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Seventeen's DK stirs up controversy after taking the subway

By alim17   Tuesday, January 10, 2017   193,003   9,277   0



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A Seventeen member has stirred up controversy for what some may view to be just a simple act!  Netizens are split as one side argues that he was being inconsiderate and another side brushes it off.

On January 10, a netizen who seems to be a Seventeen fan posted a picture after witnessing DK and Joshua riding the subway together.  However, netizens realized that DK was sitting in a seat normally reserved for pregnant ladies, criticizing him with, "Isn't he supposed to leave the seat for pregnant women empty?"

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Seventeen fans said this should not be a problem as all he has to do is move and give up his seat once a pregnant woman comes aboard. This is where the schism lies.  There's no law stating that the seat has to be empty until a pregnant woman takes it.  However, although there are signs these days like a key ring or coin purse to signify a woman is in her early stage of pregnancy, passengers still fail to recognize the signs and to give up their seat.  That is why the Seoul Metro and Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit stated, "We need to do promotions so that the seat for pregnant women to sit will always be empty for them."

Divided netizen comments include, "Even if there was a pregnant woman, if someone is sitting in that seat, it's hard to ask that person to move.  It's right to leave it empty," "It's good to leave it empty, but if you take the seat, all you have to do is move for a pregnant woman. Is this really a controversy..." "If there were no pregnant lady, he could sit there, no big deal," and, "When I get on the subway, I don't sit in the seat for the elderly or the pregnant even if those seats are empty.  It's not like the subway shakes a lot like the bus; he could just stand. Does he really want to sit in the chair for pregnant ladies?"

What do you make of this?

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17caratarohas Monday, January 16, 2017

i kinda cant get over how ladylike joshua is sitting not saying guys ont sit like that he just looks too like a lady hahaha

Hellotreasure Sunday, January 15, 2017

If the reason Knetz is bringing this up is because he's an idol then I don't know what to say. I mean we've all done shit like thus before, haven't we? Oh, people just like to pick out the littlest things and make them a big issue...

scoops Wednesday, January 11, 2017

i'm sure he would have given up the seat once a pregnant woman made an appearance, but when there's no one there it's not bad to sit there. jeez

daydreamer Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Idk if people actually realize how tiring traveling in a subway can be, especially if you have to stand for at least 30 min. I've ridden a subway like those in SK a lot of times already to know that most people take that seat if there's no one eyeing it. What's wrong with sitting in that seat and standing up when someone asks for it?

Naryu Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I bet that pic was prolly taken at around late night onwards, when pregnant women would already be at home in bed sleeping or something. They look like they're really sleepy too.

pink_oracle Naryu Wednesday, January 11, 2017

...You think pregnant women stop living normal lives and go to bed at 9pm or something? Like they get some sort of royal treatment?

Naryu pink_oracle Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nope. But pregnant women would and should rest up, no? Just cause you're not up and walking at midnight doesn't mean you stop living a normal life. Lol at your reading comprehension skills buddy.

pink_oracle Naryu Wednesday, January 11, 2017

There's a bigger risk to having complications from sitting around and becoming unfit then there is from living. Most women don't go on maternity leave till at least 30 weeks, babies are typically born at 38 weeks. So yeah, women don't just turn into fat cabbages that watch TV all day, they function despite being pregnant.

Naryu pink_oracle Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Well, pregnant women should exercise in the morning or at intervals but definitely not at midnight. Aren't pregnant women allowed to rest? You're losing my whole point. I said that pic was taken at a time when pregnant women are most probably not out and about. I never said pregnant women should stay in their homes and be unproductive. I don't know why you're so triggered smh Are you perhaps pregnant or someone you know is? Cause my sister was and she did rest late night.

pink_oracle Naryu Thursday, January 12, 2017

I'm not triggered, we're having a debate if you're over it stop replying. Lucky for your sis, other women don't have that luxury and have to take care of their lives despite being pregnant. Even if it means being up and about past beddy-byes time.

Naryu pink_oracle Friday, January 13, 2017

Hm, I guess those pregnant women who are up at midnight are risking theirs and their baby's lives working so late just to give them a better life, huh? Psh. I'm glad my sis didn't take a risk that is clearly not the most favorite among pregnant women from 3 countries I've lived in. I've never seen a pregnant lady walk around outside past 11:30, which is the time I was referring to in my comment.

pink_oracle Naryu Friday, January 13, 2017

Babies don't die if their mother stay up past midnight.

Naryu pink_oracle Friday, January 13, 2017

Babies are affected when their mothers are stressed or sleep deprived tho.

pink_oracle Naryu Friday, January 13, 2017

Who says being out past midnight meant your sleep deprived? You jump to a lot of conclusions.

Naryu pink_oracle Friday, January 13, 2017

Oh sorry, I have a bad habit of stooping down to whoever I'm talking to's level.. since you concluded that I think women stop living their lives when they're pregnant from the very start of our conversation and all the other stuff I'm too lazy to type.

pink_oracle Naryu Friday, January 13, 2017

Pff, you really don't like it when someone implies your opinion might not be right huh sport? That's fine you have your little tantrum, pregnant women live on an island of pillows and bon-bons and all boy band members are gods who should be worshiped as such. There, feeling better already I'll bet.

Naryu pink_oracle Friday, January 13, 2017

Um, no. If I'm not right then I should be corrected. But in this case, you are calling me out and being a hypocrite when you yourself jumped to a lot of conclusions throughout our conversation.

skioujsioufiosdj pink_oracle Sunday, April 16, 2017

people are entitled to voicing out their thoughts just because you don't necessarily agree doesn't mean you have to criticize others and theres nothing wrong with saying women should have some rest at night thats what she might believe is a more safer option for the pregnant women who are physically vulnerable.

pink_oracle skioujsioufiosdj Sunday, April 16, 2017

It's been 3 months, omg this topic is loooong dead!

pbrytz Wednesday, January 11, 2017

People are trying to find faults because SVT are climbing up to stardom. There will be a lot of haters from now on....

Winston pbrytz Wednesday, January 11, 2017

all popular groups have their haters. some are just rival jealous fans from another fandom.

AmberJazzy Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On the metro we have signs which say "designated seats for the pregnant ad elderly" and everyone sits in them, and moves out of the way for the elderly and pregnant (I once gave up my seat for an old man put he just shouted at me, the later a young guy about my age (I was 20 at  the time) on crutches came, and he was thankful that I gave the seat up for him)

lilyirwin39 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Honestly, it's not a big deal. Why would a pregnant lady be taking the subway to begin with?

mile741 lilyirwin39 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In my country pregnant women take the subway all the time

GGaspar lilyirwin39 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Because in korea many people don't drive and it's cheaper to take the subway than a taxi pregnant people have places to go too ya know like doctor appointments

pink_oracle lilyirwin39 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why the fuck would a woman who normally rides the subway stop because she's pregnant? They don't send all pregnant women to a special camp where they just sit around being pregnant all day, they still live their lives. What a dumb question.

lilyirwin39 pink_oracle Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Well im sorry, i dont fucking live there!

BaoziLea Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Mitsuki2002 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If it was you, you would probably sit. So why is wrong for and idol? Do they have to 'set an example' because their lifes are public?

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