While it’s undeniably true that the rigorous and fastidious characteristics of Knets have built a solid ground for well manners and appropriate respect between seniors and juniors celebrities, there are also times that Knets just go overboard with their authority and criticize idols for tiny little things that just make no sense at all.
Anything that idols do could become a wrongful action as long as netizens perceive them to be the pain in the neck.
Criticized for expressing feelings
Have you ever thought the way you express happiness could ever bring you into trouble and backlash?
Of course, that sounds completely nonsense but back in 2015, netizens once criticized G-Friend’s Yerin for the way she smiled.
That year, a post on Pann compiled a series of photos of Yerin smiling at different events, from performance stages, red carpet to fansign, and made harsh comments about how she forced all the facial muscles to put on such a cap smile like that.
While the original post on Pann “G-friend’s Yerin: Her forced eye-smile are so off putting” was deleted, some most liked comments with pure malicious intentions were translated and reposted on Netizenbuzz.
The most popular comment with the amount of likes was 3 times more than the amount of dislikes said that Yerin’s fake smile was soṃệẗḧing that only fellow women could feel the annoyance.
Another comment also pointed out that Yerin wasn’t trying to force an eye-smile; instead, it was her closing the eyes trying to be cute.
Some also tried to be neutral when criticizing the female idol by saying that while they were initially unsure as to whether she squeezed the eyes to smile, they realized the accusations weren’t baseless after looking at this photo:
In fact, the post translating those opinions on Pann also received lots of attention and of course, some more malicious comments as well.
Responding to the malicious comments, fans of G-Friend was quick to point out that the creator of the thread was obviously an antifan considering the high similarity between the content of the post and another one on Pann titled “Methods to Distinguish Girl Group G-friend’s Members” as both of them described Yerin as the girl who forcefully squeezed her eyes to mimic an eye-smile.
Moreover, under a deleted comment which obviously said bad things about Yerin, many others also defended the girl by saying that everyone gets the right to smile however they want and Yerin is actually adorable with that happy attitude.
If smiling can make some netizens pissed off then maybe being sentimental and teary could make them happy? Definitely NO.
If you’re a type of person who is touched by the tiniest things in life, then the best advice is to not ever become an idol or you will suffer from the same fate as EXID’s Hani.
Around one year after the alleged cap smiling of Yerin was hated on, in 2016, Hani received a huge backlash for crying on multiple events, from big events to variety shows.
The first backlash started after the rumor between her and JYJ’s Junsu suddenly broke out.
At the 25th Seoul Music Awards where Hani was honored to be one of the three main MCs along with Jun Hyunmoo and Miss Honey Lee, she once again broke into tears because of a small joke.
Specifically, at the opening of the event, the male MC suggested that his two peers should have a nickname.
After Hani told Hyunmoo to call her “Tomboy Hani” and immediately got teased by the MC that she should be called “Junsu Hani,” which basically meant “Handsome Hani” in kσrєαn but also a word combination between her name and the alleged boyfriend JYJ’s Junsu, she turned around and shed tears.
Explaining Hani’s action, many people believed that since her hard feelings had been piled up since the dating news broke out, she only cried by the thought that even her peers got to make fun of her for such a private matter.
However, the amount of hate that Hani received obviously overwhelmed the sympathetic ones. Scrolling down the section of many outlets, there were tons of people who said that they saw nothing sad to cry about and Hani was certainly not good enough to be an MC for that weak mentality.
Similar to many other opinions, a person said that all parties could have been better off had Hani not acted like a crybaby and furthermore, because it was Hani herself who chose the life that was under strict scrutiny of the public, no one should be blamed for making such a tame joke.
Criticized for… singing
In 2015, BTS’s V was also criticized for one big silly reason: singing along to his favorite song at the encore stage of BTS.
Specifically, V was under fire for his action during M! Countdown where he was seen mouthing the lyrics to Big Bang’s Loser when it was announced that BTS had won against EXID.
After the GIF capturing that moment was shared on Nate Pann, netizens, especially fans of EXID and Big Bang, expressed their irritation in the comment section.
According to them, any reasons saying that V was just being so excited or he just did that with no malicious motives as he was a huge VIP didn’t make sense since his attitude looked like nothing but mocking EXID and BIGBANG.
Moreover, because there was a rumor accusing BTS of sajaegi (bulk buying), and claiming that Big Bang had been robbed of first place when it came to album sales, that incident may have just added fuel to the flame.
A person even tried to be neutral when claiming himself not to be a fan of BIGBANG but still engraved over the alleged disrespectful attitude of V.
