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Netizens Defend aespa’s NingNing From Hate For “Holding” RIIZE Shotaro’s Arm

The temporary interplay has caught netizens’ consideration.

A current clip of aespa member NingNing “holding” the arm of RIIZE‘s Shotaro goes viral throughout Korean neighborhood websites.

NingNIing | @imnotningning/Instagram
Shotaro | @riize_official/Instagram

The clip was taken throughout KBS‘s 2023 Music Financial institution International Pageant, which aired on December 15.

Often, one of many most important points of interest of year-end award exhibits or music festivals like these for followers is feasible interactions amongst idols from totally different teams. However sadly, NingNing and Shotaro’s temporary greeting has ticked off many.

On December 16, a netizen posted a brief clip of the 2’s interplay on a well-liked neighborhood website with the caption, “NingNing, who held RIIZE’s arm whereas leaving.” Within the video, the aespa member may be seen briefly tapping Shotaro on his higher arm as the 2 teams cross one another whereas going the alternative manner on the stage.

On condition that RIIZE and aespa are labelmates, and the 2 teams even carried out a collab stage on the music pageant, this gesture may very nicely be interpreted as a pleasant greeting. However some selected to criticize NingNing for doing it so “brazenly,” with out contemplating the unofficial “decorum” of K-Pop idols these days.

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  • “The jealousy of girls is so scary…For those who’re fairly, you possibly can’t act like that.”
  • “Pondering from the viewpoint of RIIZE followers, greeting him whereas touching does really feel like crossing a line. Was it actually needed? NingNing, please use your head a bit.”
  • “She did very a lot contact him, although.”
  • “NingNing is obsessive about boys.”

Nonetheless, many netizens got here to defend NingNing as nicely.

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  • “Appears to be like like SM Leisure’s male idol followers are nonetheless delusional, pondering that feminine idols of the identical label are after their oppas. I nonetheless bear in mind what they did to Sulli and Taeyeon. Historical past is absolutely repeating itself.”
  • “Isn’t she simply greeting him?”
  • “You possibly can’t even inform if she’s truly “holding” his arm, and but you’re all bashing NingNing. You guys are all insane, LOL. It’s actually annoying.”
  • “You possibly can’t actually see if she actually held his arm, ㅋㅋㅋㅋ.  It simply appears like she handed by and touched him barely. Anyway, this was such a short second. Who cares?”
  • “Critically, why are these ahjummas like this? They had been bashing on IVE Leeseo, and (G)I-DLE, and now it’s NingNing’s flip. They’re the highest fandom for being the largest enemy of girls.”

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