iKON’s Junhoe has apologized for posting about a certain movie director and talking in a casual manner with fans.
On September 25, iKON’s Junhoe apologized on his Instagram, posting, “I’m sorry, he was an actor I liked, so I didn’t know of any other information. Because my fans are like my friends, I didn’t realize talking comfortably would become like this. I’m truly sorry. In the future, I’ll become a Junhoe that speaks carefully. I’m sorry for causing concerns.”
Prior to making his apology, Junhoe had posted an image of a gift given to him by Japanese movie director and comedian Kitano Takeshi on a now deleted Instagram post. In the photo, Kitano Takeshi had given him a package with a note that said, “For Junhoe. From Takeshi Kitano.”
A famous director in Japan, Kitano Takeshi had previously gained attention for allegedly making disparaging comments about Korea.
In response to Junhoe’s Instagram post, fans flooded his comments to inform him of the director’s reputation. When one fan asked him to delete his post, Junhoe responded, “Don’t tell me to do this or that~~ No.”
To another fan, Junhoe wrote, “I like him as an artist, so no. Whenever something happens, do I have to chicken out and delete everything?” In another comment, he added, “I also have emotions, so please respect that. There’s nothing wrong with me liking [him] as an artist.”
Sources: Naver (via Soompi), Junhoe's Instagram