Super Junior Leeteuk along with the rest of his group was joined by Red Velvet Irene for a performance of their hit track “Lo Siento.”
While the majority of both fandoms were happily enjoying the performance sharing various clips from it, some minority started spreading something very distressing that prompted ELF (Super Junior fandom) to trend the hashtag #Apologizetoleeteuk.
During the performance, Irene takes on Leslie’s part playing the femme fatale. A part of the choreography requires Leeteuk to touch her waist and get super close to Irene’s body that is how the choreography goes.
However, it seems that slight adjustments were made because fans noticed that Leeteuk’s body was a foot away from Irene during the part, he did touch the waist as part of the choreography but it wasn’t as intimate as it had been with other dance partners Leeteuk had.
What’s making some fans angry is that Irene slightly lifted Leeteuk’s hand when he placed it on her waist; this slight 1-second move triggered some fans and trolls to claim that Irene was being harassed by Leeteuk.
What soon followed was a dispute between both fandoms, some of Red Velvet fans lashed at Leeteuk asking him to leave her alone, some others (not sure if its okay to call them fans) started calling Leeteuk some very harsh names defaming his character.
Here are some of their tweets:
there is literally no excuse for this, if siwon managed to perform respectfully with irene, why couldn’t leeteuk???
— liz (@Igbtaeyeons) January 22, 2019
dont blame irene, it isnt her fault AT ALL. so in conclusion whoever defends leeteuk SMELLS.
— ru (@1seulgi) January 22, 2019
The problem with the Leeteuk/Irene thing is on its own it could be an innocent slip in the choreography but this has been a very long term recurring issue with him and female juniors:
Kissing Girls Day Minah on the lips
Trying to message a Momoland member
Proposing to 13yo Yoona
— BLACKPINK AUSTRALIAN CONCERT (@AustralianSana) January 23, 2019
if it was part of the choreography why siwon didn’t do it? and apparently leeteuk has a history so yeah i won’t stand this irene deserves better
— shooters for blackvelvet (@exactvelvet) January 22, 2019
the situation w suju and irene just emphasized the fact that ppl always find ways to twist narratives so that the woman is at fault. leeteuk is already a known sketchy ass predator and irene looked uncomfortable during the performance. stop defending your oppars pls and thx.
— riana (@wigyerim) January 22, 2019
not @ suju stans defending leeteuk you can clearly tell irene was uncomfortable she was even trying to get his hand off her waist stop trying to make him the victim this isn’t about people “hating” suju he literally took advantage of his position and made irene uncomfortable
— esme (@parksjihyos) January 22, 2019
In response to some fans tweets, ELF fired back explaining its part of the choreography, they even pointed out how Leeteuk was even more distant from Irene opposed to other female artists he danced with.
They also shared clips and photos of comparison between Irene-Leeteuk dance and Leeuteuk with other females.
Many also brought up their close friendship sharing clips of their interactions proving just how much Irene is comfortable with Leeteuk in real life.
ELF also started trending a hashtag asking Red Velvet fans to apologize to Leeteuk.
im clearly not in a place to decide what irene feels abt all this or if that was rly how leeteuk always did the choreo+it’s so easy to come up w/ multiple assumptions from watching a lq vid but i just wish ppl were more considerate&respectful of other ppl in whatever situation :/
— – .. .-. . -.. (@jezzashi) January 22, 2019
Technically, it was elfs who first cheered for the girls, it was sj who promoted them the most when they first started. Even leeteuk let irene hold their trophy but did elfs did ask something in return? We didn’t.
Now this time all we ask you is to respect sj. #ApologizeToLeeteuk pic.twitter.com/NiVr0QUm6i
— ELF in CARATland 💎✨| suju sebong 🌻 (@yamarie_suju) January 23, 2019
Reveluvs are something. Lo Siento choreography required Leeteuk holding the female dancer’s waist. 2 Korean KARD members and Leslie have no problem with it. And Reveluvs are calling Leeteuk pedophile when Irene is already 28. @RVsmtown #ApologizeToLeeteuk pic.twitter.com/3WaZobeI73
— Mai (@mysung23) January 22, 2019
can y’all leave leeteuk the fuck alone??? y’all suju antis make NO sense whatsoever. if irene was THAT fucking uncomfortable as y’all claim her to be i’m sure she wouldn’t have done lo siento with suju. she is a grown fucking woman she KNOWS what she’s doing dammit
— kai 🍒 (@changminaris) January 22, 2019
#ApologizeToLeeteuk we don’t hate irene. Seriously. We just want you guys who thinks leeteuk does the wrong thing to SHUT UP BCS THIS IS A FCKN CHOREO pic.twitter.com/GMl6oFVk7V
— LoL (@sseurekiacc) January 22, 2019
irene when she see’s y’all acting like she was harassed by leeteuk pic.twitter.com/t2iCrjWb4S
— han (@dongwan) January 22, 2019
Wow, people are so dense. Did you even watch the Lo Siento MV or the stages w/KARD?? IT’S THE SAME EXACT CHOREOGRAPHY! Hand on hip & do a lil shuffle. He even stayed a whole foot behind Irene. Teukie doesn’t deserve this kind of backlash. #Leeteuk #LeaveTeukieAlone #SuperJunior pic.twitter.com/LYkzHgjELS
— 💙 The Siwonest ELF 💙 (@AnnyeongAmanda5) January 22, 2019
looks like….. ..maybe reveluvs don’t know their idols very well hm but i guess this is what hating leeteuk looks like to them!!! meanwhile both irene and leeteuk remain unbothered pic.twitter.com/wRR8SpFp7W
— nora ㅠㅠ right? Help me ㅠㅠ (@lmaohae) January 22, 2019
Leeteuk could’ve been a mile away from Irene and gg stans would still cry harassment and that he’s disgusting but what’s really disgusting is that y’all think it’s okay to scream harassment at any Suju x female idol interaction when you know it’s not anything near that
— ً (@intsangyeon) January 22, 2019
check out the full fan-cam performance below:
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What do you think of this?
Idk call me crazy, but to me it looked like she put her hand on top of his(as part of the choreo) and because of the shuffle her hip moved up and their hands moved up with it. Like I don’t even think his hand moved up her torso at all! Also that was literally half a second and Irene was completely calm and kind of smiling the entire time. I have no idea how u could jump to conclusions that fast about this whole thing. Like if I had watched without hearing about any of this, I wouldn’t have even noticed it. I like both groups and I’m pretty sure that Irene and Leeteuk are pretty close friends, and plus this is clearly just part of the choreo. Please think before writing a defaming comment and please be respectful. We have no idea what happened and have no right to judge.
Ridiculous- they are performing. They should just stay with LESLIE GRACE.
I think is not leeteuk or irene fault. But the people who do hate coment to leeteuk must apologize.
I think that leveluvs are problematic .. coz this is just dance and this is iren jop .. how now any male can dance with here while there is a cazy fan like this !!!!
They were dancing! Small minded people! How can he harass her? In front of thousand people watching? Get a life! Don’t mess with SJ especially their good and effective leader Leetauk!