Because when it rains it pours, a report out of Vietnam from 2017 recently resurfaced following Seungri‘s controversies involving Burning Sun andtexts. The report says that while at a club, he was captured using nitrous oxide (better known as laughing gas) recreationally.
On February 19, 2017, Vietnamese news outlets including web portal Baomoi.com reported, “After the problematic photos of him at the club spread on the internet, Seungri’s Instagram account is being spammed by [Vietnamese] fans telling him to return to Korea.” The news outlet also uploaded a photo of a man appearing to be Seungri receiving the help of a woman to inhale a transparent plastic bag. According to the report, Seungri visited Hanoi, Vietnam for business purposes and stayed at a club until 2 a.m. with several men including Dennis Do, an acquaintance of Seungri and a real estate agency employee. The controversy was sparked by photos of Seungri taking photos with fans, deejaying at the club, and seemingly inhaling nitrous oxide.
In response to this, YG Entertainment issued a statement after checking with Seungri, denying that he has ever inhaled nitrous oxide.
A source from YG Entertainment stated on February 27, “Upon checking with Seungri, the photo was taken from a misleading angle. He said he has never inhaled nitrous oxide. The reports from Vietnam are clearly false reports, and he feels very falsely accused. He is arguing that it doesn’t make sense for him to inhale nitrous oxide in an public place like a club.”
I’m not saying it’s not possible that he wasn’t doing laughing gas, but boy the whole misleading angle thing sounds like a G-Dragon funny cigarette in a Japanese club bathroom type of excuse.
Because nitrous oxide is readily available to the public and does not violate any Korean laws for possessing or selling, the police turn a blind eye.
From the streets of England to Thailand, “happy balloons” are a party drug of choice for young people, and now an increasing number of Koreans are inhaling these balloons out in the open for people to see.
Nitrous oxide- more commonly known as laughing gas- in the balloons gives the user an intense feeling of euphoria, lasting up to a minute and is described as similar to taking a “snort” of cocaine. The reason that the young generations are looking for a happy balloon is that they want to feel the “temporary blur.”
Hard to see it as a big deal, and it honestly kind of feels like an unnecessary distraction from the accusations that actually are serious in nature.