A photo of rookie girl group PRISTIN's Kyulkyung and Eunwoo posing together at a night club has been roaming the web, garnering mixed reactions from netizens.
It seems that one night club located in Gangnam decided to market their club with the photo of PRISTIN, including the photo as a tool to accompany a lengthy post which explained the benefits a certain cafe's members can receive when reserving space for the club. It is unclear whether or not the night club used the photo of PRISTIN with permission from the girl group or the group's label.
Some netizens, including fans of PRISTIN, argued that while it is not wrong for the girls to go to a night club in itself, the girls needed to have considered the fact that they are still rookies, and so photos at a night club may infleunce their image in a negative light. After the club photos began spreading on online communities, rumors about PRISTIN members' having bad relationships with one another resurfaced among malicious netizens. Those who claimed the photo showed PRISTIN in a negative light said, "For rookies, maintaining a good image is very important, so fans feel shocked that a club photo came up suddenly", "They're still super rookies, did they have to go to a club now", "They said in interviews that they don't go to places like clubs", "To some people, the notion of a night club can be very negative", and so on.
Others argued that because the members in the photo are old enough, going to a club should not be a big deal. Comments from this side included, "What does going to a club have to do with your idol image", "If the company allowed them then what's the problem", "It's okay for idols to go to clubs, but it's also okay for fans to feel distanced and leave the fandom", "A lot of idols go to clubs", "That club gets a lot of celebs", etc.
What do you think about the debate?