Lee Hyori and Yoona apologized regarding their live streaming in the karaoke room late last night.
On July 2, Lee Hyori wrote an apology on her Instagram. She wrote, “Hello, this is Lee Hyori. I am deeply reflecting that my behavior last night was not appropriate for a time when I should still have been practicing precautions. I’ve been too excited these days, so I could not think deeply about my actions. As an older sister, I am also sorry to Yoona. I will be more careful and behave more cautiously. Once again, I would like to sincerely apologize.”
The same day, Yoona also posted a handwritten apology letter on her Instagram. She wrote, “Hello, it’s Yoona. First of all, I am sincerely reflecting on myself for causing concern due to my careless action. I’m sorry. My thoughts and judgment were poor during this period when everyone is having a hard time and should be careful. I will make special efforts to act more carefully in the future. I am deeply reflecting on not being attentive to the medical professionals and people who continue to work hard against COVID-19. I once again apologize for causing concerns.”
Earlier on July 1, Lee Hyori posted photos and videos taken with Girls’ Generation’s Yoona on her Instagram. The two, who got close through Hyori’s Bed And Breakfast, hung out together in similar hats and had a drink. The fans who were excited to see them together once again showed enthusiastic reactions.
However, when the two started their live streaming, Lee Hyori said, “I came to Apgujeong karaoke after drinking with Yoona” in an inaccurate pronunciation, to which Yoona added, “We’re not completely drunk.”
Soon, when someone commented that she was worried about them visiting karaoke, Lee Hyori looked surprised and asked, “We’re not supposed to visit karaoke?” At the same time, Yoona put on her mask, saying, “We brought our masks,” but the two soon ended their live streaming. It only lasted for about 2 minutes, but the video and photos already spread rapidly.
Some responded that it was inappropriate for influential people to visit karaoke rooms, which have been classified as high-risk facilities with a high risk of infection. “They were not alone. And they weren’t wearing masks,” “I know that we’re being harsh, but we all need to be more cautious,” “They are influential people. They should be more careful.”
However, some are arguing that such criticisms are excessive. “I don’t understand what the problem is. So all celebrities should stay at home 24/7?” “Come on, people. Don’t nit-pick,” “So I’m guessing all these people who are criticizing them never visited anywhere since the spread of COVID-19?”