On November 17, 2023, fans were shocked after a video of RIIZE’s Seunghan and TXT’s Soobin chatting to each other on Instagram live went viral. The live stream was held on both artists’ burner accounts on Instagram.
What was deemed problematic was the contents of a snippet that was leaked. In a now-deleted video, Seunghan was seen teasing Soobin. Fans were upset that Seunghan needlessly brought in LE SSERAFIM’s Eunchae.
- Seunghan: It’s a fact. You can’t dance, sing, or rap. You’re just all excited just because you MC-ed for Music Bank. You even got to meet our Eunchae
Soobin: I have something to show you. *turns camera to show his foot making the gesture*
Although many netizens expressed that they were used to Seunghan’s private live being “less than savory” due to his previous controversies, they were shocked at Soobin’s involvement in the matter.
- Birds of a feather flock together. No one is pitiful here. LOL.
- Seunghan can’t f*cking live without girls.
- How did he even debut? He’s gotta be fated to f*ck up… Insane.
- It’s legendary LOL.
- Birds of a feather, haha.
- Ugh, sigh. I’m dizzy.
- What’s this?
- Seunghan just confirmed once more that he can’t live without girls, but Soobin’s image took a hit because people now think “birds of a feather.” Although in this short convo, there’s nothing really wrong that they did.
- Oh, Soobin… His image is shattering.
As Soobin has a clean and innocent image in the eyes of many fans and members of the public, the video served to jolt many from that image of him. Although both boys did not do anything largely wrong, the short snippet could have detrimental effects on them as idols live off their public image.