Red Velvet’s Irene Went Viral Amid BLACKPINK’s Jennie’s Smoking Scandal

Recently, BLACKPINK’s Jennie came under fire after footage of her smoking e-cigarettes indoor and in front of staff members in a vlog started to spread. As a result of this, Jennie’s past controversy was brought up and the female idol had to issue an apology. 

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However, amid all the criticisms directed at Jennie, another female idol suddenly went viral, even earning praise for her reaction towards smoking. 

In particular, at late night on July 8, a topic titled “Male staff member smoking in front of Irene” was published on the Korean forum Pann Nate, drawing massive attention with over 130,000 views.

The topic mentioned an old moment of Red Velvet’s Irene, who showed blatant distaste when a male staff member smoked in front of her. Netizens who see the topic applaud Irene for showing a negative reaction and empathize with her over the insensitive action of the staff. 

Below are some comments from netizens: 

  • I don’t know other people, but it is refreshing to see Irene not holding back and openly showing her distaste towards people who don’t manage their behavior in a public space 
  • Her expression is hilarious, but I understand her feelings… I hate it when people smoke in non-smoking areas
  • Guys like this bastard really need to get hit
  • Irene’s reaction is so funny. Seriously, it should be legal to beat up people that smoke in front of non-smokers

Source: Krb, Pann Nate