Posted by Susan-Han Thursday, April 7, 2022

Netizens react to more pre-debut photos of LE SSERAFIM's Kim Garam, including crude hand gestures


Pre-debut photos of LE SSERAFIM member Kim Garam have been surfacing at a rapid pace, as controversy over the idol's alleged school bullying rumors continue to spark debate. 

In particular, some netizens are reacting to Kim Garam's flood of pre-debut photos somewhat quizzically, commenting, "So this was a middle schooler who was a 'victim of malicious rumors and cyber bullying', according to HYBE..."

In particular, some netizens commented on Kim Garam's skirt-length, stating, "Female students are not allowed to pull their skirts up that high...", "Only the real 'Iljin' (Korean school students who go around in packs and bully others) ignore the teachers and get away with that", "Umm... the skirt... is the real deal", "No public middle school would have that tight of a skirt as the regular uniform", and more. 

Others also commented on Kim Garam wearing makeup at school, another activity banned in Korean middle schools. Some said, "I remember the 'Iljin' girls at my school looked just like that...", "If HYBE employees went through the Korean school system, they would know that this girl could never be a 'victim' in any situation", "These pics bring back so many bad memories from my school days", "I swear she looks just like an 'Iljin' girl from my old school...", etc. 

What has caused the most controversy, however, were the hand gestures Kim Garam seemed to be making while posing in a photo with her friends. 

Netizens reacted to the hand gestures with comments like, "Why is such a young girl so obsessed with crude sexual jokes?", "If HYBE decides to keep this girl, these hand gesture photos will follow her around for life", "Daebak... what am I looking at right now", "I would really like to know what kind of 'bully' could turn this girl into a 'victim'", "So is LE SSERAFIM's debut concept actually Cardi B's 'WAP'..?", "What would her parents think if they saw these photos...", and more. 

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Fjxgjcujfc970 pts Thursday, April 7, 2022 18
Thursday, April 7, 2022

If it is unacceptable in the Korean society for middle schoolers to wear make up in school, wear really short skirts and do crude hand gestures then we foreigners have no right to judge knetizens for not liking her due to those reasons.

And about the bullying accusations, bullying is a serious crime and if there are people claiming to be victims then it should be investigated properly and thoroughly instead of threatening them. A simple denial is not enough. There have already been numerous cases of celebrities all over the world who have been proven to be bullies post and pre-celebrity life.

On the other hand whether the accusations are proven false or true, malicious comments should never be tolerated.

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minivilly2,851 pts Thursday, April 7, 2022 4
Thursday, April 7, 2022

You guys really are so full of yourselves that you think you can judge this situation from a foreigners perspective.

there are codes and rules in Korea. If Koreans tell you that this behavior is not right for a middle schooler in Korea, it is. You don't even know how institutionalized and harsh bullying is in Korea, thus the seriousness of the allegations.

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