Netizens did not hold back with their comments about the 13 teenagers who uploaded a video introducing themselves as a ‘K-pop girl group’ called Beaunite (pronounced ‘byu-night’).
The vitriol came from all over Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, causing the group to close its accounts on those social media networks.
Here is a video of the girls introducing themselves:
While some netizens are up in arms over the teens calling themselves a ‘K-pop girl group’, some of Singapore’s own starlets have spoken out in support of the girls, including singer Nathan Hartono, social media stars Preetipls and Dee Kosh, and radio DJ Nic Shields.
Preetipls, who is known for her parody videos, was apparently very frustrated by requests to parody Beaunite.
??? @ the people asking me to parody #beaunite
first of all wtf let them live and
second of all leave me alone and let me recover from my damn wisdom tooth surgery!!!
— Preeti Nair (@plspreeti) December 6, 2017
YouTuber Dee Kosh also did not see the point in bashing the group, and released a barrage of tweets targeting haters for their comments, starting with this one:
To all you Kpop fans asking me to bash that beunite group that’s just having some fun. Y’all are disgusting. These are literally kids just “playing Kpop” just how you used to play doctor when you were young.
— Dee Kosh (@TheDeeKosh) December 5, 2017
Radio DJ Nic Shields also shared a tweet about the group, along with a retweet stating that Beaunite already have hate accounts dedicated to them.
omg they’re just a bunch of young girls doing something they like.
I’m so Glad we didn’t have the Internet when I was growing up so that people couldn’t hate on all the innocent children based activities I did. https://t.co/4eVa5yGbuo
— nic (@nicshields) December 5, 2017
Singer Nathan Hartono, who finished third in last year’s Sing! China competition, also came to the defence of the group:
#beaunite thoughts: art and beauty have different shades. what matters most is having people who are willing to try being a part of that wonderful spectrum. try and fail. try and succeed. try and try again, crazy ones. but all is lost when all we do is *~bitch and moan~* ❤️
— Nathan Hartono (@NathanHartono) December 6, 2017
Blogger Xiaxue, who got into a Twitter war with fans of K-pop groups Monsta-X and EXO earlier this year, kept quiet on the issue, choosing to only share Hartono’s tweet.
A member of a K-pop dance cover group in Singapore, who declined to be named, said “aspiring to be like your idols or role models isn’t wrong”.
“In fact, it’s healthy for youths to have dreams and goals to work towards to,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore.
“The unfortunate thing about these girls is that they took things the wrong way, and that in turn caused a public controversy and bad image on K-pop cover dancers as a whole,” she said.
- Netizens: everything wrong with “BEAUNITE” [Singapore’s self-proclaimed first ever K-pop girl group]
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