EXO‘s Kai has recently come under fire for having a birthday gathering during the third wave of coronavirus cases in South Korea. On his birthday, he held a commemorative live stream via Instagram, sharing his small get-together with fans.
He kept his gathering to a minimum of 4 people in total, with guest HOTSHOT‘s Moongyu and VIXX‘s Ravi. But netizens were concerned about his misconception of the 4-people rule. South Korea currently bans gatherings of more than 4 people to prevent the virus from spreading. However, gatherings are discouraged in general even if it is under 4 people.
A recent news broadcast alerted people that small gatherings are also dangerous and the ban does not indicate that 4 people gatherings are still fine.
Netizens have commented in a similar vein, stating that
Given that Kai mentioned in his livestream that it’s okay to do whatever as long as its up to 4 people, I think that many people that are misunderstanding [the rule]. They think it’s okay to play and have parties as long as its kept to 4 people.
Please… I’m seeing so many tags on regular people’s Instagrams as well like #It’sNot5 and #4Only. What would the people who lost their jobs and are having it hard due to the virus think of it? I like Kai but shielding him won’t help the situation. He’ll get more backlash. Please don’t think of this lightly.
— Netizen Comment
Kai stated early into his live that “it’s okay up to 4 people, whatever it is.” That statement caused backlash as many believed he was taking the rule too simply. The statement can be seen around the 40 second mark of his live stream below.