Netizens Defend NewJeans’ Minji against Absurd Smoking Allegations

On July 9, a topic titled “Minji also seems to smoke indoors” was published on the Korean forum Pann Nate, drawing attention with over 71,000 views. 

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The topic’s author attached footage of NewJeans’ Minji during a livestream with her group, where the female idol can be seen using her fingers to hold on a toy horn and blow on it.

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The author seems to imply that Minji’s gesture resembles how to hold a vape diffuser and allege the female idol of being used to smoking. However, netizens who see this accusation dismiss it as complete nonsense.


Below are some comments from netizens” 

  • NewJeans seems to be really popular these days for these kinds of posts to be appearing
  • It’s really non-sensical to connect something like this to whether or not a person smokes.
  • Female idols seem to have a tough job… In the music video for “Twenty-three,” IU played a toy flute and people were making up theories about how it represents a cigarette… Don’t live like that, people
  • I don’t smoke at all and I’ve never touched a cigarette, but I do this gesture a lot with my hand… 
  • For round objects like straws, it’s easiest to hold them between your index and middle fingers rather than holding them with your thumb and index finger, so I don’t know why you would make such a connection…

Source: Pann Nate