3:48 pm - 06/18/2019
Singer feels heat over "revealing" costume
Girl band "Berry good" member Johyun stirred controversy Monday after wearing the costume of fictional computer game character "Ahri" that some said was "too revealing."
The star from the six-member K-pop girl band portrayed the character ― the nine-tailed fox ― from global blockbuster game "League of Legends" at a red carpet event promoting the TV e-sports show "Game Dolympic 2019: Golden Card" slated to air later this year.
The event, joined by some 40 K-pop stars competing in this year's "Dolympic," celebrated the e-sports competition organized by cable network OGN. It was held Monday at OGN e-Stadium inside the SPLEX Center in Sangam-dong in Seoul's Mapo District.
Johyun, in a garter belt and dangling a large purple tail, posed in front of a photo wall with two band mates.
Her costume attracted criticism online for being vulgar.
But her fans defended the star Tuesday, saying online that the costume had been praised for perfectly mimicking Ahri.
The fans, calling themselves the "Berry good gallery," said those who condemned her "don't understand the game character" and "she prepared the costume after thoroughly discussing with the network, according to her agency JTG Entertainment."
Johyun competes in "Dolympic" with other artists from K-pop bands, including Teen Top, NCT, B1A4, ASTRO, fromis_9, DIA, April, SONAMOO and solo artists. A clip from Sunday posted on Korean online portal Naver showed her and band mates practicing for the competition at a PC cafe.
The competitors, divided into two teams, play games like "Overwatch," "League of Legends" and "Battlegrounds mobile dance emotes." Boy band Super Junior's Kim Hee-chul and Shin Dong host the show and each leads a team.
Here's the video from the red carpet.
source: The Korea Times