On February 1, Wheesung had shared a post showing WELL, a group of junior singers preparing for his upcoming concert. In the caption, he wrote, "They'll singer better than this when I beat them with a bat," with a use of derogatory slang, as noted by netizens.
Although the singer did apologize once, the comment also backfired because of its 'mocking' tone. When a fan told him that he "probably can't say this if [he] had been watching the news lately," Wheesung replied, "I am watching the news."
Hours after changing his Instagram to a private account, Wheesung returned with an apology statement in a post below. He wrote:
"I apologize. I realized that, even though only I own the username and password to my SNS account, the virtual space itself is a public space. I acknowledge the fact that I have lacked the capacity to realize that up to this point.
First of all, I would like to point out that the artist that I am preparing, 'WELL', and their producers and related artists and I always fool around without barriers, with a tendency to joke around as close friends.
The inappropriate practice that is currently going on in the world of sports is something that I myself is infuriated about. Since watching the news, I have told myself that I will never become an instructor or a producer like that, but since that was the reality of these days, I wanted to mock those circumstances. But my intentions were misled, and the fact that the subject was a female was also my lack of caution, which I acknowledge and apologize a hundred times."
In addition, Wheesung also apologized for inappropriately reacting to certain DMs that "coined him as somewhat of a perpetrator of violence against women." The singer claimed that it was "partly from his own victim mentality," as he used to think that women were "upheld higher than needed in terms of social justice."
Check out the original post below.