On April 25, The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again stressed the importance of keeping social distance. And on that day, four idols representing K-POP gathered in Itaewon. They spent the beginning of the holiday (April 24 to May 5) in Itaewon -from the evening of the 25th to the dawn of the 26th.
Dispatch recently confirmed the reality of the rumors of “Itaewon Idols.” Idols who gathered in Itaewon are the “97 crew” – BTS’s Jungkook, ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo, NCT’s Jaehyun, and SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu.
Jungkook, Cha Eunwoo, Jaehyun, and Mingyu visited an Itaewon restaurant and two entertainment facilities. Of course, this was when COVID-19 showed signed of lull, so maybe they have taken things easy.
However, the problem is how they have behaved afterward. On May 5, the spread of COVID-19 sparked again from the Itaewon club. The central disaster relief headquarters was also an alert. They pleaded people who visited Itaewon entertainment facilities from April 24 to May 6 to start self-isolation and stay at home.
The four idols were all tested negative, but they should have stayed at home for two weeks, meaning they should not have been active till May 10.
However, ASTRO made their comeback, and Cha Eunwoo appeared on Cultwo Show and Hidden Track on May 7. He also performed on Music Bank and Show! Music Core on May 8 and 9.
As for Jaehyun, he continued to be the host of Inkigayo. He went live on April 26, May 3 and May 10. Jungkook and Mingyu has no official scheduled that have been reported.
The agencies’ lackadaisical responses are also the subject of criticism. When rumors of “Itaewon Idols“ surfaces, they answered ”privacy“ or ”unconfirmed.“ No schedules were put on hold.
The essence of “Itaewon Idols” is not whether they visited the clubs or not. The center of the matter is “lackadaisical” and at the same time, irresponsibility.