Irene's reality series 'Irene's Work & Holiday' aired its first episode on August 4 and began showing the daily life of the Red Velvet member.
Starting from the first episode, the camera followed Irene through her daily schedule, starting with her hair shop visit. While getting her hair done, Irene chatted away with the staff members. Irene continued to talk with staff members while getting her makeup done, politely asking her makeup artists if they ate breakfast.
The first episode of the seezn-original reality series continued to show a cool and down-to-earth side to Irene.
This sparked a heated debate in an online community as netizens pointed out that it seems that SM Entertainment is trying to reverse Irene's image that was negatively affected during her attitude controversy in 2020.
Netizens commented, "I can see they're trying so hard to change Irene's image, lol," "They had to show Irene being all cool with staff members, it shows so much what they're trying to do," "It's so funny because the intention of the show is so obvious, lol," and "They're trying to clean up her image."
On the other hand, fans defended Irene as they criticized the netizens who were writing negative comments about the idol. These fans commented, "These people who say they hate Irene, why do you keep watching her stuff? lol I'm just curious," "People are just attacking her thinking this is now the chance," "These people are losers, they jump at any chance they get to criticize her," "Seems like people just took the captures of the show to use negatively," and, "I think these people have an inferiority complex, lol."