After Ellin of Crayon Pop was accused of running a “romance scam” by a netizen, she hilariously made a statement saying that she would answer the issue … but live on broadcast. 10D chess, folks.
Anyway, she finally got around to giving her side of the story.
First of all, I am writing to explain the conjectures and fabrications that arose from an accusation of a romance scam. Currently, my AfreecaTV channel has been moved to a private state, and my YouTube channel’s comment section has been deactivated. This issue occurred due to falsely spread distorted facts, so there will be a great deal of misunderstanding and speculation. Therefore, I decided to release a statement about it. The statement will be completely factual and compact, and I will not avoid the incident by speaking about it vaguely. It is true that “A” is a passionate fan who received exposure on my broadcast a few times due to his support with star balloons. However, just as the articles state, I have never forced or induced “A” to sponsor me with star balloons, and anyone who has watched my broadcasts will know this. I never induce my viewers to donate. “A” set the amount of his sponsorship money higher than that of other fans and showed his influence during my live broadcasts. As a BJ, there’s an implicit rule to mention and communicate with those users, so I was able to talk separately with him. In the process, “A” asked for my personal contact information through direct messages and chats, and I flatly rejected his offer, saying that a BJ personally contacting one individual fan would be negatively looked upon. But every time I did that, he sent me even more money during my broadcasts, and I felt so uncomfortable that I couldn’t respond to him in the way I used to before. But regardless of what happened, the users began to collectively ask why I was ignoring the audience, so I had no choice but to give “A” my personal number and KakaoTalk [ID]. That’s when the issue arose. As if he was entitled to it, “A” began demanding to contact me personally and to be informed of things like my scheduled activities that only my manager knows. Judging that the public opinion among users could worsen again [if I didn’t respond nicely], I was forced to treat him in a more friendly manner. After some time passed, a few days ago, “A” talked about living together, and I made my point in this bizarre situation. And today this incident happened. Evidence to defend my statements above will soon be uploaded sequentially to my page, and I will also take all civil and criminal action I can take against the person spreading false rumors.
Rather unsurprisingly in terms of how the stances revealed themselves, while his side of the story paints him as a target of hers, Ellin’s side of the story paints him as kinda obsessed with her and that giving her money made him feel entitled to a relationship.
Note: The whole “what if the genders were reversed” angle is odd to me. People mock entitled women fans and sasaengs all the time, after all. If you don’t see this that way then fine, but it’s completely consistent for those who do.
The claim that she felt pressured to interact with him in private due to the amount he was donating and the expectations of others seems realistic since that’s essentially the point of him doing it. And in a lot of ways this reads like a situation where she thought she was giving him exactly what he was paying for through their communication. Still, for it to get to this point she likely fucked up by either leading him on too far through accepting the personal gifts or through not making it explicitly clear the arrangement they had at some juncture. Then again, the leap from that to borderline engagement, much less being in a serious relationship seemingly without any serious dating period, is quite large and delusional regardless. A lot of the matter depends on the details, so the evidence is rather important if you care about taking a side or whatever.
Never understood people who felt this guy did all this with 100% innocent and naive intent rather than entitlement and delusion, but regardless, the truth is likely some sort of grey area where both parties come off rather shitty. But maybe more will emerge going forward.