TXT‘s Beomgyu, was criticized by netizens after making a comment deemed “fat-phobic” during his appearance on KBS’ ‘Idol Human Theatre‘ to promote their new album, “The Name Chapter: TEMPTATION“.
On the program, the members performed a skit showing them celebrating New Year’s at their grandmother’s house, and Beomgyu was asked if there would be a dining table among their members in the dynamic they were doing. The K-Pop idol jokingly replied:
“No, no. Half of us are light eaters and [the other half]…big eaters? What do you call it, pigs! The other half are pigs!“
IDOL HUMAN THEATER JAN 28 2023 – the members are preparing food and beomgyu gets asked if txt are small eaters. he says they’re half small eaters and “the other half are pigs.” yeonjun asks soobin for one of his snacks and beomgyu says “as you can see…” pic.twitter.com/ProxN73XQv
— txt fatphobia thread pinned (@threadfortxt) January 28, 2023
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Despite not being unintentionally mean, the fact that the TXT member called some of his groupmates “pigs” was not entirely accepted by some netizens, who criticized the idol on the interwebs.
I cant believe its been years and txt are STILL making fatphobic comments like this… last time it was a month ago? i really do love them but its about time we should educate our boys pic.twitter.com/GUuTYggoQF
— 한tz-Maru (@Todayishoon) January 28, 2023
On the other hand, many fans came to Beomgyu’s defense, clarifying that the term “pig” is usually used to describe a person who eats a lot in Korea, but it is necessarily related to physical appearance, and even praised him for using such a mild expression.
Finally, many shared that although the word “pig” to describe a person might be hurtful and offensive in other parts of the world, in Korea they use it more casually.
it’s not a fatphobic comment.
you have to watch to know the context. the question is whos the big eater in txt, and he used the word pig because of the big eater nature of a pig. they can eat everything in front of them, not the fact of someone SHAPING like a pig. https://t.co/a2nblqptQI
— n i n (@bombhyung) January 29, 2023