8:36 am - 10/12/2019

NCT’s Taeyong personally apologizes to classmate he bullied, no ill intent with homophobic comment

Recently Taeyong was criticized in an anonymous post that said he wrote a homophobic comment about a classmate in their graduation album. The comment reads:

Everyone was so fun and everyone has such good personalities and I believe that everyone will make it big. But. [Name of student blacked out] won’t make it because [she/he] is gay. I can be sure of that.

Wikitree has clarified that Taeyong was close with the person he wrote it to, "so there were no bad feelings at all from it."


Additionally, his latest bullying scandal from mid-September was addressed in the same Wikitree article. Apparently he victim sent SM Entertainment an email saying that they would like an apology in person, but there was no reply from SM. However, after Taeyong returned from the United States on October 11, he decided to meet with one of the victims; reporter(s) from Wikitree were apparently present to report what follows. (***edit: my first impression was that the details of the meeting must have been experienced first-hand by reporters, but i realize now that the account could have been related second-hand by either or both of the parties present.) Taeyong admitted to his actions, and apologized to the victim directly. The victim shed tears, while they sat in silence for nearly one hour. After calming down, the victim faced Taeyong again. Taeyong was the first person to say something, bowing his head in apology. He admitted to his past wrongdoings, and apologized. "Honestly, I have never once felt at ease because of this," Taeyong is reported to have said. "Every day, dozens of times, I think ‘why was I like that’ and feel regret.”

Eventually, after more than 2 hours of talking with each other, the victim reportedly decided to forgive Taeyong. “At that time," Taeyong is reported to have said, "I was very poor with how I expressed myself. I would like to sincerely apologize for my thoughtless remarks and actions when I was younger. I am very sorry.”

SME also released a statement:

Recently, Taeyong personally apologized to his friend from middle school that was hurt by his mistakes, including his senseless words and actions. The friend accepted Taeyong’s apology, and they both cheered each other on for their growth in their respective futures.
In addition, Taeyong expressed his regret to his friend who was unable to get in contact with him. Taeyong will not forget about his past, and use it as a way to help show him how to grow up and become a better person, and act properly with a humble mindset. Thank you.

Sources: wikitree.co.kr via @OH_mes2 | asianjunkie
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bubble_monkey9 12th-Oct-2019 12:33 pm (UTC)
I don't think he or sm understands why that message was offensive. it doesn't matter if he wrote it about a friend.
pepsi_twist9 12th-Oct-2019 07:54 pm (UTC)
I imagine most people don't tbh. A lot of people I know in real life living in Canada give me the "oh, you're offended by that?" When they say homophobic remarks. It's wild because I always thought that kind of behaviour was prevalent in people on the internet that want to be loud about it - I didn't think it was so common
revedesnuages 12th-Oct-2019 12:35 pm (UTC)
Did the victim agree to having a reporter there?

I think having a reporter witness and record the whole exchange really brings doubt to the sincerity of the apology, like it was just done for PR.
adenar 12th-Oct-2019 12:54 pm (UTC)
Add to this it only says 'one of the victims' like, so there were more? Did they reach out to them?
greasetastic_x 12th-Oct-2019 12:55 pm (UTC)
my only hope is that he's grown in the like 10 plus years since middle school

weird to have reporters there tho. I also don't really agree with digging up something someone did over a decade ago (and in middle school no less) because shocking thought people can evolve and become better but best believe if they exhibit the behavior again in more recent times they're overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
goshipgurl 12th-Oct-2019 12:58 pm (UTC)
I've never been a fan of him, I cancelled him when the scammer rumors came out. I've talked about this with a friend a few days ago and she still supports him because he was young when he said those things, we all make mistakes, maybe he wanted to apologize but couldn't contact the person, ... it was a trip.

