During NCT‘s time in a Miami, the host of Despierta America spoke to a fan and suggested that she kiss Taeyong.
The NCTzen can be seen shaking her head to tell the host no, but he insists by holding her back and leading her towards the idol.
The fan had no choice but to approach Taeyong. If the video is zoomed in, however, it shows the fan didn’t actually kiss Taeyong. She just went close to his cheek and pretended to kiss him.
Fans are outraged that the host would do that to the fan. They said that it surely made both Taeyong and the fan uncomfortable, as well as the other NCT members.
the mc for despierta america should’ve educated himself on how koreans greet when having nct 127 on the show… i get that hispanics greet w kisses but he still has to respect diff. culture… the girl looks hesitant when kissing taeyong maybe bc she knew it wasn’t the best idea pic.twitter.com/NVrvUcsQAm
— 𝐩𝐬 (@radiantyeosang) April 29, 2019
To the reporter who forced the girl to kiss taeyong,,i hate you 3000,,,they felt uncomfortable,,,,y’all bring nct bacc to korea they dont deserve this torture AAAAAAAAA
— Chloe🥪🥙 (@ChloeSunga) April 29, 2019
can the host/show pls apologize to nct as well as the girl? 🙁 he forced the girl to kiss taeyong on the cheek even if the girl said no and the girl tried her best to not kiss him that much despite the host's pushing 🙁
— STREAM BLOOM BLOOM RN (@softlyuwin) April 30, 2019
Many are saying, however, that this is how people in Latin America and Latina/Latino people greet each other and that he was just trying to be respectful.
First of all bitch that kiss was a welcoming way to show respect to nct so y’all can stfu about it. This is also part of our culture as Hispanics and yes it could’ve made Taeyong uncomfortable but in no way was it meant to be disrespectful or offensive! Leave my good sis alone
— Ari¹²⁷ is seeing bts and nct (@ncteasdream) April 29, 2019
Some fans are also saying that the girl could have said no. It is important to note that she was being broadcast live on television and the host was insisting on her to kiss him, so she could have felt pressured to do so.
sure she could've said no i guess but she was live on tv with a grown ass dude almost yelling at her to "kiss" him like, it sure doesnt strike as her taking advantage of taeyong (rather the host was since he was talking knowing none of nct understood him)
— Shunior ✏ (@shattingstar) April 29, 2019