The weekend of January 21 and 22 was marked by Lunar New Year, which is celebrated in many Asian countries.
In Korea, this holiday is called “Seollal” and on this occasion, many Kpop idols wished a happy Seollal to fans and Koreans.
For example, Jang Wonyoung, a member of ivy, wished it with an Instagram post where we see her posing in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress.
Girls’ Generation member Seohyun also left a similar message with a photo in hanbok and the caption, “Happy Lunar New Year.”
CL also left a message wishing her a happy Lunar New Year.
All the stars were talking about Seollal, or Lunar New Year, and unfortunately, this sparked a flood of hateful comments about the fact that Chinese New Year is “cultural appropriation,” according to Chinese netizens.
IVE’s Chan Wonen saw a comment section on his Instagram full of vomit and finger emoticons…
Seohyun and CL from Girls’ Generation saw the same “Happy Chinese New Year” comments to “fix” their “mistakes”.
Amid growing hatred over what to call the holiday, others note that the fight over its name goes against the very essence of the holiday itself: to mark a new beginning.