Of course he apologized (or SM made him do so) now that Super M is promoting in the US. He did not care all these years before.
"Honestly, I have never once felt at ease because of this," Taeyong is reported to have said. "Every day, dozens of times, I think ‘why was I like that’ and feel regret.”
lizanka23 12th-Oct-2019 02:48 pm (UTC)
yeah i think it's due to them promoting in the US especially the gay comment since idols usually mention LGBT or hold up Pride flags at overseas concerts only
mntsuklaa 12th-Oct-2019 01:04 pm (UTC)
It's nice that he met up with them and apologized in person, however:
reporter(s) from Wikitree were apparently present to report what follows <--- Why the fuck?? It's a personal matter, let them handle it in private. If they (mostly Taeyong/SM) feel the need to let everybody know that this took place, they could've just put out a statement later.
As long as he's managed to pull his head out of his ass and stops being a douche I have no problem with him.
snowphone 12th-Oct-2019 01:13 pm (UTC)
full disclosure, that was my comment and my interpretation of the article when i read it. i will edit in a comment about what i've written, because it's unclear how the reporters came by the information about the meeting between taeyong and the student. it could be that the two were alone and one or both of them gave an account of what transcribed.
pseudo_shigure 12th-Oct-2019 01:34 pm (UTC)
maybe he has changed, idk. but from SM pov i find it weird that they push him so much. i feel like with his past, he'd face a lot of case like this that i thought sm would let him just be one of the "background member"
rosevael 12th-Oct-2019 01:55 pm (UTC)
Ngl I would let present day taeyong bully me
lizanka23 12th-Oct-2019 02:40 pm (UTC)
What is wrong with you??
lizanka23 12th-Oct-2019 02:46 pm (UTC)
it's good that he apologized to his friend directly and apparently the media wasn't present there but that non-apology for the gay comment lol. it's not just about your individual friend who saw the comment but how now plenty of your gay fans have seen it now. he should be apologizing to the lgbt community.

apparently at a SuperM fansign though recently he was nice to a gay fan and even called himself his boyfriend but i don't know if this is just part of his redemption PR campaign right now/fan service or his attitudes towards gay people have actually changed

Edited at 2019-10-12 02:50 pm (UTC)
snowphone 12th-Oct-2019 03:03 pm (UTC)
do we know that media wasn't there?
binderwritings 12th-Oct-2019 03:02 pm (UTC)
His fans have soured me on him. I don't mind a problematic fave but geez the excuses and allowances he's granted for being "young" grinds my gears. Glad the victim got their apology, I guess. It's better late and forced than never.

The gay thing is overall offensive but I hardly expect different from a teenaged boy. I just can't at the he was just joking with a friend thing though.
thebloomroom 12th-Oct-2019 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yikes he had another scandal?
hallyujah 12th-Oct-2019 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's just Part 47 of "Taeyong was an asshole in Middle School"

Idc he's still scammed his way into my heart.
belintuchiha 12th-Oct-2019 04:48 pm (UTC)
I have to laugh.
lil_poisonfrog 12th-Oct-2019 06:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think the stuff he did in middle school automatically means he's an asshole forever, but wasn't he a bully as a trainee too?? Idk it's really a strong pattern of behavior we're talking about

Either way SM really made a whole ass choice to center their largest boy group around this guy. Pick literally anyone else

Edited at 2019-10-12 06:17 pm (UTC)
snowphone 12th-Oct-2019 08:04 pm (UTC)
yeah i'm defs confused by that move on sm's part
gigabytexx 12th-Oct-2019 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm a firm believer someone can change, even within 2 years. Even if he was a bully during trainee days it was also quite a lot of years ago wasn't it? He may looked tough on MVs but I've watched several casual videos of him and I think he's quite soft & adorable, the other members said he took care of the younger kids and I wanna believe it's sincere. His past will still haunt him everytime but I wonder how many apologize do he needs to make before they go away :/
The answer is probably never.
dantethetaco 12th-Oct-2019 07:05 pm (UTC)
I mean, until everyone he has caused trouble to is at peace with what happened seems like a reasonable thing.
meggicchi 12th-Oct-2019 07:03 pm (UTC)
I just can't bring myself to feel sorry for school bullies, ppl don't realize how much bullying can ruin lives. Regardless if he's changed or not, it's not like it's ever going to matter to him anyway, his fans will keep defending him and he's gonna stay rich.
jyushimatsu 12th-Oct-2019 07:37 pm (UTC)
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