5 Times K-Pop Idols Faced Backlash For Making Inappropriate Jokes

Number 1 had to cancel some of his schedules due to the backlash.

K-Pop idols are always making jokes, but sometimes, these jokes can end up backfiring. Here’s a list of some times when K-Pop idols faced backlash for making inappropriate jokes.

1. JYJ’s Jaejoong joking about contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Jaejoong made headlines when he announced that he had contracted the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

I have contracted Coronavirus.

It was careless of me to live disregarding all of the cautions provided by the government and those around me.

Just how big could one individual’s behavior impact all of society be…

I am sorry to those who could have been infected by me.

The stupid judgments I made, it’s how I became like this. I lived thinking it would never happen to me.

I am currently hospitalized.

I currently feel grateful and apologetic, reflecting on my past.

There are so many things I want to say…

There are so many people I want to see…

— Jaejoong

However, the very next day, Jaejoong revealed that he had never contracted the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that everything was an April Fools joke. Jaejoong faced immense criticism from both Korean and Japanese netizens for his “joke”, and it even resulted in a lot of his activities getting canceled due to the backlash he was receiving.

2. Kangnam saying that he would “hit” Kyungri


Kangnam faced some criticism from netizens after he made some jokes about hitting Kyungri. During an interview, Kyungri teased Kangnam about his accent, which caused Kangnam to ask the staff members if he could hit her.

Can I hit her? I can’t, right?

— Kangnam

When they were asked if they ever had romantic feelings for each other, Kangnam stated that they were just friends and that he would hit Kyungri to prove it.

If you ask me to beat her up until she dies, I can do it.

— Kangnam

While Kyungri laughed off Kangnam’s comments, netizens weren’t pleased with Kangnam’s jokes.

3. Kang Sung Hoon joking about his past controversy

In 2018, Kang Sung Hoon faced some backlash when he was doing a live broadcast. During the live broadcast, he stated, “Don’t misunderstand. I’m in Sangam-dong. This isn’t some street market or something” when a truck selling fruits drove by him. Many netizens were furious at Kang Sung Hoon for making this belittling remark.

In 2020, Kang Sung Hoon faced criticism from netizens once again when he joked about this past controversy. On his Instagram account, he posted a photo with a caption that stated, “Don’t misunderstand. I’m in Sangam-dong“.

After receiving massive backlash, Kang Sung Hoon released an apology.

I’ve become the icon of controversies, but I want to clear up the misunderstanding. I think the disappointment and rage was even worse because of  how much fans loved me. I want to approach everyone in a natural and friendly way through multiple media from now on. I’ll make an effort to fix myself.

— Kang Sung Hoon

4. Lovelyz Mijoo’s inappropriate joke to a male student

During an episode of MIJOOPIKCHU, Mijoo was conversing with a male college student, and she soon found out that he had a girlfriend. After finding this out, Mijoo asked, “You have a girlfriend? How far did you go with her? How long have you guys been dating?”. The male college student then told Mijoo that they had been dating for around 200 days, and Mijoo responded with, “You guys must have gone all the way then, that’s for sure.” When the male college student told Mijoo that they had only kissed so far, Mijoo commented, “Don’t lie. Aren’t you a man?”

While this was occurring, the production team decided to join in on the joke, and commented, “Where are you looking at? Mijoo’s gaze is…”. 

Mijoo and the production team of the show faced massive backlash from netizens for their jokes. This caused the video to be turned private, and Mijoo released an apology for her actions.

Hello this is Lovelyz’s Mijoo. I have recognized the controversy in regards to my video and have apologized to the appropriate parties through the production staff. I apologize once again for making reckless remarks without considering the discomfort the viewers and fans might have felt, although I received consent from the participants at the time. I truly apologize to the participant, who must be going through the hardest time regarding this. I will be more careful in the future and will continue to work harder. I apologize once again for causing concern to many people.

— Mijoo

5. Berry Good Johyun’s joke about Lovelyz Mijoo’s body


During an episode of Video Star, Johyun joked that Mijoo’s body looked like a chopstick. Many netizens weren’t too fond of this comment, as they believed that Johyun was being disrespectful to her senior.

Not long after this, Johyun released an apology to Mijoo, stating that she was only trying to be funny and that she admired Mijoo’s figure.

Mijoo unnie, who’s so so beautiful and an amazing variety show god!! Model-like height! Unbelievable physique! I was trying to express

I was continuously sorry for using extreme comparisons for the fun of the show

I love you, unnie! I’ll always cheer you on

— Johyun