Soobin, the leader of the K-pop group Tomorrow X Together (TXT), along with other K-pop stars, has faced backlash for expressing enjoyment of the anime ‘Made In Abyss.’ This anime, adapted from a manga series by Akihito Tsukushi, has been criticized for featuring paedophilic themes and graphic content. The controversy highlights the sensitivity around media consumption and its impact on public figures’ reputations.
Soobin’s Comments Spark Backlash
Soobin’s remarks about ‘Made In Abyss’ during a social media broadcast in 2022 have led to significant criticism from K-pop fans. He mentioned finding the second season of the anime “so fun” but also acknowledged its provocative nature. His comments have since drawn attention to the problematic aspects of the anime, including scenes featuring torture, nudity, and sexualized clothing.
Other K-pop Stars Involved in the Controversy
The backlash isn’t limited to Soobin. Seventeen’s Woozi and NCT127’s Taeyong have also come under fire for their association with ‘Made In Abyss.’ Woozi mentioned the anime among others he enjoyed in a live broadcast, while Taeyong posted a photo on Instagram with the manga’s volume visible. These incidents have led fans to express discomfort and disappointment, questioning the stars’ judgment in endorsing such content.
The Fan Reaction and Broader Implications
Fans’ reactions to these K-pop stars’ endorsements of ‘Made In Abyss’ have been largely negative, with many expressing discomfort with the anime’s themes. This controversy sheds light on the broader issue of how celebrities’ personal preferences, especially regarding media consumption, can affect their public image and influence their fan base. It also raises questions about the responsibility of public figures in acknowledging and addressing the problematic aspects of the content they consume or endorse.
The controversy surrounding ‘Made In Abyss’ and its endorsement by K-pop stars like Soobin highlights the complexities of navigating public persona and personal preferences in the age of social media. As the discussion continues, it may prompt more awareness and sensitivity towards the content that celebrities engage with and promote, particularly when it contains themes that may be considered offensive or harmful.