The controversial line in Lay’s speech is, “In China there’s a saying that the Yangtze River’s back waves will push off the waves in front. I hope EXO will prove this saying to be false and forever stand at the top of the highest mountain.”
The proverb essentially explains how newcomers will always overtake the old. The speech could be considered innocent as multiple EXO-L are stating. It makes sense that an artist who has won an award would not want to be overtaken by rookies.
However, multiple fans on Twitter were extremely angered by his speech. Most of these fans claim that the speech was directed somewhat towards BTS, inciting even more friction between EXO-L and ARMY.
Here are some of those tweets:
My respect for Lay flew away after what he've said during award acceptance speech sorry not sorry— It's 11:11 (@Taengveins) December 2, 2016
shut the fuck up about how exo is "the greatest kpop group" bts are just as deserving you dumbass.— Lev. (@deathjoon) December 2, 2016
拿奖的感觉就是爽。— Davis (@MooJiaes) December 2, 2016
Wah damn cocky the Lay. Go eat potato chips la
Whats happening to Lay😑, becoming so cocky suddenly.... smh— Delia🙆 (@delia_zzz) December 2, 2016
sources: koreaboo twitter delia_zzz MooJiaes deathjoon Taengveins