Earlier in June this year, SM Entertainment confirmed Red Velvet’s comeback, which is expected to take place this August. Although this is Red Velvet’s first comeback after nearly 2 years of absence since the hit “Psycho” was released at the end of 2019, Many viewers still can’t help but questioned Irene’s re-appearance after a serious attitude scandal at the end of last year.
Although there are still many viewers who are not satisfied with Irene’s return, recently, a post on an online forum said that the leader of Red Velvet still deserves a comeback more than other scandal-ridden idols. The reason is because many idols have been accused of bullying or school violence recently such as Soojin ((G)I-DLE), Lia (ITZY), APRIL,…, despite a lot of evidence. brought up but they still neither acknowledged nor apologized. This attitude of theirs makes the victims suffer even more, especially when their fans do not stop attacking the victim.
On the contrary, some netizens pointed out that Irene and her management company personally went to meet the victim who was scolded by her and personally apologized. After that, the victim also accepted Irene’s apology and directly expressed her wish to close the case. In addition, she also twice publicly apologized to the audience and fans, had a period of hiatus to reflect on herself, and SM Entertainment also issued their official apology.
Some people agree with this statement and compare her with the case of Hyunjin (Stray Kids) – who has just returned to activities with the group after being entangled in a school violence scandal. Meanwhile, other netizens said that in fact, Irene’s “self-criticism” time was also extremely short because she returned to activities on January 1 of this year, which is only about 3 months after the scandal broke out
“It’s funny. Apologies are natural, can’t artists think that it’s so wrong to be thick-faced without apologizing at all ㅋㅋㅋ Just apologizing is enough”
“Irene has self-reflected and also posted an apology, she did all she could, didn’t she? So it’s okay if Irene has a comeback now”
“Haizzz the Irene fans are starting again”
“I’m a non-fan and I’m really curious about this, seeing fans keep saying that Irene has been self-reflecting for a long time, but it’s not just because they weren’t promoting at that time. What,, ?Last year after the incident not long after I think I saw Irene appear on TV at some stage, and this comeback, it’s fine to just act with the group too,,, Is it any different from Hyunjin’s fan’s argument that the victim has received an apology;;;”
“Hwang Hyunjin can still make a comeback, there’s no reason why Irene can’t come back ㅋ”
“Didn’t they even perform at SM concerts earlier this year? That’s called self-criticism..?”
“Is it okay to just apologize? What about the victims’ injuries? Even their obsessions? Who are you to judge if she can come back or not?”
“I don’t care if she has a comeback or not, but one thing is for sure, Irene will still be estranged from the public. Besides, is it up to the fans to decide if Irene is worthy of a comeback or not? It’s because fans keep acting like this that the public hates it more and more ㅋㅋ”
“Does anyone still want to see a 30-year-old idol abusing their power on stage? Celebrities really live happily, don’t they ㅋㅋ Act like an asshole but still make a comeback”
“Is Irene self-criticizing?… ㅋㅋㅋ She’s simply resting during non-promotion like all the other artists…”