NCT 127‘s Taeyong had the internet in an uproar after going viral at THE LINK+ concert in Seoul, and while NCTzens are praising him, some netizens have mixed feelings.
The group is once again proving their presence with a two-day concert in Jamsil Olympic Stadium, the largest venue in South Korea (with a capacity of up to 70k).
Day one of the concert alone was more than enough for the members to create several viral moments, some of them more unexpected than others. Among these, the “Hello” unit (consisting of the group’s rappers, Taeyong, Mark, Johnny, and Yuta), has gained plenty of attention—and it’s easy to see why.
Boasting a powerful tone and choreography, the “Hello” stage proved to be a true standout.
The best unit pic.twitter.com/ibKGy8D4Os
— TAEYONG (@monsieurTY_) October 23, 2022
Day two was no different. In fact, Johnny left fans in a daze after Taeyong “asked him” to take off his shirt.
The way johnny took off his shirt and throw it away…THAT’S FCKKKING HOT MAN IM SO SICK pic.twitter.com/E5Tok12CoE
— 혜🧸 (yoon) (@suhpremacistJ) October 23, 2022
And the other members didn’t give fans much chance to catch their breath either!
YUTA WENT SO HARD THE SCREAMO 😭😭😭🔥 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/QeLR7R0Tt6
— 스키나유타 🦋🍒 ⁰⁷ (@sukinayuta) October 23, 2022
But there was one moment that instantly went viral on both days of the concert, and that was when Taeyong made a certain gesture “toward haters” (as the lyrics seemed to suggest) that left fans absolutely shook.
NCTzens were clearly living for it…
LEE TAEYONG Y’ALL 🥵 pic.twitter.com/X5NQCbEbRR
— PATUHI RULES! (@nctzenbase) October 22, 2022
HOT AS F**K pic.twitter.com/1iRYQaWP0U
— TAEYONG (@monsieurTY_) October 22, 2022
…with many giving Taeyong plenty of praise for what looked to be a very succinct message.
doing this after spitting the lyrics “haters gonna be mad” I AM SO PROUD TO BE YOUR FAN, LEE TAEYONG. pic.twitter.com/fU1TD6HI3q
— ⚡︎ (@YONGNOIZE) October 22, 2022
Taeyong's so fcking hot for this pic.twitter.com/9gkHcoatcp
— hay (@taeeeyongg) October 22, 2022
But there were some netizens who were less than impressed by the gesture. Some gave the most unexpected takes…
- Why would he lick his finger that’s probably sweaty and has covid bacteria on it? I’m barfing
- I f*cking hate thisㅋㅋ his dead eyes are solid
- The other members all performed live on their performance, only Taeyong lipsynced
…but the comments did not surprise NCTzens all that much.
so funny how taeyong made that gesture for the haters gonna be mad line and now the haters are in fact mad and shaking and throwing up on pannjdksdjekdj
— ✴︎ (@ltyexos) October 22, 2022
Despite the detractors, however, the moment has continued to go viral, especially as day two’s version came out.
LEE TAEYONG DID IT AGAIN licking his middle finger and saluting after his “haters gonna be mad” line 😭😭😭 NOBODY CAN TOUCH HIM pic.twitter.com/zCQGS3iQtG
— 竜ryu (@nct_127) October 23, 2022
In fact, it is gaining even more praise after the members revealed that “Hello” is a song that Taeyong made during his rookie days!
Taeyong : ‘Hello’ is a song we made during trainee days, and finally we could perform it after 7 years 💚
Johnny : it’s actually a song made by Taeyong.
— ᴅᴇᴇ 🌹방구석디디🌹 (@deeryeo) October 23, 2022
forever thankful that lee taeyong made “hello” and they decided to share this hot sexy masterpiece to the world pic.twitter.com/uOceDmjTlj
— cait🌹💗 (@longfIightyong) October 23, 2022
Taeyong is an idol who has never shied away from being honest about his thoughts and feelings, so it makes sense that NCTzens would be proud of him for standing up for himself in such a memorably iconic way. This Taeyong was one for the books!