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Korean showbiz is always harsh with artists. Especially K-netizens. They always put a strict demand on the K-pop idols. When they feel dissatisfied, they are ready to stand up and criticize hardly. And this year was no different. Here’s a list of 4 K-Pop idols who got criticized by netizens for strange reasons this year.
1. Chen (EXO)
When Chen announced that he was going to get married and become a father, he received a lot of heartwarming replies from fans.
However, Chen also received a lot of criticism from “fans” and netizens, who believed that he was “betraying” EXO. Some “fans” and netizens even wanted Chen to leave the group.
Some EXO “fans” even went as far as starting a physical protest to kick Chen out of EXO.
SM Entertainment (EXO’s agency) eventually released a statement, which stated that Chen would be staying in EXO.
Sunmi is one of the judges for the show Sing Again, which is a program where singers get a second chance at their dreams.
However, Sunmi received some criticism from netizens, as they believed that she “wasn’t talented enough” to be judging singers. Sunmi eventually spoke about the criticism on her Instagram.
"I’m aware that it’s a very heavy and difficult position to be in. I feel it every time we’re filming. I wonder what right I have to judge every single contestant. I’m very cautious about it. Everyone walked different paths, and they all have different things they want to say and think. I simply do my best to watch and listen to the performances that the contestants prepared with sincerity and share the countless feelings I feel. I promise to work harder."
3. Jungkook (BTS)
Earlier this year, Jungkook visited Itaewon with some of his celebrity friends. At that time, Korean netizens were advised to keep the social distance from themselves. Despite news that Jungkook was tested for COVID-19 after meeting with his friends and the test was negative, netizens still feel angry. Some netizens even went as far as making a petition for Jungkook to have his Hwagwan Orders of Cultural Merit revoked, which BTS received in 2018 for raising awareness of Korean culture.
However, the petition ended up failing, as it only received 1,400 signatures.
4. Tzuyu (TWICE)
When Tzuyu donated 50 million KRW (~42,000 USD) to help Korea with COVID-19, she received a lot of praise from Korean netizens. However, Tzuyu also received criticism from Chinese netizens, as they started questioning why she “only” donated to Korea.
However, it was later revealed that Tzuyu had donated the same amount of money to China, but the money transfer was just taking some time.