Spanish Magazine Under Fire For Publishing Comic Mocking Jonghyun’s Death

Fans are petitioning to shut down the magazine.

Spanish magazine El Jueves has published a comic mocking the death of SHINee‘s Jonghyun. The magazine is a Spanish weekly satirical magazine, based in Barcelona.

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A fan translated the offensive comic to English in order to bring further light to the situation. Please note that there the following comic contains mention and mocking of sexual abuse, exploitation, depression, and suicide.

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The translator provided further context about the use of the word “Pinypons” to describe Jonghyun, and the rest of the K-pop industry.

The word Pinypons refers to the toys pictured above, implying “the idea of idols being plastic, mass-produced” dolls with colourful, interchangeable hair.

Fans also pointed out that the artist Raul Salazar published a similar comic the day Jonghyun died, accusing Jonghyun of trying to join the “27 Club” with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison — music icons who died at the age of 27.

Another fan has started a petition to have the magazine shut down, and the petition has reached over 9,400 signatures.

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