South Korean boy band ENHYPEN’s member Heeseung has found himself in the midst of racist accusations.
Heeseung of ENHYPEN has been accused of racism
Several people on the Internet have claimed that he sang the N-word and are calling him out for using the racist term. Fans of the band are rallying behind him and ENHYPEN claiming it has to be a misunderstanding.
They’ve also called upon Belift Lab – the media company that launched ENHYPEN and continues to manage their work – to issue a statement clarifying the same. Belift has not issued any statement yet at the time of writing this article.
The band’s fans called ENGENES are tweeting in their favor and #ProtectENHYPEN has been trending on Twitter. “We won’t stop until you make a move @BELIFTLAB, you only have one artist pls protect them at all cost, this issue wouldn’t stop if you keep being silent pls make legal action about this or at least HEAR US OUT!!!!
#PROTECTENHYPEN” one of the many tweets read. Let’s take a look at what sparked this movement. Last week the band had sparked controversy after fans believed the rest of the bandmates had fat-shamed Sunoo.
Is ENHYPEN’s Heeseung racist?
This entire discussion about whether Heeseung said the N-word started over a video featuring him and Jungwon. A song by SZA titled ‘Love Galore’ was playing in the background and there are claims that Heeseung allegedly sang the N-word. He wasn’t seen mouthing the words but some fans claim they clearly heard it. “Heeseung from ENHYPEN sang the n-word and instead of calling him out, ENGENES are trending #protect en-. they aren’t holding him accountable,” tweeted a user.
“Please hold Heeseung accountable for his actions -an apology and acknowledgment that he sang the n-word even knowing its implications would be greatly appreciated,” tweeted another. “No no I mean Heeseung said the n-word while singing to a SZA song but the guy in the back was singing a different song and happened to say 널 사랑해 right after. I don’t buy shit from “Korean fans” always defending anything they do but that was a different song for sure,” tweeted another. Click on the video below and skip to the 10:52 mark where many fans claim the N-word was spoken which sparked the whole controversy.
Fans say ‘Heeseung didn’t say N-word’
“As someone who is black, from the clip i can’t hear nor did it sound like Heeseung (?) said the n-word. and pls if you aren’t black you can’t speak on this topic also hold them accountable for what ?? Not saying the n-word? #PROTECTENHYPEN” stated a tweet. “In the song, SZA did say the n-word but Heeseung didn’t in the clip you can hear skerrt skerrt on that than a pause and Jungwon I think is singing in Korean that is what happened he didn’t even get to the n-word part so why would he say it,” wrote another fan defending the boy bander. “I really don’t think they said the n-word it sounds like a Korean word and to me when I listened to it it sounded like Heeseung stopped at the skrt skrt and then did the na na na part but not the “n-word” part,” tweeted another supporter.
Fans show love to Enhypen’s Heeseung as idol steps back after racist accusations
South Korean rookie boy group Enhypen member Heeseung landed in the midst of a controversy when he was accused of singing a racist slur. The entire ordeal started back in June when during a video with another member Jungwon, fans claimed that they heard Heeseung sing the racist slur as Love Galore by SZA played in the background. This led to Engenes (Enhypen fans) trending #ProtectEnhypen on Twitter to protect the idol against the immense backlash.
Since the idol’s agency Belift is yet to comment and sort out the situation, the situation has accelerated and led to a lot of debate, infighting, and racist bullying. Fans of the artiste are defending Heeseung since no confirmation has been made regarding the use of the racist term but others want him to be held accountable for the same.
Since then the situation has been left untouched by Enhypen’s agency, much to the dismay of the fans. Last night on July 2, Enhypen dropped the teaser for the Japanese version of their debut song Given-Taken which would mark their first official Japanese debut. The members themselves uploaded selcas (selfie) thanking Ami Paris that has appointed the group as their first house ambassadors but Heeseung’s was notably absent.
Fans theorized that the idol might be aware of the issue and taking a step back from all social media. Engenes took to Twitter to spread positivity around the idol and ensure him that he is missed till the issue is resolved.
ENHYPEN’s Heeseung recovers from surgery
ENHYPEN’s Heeseung has recovered from surgery. On November 3, ENHYPEN’s label BELIFT LAB announced Heeseung underwent surgery to remove a cyst on his toes, and he’s currently resting. BELIFT LAB also announced the ENHYPEN member is resting for a week.
However, if recovery takes longer, he’ll have limited participation in ENHYPEN’s performances at the group’s fan meeting on November 19.
What is a Ganglion Cyst?
Ganglion cysts are filled with a fluid, jellylike substance that forms a knot-like mass below the skin’s surface. It originates from the joint capsule or tendon sheath.
They are the singular most common type of soft-tissue mass and can appear in various locations all over the body, but most frequently appear on the wrist. However, they also regularly show up on the top of the foot. Ganglion cysts vary in size, they may also get larger or smaller or just disappear only to return later.
Symptoms of Ganglion Cysts
The following symptoms are often associated with ganglion cysts:
- An obvious, noticeable lump. For many people, this is the only symptom of a ganglion cyst. Although the cyst is fluid-filled, it can feel surprisingly hard to the touch.
- Difficulty wearing shoes because of irritation from the lump’s presence.
An ache or dull pain in the area, which could indicate the cyst is pressing against a joint or tendon.
- Burning or tingling, which could mean the cyst is touching a nerve.
- Difficulty with mobility because the cyst is rooted to a tendon or joint.
- What Causes Ganglion Cysts on Your Foot?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great deal of information available on how ganglion cysts develop. A definitive cause is currently unknown. However, there is evidence that indicates repetitive microtrauma or a single traumatic event to the area could lead to ganglion cyst development.
Treatment of Ganglion Cysts
If your ganglion cyst is painless, you don’t have to worry about treatment options. Most times, when your cyst isn’t interfering with your mobility or causing any pain, you can just take a watch-and-wait approach. This means you and your foot doctor will keep an eye on the cyst, only interfering if or when the cyst begins to interfere with your quality of life.
However, if you feel your ganglion cyst requires treatment, you have two options: at-home or professional care.
He’s from Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Heeseung (희승) is a South Korean singer under Belift Lab. He is a member of the boy group ENHYPEN.
South Korean rookie boy group Enhypen member Heeseung landed in the midst of a controversy when he was accused of singing a racist slur.
Heeseung: main vocalist, lead dancer, rapper. Sunghoon: visual, vocalist, dancer, lead rapper.
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