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Secret's Hyosung Attacked By Netizens For Use Of The Word "Democratize"

posted by Aysohmay on 14 May, 2013 at 08:11 pm   ·   30 comments
Secret's Hyosung Attacked By Netizens For Use Of The Word "Democratize"

Netizens were in an uproar today after Secret member Hyosung used the word "democratization" in a way that offended them.

Secret was a guest on the radio program "Choi Hwa Jung' Power Time" as part of their promotional activities for their latest album "Letter from Secret". Hyosung innocently commented, "Secret is a team that respects each other's individual characteristics. We don't try to democratize the team."

While Hyosung's remark seemed uncontroversial, netizens have demonized the singer. Unknown to Hyosung, the word "democratize" has been adopted by netizens as a negative word used to describe the act of attacking a minority when their thoughts and opinions differ from the majority.

Although the word is mainly used on community forums in that way, netizens continue to chastise the idol for using the word. There is currently a movement to have the singer edited out of an upcoming episode of "Infinity Challenge" due to the misunderstanding.

TS Entertainment, Secret's agency, has defended Hyosung, explaining that she meant that the group lets individual strengths shine. The idol apologized for her ignorance of the word's new meaning, tweeting, "I am reflecting on my use of an inappropriate word without knowing its meaning. I'm sorry. I will be more careful so that this never happens again. I apologize to everyone once again."

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  • Posted by ppd · 680 Jpops · 3 shares · 3 years ago  

    haters will always do that

  • Posted by cuddlekitten · 108 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    how is this even a controversy? poor hyosung

  • Posted by Rinkashime05 · 154 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Here we go again people are so judgemental and just because they are ARTIST they don't make mistakes *facepalm*

  • Posted by MinMin · 7,395 Jpops · 26 shares · 3 years ago  

    what the f... !!! i can' say anything :|

  • Posted by HitomiKana · 338 Jpops · 4 shares · 3 years ago  

    Gosh, people make too big of a deal out of a small thing. She didn't mean to do it. Plus, she might have another understanding of the word and she meant it like so. >_<; People are getting more and more pabo these days.

    Editing her out is too much also. Just. SMH.

  • Posted by Mileena · 2,549 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    There we go again. It's not her fault, eveyone can make mistakes, she's apologized already, what more do they want?

  • Posted by rainfairy · 659 Jpops · 37 shares · 3 years ago  

    just WTF?????????????????????? come on.....

  • Posted by MissKaiba · 52 Jpops · 74 shares · 3 years ago  


  • Posted by SangoNyappy · 13 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Oh my God a person said something using their free will! How terrible! Because celebrities can't have opinions anyways! jesus fucking christ

  • Posted by Eruel · 581 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Ok, what's next?

    She apologizes because she gets off a bus by right foot first?

    Give it a break, dude...
    Those fans are unbelievable..
    C'mon, I thought there's a limit to nonsenses...

  • Posted by rainyheart · 9,554 Jpops · 37 shares · 3 years ago  


  • Posted by konekoningyou · 1,662 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    Apparently the customer is always right...

  • Posted by Antoinette0691 · 266 Jpops · 3 shares · 3 years ago  

    This is a joke right? Right?
    Give me a freaking break! Because they have an issue with the word others clearly don't, they prepare a witch hunt? You are kidding me here right?
    And why did she have to apologize? Netizens have way too much fucking power I swear.

  • Reply by Roseknight  

    I totally agree with you. TOO much power!

  • Posted by SimplyStrange · 284 Jpops · 2 shares · 3 years ago  

    Oh give it a break already!! How was she supposed to know the meaning of the word? Slang isn't the easiest thing to know.

  • Posted by JessieJay · 13,659 Jpops · 13 shares · 3 years ago  

    I'm almost getting sick of these netizen trolls. They almost feel like it is their sworn duty to police the Korean Entertainment Industry. In my opinion the companies and the idols who work for them need to stop adding fuel to the fire by answering to them.

  • Posted by lArisapockyl · 413 Jpops · 3 years ago  

    ... nowadays "fans" seems to overrated alot >>;;

  • Reply by lArisapockyl  

    i mean overly emotioned... and dont think really - -ll

  • Posted by Raindropbows · 30,289 Jpops · 9 shares · 3 years ago  

    In my opinion, she used the term properly and without any offense/harm intended. I think netizens are either really too bored or too easily affected by things of little importance. :ambivalent:

  • Posted by AdriaLeticia · 3,126 Jpops · 7 shares · 3 years ago  

    Why does korean netizens always misunderstand everything? :ambivalent:

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