SEVENTEEN‘s BSS, made up of Hoshi, DK, and Seungkwan, has kept fans entertained since they returned with Second Wind in early February.
Along with music show performances, the unit have appeared on several variety programs, including the latest content posted to SEVENTEEN’s official YouTube channel.
In this new video, the group has invited Peder Elias, the Norwegian singer-songwriter that is featured on their song “7시에 들어줘 (7PM), for a meal and drinks together.
The unit and Peder have shared plenty of cute and funny content before this, so fans were excited to see this latest video.
The group welcomed Peder to the set and did their best to communicate regardless of the language barrier, but there is one moment that did not come across well to fans.
Around the middle of the video, Seungkwan tells Peder that he thinks he eats very little, and Peder says the same back to Seungkwan. Hoshi then says, “He’s a pig,” which Seungwan explains to Peder while Hoshi and DK laugh.
In the next moment, DK teaches Peder to make a cheek heart and tells him to say Peranghae, a combination of Peter’s name and saranghae. DK and Hoshi explain the phrase by telling Peder their own versions, which makes him assume that Seungkwan’s is boo-hae, because of his last name Boo.
Boo-hae, sounds like buhae, which means to look puffy or swollen, and before Seungkwan can fully explain, DK and Hoshi begin laughing and repeatedly calling him that. Eventually, Seungkwan explains to Peder in English that it “means you look so fat.”
Peder then says that Seungkwan is “definitely not buhae.” When DK tries to get him to repeat it, he refuses.
After clips of these moments were shared online, fans debated over what was said, with many finding the comments made towards Seungkwan “fatphobic.”
"he's a pig" "he's swolen" "he's very swolen"??? hoshi fucking fatphobic and dk laughing like it's the most funniest shit. i know those would be the first people to laugh at fat people lol pic.twitter.com/F3O3LSE1QP
— • (@caffeinboo) March 4, 2023
i’d expect a lot better from dk considering he’s been teased for his weight in the past so he KNOWS how uncomfortable this can be. disappointing to say the least https://t.co/QClrK42y4P
— sofie 👎 (@tyongclit) March 4, 2023
ppl always justify this by saying seungkwan knows how to take a joke which is why it’s always him these are aimed at but that doesn’t make it any better😐 like why do u think he’s so self conscious about his body image ?? this is so disappointing https://t.co/AuDdeTeWk5
— vi (@soojinkz) March 4, 2023
Others see it as “cultural differences,” saying that “pig” is used when describing someone who eats a lot rather than a comment on their weight and that DK and Hoshi were joking around.
This is not a "fatphobic" remark. Phobia means aversion or fear. You can literally see that no one was in fear of anything.
"Fat-shaming" is the proper term to use.
Koreans have a different culture and tradition. What's bad in your eyes might not be bad in theirs. https://t.co/0Z3odlownY
— Sebongs Pocas (@SebongPocas) March 4, 2023
they were teaching him doahae & horanghae so peder said so you? "boohae?" which means "buhae" or swolen in korean, they play along considered it as a joke so peder doesnt feel guilty about it, yall dont be mad & please know the context first😭pic.twitter.com/qQ1MkZp565
— 🐈 (@terjungkirbaliq) March 4, 2023
SEVENTEEN explaining terms in English have made this debate even more unclear on the true intent behind their words, and fans who see the comments as offensive want the members to be educated.
i’m really disappointed in dk & hoshi…they need to educate themselves on this matter and really reflect on why those jokes are not funny & are wrong..it’s just so disgusting to make jokes like that and laugh that hard at them https://t.co/ozcqrAqLLH
— kay (@taehyuncore) March 4, 2023