Earlier this month, Jay got here underneath hearth for a Weverse reside broadcast throughout which he and Sunghoon mentioned Korean historical past. When Sunghoon stated, “I used to actually not get pleasure from [studying] historical past, however I discover Korean historical past enjoyable today,” Jay responded, “I [prefer] world historical past. I discovered quantity of Korean historical past at school.” Sunghoon reiterated, “It’s enjoyable [to read about]. As a result of the archiving was completed so effectively.”
Jay then replied, “However there’s additionally this. As a result of I like finding out historical past a lot, [I see] there isn’t that a lot data [to study] about Korean historical past.” Sunghoon disagreed, “There’s lots of data. It’s all recorded, occasion by occasion.”
Evaluating Korean historical past unfavorably to that of different nations, Jay continued, “Should you examine for a couple of weeks or skim over it, it’s over actually rapidly. It seems like a brief story. With different nations, [the history] by no means ends. I’ve studied the historical past of so many countries, and it simply retains going, with out an finish.”
After many criticized his remarks as offensive and an inaccurate description of Korean historical past, Jay posted an apology on Weverse the next day. Nonetheless, his apology additionally wound up drawing criticism, with some believing that sure Korean phrases used within the apology conveyed a flippant and dismissive tone.
Jay, who was born in america and holds twin citizenship, has attended faculty in Korea since his elementary faculty years.
On January 18, Jay took to Weverse to put up a second apology wherein he addressed each his preliminary remarks and his selection of phrases in his first apology.
Jay’s full assertion is as follows:
Howdy, that is ENHYPEN’s Jay.
I’m penning this as a result of I wish to deeply apologize as soon as once more for utilizing the flawed expressions and misrepresenting our nation’s historical past throughout our Weverse Stay on January 10.
I apologize for the truth that, with out figuring out sufficient about our nation’s deep historical past, I misrepresented it resulting from my missing vocabulary. On the time of the reside broadcast, I used to be expressing my ideas on Korean historical past based mostly solely on the restricted materials I had encountered, and I didn’t understand that I might be conveying the flawed message. Though the guy member who was with me tried to repair this, I used to be too careless on the time to appreciate that.
Additionally, my selection of phrases in my earlier apology was very missing. I ought to have been extra cautious in deciding what to say, and I apologize for this as effectively. Utilizing the flawed expressions and misrepresenting our nation’s lengthy historical past once I don’t even have the vocabulary to correctly categorical my apologetic emotions was actually inconsiderate habits.
After the Weverse reside and my earlier put up, I spotted the load of my mistake whereas studying the phrases of ENGENE [ENHYPEN’s fans] and many individuals, and my coronary heart ached. I felt how my mistake may develop into an enormous drawback, and I mirrored on my mistake. Nonetheless, I additionally felt that this wasn’t a matter that might be solved solely by self-reflection, and with a purpose to make proper one thing that began with my phrases, I assumed I wanted to correctly acknowledge my wrongdoing and make one other apology. I assumed that there shouldn’t be one other missing selection of expression on this apology as effectively, so I contemplated over it and wound up posting this message a bit late.
I’m nonetheless interested by and questioning what I ought to do to keep away from repeating this type of mistake once more. I feel the concepts I’ve considered up till now are nonetheless missing. I’ll ponder it extra deeply, and I wish to persistently present you my efforts by actions quite than phrases. I’ll make an effort sooner or later to turn out to be a cautious one who listens to what many individuals must say.
As a result of plainly I’ve precipitated nice harm to our group by my missing expressions, I’m sincerely sorry to the ENHYPEN members and the ENGENE who love us. I’ll make an effort to not solely say this with phrases, however to really turn out to be a greater individual and stand earlier than ENGENE.
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