aespa member Giselle (지젤) is facing scrutiny over her inconsiderate behaviour, again! For starters, Vogue magazine published a vlog video of the rookie group’s recent trip to New York this past weekend.
In the video, the four girls were seen visiting the observation deck of the Empire State building. During one scene, Giselle could be heard making a remark about suicide, which sparked criticism from netizens.
“I’m really going to kill myself if my phone drops,” the Japanese-Korean idol was quoted as saying, while looking over the view of the city. Although the publication translated it as, “I would die if my phone drops,” Giselle was clearly heard uttering the word “suicide”, which didn’t sit well with the internet community.
In this case, the 21-year-old was criticised for apparently taking a serious issue too lightly. Not long after that, several videos capturing the controversial moment have begun making its way on multiple Korean online communities, causing heated debate among netizens on online community platforms.
Here are some of the negative comments left by them on the forum:
- “I’m really disappointed she speaks like that.”
- “She didn’t even say, ‘I would die,’ she said ‘I would commit suicide.’ I wonder what kind of people she’s been hanging out with to speak in that manner.”
- “Her speech was very insensitive for sure.”
- “That’s a really bad slang, I think she wasn’t aware they were recording the audio, that’s why she spoke about it comfortably.’
- “Her image is ruined to me.”
- “Suicide is no laughing matter. She should know better!“
On the contrary, there were also a few fans who came to the “Black Mamba” jam-maker’s defence. They pointed out that it’s understandable why she would have spoken in that manner, since it’s how youngsters talk these days. Others criticised Vogue’s editors for not carefully censoring the content prior to uploading the video online.
Here’s what they said:
- “I understand, she’s young and young kids speak like that these days.”
- “I think it’s an issue she did phrase her sentence like that but I think the video editor should have really edited that part out.”
- “I think people would have a problem with anything she says.”
- “I guess she didn’t realise how serious that phrase is since she’s not Korean.”
- “Maybe she’ll never use it again.”
Well, this isn’t the first time Giselle has found herself at the centre of a controversy over her behaviour. The rapper came under fire previously after she was spotted lip-syncing to the song’s lyrics that contain the n-word. You can read her apology statement here.