In a recent series of Instagram posts and stories shared by fromis_9 member Lee Chae Young, fans were treated to a glimpse of her artistic side and personal hobbies. However, it was an unexpected item that caught the attention of eagle-eyed netizens – an e-cigarette discreetly tucked into a pocket in front of Lee Chae Young.
Caught in Controversy
The presence of the e-cigarette reignited a heated debate within the K-Pop community, triggering a range of reactions from netizens. Some defended the idol, pointing out that many celebrities, just like ordinary individuals, engage in smoking and other everyday activities
They argued that as a legal adult, Lee Chae Young had the right to make her own choices without facing undue scrutiny. Supporters also urged critics to focus their attention on rule-breaking idols rather than targeting those who abide by the law.
On the other hand, more critical voices emerged, expressing concern over the implications of the e-cigarette sighting. Speculation arose as to whether the e-cigarette actually belonged to Lee Chae Young, with some suggesting it could have been a mere coincidence or a misunderstanding.
Skeptics also raised concerns about the strength of the e-cigarette brand in question, highlighting its potential health risks even for seasoned smokers. Critics drew connections to the notion of fromis_9 being in a precarious position before disbandment, insinuating that such carefree behavior may be indicative of a lack of commitment.
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Certain netizens took a more personal approach, attributing the controversy to their pre-existing perceptions of Lee Chae Young. Accusations of her being an “iljin,” a term used to describe a bully or delinquent, surfaced, implying that her behavior aligned with such negative stereotypes.
Some fans, known as “Flovers,” acknowledged her right to smoke as an adult but expressed disappointment in her decision to share the photo, considering the recent incident involving fellow member Noh Ji Sun. They emphasized the importance of safeguarding the idol’s image and the need for female idols to conceal their smoking habits to maintain a desirable public persona.
Here are the mixed reaction that the netizen express on the controversy:
“Stop causing trouble for idols who haven’t broken any rules. “
“How do you know that’s even the woman? She used to have black hair, didn’t she?”
“There’s nothing wrong with it,she’s already at the right age”
“what’s the big deal if she smoke?”
“She appears to be driving, so it may not even be her car. People tend to draw hasty judgements.”
It is worth noting that a similar e-cigarette was recently spotted during a live broadcast by Noh Ji Sun, another member of fromis_9, further intensifying the discussion surrounding the group’s smoking habits.
As the controversy rages on, netizens continue to debate the significance of the e-cigarette sighting and its potential impact on Lee Chae Young’s image within the K-Pop industry. With opinions divided, it remains to be seen how this incident will influence discussions about idols and their personal choices in the future.
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Cassidy Jones wrote this.
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