Netizens are disturbed by FNC Entertainment‘s recent statement regarding P1Harmony Jiung‘s absence from comeback promotions, calling it an invasion of privacy, as well as overworking of the members.
P1Harmony made their comeback in July with the fourth mini album HARMONY : ZERO IN, with the title track “Doom Du Doom.”
The group has been continuing to promote and participate in events, such as 2022 KCON and fanmeetings.
[🚨] 2022.09.03 P1Harmony 4th Mini Album [HARMONY : ZERO IN] VIDEO CALL EVENT & FAN SIGN EVENT
— P1Harmony official (@P1H_official) September 3, 2022
It was at the 4th Mini Album [HARMONY : ZERO IN] FAN SIGN EVENT that Jiung, unfortunately, was absent. Before the event, FNC Entertainment released a statement regarding his condition via the group’s official social media account.
Jiung will be absent from the 2022.09.03 4th Mini Album [HARMONY : ZERO IN] VIDEO CALL EVENT & FAN SIGN EVENT due to vomiting and diarrhea. To the P1ece, who’ve been waiting, we ask for your understanding.
— FNC Entertainment
FNC Entertainment revealed that Jiung was not only sick but specifically that he had diarrhea and vomiting. They asked for P1eces (their fans) to understand.
jiung its okay i too get diarrhea sometimes
— ang (@jisungjiung) September 3, 2022
While many were indeed understanding and empathetic, most were shocked that the company would reveal such details regarding Jiung. They could not help but feel that it was an invasion of privacy and that FNC Entertainment should have simply said that he was sick with no specifications.
This is really shady they didn’t respect his privacy
— My SwithNav Runneth Over (@Run2uBop_sprnkl) September 4, 2022
Additionally, P1eces are concerned that now Jiung will be known as “the diarrhea guy in K-Pop.”
jiung is going to be known as the diarrhea guy in kpop now i can't do this pic.twitter.com/C2ZUtkPO4U
— mango ☆ (@calicomito) September 3, 2022
Now the whole industry of kpop knows that Jiung has diarrhea please 💀
— Cindy ✨ABIDA DAYY (@HobilovesCindy) September 3, 2022
Sure enough, Jiung trended on Twitter after the news was released. So, everyone from fans and non-fans knew about it.
— bei (@daewhichanhee) September 3, 2022
i hope p1 jiung feels better but i know nothing about that boy except for the fact that he is experiencing vomiting and diarrhea at this moment right now
— Yearly E’LAST Facts (@eIastist) September 3, 2022
Besides just the topic of invasion of privacy regarding their idols, P1eces are calling out FNC Entertainment for overworking P1Harmony. Since P1Harmony debuted in 2020 during a time when touring and promotions were practically unthinkable due to COVID-19, it seems like FNC Entertainment is attempting to make up for the lost time in 2022.
could fnc maybe get a grip at this point… intak had a leg injury and still had to perform, jiung is sick and the fancalls are still going on, they're going to abu dhabi, then to ottawa, toronto and LA again… they are clearly overworked but fnc seems to not care at all
— isa (@777JIUNG) September 3, 2022
got diarrhea, it isn’t. yall literally ignored the vomiting part and just ran with the diarrhea one. they had to pick between eating and sleeping, and only got 1-3 hours of sleep sometimes. and dehydration and vomiting can also lead dehydration. so the reason why we don’t want—
— soup 3000 😴 (@hwataks) September 4, 2022
to this and to see that people are only making fun of jiung and making jokes, of course we’re not happy to see that. so PLEASE for the love of god stop with the jokes, they are not funny at all i’m telling you
— soup 3000 😴 (@hwataks) September 4, 2022
In January, P1Harmony released their third EP, Disharmony: Find Out, and its lead single, “Do It Like This.” In February, they embarked on their 2022 P1Harmony LIVE TOUR [P1ustage H : PEACE]. Some dates were rescheduled for two months later when most members contracted COVID-19 while on tour. Besides that, the group has performed at festivals and events, such as 2022 KCON and 2022 ISAC, and recently made their comeback fourth mini album, HARMONY : ZERO IN.
FNC Entertainment has since deleted the statement regarding Jiung after netizens’ criticism.
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