Netizens call on BELIFT LAB for better protection of ENHYPEN Jake‘s privacy after rumors surfaced of him allegedly approaching girls on the street by asking for a cigarette lighter.
On August 22, a Korean netizen tweeted pictures of a man in a plaid shirt talking to girls in the Itaewon area of Seoul, claiming that it was Jake.
The tweet is now deleted and the account suspended, but the issue quickly gained attention in Korea. Many netizens took a critical stance against what they believed to be Jake’s actions, questioning both him being in Itaewon and asking for a cigarette lighter as an alleged means of “picking up girls.”
Yet, despite the scrutiny that he is under, many netizens have come to his defense. For one, fans are convinced that the pictures are actually fake. This is because there appear to be signs of editing, meaning it could have simply been made to look like Jake.
Even so, fans are also pointing out notable dissimilarities between Jake’s facial features and those of the man in the pictures.
— 제이크 (@J02KYUN) August 22, 2022
Even non-fans have pointed out that it seems highly unlikely that their manager would have let him go out like that.
But even if the rumors were true, ENGENEs claim that Jake shouldn’t be judged for choosing to smoke and talk to girls. While it is true that that is a bigger deal in Korea than in other places, Jake is still an adult, which means he’s entitled to do as he wishes.
weird how kpop fans made it sound so CRAZY for an idol to smoke or talk to females i dont think that was jake but why do u make a big deal out of an adult smoking💀 especially if he’s doing it behind cameras like he’s not being a bad influence or anything its his life damn
— ريماز (@enveeu) August 22, 2022
Yet, ENGENEs’ primary concern is the invasion of privacy that is taking place—and the alleged lack of protection Jake has received from BELIFT LAB. They are now calling on the company (and on HYBE, of which BELIFT LAB is a subsidiary) to protect their artist more effectively.
jke doesnt deserve this at all, belift protect your artist idk what the hell are you doing all the time.
— ًً (@0215jaeyun) August 22, 2022
ENHYP3N HAVE 3 COMPANIES BUT NO ONE IS THERE TO PROTECT THEM, IM SO SAD FOR MY BOYS😭
— yve🌽 (@jayseonggf) August 23, 2022
In fact, fans believe they have so far done more to protect Jake and ENHYPEN from the rumors than the company has, which they feel is unfair to him and the members.
i can't believe we are doing more than the company. every one of the members, is affected by all this made-up stories, and there are already proofs to debunk them and the company is still not saying anything. the expectations were already low, but this is too much.
— ًً (@0215jaeyun) August 23, 2022
This is not the first time fans raise concerns about Jake’s well-being. Recently, fans became worried about two women’s treatment of Jake during KCON 2022‘s hi-touch event.
Read further about it right here.