ATEEZ‘s Wooyoung has been at the center of a debate over plagiarism recently, and netizens can’t stop praising him for his actions.
The issue began when dancer Vata of the WDBZ dance crew on Street Man Fighter was alleged to have plagiarized the famous “driving” move from ATEEZ’s “Say My Name” choreography, which was created by Josh Smith, Johnny Erasme, and Anze Skrube.
Netizens were initially divided over whether it was truly plagiarism or if it was simply a coincidental similarity, but now it seems like Wooyoung may have weighed in.
ATEEZ recently performed at the 2022 Daegu K-Pop Concert and included “Say My Name” in the setlist, despite the fact that it was released three years ago. When Wooyoung’s center part came up, he was seen doing the “biting” sign that dancers often use to signal that a move was copied.
Netizens took that to mean that he also believes ATEEZ’s “driving” move was plagiarized, and since then, Wooyoung has been on the receiving end of much enthusiastic praise from fans who support his actions.
my boy wooyoung started a whole damn revolution with just one step do yall understand 😚
— 🦊 (@Ateezhub) October 9, 2022
One thing about wooyoung is he loves to bite
— jongho month!🏴☠️⩜⃝ (@hereforhong) October 9, 2022
Jung wooyoung is the definiton of savage lmao i love him pic.twitter.com/8dIo47wXWY
— Ay⩜⃝ 🍂민기's (@mingaya_TEEZ) October 9, 2022
the way ateez members are always very vocal about how strong-willed wooyoung is when it comes to protecting the people he cares about, and now we're witnessing it first hand. jung wooyoung, you are truly remarkable.
— rach (@yungifvr) October 10, 2022
WOOYOUNG IS A KING FOR DOING THIS, TELL THEM pic.twitter.com/jg3xwR34fS
— 🏴 (@NotBonkyP) October 9, 2022
Though there are detractors, Korean netizens and even non-fans have come out in support of Wooyoung, some pointing out that this isn’t even the first time ATEEZ is plagiarized.
knets praising wooyoung because he, an idol, made a bold stand and expressed his mind 😭
— Nali. (@Atinalii) October 9, 2022
KNETZ DEFENDING ATEEZ???! MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED?! pic.twitter.com/jza68rAIDT
— nin ☆#♡ (@khjflirts) October 9, 2022
tbh ateez has gotten plagiarized a lot this past year and have never publicly given it attention before so for wooyoung to directly do a move on live television to show that their move was stolen says a lot about how they feel about the situation
— ًً (@ryulogs) October 9, 2022
It’s no surprise then, that ATINYs would be curious to hear what he has to say on the subject. Luckily, in a fansign on October 10, he was asked to name the song he was most excited to perform…to which he gave the best answer: “Say My Name.”
WOOYOUNG – MAKESTAR
I asked him what he is excited to perform, and he said his favorite choreography is “ say my name” FGHHHYYTG HELP pic.twitter.com/8TfGManBSS
— pri is seeing ⩜tz !!!! (@soobmingkie) October 10, 2022
Fans were only too happy to hear him say that, especially because it really suggests that this is not simply a case of coincidence, as Wooyoung appears to be firm in his opinion. Not only that, but it made ATINYs even more proud of him!
What’s more, he’s not the only one. While some ATINYs hilariously speculated whether Wooyoung had done the “biting sign” on his own or whether he had the support of KQ Entertainment…
a) kq gave jwy permission to do that
b) Jung Wooyoung Goes Rogue.
— WOOYOUNG'S FATHER (@atcczs) October 9, 2022
…his fellow member Seonghwa was seen doing the sign too.
i'll unapologetically have to let even seonghwa being shady live in people's minds pic.twitter.com/nUfTZzE9ts
— layla (@hwalilac) October 9, 2022
Wooyoung has proven time and again that he will always protect his friends, his group and the people he cares about.
I love how wooyoung is so bold😭🤚 doesn't care abt sht when he knows he's right. Calls out ssngs on lives, defends his hyungs on pms and then stands up for their group ALL THE WHILE BEING SHADY. makes him so hot dude wtf😭🤚 pic.twitter.com/H3DRvVpl3p
— 🦊 (@Ateezhub) October 9, 2022
And just as Wooyoung has got his team’s back, ATINYs have his!
— – (@jwyutopia) October 10, 2022
Read further about Wooyoung’s stance against the alleged plagiarism right here.