A Seventeen fan wrote an online post titled 'Come at me bro: rebuttal against Seventeen gay controversy' to defend Seventeen for their alleged 'gay acts' and call out the netizen who had taunted them in a post titled 'Seventeen's gay acts during meet and greet controversy.'
The OP wrote, "I'm writing this because I find it bothersome that someone tried to bring [Seventeen] down with such a ridiculous rumor. I'm a Seventeen fan who is relatively new to the fandom but I've always regarded the group positively, and I was honestly shocked AF that this post had so many likes looool. Below is the original post I'll be referring to."
The OP continued, "These photos show them playing the 'Pepero' game," and listed what was wrong with the post that had called Seventeen 'gay.'
"※ What was wrong with the original post:
1. Belittling homosexuals by using the words 'gay behavior'
- 'Gay' is a term used to refer to male homosexuals, and it does not hold any negative implications whatsoever; however, the OP used the words 'gay behavior' in a manner that attached 'gay' with a negative connotation, and referred to Seventeen in the same fashion even though they are not known to be gay. This is not only a discourtesy to Seventeen but also to everyone who identify as gay.
2. There is no explanation whatsoever regarding the photos.
- The one who wrote the belittling original post is a fan from a different fandom who assumed things based just on the pictures, purposely omitting any sort of explanation for the pics and making it all the more easier for new Seventeen fans to misunderstand. Through this design, we know that the OP caused over 1,000 people to believe that Seventeen members are gay.
First, I want to clarify that all the pictures included in the original post are showing the members taking part in the 'Pepero' game during their meet and greet with fans, and there is absolutely nothing 'controversial' about them. When you watch variety programs, it's commonplace for idol group members to play the same game or a similar one in which they transfer a piece of paper using their mouths. If we follow the writer of that post's logic, that must mean almost all idols are homosexuals.
Also, in the picture in which a Seventeen member is holding up a sign saying 'sex & aegyo, & tough,' the actual words are supposed to read, 'sexy & aegyo & tough.' I don't how that error came to be; it could be a mistake made by a Pledis staff member but what's certain is that it is an error. The agency would be crazy to purposely use a word like that in front of fans.
And what's worse is the comments [on the post] which are full of people saying that [Seventeen] are 'dirty,' and even going over the line to write hate speech. There were lots of falsities, as well.
Be strong, Carats."
Most netizens who read this post seemed to agree, commenting, "The error was thanks to a local foreigner staff who made a translation mistake. When you watch the actual clip [from the meet and greet], the members were also flustered, but because foreign fans can't really read Hangeul, they smoothed over the situation. I'm just leaving this comment so that people who are curious will know."
"As someone from another fandom, I really can't believe this lol. My group has actually done worse than that..it's a very common game so I guess whoever wrote that original post is pretty much ridiculing nearly every idol group and their fandom?"
"Everyone who was insulting [Seventeen] for being 'gay' would stay mum if they saw other people play the same game hahaha."
"Where are the 1,500 people that pressed 'like' on that post now? You piece of garbage human beings that leaves hate comments based on rumors and not fact. Don't live your life like that because karma will bite you in the ass eventually."
"After I saw that post, I realized what a dirty place Pann is," and more.