It is belatedly known that NCT 127’s Yuta talked about his friendship with Japanese YouTuber, who continuously shows his hatred to Korea, during his V LIVE streaming on July 21, stirring up the controversy. That V LIVE video has been deleted.
During the live streaming, Yuta said, “I don’t know if you know this well, but I’ve become very close to a YouTuber called ‘Rhee.’ We met yesterday, too.” After the broadcast, fans reacted negatively, saying that “Rhee” is a YouTuber who usually posts content about his “hatred to Korea.“
Netizens pointed out that YouTube channel ‘nobleman’ run by ‘Rhee’ is known for the “hatred towards Korea” contents, and that it even used the late Sulli and Jong Hyun for more views. In fact, the YouTube channel in question has contents that announce “offline meetings for those who hate Korea.”
Some also showed their disappointment, pointing out that the Instagram account that Yuta follows has a lot of provocative sexual remarks. After the controversy surfaced, Yuta reportedly has un-followed Rhee’s Instagram account.
Yuta is the first and only Japanese idol in SM Entertainment. Before his debut as a member of NCT 127, he made TV appearance through JTBC’s entertainment show Abnormal Summit.
When asked about Japanese history issues during his appearance, Yuta said, “It is said that the politicians have apologized, but I think the apology should be made until the recipient understands it,” making the netizens wonder about his recent actions.
Fans and netizens expressed their disappointment.
“If they are close, Yuta obviously knows about his videos and hatred to Korea. If he is going to work in Korea, then he should be careful.”
“So I’m guessing what he said in Abnormal Summit was a show?”
“Yuta, you need to explain this.”
“From now on, I will support all NCT activities and members, except for Yuta.”