4:45 pm - 08/19/2019

LOL: Did Infinite's L (or his PR person) copy other idols' letters?

The lines that were copied word-for-word (literally) by Infinite’s L from Seohyun’s message to SONEs lol

"수많은 고민과 결심 끝에 어려운 결정을 하게 되었습니다"
"I made the difficult decision after a lot of worrying."

"제 인생에서 새로운 도전이 필요하다는 생각이 들었고”
“I think that I need a new challenge in my life”

"비록 예전과는 조금 다른 모양과 방식으로 함께할지라도 서로를 응원해주고 함께 할 거라는 믿음만은 변함이 없습니다.”
"Although we might be together in a different way than before, my belief in the fact that we will support each other and be together has not changed.”

"앞으로도 (소녀시대로서/ 인피니트 멤버들과+) 제가 필요한 곳이 있다면 언제든 (언니들/멤버들)과 함께하기 위해 최선을 다할 것입니다.”
"But if there is ever a need for me as (SNSD/Infinite) in the future, I will do my best to be together with my members, no matter when it is.”

"그동안 저를 믿어주시고 더없이 뜨겁고 큰 사랑을 주신 수많은 (팬/인스피릿) 여러분께 진심으로 감사드리고 또 감사합니다”
“I’m so sincerely thankful to all of you (fans/Inspirit) who have always believed in me and given me so much warm and great love"

The English translations will definitely differ between the two due to translators and context.

But the Korean words in the sentences are exactly the same lol
Except SNSD > Infinite, unnies > members, etc

Seohyun's letter: soompi
L's letter: soompi

Yellow - SNSD Seohyun
Dark green - BAP Bang Yong Gun
Orange - Lee Gaeun After School
Pink - AOA Yoo Kyung
Light Green - 15& Jimin
Blue - Hoya

source: oh_mes2, taengnito 2, jasminelep (thread)

What do you think? Is this copied? Or inspired? Or are all these letters so similar anyways that it's hard to say? Do you think he wrote it or his PR team?
tungatunga 19th-Aug-2019 03:20 pm (UTC)
But most of those cited sentences are pretty generic, like I'm sure that sentence about worrying fans can be found in most idols statements? Unless the wording is different in Korean.
scionofawhisper 19th-Aug-2019 03:32 pm (UTC)
But to have all the sentences be the exact same word for word? that's ridic.
jasmineakaiumi 19th-Aug-2019 03:43 pm (UTC)
mte - it's not so much the content, but the fact he used the exact words, grammar, etc.
tungatunga 19th-Aug-2019 03:48 pm (UTC)
It's not like he or them wrote something original to start of, and I don't know Korean to say if the sentences structure or wording was really that unique that no one used it before.
tsubaki874 19th-Aug-2019 03:22 pm (UTC)
Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if there's an idol cookie cutter sentence generator for these kinds of letters.
alissee 20th-Aug-2019 06:21 am (UTC)
hahaha, true
these letters are often so generic and incredibly boring (at least in translation), they pretty much sound the same
sra_interesante 19th-Aug-2019 03:27 pm (UTC)
i'm more impressed by the fact people remember so many idols departure letter by heart , to the point they can remember words order ... when i read those translations all feel the same , so i'm assuming they all look the same in korean too

idk enough korean (or any of those idols writing style) to know if those lines are common expressions or super special heartfelt expression used only by Seohyun or Hoya

it do looks like someone was really determinated to find something wrong in his letter lol

congrats? you find out all idols letters are unoriginal and probably not that deep either lolz

Edited at 2019-08-19 08:11 pm (UTC)
scionofawhisper 19th-Aug-2019 03:31 pm (UTC)
holy crap, lmfaoooo. I have no dog in this fight so this is just funny as hell. Omg boi, lol

Maybe his pr team wrote it and sabotaged him on purpose? idk. It's so odd, but also funny and I love it.

Poor fans tho, the heartfelt letter was plagiarized.
juhli 19th-Aug-2019 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, at this point i even question if it's even hand-written by him lol
lydzi 19th-Aug-2019 05:01 pm (UTC)
The stabilo lines in different colors kills me, lol. Like, wow. This is an essay. Come through Detective Netizen!
kcaomei 19th-Aug-2019 03:43 pm (UTC)
all these letters are always so dramatic, forced, and generic. they rarely come off as genuine sounding to me and literally scream 'written by PR team' so i love this lmaooo
suggestivepeach 19th-Aug-2019 04:29 pm (UTC)

I dunno if he really copied other letters or not but does it really matter? All these PR approved letters read the same to me. Read one and you’ve probably read them all.

lydzi 19th-Aug-2019 05:00 pm (UTC)
Wow. Someone had too much time on their hand...
wafflesnmilk 19th-Aug-2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
why is everyone who don’t even speak Korean so quick to defend with ‘it’s all same wordings and similar anyway’ , it’s obvious and the letters he copied from are not particularly complex but none of them parrot the other. There’s more explanation right there in the translation thread.

Does it matters? Yeah i’d say. The least an idol 9 years into the business could do is show a smidge of gratitude for his fans’ support.

I don’t care either way but I’m quite done with I-fan with 0 cultural context/brief understand of the language + unbothered to look it up further and proceed to invalidate others with their own standards of ‘nothing wrong’ and ‘pressed kfans/knet’ narrative 🙄

Edited at 2019-08-19 05:38 pm (UTC)
aeipathy 19th-Aug-2019 08:43 pm (UTC)
gathyou 19th-Aug-2019 05:58 pm (UTC)
Lol I find this hilarious, and so harmless too. He (or his team?) probably got a little too lazy when re-using inspiration quotes and then was caught so quickly lmao. That picture with stabilo lines is cracking me up XD

My girl Seohyun inspiring idols even when leaving their company, when will your fave :')
Also the fact that there's one line from Hoya of all people - getting the wording from a member that left the group L is supposed to be still a part of??? hahaha omg
rainstormraider 19th-Aug-2019 06:12 pm (UTC)
I would do the same.
Why reinvent the wheel.
Clearly this was a chore and reflects poorly on his attitude towards his fans.

Edited at 2019-08-19 06:13 pm (UTC)
daynr 19th-Aug-2019 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hee, dumb dumb but also poor guy.

I hope fans aren't too hurt.
aeipathy 19th-Aug-2019 08:42 pm (UTC)
well luckily he was always my least fav member of infinite so i'm not hurt but damn, could have put some more thought into it after 9 years huh.
921227 20th-Aug-2019 12:40 am (UTC)
Honestly, if it is true plagiarism (which I use lightly bc its not like this is academic research) I doubt it was his own idea considering I barely read through translated letters from idols I like, I doubt he'd have read all these idols letters to be like, oh yeah I want line 6 from Yookyungs letter
horichansenpai 20th-Aug-2019 11:48 am (UTC)

Hilariously stupid of him/his PR team but I can't bring myself to care, honestly

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