After his remarks about Korean history drew criticism, ENHYPEN‘s Jay has again come forward with an apology.
In a live stream earlier this month, Jay was discussing history with Sunghoon when he made comments that appeared to insinuate that Korea doesn’t have much history compared to other countries.
He naturally apologized straightway and admitted his wrongdoing, saying, “This wasn’t a topic that I should have spoken on with my limited knowledge.”
Hello, this is ENHYPEN’s Jay.
Today I was shocked at the fans’ response after the livestream. No matter the reason, I sincerely apologize for making ENGENEs feel uncomfortable. My remarks about a topic as important as Korea’s history were careless and based solely on my personal impressions. This wasn’t a topic that I should have spoken on with my limited knowledge. This incident reminded me that I still have so much to learn. Although it wasn’t my intention to belittle our proud history, I feel viewers could have felt this way, and this was my wrongdoing. I am sorry. From now on, I will be more careful and study more so that I become an artist ENGENEs can be proud of. I am constantly learning so much from you guys.
Despite his apology, he still continued to face backlash from Korean netizens. Yet, ENGENEs have shown unwavering support for him, even more so after his second apology.
i am always with Jay 🙂 pic.twitter.com/uDnLf83iWk
— jay best boy (@nocontextpjs) January 11, 2023
Proving his genuineness, Jay reported that he has continued to reflect on his actions and stated that his last apology was “lacking.” He apologized to his members and to ENGENE, saying that he is not “good enough.”
ENGENEs couldn’t help but disagree. Jay was praised for his commitment to improving himself…
acknowledging everything, self-awareness, and willingness to apologize… my brave and humble, jay, thank you for trying so hard to learn. we’ll be here for you, watching you grow. always. you’re more than enough to us. mahigpit na yakap 🙁
— vio (@00tofu) January 18, 2023
one thing about jay is that you know he’s always persistent, you know he’s not going to stop when there is room for more improvement. the fact he still kept reflecting on his actions instead of overlooking it for the sake of enjoying his time during the fashion event in milan 🙁 pic.twitter.com/CYeF3KcWvA
— mio💥 (@sunooblush) January 18, 2023
…with fans warmly supporting him by trending #YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH.
YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH JAY. pic.twitter.com/rlzP4MFvdP
— ash ෆ (@madefor_en) January 18, 2023
dear jay, you are more than enough! pic.twitter.com/0GSLkZ4F29
— 쿠키 (@_woonieverse) January 18, 2023
JAY, YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH, I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT :((
— yve🌽 will see enha again (@jayseonggf) January 18, 2023
After all, as ENGENEs pointed out, Jay has always been the one who provides them with comfort and reassurance.
aren't you that person who turned on live just to listen to ENGENEs concerns? an idol never doesn't that but you did. you are always the person who have encouraged us to not give up then how can you think aren't enough? you are more than enough,you don't need to proof it to them+
— pri ⁷•° (@seongiecat) January 18, 2023
Jay has certainly made his fans proud by showing his true personality: someone who takes responsibility for himself and always embraces every opportunity for growth!