its leader.
FNC is currently preparing to debut a new boy group and have recently revealed photos of Keeho, soon, some fans dug up his alleged old twitter account and it has some tweets that circulated on twitter, and soon, some people began to claim that he harassed and stalked multiple black women and girls on the platform.
The stan account called @busanwings tweets resurfaced, in one tweet there were sexually suggestive comments about Jimin, and in another, he ‘shades’ kpop groups including EXO. Due to the immense backlash from international fans, FNC released a response on the matter [in Korean and in English] and while they did confirm that he ran a fan account, they denied many accusations made against him and stated that the account wasn’t only run by him.
Here is their statement:
“We are writing to you about P1Harmony member Keeho.
Keeho was a K-pop fan during his school days in Canada. At the time, he ran a fan account on social media with seven acquaintances that he met online.
The account that’s been referred to as Keeho’s was one that he ran together with those acquaintances, who shared the password, and the account was closed at the end of 2017. Since then, he has not used social media. The old posts that have become an issue recently were not written by Keeho.
However, as a member of the group, he should have recognized the issue with the account and taken actions against it, and it is certainly his fault that he failed to do so. We sincerely apologize to the artists who were affected by this incident and to everyone who was hurt by it.
The claim that Keeho was racist is absolutely not true.
As he grew up as an Asian in North America, he is more sensitive to the issue of racism than anyone, and he’s well aware that it should never occur.
One of the posters who mentioned this specific issue wrote malicious posts about Keeho because of their personal feelings regarding an acquaintance of his. We have confirmed that once they realized it was not true, they deleted the posts on their own.
All K-pop artists have been Keeho’s role models, and he’s admired K-pop artists while trying to become a singer. We hope that the misunderstandings that are contrary to the truth will be resolved soon, and we ask you to watch him grow into a more mature artist.”
While some fans appreciated the response written by FNC, others didn’t appreciate that FNC used the excuse of his racial background to justify that he couldn’t have been racist in the past.
P1Harmony is a six-member group that will debut in October. Keeho is the leader of the group and has the position of a vocalist.
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