Criticized for choices of clothes
Besides things related to attitude and behaviors, the way idols dress in daily life can also get on the nerves of many netizens.
Sounds irrational but yes, it’s really a thing in the industry.
In October 2019 when EXO travelled to jαpαn for their concert, Kai fell victim to another nonsensical criticism wave for the choice of clothes and his happy expression.
Specifically, the idol was wearing a lively pink coat and excitedly greeting fans with a V sign.
While that seemed completely fine on normal occasions, the idol was harshly criticized for not wearing black costumes to commemorate Sulli – the female idol who had just pαѕѕed away a few days ago.
Responding to the appearance of Kai at the airport amid the sorrowful atmosphere of the industry, netizens believed that he was just being so full of himself that there was no room left for sympathizing with others.
Moreover, they also said that had Kai not wanted to wear all black for whatever reasons, he could have opted for a grey-on-grey outfit instead of that eye-irritating color.
Not only Knets but Cnets also expressed their discontent over the outfit and attitudes of Kai. According to them, since Kai used to date Krystal – a very close friend of Sulli, he obviously had some connection to Sulli and thus, the fact that he just acted like nothing had happened was really irritating.
Moreover, many believed that because idols who weren’t so close with Sulli like MAMAMOO also expressed their regret by wearing black costumes to perform on stage
…there were no good reasons for Kai to opt for a bright pink coat just to go to the airport.
Just around one month after the incident of Sulli, Goo Hara also departed from life and left the gloomy atmosphere to cover the industry.
To express regret and respect for the young star, many idols had decided to pull off their activities for a while.
With those who still had to perform at AAA, literally everyone opted for black outfits as a way to commemorate Goo Hara, except for one act: Momoland.
While this was by no means a disrespect to Goo Hara because judging the attitude of the girls based on their outfits was pretty much like falsely judging a book by its cover, netizens still found Momoland’s outfits offensive and unacceptable.
Similar to the case of Kai, all members of Momoland except for Jane were said to be heartless and so full of themselves that nothing else on Earth mattered.
As there was one member who was well aware of the loss of Goo Hara, netizens believed that the others were just being ignorant and arrogant.
Moreover, since JooE even smiled at the camera and was wearing shorts, she was criticized more harshly than the remaining members.
While the last case also relates to costumes, things were a little different since the types of garments here were women’s underwear.
Oh My Girl’s Arin is the brand ambαѕѕador of BYC – an innerwear and sleepwear company.
Though she has been promoting its products for some time now, Arin was recently attacked by a section of netizens for a strange reason.
Last April, a post was created in the kσrєαn online community, FM kσrєα, with the title “Oh My Girl’s Arin’s BYC underwear advertisement.”
The post included photos of Arin advertising for the latest line of the brand but instead of wearing them, she either wore a nightgown or casual outfits and just held the underwear beside.
“Since she was a brand ambαѕѕador of BYC, many netizens questioned why she was hesitating to wear them when she was endorsing the products” – saying a report on Insight kσrєα which noticed the comments pouring in for the ads.
The most liked comment on a forum dominated by males expressed discontent and said that “So she doesn’t want to wear them but wants to do the advertisement? There’s nowhere in the world that has an advertisement for garments where they don’t wear them directly and just hold the garments up.”
However, different from all cases mentioned above, Arin was actually defended by many people.
On Theqoo, more than 2000 comments were posted after the article about Arin’s underwear advertisements was published, and most of them pointed the fingers at the pєrvєrted mindset of some people.
Besides defending the idol by stating that Arin was the brand ambαѕѕador of BYC, not the underwear model, and thus, she had the rights to not wear revealing clothes for the sake of preserving a pure, naive image.
Many netizens also reasoned that if Arin must put on underwear just because she was advertising for BYC, what should Cha Eun Woo do when advertising for a tampon brand?
Pretending to be on period?
Obviously that didn’t make sense at all.
Moreover, because the target market of BYC was female customers, the fact that many males came to Arin and demanded her to put on underwear only proved that they were nothing but psychopaths:
“It’s always those that don’t have any business buying women’s undergarments that leave such comments.”
“Are you a pєrvєrt? Why do you need shots of her wearing it?”
“If you’re curious about pics of the clothes on a person, y’alls should just buy it and try it on.”
“Arin is the brand model, not the model for those undergarments”
Of all the cases, which one do you find most disturbing and that netizens were being irrational harsh on idols? Comment below to share your thoughts with us.