In her most recent V App chat session with ONCEs, TWICE‘s Jihyo clarified why she went missing for a while at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Back in December 2019 at the awards ceremony, Jihyo showed up for the red carpet and the group’s scheduled performances — but had fans worried when she wasn’t with the rest of the group for a short period in between.
Jihyo wrote she was “gone for a while mid-ceremony”…
Note some fans linked her “disappearance” with Kang Daniel‘s sudden health issue and speculated that she was too “out of her mind” to be at the ceremony.
… because she didn’t feel well. While explaining what happened though, Jihyo lashed out at “attention needy” fans who “blabbered” about why she went missing.
Also note that the Korean term she used “웅앵웅” is a very informal type of online language derived from netizens on community forums and is often used on social media platforms like Twitter to either 1. shorten, in similarity to English’s “Blah-di-blah” or “Da-da-da” or 2. disregard complaining opinions, like in the way English’s “Or whatever” does.
She showed a complete “sorry not sorry” attitude…
… and ONCEs are split in their reactions to Jihyo’s relatively aggressive tone in the messages. Some found Jihyo’s straight-forwardness to be confident and satisfying:
난 지효가 멋지다 생각하는데?
지효 팩트 바로 꽂아버리는거 배울점이라 생각하는데?
저거에 열폭하는 사람들이 지네가 찔려서 그런거아닌가 뷰웅신들^^ 지효 말 틀린거1도없고 백이면 백 다ㅏㅏ옳은 소리구만 무슨 차암눼
— -🤘쨍이없인못살아🤘- (@MinaChaeng_Luv) January 5, 2020
I think Jihyo is amazing though. I respect her. I think the way she dishes facts is something I could learn from her. People tripping over her messages are probably the ones who spread rumors about her. Idiots. Jihyo didn’t say anything wrong. She only served facts. What’s the issue?
— Twitter @MinaChaeng_Luv
팩폭.. 울 지효 할말 다하는거 개 멋짐… pic.twitter.com/wA0wP4aUbp
— 언니팬 (@MozziHyo21) January 5, 2020
FACTS. Jihyo is fucking amazing for telling it like it is.
— Twitter @MozziHyo21
미친ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 박지효 진짜 멋있엌ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 아 나 개터짐ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 와 진짜 지효 진짜 최고다❤❤❤❤❤
— 🅳🆈🅻🅰🅽 (@jihyo_chungha) January 5, 2020
What the LOL Park Jihyo is fricking amazing LOL I’m cracking up so bad, haha. Oh man, Jihyo is seriously the best.
— Twitter @jihyo_chungha
Others found it offensive and unprofessional.
멤버 정확히 지적은 안하려고 했는데, 왜 그래요 지효씨…
힘든 건 알겠는데 그런 식으로 표출하는 건 남은 팬들에게 너무 크나큰 아픔을 주는 거예요.
조금 더 둥글게 말하고, 조금 더 원스들 배려하는 마음으로 단어를 조심해서 말해줄 수 없었을까요?
이건 정말… 정말로…
— David J (@LoveYouTzuyu) January 5, 2020
Ah… Uh… I wasn’t going to call out anyone, but what’s going on Jihyo…? I get that it’s hard for you, but lashing out only hurts your fans. Can’t you use gentler words? Can’t you be a little more considerate of ONCEs and watch what you say? This is… This is really…
— Twitter @LoveYouTzuyu
— 포포포 (@minatozakisamna) January 5, 2020
Jihyo, I get you didn’t like hearing this and that about yourself but if calling them weird and “attention needy” people makes you feel any better, then I mean… I really have nothing to say to that. Good for you, I guess.
— Twitter @minatozakisamna
유정연은 그래도 나름 분위기 띄우려고 한거같은데… 지효는시발 아무리 최애라지만 존나 쉴드 못쳐주겠다 몸이 아파서 못올라갔어요까지만 하면되지 혼자 급발진해서 안해도 될 말을 하고
— 언리 (@NlistedU) January 5, 2020
At least Jeongyeon was trying to lighten the mood… Jihyo is fucking… She’s my bias but I cannot side with her on this. All she should have said was, ‘I was sick so I couldn’t be there’ but no. She had to lash out and say shit she didn’t need to.
— Twitter @NlistedU
Since then, Jihyo went on to continue interacting with ONCEs in the chat. She shows no regrets, but fans remain divided over how she worded the “clarification”.