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Is Haruto from TREASURE homophobic? Here’s what fans have to say

This is another issue filed under: Problematic things K-Pop idols have said caught under 4K.

Every public figure knows that whatever they say on the camera could be taken out of context once it reaches the internet. K-Pop idols, of course, aren’t exempt to this. In fact, the K-Pop industry and fandom are definitely one of the strictest and definitely the harshest critiques when it comes to different figures and issues.

K-Pop artists have it hard, though it doesn’t exempt them from being called out for their problematic perspectives and comments on different issues. This is why majority of K-Pop artists don’t voice out their opinions when it comes to matters on politics and society.

Most recently, a video of TREASURE’s Haruto went viral on Twitter. The reason? A fan pointed out that he found “man on man” weird. Teumes were shocked to see the video, and definitely had some things to say about it.

Teumes were arguing within the fandom because of conflicting views: one side was defending Haruto and were “trying to clear the searches”, while the others were mad at Haruto and the other Teumes for siding with a homophobe.

Others were also explaining that Haruto’s video was taken out of context, and that he was talking about how he felt uncomfortable about being shipped with another male.

While it’s true that we may never know what our K-Pop idols really think about certain issues, it’s also not a reason why we should try and defend them when they are wrong. They are also responsible for what they say in public and private, so they’re not completely unaware of what they say or do.

Remember: who you stan or support is a reflection of who you are and your character.


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