This edition of the Winter Olympics may be over, but tempers are still brewing between Chinese and South Korean netizens. Popular host Yoo Jae-Suk is one of the celebrities who had things to say over Olympic short track speed skater Hwang Dae-heon’s disqualification in the 1000m men’s semis.
On February 7, Hwang Dae-heon and Lee June-seo were disqualified from the semifinal round over two penalties. China’s Ren Ziwei and Li Wenlong advanced to the finals, winning the gold and silver medals from the 1000m race.
Discord Over Short Speed Skating
Discussing the results of the Winter Olympics on his show Hangout With Yoo earlier this month, Yoo Jae-Suk said “I really couldn’t contain myself that day. I felt very outraged, but two days after, Hwang Dae-heon successfully took home the gold (Hwang won the men’s 1500m race)”. At this point, tempers were already running high from both sides. Whilst South Koreans cried foul over the referee’s ruling believing their skaters were unfairly penalised to boost China’s chances, Chinese netizens on the other hand criticised Hwang for committing a foul and believe the ruling to be fair.
Netizens were angered by Yoo Jae Suk’s comments, many of whom taking exception to how his comments appeared to be discrediting China. Many of his Chinese fans withdrew their support. Yooniverse, a Yoo Jae-Suk-dedicated fan account with 512,000 followers, also shuttered its operations. Citing “differences in their visions, hence they cannot walk together anymore”, Yooniverse said that finally deciding to say goodbye was a difficult moment for them and for the fans.
Celebrities Face Anger on Both Sides
Yoo Jae-Suk is just one of the South Korean celebs who spoke out about Hwang Dae-heon’s disqualification. Those speaking up have reportedly been on the receiving end of angry comments from C-netizens. Likewise, it appears Ningning who is the only Chinese member of k-pop group Aespa also received hate from K-Netizens. Before the disqualification spat, she previously posted about China winning their first medal and praised athletes from all countries.