Huddy (also known as Chase Hudson) finally addressed his Weverse controversy.
The American musician and social media personality is best known for co-founding the TikTok collective the Hype House and popularizing the e-boy fashion style and subculture across the video-sharing app.
HYBE‘s application Weverse began as a K-Pop social media platform that connects fans and artists. It hosts many of the hottest K-Pop groups of today, such as BTS, BLACKPINK, SEVENTEEN, TXT, etc. (just to name a few).
Today, it has expanded beyond to include even Western artists, such as American singer-songwriter MAX, British pop trio New Hope Club, American singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker, American-Canadian pop and R&B boy band based PRETTYMUCH, American singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams, American record producer and singer-songwriter Alexander 23.
However, its first Western artist did not receive a warm welcome.
A venue for LILHUDDY and his fans, LILHUDDY Weverse is now open!🎉
LILHUDDY will communicate with fans on Weverse, such as announcing that his debut album "Teenage Heartbreak" is set to be released on September 17. Stay tuned! 🙌
— Weverse (@weverseofficial) August 23, 2021
When Weverse announced Huddy was to join the platform, K-Pop fans were shocked, confused, and some even enraged.
Now you’ve gone too far, Weverse
— Brooke⁷ (@BrookeTyburski) August 23, 2021
Literally no one asked for it
— 𝐥𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲.⁷ ⋆⁺₊⋆ ♡̷̷̷ ⋆⁺₊⋆ (@myberrysadlife) August 23, 2021
— ˖⁺‧₊˚♡˚₊‧⁺˖ (@s1ut4rm) August 23, 2021
— 𝐊𝐎𝐎𝐊𝐈𝐄 🐺⤮💗™ㅣChan.gbin lover / MAXIDENT (@_k00kiie__) August 23, 2021
how abt we close it instead <3
— milo⁷ 🧈// (REST) (@milohyung) August 23, 2021
Netizens took to all social media platforms to express their outrage.
Now we got Lil Huddy on weverse…watch them soon announce “Addison Rae is now joining weverse” or “Dixie D’Amelio is now joining weverse” pic.twitter.com/wrLVfWzt6I
— tt⁷ 🤍 (@jkschimchim) August 22, 2021
Still, Huddy was added to Weverse as an artist.
He even uploaded both a welcome video and post, promising to engage on the app.
Yet, when netizens created accounts and joined his artist page just to criticize and cyberbully him, Huddy never returned.
Now, a year later, Huddy addressed it all.
Recently, Huddy guested on the Zach Sang Show. Since both Zach Sang and he are self-proclaimed K-Pop fans, especially of BTS, they connected.
While the two talked about everything from BTS concerts, favorite songs, and their biases, Huddy confessed that while he is ARMY, he tends to be more private about it now although he used to post more.
I’m a huge fan of them, and I’ve been like more of like a private fan now…
Zach Sang recognized why Huddy might not be so outspoken anymore. So, he asked him if it was related to Weverse.
Yeah … They came at you. What happened? You tried to join Weverse.
— Zach Sang
Huddy briefly explained that he was met with backlash when he joined the platform. Zach Sang wasn’t sure why, though.
Huddy: I tried to join Weverse, and I got bagged on immediately so I was just like, “Okay…”
Zach Sang: Why though?
Zach Sang asked if he could assist in resolving any conflict. However, Huddy denied that there was any “beef.”
Zach Sang: Can we help you like can I help squash this beef?
Huddy: I don’t think there’s so much of a beef.
Zach Sang disagreed. He told Huddy that he had been cyberbullied off the app.
I mean clearly, they bullied you, they rallied against you to get off an app.
— Zach Sang
Huddy confessed that after the criticism, he took a step back from Weverse. He decided to leave it to the OGs.
I definitely just step backwards, was like, ‘You know what? Okay, I understand like I’ll leave you guys to it.’ You know what I mean? There’s already the big dogs in charge. They run that app like…
Weverse was already a very new platform for him. Considering that, Huddy was concerned even more that he could make a mistake.
It was also like very foreign to me. So, I didn’t want to like try anything out, mess anything up, you know.
Ultimately, Huddy just wanted to keep the peace. So, out of respect for the other fandoms on the app, he didn’t return.
I didn’t want to piss anyone off, and I was just like, ‘Well, I’ll just leave you guys to it.’ You know like I didn’t wanna crossfire with anybody… you know bad blood.
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