Fans Are Divided On Super Junior Shindong’s Statement Regarding (G)I-DLE Shuhua’s Korean Skills
Recently, the hashtag #신동_사과해 (Shindong Apologize) started trending on Twitter in Korea after a clip of Super Junior’s Shindong and announcer Jang Sung Kyu reportedly mocking (G)I-DLE Shuhua‘s Korean skills.
jang sung kyu: isn't our language still hard for you to talk in?
jsk: seems like it really is
shindong: it isn't hard for her, but it is for us to hear (/understand). she's really confident
jsk: so she thinks she's an eloquent speaker herself?pic.twitter.com/APHXZBLMs3
— ㅈㄱㅇ (@ch0sshi) January 11, 2020
Fans began posting comments about Shindong’s behavior saying that it felt like he was mocking Shuhua.
this warped sense of humour is so fucking outdated. is that the best they can do these days in terms of getting laughs? mocking women much younger than them who are trying their best to make it for themselves in a foreign country? their language skills are great. #신동_사과해 https://t.co/A4utuklWQc
— holly. 🌹🏳️🌈 (@lesbianeko) January 12, 2020
These come off as jokes easily for some. BUT, SHUHUA'S CASE IS DIFFERENT. She was judged for her Korean during Hann and hence few lines for the next comeback, she cried a lot after performing Lion bc she mispronounced some words.#신동_사과해pic.twitter.com/9mL8yzi0sO
— abi💛 ⁽ᵍ⁾ⁱ⁻ᵈˡᵉ (@eydielle) January 12, 2020
“I think you guys don’t know why this is rude or xenophobic. Please don’t be rude to someone who has dealt with a lot of pain and hardships trying their best to live their dream in a foreign country. This is rude, please apologize Shindong.”
왜 무례하고 제노포빅인지 모르지??
슈화가 얼마나 데뷔 초에 상처받고 타국에서 힘내고 열심히 하는데 그 열정을 무시하지 말아주세요
신동 사과해 신동 무례해#신동_사과해 #장성규_사과해 #아는형님_사과해 pic.twitter.com/C44TWvjqVs
— 🍜루스밈🍜 (@lous_main) January 12, 2020
“It’s quite obvious that she won’t be as fluent as you two. Thanks for creating this misunderstanding and making people think she’s just some foreigner that acts like she’s fluent in Korean when actually she’s someone who works hard to learn Korean and is pretty good at it.”
한국어 열심히 배우고 있고 사실 꽤나 잘 하는 사람한테 외국인=한국어 못함 이라고 멋대로 프레임을 씌워서 토종 한국인인 자신들보다 일단 못 하니 (당연함ㅎ;) 저렇게 몰아간거잖아 덕분에 우리 애는 외국인인데 한국어 잘하는 척 하는 애가 되어 버리고 •• #신동_사과해 #장성규_사과해
— 슬래시 (@hmhngg) January 12, 2020
Other fans thought differently, saying that Shindong defended her at the end by saying that he applauds her confidence.
Yall slick cutting this part of the video where Shindong said Shuhua ‘confidence is good’ yall love blowing shit outta proportion when it comes to Suju it’s a legit variety show fans are the reason why idols can’t interact freely #사랑해요_신동 https://t.co/iyVk0zlLW3
— Topshotta✍🏽 (@Ibreathedhoes) January 11, 2020
isn't what shindong said supposed to defend her? that she's not the one lacking but it's them that should work harder to understand her? and then he said he liked her confidence?how was this shit xenophobic? https://t.co/yzKXNbBULr
— via (@softchuls) January 11, 2020
What I've seen, the MCs were just roasting themselves for having a hearing problem, not mocking ShuHua for her Korean at all. Shindong did nothing wrong.
— 1HappyTeacher (@missmarec2830) January 11, 2020
Others felt that Jang Sung Kyu’s statement was also rude and that they should both apologize to Shuhua regarding their action’s on the show.
but other than shindong,the other host comment are more harsh to her..but why people only attack shindong?just bcuz of his an idol?he's wrong but his comment not a xenophobic comment..am i wrong?
— 엘 라이라 엘 (@eLZee_Loey) January 11, 2020
Ultimately, it seems that the words and behaviors have been taken too far out of context, creating chaos between fandoms.
its understandable that fans are defensive considering shuhua has expressed she's insecure about her korean, but shindong's words and intent in this video have been taken too far out of context
— via (@softchuls) January 11, 2020
What are your thoughts on this controversy?
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