Fans show mixed reaction to new Girls’ Generation merchandise featuring 8 members

On December 20th, Taeyeon posted a picture with a sweater featuring Girls’ Generation without former member Jessica Jung.

Since Jessica’s controversial removal from the group back in October, the issue continues to be a sensitive topic amongst fans as the group fulfils their ongoing schedules without Jessica Jung.

The post, which was uploaded to Taeyeon’s personal Instagram account, has attracted the attention of thousands of fans, who have left comments regarding the exclusion of Jessica. Since then, the photo has attracted over 200,000 likes and almost 10,000 comments, most of which involve discussion about former member Jessica. Responses to the post include mixed reactions, such as, “I love you Taeyeon. I also love GG. Don’t worry, SONE always here,” “I miss Jessica :(, “How can u be so heartless?#sicasnsd,” “Only ‘9’ not ‘8,’” “Jessica ah~~~ T-T”, and more.

The picture of Taeyeon was taken at SM Entertainment’s merchandise pop-up shop “SM TOWN Land,” launching at the COEX Atrium in Seoul today.

Meanwhile, Girls’ Generation performed for a large-scale event for the first time since member Jessica was removed on December 9th. Despite remaining controversy involving Jessica, fans at the Tokyo Dome Concert The Best Live concert showed overwhelming support for the girls, creating a gorgeous pink ocean of lights for the group.

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