Did you notice? The hashtag #AstroGempakApologiseToTWICE is currently trending all over Twitter.
The issue came to light after TWICE (트와이스) managed to bring home the Grand Prize (Daesang) for Artist Of The Year at the 2020 Asian Artist Awards recently. In the article published on Malaysian portal Astro Gempak, they stated that K-netizens weren’t happy with the result.
The main issue that caused a major outcry among fans, though, is the fact that the local portal posted a seemingly disrespectful statement about the K-pop girl group. Gempak came up with a caption on its official Facebook group, giving the impression that TWICE didn’t deserve such recognition.
Many ONCEs (TWICE fans) have took to Twitter to slam the website and urged the writer to do more research on the issue. Additionally, a few other die-hard supporters of the “TT” jam-makers also argued that the girls were well-deserving of the honour, especially since they’re regarded as one of the best-selling girl groups in the K-pop scene.
Check out some of the tweets below:
WTF IS THIS @AstroGempak IF YOU WANNA DO A STATEMENT , MAKE SURE TULIS BENDA YANG BAIK BAIK ! JANGAN DISEBABKAN NAK ATTENTION , YOU GUYS WROTE THIS KIND OF SHIT STATEMENT TF YOU GUYS BTW ONE MORE THING , THEY DESERVE THE AWARD OKAY ! #AstroGempakAPOLOGIZEtoTWICE pic.twitter.com/hnd3wccmsq
— dubchaeng (@twcnlyla) December 1, 2020
— nisa??? (@kimdahyundub) December 1, 2020
See this @Astro_Gempak .these girls rocks and the best. now write about this!!.anyway,congrats to twice for being kpop girl groups with the most selling in kpop industry?.#TWICE#TWICE10MillionSeller#AstroGempakAPOLOGIZEtoTWICE@JYPETWICE pic.twitter.com/ivkcXQTC3T
— Twice Ot9 forever (@StanTwiceu3) December 1, 2020
malaysian media once again shows how theyre lacking of research on kpop and just wanted to make an issue #AstroGempakAPOLOGIZEtoTWICE
— ㅈia ❤(ˆ‿ˆԅ) (@heolyyeolie) December 1, 2020
So far, Gempak has yet to publicly address the issue.