Netizens Defend PENTAGON’s Hui As His Participation In “Boys Planet” Faces Criticism

Netizens respond to criticism from a viral community board post.

The competition on the idol reality show Boys Planet is currently underway. As a spin-off of the popular idol competition show Girls Planet 999, which aired in 2021 and formed the K-Pop group Kep1er, netizens are eager to see what group will be formed from the show and which nine contestants will make the final line-up.

“Boys Planet” contestants | @boysplanet.official/Instagram

The show is off to an exciting start and recently aired its fourth episode. Although the show has barely begun, it’s already sparked a few controversies and has had its surprising moments.

From Mnet‘s infamous “evil editing” that caused backlash before the show even started…

… to a group of global contestants coming under fire for their behavior towards fellow global trainee Na Kamden. Many netizens believe was another example of Mnet’s “evil editing…”

… to the talented former Cube Entertainment trainees who had netizens convinced the company was letting go of its most talented trainees, the show has been the topic of many buzzworthy conversations.

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One of the biggest surprises so far was revealed before the show even aired, and it was the announcement that PENTAGON‘s Hui would be competing for a chance to debut with the winning line-up.


The announcement that he would be joining Boys Planet shocked netizens, and Hui revealed that he made the decision to join because he felt a burden as the group’s leader. He shared that when he returned from the military, “things became a lot different.

The group faced numerous rejections for the first time, and he felt like there was “nothing he could do” for his fellow members.

Hui, who is competing under his given name Lee Hoe Taek, has proven to be a popular contestant on the show and was ranked highest in his group during the third episode.

As the show progresses, his chances of debuting in the final line-up continue to increase. A post on a popular Korean online community board recently went viral as the top comments questioned Hui’s participation in the show.

PENTAGON’s Hui (center) during his first public appearance with “Boys Planet.”

Some of the top comments argued that his participation was unfair because he was still a member of an active K-Pop group, which they felt took away an opportunity from someone who had never debuted.

Others took issue with Hui wearing his in-ears with PENTAGON’s fandom name on them, which some netizens felt would increase votes for Hui from his group’s existing fandom, among other concerns.

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  • “It’s a little weird since there are trainees who came out after disbanding.. It’s not like they failed. He has a group to go back to, so I honestly don’t know why he came on [this show] ㅜ”
  • “It was wrong for him to come out on the “Boys Planet” stage wearing his in-ear with PENTAGON’s fandom written on it ㅋㅋ What does he think “Boys Planet” is? Legendary fraud”
  • “[Idols] born in ’02 and ’03 are at the end range of being able to debut, so why is a ’93er coming out and trying to steal their spot?
    It’s really too much ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
  • “He doesn’t want to give up his group but also want to steal young kids’ opportunitiesㅜㅜ”
  • “He didn’t even leave his group. He’s completely different from Oh Sungmin and Cha Woongki”

After news of the post went viral, other netizens quickly stepped in to defend him.

Many pointed out that idols from other active K-Pop groups have competed in similar programs in the past, so they felt this similar circumstance shouldn’t be an issue.

Others shared that they sympathized with Hui’s efforts to revive his group and feel he has the best opportunity to continue his music career by competing.

His continued participation in the show is determined by fan voting. It will be up to viewers to determine how far Hui will make it on Boys Planet.

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