K-Netizens Curiosity— How Do ILLIT Members Feel About Being Labeled as a “Copycat Group”?

ILLIT has found themselves at the center of an ongoing feud between ADOR and HYBE, as they have been accused of copying NewJeans.

Recently, Korean netizens have turned their attention towards the young members of ILLIT, wondering how they feel about being embroiled in the latest controversy within HYBE and being labeled as a “copycat group.”

This discussion was sparked by a netizen on the popular online community Nate Pann, who questioned whether ILLIT members were fully aware of the situation.

The netizen stated, “What do you mean ILLIT members don’t know anything? lol,” and cited a recent interview with the ILLIT members.

During the ‘Cult Two’ show interview, the members spoke up about their recent success with ‘Magnetic.’ Yunah shared, “I want to express my gratitude to the company staff. To all the members of our team at Belift Lab, we all know how much effort went into our debut album. We’re really proud. Even if we don’t express our gratitude often, I think you all know our hearts.”

The netizen claimed that ILLIT had shared this after Min Hee Jin released her statement on April 24, suggesting that ILLIT members were well aware of the situation between ADOR and the accusations of them being copycats.

Korean netizens have been vocal about their thoughts:

“I mean they should express their gratitude. What else would they say?”

“I think their company needs to take the blame, not the girls.”

“It’s true that they did copy but I think this was a statement with affection for the team. But to the ILLIT members, you need to compare yourselves and see for yourself. When your contracts end, you guys should find your own paths and leave.”

“They’re underaged and rookies. What do they know?”

“They might not know anything, but not knowing is still a problem. In a way, presenting a project to the public as a representative means you should know certain things, right? Even if idols don’t need to know everything, if they just dance and sing without knowing where their choreography came from, or what motivated the concept they’re presenting, then what’s the difference between them and dolls? So, unless they’re going to explain everything from A to Z like Min Hee Jin does, they should raise the debut age range, seriously…”

“I feel bad for them and wish them success.”

As the controversy continues, fans are eagerly awaiting more updates from ILLIT and how they navigate through this challenging situation.



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