Following Karina, another member of the rising rookie group aespa (에스파) found herself in a sticky situation this week.
Recently, the quartet’s lead vocalist Winter (윈터) faced some backlash over an innocent post she shared on the group’s official social media.
Earlier on Wednesday (25th August), a video that aespa member Winter uploaded on the group’s Bubble account was reposted to several online community forums. Netizens began buzzing about Winter’s alleged abusive behaviour towards the animal, which has in turn led to many people bashing the idol.
In the video, Winter and another member of aespa were spotted playing with a cat. The 20-year-old could be heard telling the cat, “No,” numerous times, as the animal approached them. She lowered her hand to touch its face, but viewers assumed that she was rubbing the cat’s face with her fingers too roughly. Not only that, Winter is also seen hitting its face with her finger.
Additionally, some also believed that Winter was hurting the cat when she used her finger to scratch the cat’s head. When the cat began backing away from the members, the singer let out a loud meow, which seemed to had scared the animal away. She then bursted into laughter upon seeing the cat’s reaction.
Many fans were clearly disappointed by Winter “violent” behaviour as seen in the clip. In this case, they pointed out that even humans would be taken aback if someone were to raise their voice in that manner, therefore she should never do the same to animals. Other than that, some netizens also said that the way she was rubbing the poor animal’s face was too much.
Here are some highlights shared by internet users:
- “I think the cat was stressed out because of her sudden scream”.
- “This thing is not funny at all, it should not have been posted on the Internet”.
- “The way she touches the cat is quite violent”.
- “It’s such a childish behaviour”.
On the contrary, there were also a few fans of the “Black Mamba” songstress who came to her defence. They emphasised that these internet trolls are simply making a big deal out of Winter’s gesture in the social media post.
For those interested, watch the full video here and feel free to make the judgment yourselves:
TW: Loud Noise So aespa’s Winter is accused of being ab*sive to cats through this💀💀💀💀
You should’ve seen my cat today while my father and I were wiping her a** because it got stuckpic.twitter.com/FQ6eC5SwnI
— 🌙𝐖𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝐋𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐬 ✨ (@Wael_artwarlock) August 25, 2021