Stray Kids Bang Chan’s Recent Apology Stirs Mixed Reactions From Korean Netizens

“I hope he is more careful from now on and I hope the foreign fans will reflect on their actions…”

Stray KidsBang Chan recently issued an apology on Instagram following a controversy sparked by some comments he made during his most recent broadcast of Chan’s Room. During the broadcast on May 14, Bang Chan discussed the topic of manners and bowing, expressing concerns about generational differences in basic etiquette. Following his Instagram post, Korean netizens shared their thoughts on the controversy and Bang Chan’s apology online.

Bang Chan during “Chan’s Room” | Stray Kids/YouTube

The idol shared his thoughts on the relaxed attitude towards greetings among the younger generation, emphasizing that he was not criticizing anyone and maybe even overthinking the issue. Bang Chan also mentioned instances where people did not respond to his greetings, but he refrained from naming anyone and acknowledged that there could be various reasons behind their actions.

I’m not going to say names, but I guess some people that I don’t know, I guess it’s like that. Maybe that could be the reason why, because there’s no connection. Maybe, they could’ve been shy or nervous.

— Bang Chan

Bang Chan during “Chan’s Room” | Stray Kids/YouTube

Following the conclusion of Chan’s Room, the topic continued to generate heated debates among fans, with discussions focusing on changing mannerisms among newer generation idols. Speculations regarding the identities of the individuals Bang Chan referred to further fueled the online discussions.

In response to the controversy, Bang Chan took to Instagram to apologize to those who were hurt by his “careless words.” He expressed deep reflection on the impact of his words and behavior on others, clarifying that he had no intention of singling out any particular artist. Bang Chan offered his sincerest apologies to the artist who may have been affected and promised to exercise more caution in the future to prevent similar incidents.

Hello, this is Bang Chan from Stray Kids.

I apologize for the offense caused by the comments I made during a recent live broadcast. I thought about the impact my words and behavior can have on others, and have deeply reflected on myself. I would like to mention that it was not my intention to specify a certain artist, and that my comments had nothing to do with the artist being mentioned currently.

I would like to express my deepest apologies to the artist who has been hurt by my careless words. I sincerely apologize. I will be more cautious of what I say in order to ensure this does not happen again.

Once again, I sincerely apologize.

— Bang Chan on Instagram

| Dispatch

Korean netizens have shared various opinions regarding Bang Chan’s apology and the controversy surrounding his comments. Some netizens expressed frustration towards “foreign haters,” claiming that they blew the situation out of proportion and failed to reflect on their own actions. Others questioned the behavior of certain individuals, both domestic and international, who continued to make inappropriate remarks despite the apology.

  • “I hate those foreign haters… even if Bang Chan apologized, would they even try to reflect on what they’ve done? It would be ok to say those things to your friends…it’s always the foreign haters that blow things out of proportion.”
  • “Honestly, I don’t know if this is something to really get loud about, but he apologized… and yet there are still people saying weird things in the comments…I don’t see the difference between them and the foreign haters…”
  • “Why are they always so stupid…”
  • “I saw so many posts about it on TheQoo, so I watched what Bang Chan said.. and although it wasn’t the best thing he could’ve said… I feel like the foreign fans blew things out of proportion. I’m glad he apologized, and I hope he is more careful next time.”
  • “I mean, there are people that get hated for doing nothing, but why are they acting like that? Bang Chan recognized his mistake and posted a separate apology… I hope the fans reflect on their actions…I feel bad for the person that had to get caught up in this.”
| TheQoo

However, there were also netizens who recognized the need for accountability and appreciated Bang Chan’s apology. They hoped that the fans involved would take the opportunity to reflect on their actions and express sympathy for the artist unintentionally caught up in the controversy.

  • “I hope he is more careful from now on.. and I hope the foreign fans will reflect on their actions…it’s because of them this blew out of proportion.”
  • “Now that you know, hopefully, they will be more careful? I wish the foreign fans that blew things out of proportion with female idols will also apologize.”
  • “Don’t do this from now on…I will be passing on content coming out from there from now on though…”
| TheQoo

Overall, Korean netizens emphasized the importance of careful communication and expressed their desire for improved understanding and respectful behavior within fan communities.

Source: TheQoo

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