Their fans demand an apology from Min Hyuk and Won Ho for #Me Too joke.
By Anna Kim
Two members of the popular K-Pop boy band Monsta X are in the hot seat by making a poorly-received joke. They have taken a lot of flak for their words taken out of context at the past fan sign event last March 9. In the video footage, Minhyuk is seen putting the microphone to Wonho’s chest and saying, “Mr. Nipple, please say something.” Wonho puts his hand up and shouts in English, “Me too.” The “Me Too” movement is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault which allows victims to speak up about their encounters with bad conduct by perpetrators and help the victims to realize they are not alone. The video was initially posted on the official fan page of Monsta X and rocked the Korean fans, causing a bash against the two members.
After the incident, Starship Entertainment made an official apology on behalf of the members, but their fans and online users alike were bummed out by the cookie-cutter apology, saying that the initial apology does not specify what they are apologizing for. The apology released by Starship Entertainment is followed:
“We sincerely apologize to everyone who felt uncomfortable because of Monsta X’s careless behavior and comments that left a lot of room for misunderstanding during the fan sign event held earlier this year. Starship and the Monsta X members have recognized the issues that were brought up to us since then and we have continued to discuss the matter together. We will stay open to any feedback and advice to learn and grow.”
Wonho and Minhyuk also apologized for their banter, the thing that had turned the #Me Too reckoning on sexual harassment into a punchline- on Monsta X official fan café. They said that they would reflect deeply on the situation and be more careful in their actions and words to prevent hurting people, adding “We did not intend to mock or bring harm to the victims of sexual harassment and assault.”
Wonho wrote, “I didn’t think about whether what I said could do harm to the Me Too movement and potentially cause even more suffering to the victims. I disappointed and hurt many people due to my thoughtless words and actions. I am deeply reflecting on this.”
Minhyuk wrote, “This apology is late but I am still sincerely sorry about my mistake and will make sure that I will repeat these mistakes in the future. From now on, I will think more and work hard to become a more mature Minhyuk.”
“They didn’t mean to hurt anyone. Korean people have some kind of habit of repeating some words like the word “나도” which means “me too.” That explains the whole picture. I think he just wanted to speak English to foreign mon bebes. He didn’t mean that,” said an online user.
Two members of the popular K-Pop boy band Monsta X are in the hot seat by making a poorly-received joke.
Wonho and Minhyuk apologized for their banter, the turning the #Me Too reckoning on sexual harassment into a punchline- on Monsta X official fan café.