July 2, 2022

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ENHYPEN Criticized After Making Inappropriate Comments About Weight

As one of the rising K-Pop boy groups, ENHYPEN always gets praise for their talent, visuals, and personality. However, the members are currently under fire from netizens after a recent broadcast raised concerns about comments directed at one of their members named Sunoo.

Quote from Koreaboo on Wednesday (22/6/2022), in a clip, Sunoo explained the reaction of one of the members named Sunghoon every time he walked past him. Although Sunoo said it with a smile on his face and in a joking tone, many netizens were concerned about the statement.

On June 19, Sunoo, Ni-Ki, Jake, and Jungwon sat down with fans to chat casually. Although most of the broadcasts were praised and ENGENE (ENHYPEN’s fans) enjoyed interacting with the members, one clip has already garnered attention from fans and other netizens.

In the clip, Sunoo explains fellow member Sunghoon’s reaction whenever he walks past him. Although Sunoo said it with a smile on his face and in a joking tone, many netizens were concerned about the statement.

Sunoo said “Whenever I meet Sunghoon hyung, he always says the wild boar hit him and acts like he’s about to fly.”

The members joined Sunoo’s laughter before Jungwon added, “That elephant one is really cute.” Although there is no context in the clip, many feel uncomfortable that elephants are usually used when comparing a person to a heavier animal.

Jungwon then shared another story while the broadcast was still going on, and once again related to the members talking about Sunoo’s weight.

“The director told him, ‘Let’s stop here,’ (pulling Sunoo’s picture). Sunghoon hyung said, ‘I can’t, there’s an elephant sitting on it’.” Jungwon said.

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There was even a time when they talked about Sunoo’s stature and Ni-Ki said, “Because he eats a lot…”

Although all the members seemed to be laughing, the comments under the video didn’t feel the same. After past comments made to Sunoo, netizens think that the members need to be educated more on the topic of body issues. They also expressed their concern that, in terms of weight, Sunoo was very skinny by anyone’s standards.

However, it is undeniable that ENHYPEN members love each other, including Sunoo, who always compliments his bandmates.

Although netizens explained that they know how much the members care and love for Sunoo, they want to raise awareness and educate the group about how comments about weight can be harmful.