FTISLAND’s Hongki Criticized After Being Caught Smoking Indoors

Eagle eyed netizens caught Hongki in action.

FTISLAND‘s Lee Hongki and BTOB‘s Ilhoon have been promoting their recent collaboration ‘COOKIES’ on various music shows.


To celebrate their promotions, BTOB’s Ilhoon uploaded a photo of himself getting ready in their waiting room.


But eagle-eyed fans noticed something behind Ilhoon’s shoulder. They spotted Hongki smoking an e-cigarette in the room.


Although it’s uncertain if Hongki was smoking a vape or a new type of e-cigarettes but many point out that it looks like the new type of e-cigs that heat the cigarettes instead of burning them.


Netizens began criticizing Hongki for smoking indoors, despite whether it’s a vape or a cig. They pointed out that it was illegal and inconsiderate to those around him.

  • “Whether it’s BTOB, Lee Hongki or anyone, isn’t it rude to the people around you to smoke indoors? Am I the only one thinking this?”
  • “I’m not saying smoking is wrong… but it’s f*cking rude to smoke while you’re walking out in the streets or smoking indoors”
  • “If it were me, I would’ve gotten mad and told him to put that sh*t out… Vapes smell like sh*t too”
  • “Lee Hongki’s such a f*cking nuisance. Doesn’t he know that a lot of people hate the smell of smoke? F*cking rude.”
  • “Yeah you can smoke if you’re an adult ~~ But that doesn’t mean an adult should smoke indoors ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ It’s f*cking dirty”


Coincidentally, the netizens began to divide as others claimed that it was more wrong of Ilhoon for mistakenly posting the photo without carefully reviewing it. They claimed that Ilhoon had malicious intensions against Hongki.

  • “Didn’t he upload this knowing that Hongki was smoking in the back? He’s wearing red… It’s all I can see ㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “BTOB fans are f*cking stupid ㅋㅋ Do you think we’re hating on the full grown adult smoking? Ilhoon’s the one who did wrong by posting this photo without thinking.”
  • “Lee Hongki must’ve been so shocked… Jung Ilhoon should’ve been more careful”
  • “Wow I’m so disappointed in Ilhoon, wtf.”
  • “Jung Ilhoon just spat on his senior’s image ㅋㅋ”
  • “It’s disgusting. It’s okay for Lee Hongki to smoke because he’s an adult but I’m shocked by Ilhoon… I didn’t think he was like this…”


BTOB fans soon rose up to defend Ilhoon, emphasizing that Ilhoon took the photo down almost immediately. They also called out the haters for pointing fingers at Ilhoon, when Hongki was the one who was smoking indoors.

  • “Why is everyone freaking out? This can happen… Do you guys always look at everything that’s happening around you before posting on Instagram?”
  • “I don’t understand why he’s getting cursed at like he ruined a senior’s career ㅋㅋㅋ He deleted the photo immediately ㅋㅋ They’re close friends who feature on music, videos, and shows together. Would he have malicious intensions? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ I’m sure he personally apologized to Hongki for his honest mistake. Who are you to judgeㅋㅋ”
  • “Why is the poster getting more hate than the person who was smoking indoors illegally?…ㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “Wtf are you talking about… Why is this Ilhoon’s fault ㅋㅋ Why would you smoke indoors in the first place?”


Neither Hongki or Ilhoon has spoken up about this incident.

Source: Nate Pann