Somebody who attended the same elementary school as Wonwoo of SEVENTEEN sorta creepily stalked his Internet history from back then, and it exposed a history of SNSD comments that could have him characterized as an anti.
“SNSD is the trash of the singing industry~!”
“Can’t even tell who’s who in this pre-plastic surgery photo of SNSD ㅎㅎ” (photoshopped pre-debut pictures of SNSD)
“ㅋㅋㅋ So much plastic surgery, the side effects of her plastic surgery causes her to flare her nostrils too big” (screencap of Sunny)
“Taeyeon’s not afraid of antis it seems.. ㅎㅎ” (picture of Taeyeon with eyes and lips circled)
“Ow my eyes~~~” (on a picture of pre-debut vs post-debut Jessica)
The reaction to this was predictably (and somewhat understandably) swift and harsh, with a bunch of SEVENTEEN stans not believing it was even true. Thankfully then, Wonwoo stepped up to the plate, owned responsibility for it, and apologized.
“Hello, this is Wonwoo.
First, I want to apologize for everyone who I have hurt by this situation. Instead of making excuses by saying they were foolish mistakes I made when I was young, or saying that I don’t remember what I did, I believed that admitting my faults and apologizing was the right choice, which is why I’m writing this.
Even though I wrote it when I was young, it is definitely something I wrote, and I am sorry to the Girls’ Generation sunbaenims, their fans, as well as Carats who were hurt by this. I am also sorry to the members, who worked hard together to become Seventeen together.
If I think about it now, I was so immature. I thought lightly about the stars on television, and I never thought about how the words I said would hurt other people.
During middle school, after I became a trainee to become Seventeen, I realized the weight that the people who stand on stage have to carry. I realized how many people work hard for one person to stand on stage. After I became Seventeen and stood on stage and learned what kind of feelings people have on stage, I realized the meaning of standing on stage. I sincerely felt how amazing it was for the Girls’ Generation sunbaenims to stand on stage, and respected them. I also learned how responsible I have to be in this field with the fans’ love. While getting attention from the public, I learned about the effects of a single post, and how the person reading it felt. Because of this, I am even more reflecting on my actions.
I don’t dare ask for forgiveness. I only want to reflect endlessly about my actions and apologize to the Girls’ Generation sunbaenims. Even when I look back on myself, the thoughtless posts were improper, and they were actions that could have hurt someone, so I can’t even raise my head because I am so sorry.
I will work hard never to disappoint again. I will read all the criticism and advice on my immature actions and never forget them. Also, please continue to teach me. I apologize once again.
I am sorry.”
SNSD stans are probably gonna be whatever about it and salty forever, but especially after reading the thorough apology, I find it hard to care all that much.
That said, Wonwoo greeting SNSD on stage someday has become an absolute must-see event.