CLC member Sorn (손) has found herself in hot water, all thanks to the recent picture she posted on her Twitter account.
The 23-year-old uploaded a selfie with her friends, along with a short caption that reads “Weirdos”. The tweet has since been deleted by her.
The photo became the target of eagle-eyed netizens, where they pointed out that the guy in the right was wearing a “horrific, undeniably racist mask”. A fan later clarified that the man was wearing a vintage Pele (legendary football player) caricature mask.
In response, Sorn took to her Instagram to address the drama. She posted another selfie on Instagram selfie, along with the caption that reads, “Sometimes some people just gotta chill. I’m not stupid.” Her statement has in turn received further negative remarks from netizens.
Many fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration and disappointment towards the Thai K-pop idol. As a result, Sorn (real name Chonnasorn Sajakul) has become a trending topic on social media.
Despite the negative reactions, some fans, namely Cheshires (CLC fans) have also come forward to defend their idol. Check out some of the fans’ reactions below:
Sorn is cancelled y’all and if y’all got a problem with me saying that then y’all can unfollow me because I don’t tolerate disrespectfulness towards race y’all be acting like these idols don’t know right from wrong they just want to be ignorant.
— makayla☆ is seeing ATEEZ 👑 (@joongtreats) December 19, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
Sorn…..yikessss….and instead of apologising she tells us to chill 😐 nah she deserves all of this backlash pic.twitter.com/gytLDypMf1
— jungwoo¨̮☀️ (@xuxiwoos) December 19, 2019
just after one ignorant scandal ended another starts. honestly as someone who is well educated on these things how can sorn of all people be so ignorant. clc just got back on my good list and now this 🙄 pic.twitter.com/0tPBNFfQp3
— min 🕊 (@hoseokting) December 19, 2019
if you think cheshires are trying to defend her, we are just as upset as everyone else. we love sorn beyond words which is why disappointed isn’t even the right word to express how we are all feeling.
— sorn loops ♥ (@sornsloops) December 19, 2019
anyways im a clc ot6 stan 😴 i aint gonna let sorn stop me from loving the other girls when they did nothing and aren’t involved pic.twitter.com/Uau8O9i7tx
— ▫️ (@cixplanet) December 19, 2019
Following the massive backlash, both Sorn as well as the alleged friend of hers – known as Randy Wong – took to their Instagram accounts to publicly apologise to those who were offended by her tweet.
The two posted a lengthy statement to express their regret for being unaware what was perceived as a fun snapshot was deemed culturally insensitive. Feel free to read their posts below:
Hopefully both Sorn and Randy can learn from this incident.