Jungkook and Cha Eun-woo’s Controversy of Going to a Club During the Covid-19 Pandemic
On May 18, 2020, the South Korean public was stirred up by the investigation issued by Dispatch. The famous South Korean media said that there were four K-pop idols who violated the social distancing appeal.
Why did these K-pop idols get caught up in a case that is enough to make fans and the public surprised by their mistakes? And, how was the chronology faced when they stumbled into controversy in the middle of a pandemic?
Let’s find out more information in the session below!
Chronology of When Jungkook and Cha Eun-woo Went to Itaewon
Before entering the chronology of the events of the four idols who violated social distancing, there’s also an explanation about the conditions that occurred in South Korea.
As is well known, South Korea is one of the Asian countries that has quite a lot of positive cases of coronavirus. However, it was recently discovered that the curve of the coronavirus in South Korea has begun to slope due to the high cure rate.
But, recently, South Korea has faced a second wave of the coronavirus. This is because a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus visited several clubs and bars in the Itaewon area for a few days, and he was only confirmed positive for the coronavirus in early May 2020.
Due to the spread of this virus, 85 visitors of the bars tested positive for the coronavirus. This number was estimated to continue to increase because it was known that between April 24 and May 6 (when the virus carrier visited Itaewon) there were around 5,517 people who visited the district in the city of Seoul.
On April 25, 2020, Jungkook, Eunwoo, Jaehyun, and Mingyu decided to hang out together. They decided to visit the Itaewon area where they ate at a restaurant.
After leaving the restaurant, the four of them decided to go to two clubs in Itaewon before finally returning to their respective homes.
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According to Dispatch‘s search results, one of the clubs visited by the four idols was a place that is prohibited by the South Korean government because the club concept is a cross between a bar and a club, making it impossible to implement social distancing there.
However, according to an official statement issued by the agencies of the four idols, they claimed that the four did not visit “dangerous” bars or clubs. Dangerous meaning that the clubs were not the clubs suspected of being the source of the spread of the Itaewon cluster coronavirus.
Jungkook and Cha Eun-woo’s Test Results
When the Itaewon club cluster case happened, the South Korean government asked all visitors to the Itaewon area from April 24 to May 10, 2020, to take a corona test and self-isolate for two weeks.
Although the four idols did not visit dangerous bars, the four decided to take the coronavirus test. At that time, none of them showed any signs of contracting the coronavirus.
After being tested, the results of the four idols were declared negative of the coronavirus, but they were asked to continue to self-isolate because the coronavirus attaches to the human body for at least 14 days.
Fans and Public Reaction about Astro’s Cha Eun-woo and BTS’ Jungkook’s Controversy
When viewed from the chronology of the case, there are two things that make Korean netizens furious because of this case.
The first is because these four idols did not apply social distancing advice. For information, South Korea did not implement a lockdown even though it had many positive cases of corona. However, the government strongly recommended all of its citizens to not go to crowded places until conditions are completely safe.
As public figures, the decision of the four idols to wander around Itaewon was considered inappropriate because the South Korean government really appealed to implement social distancing which was then violated by the four.
The second thing that made Koreans angry is that these four idols did not isolate themselves at home as recommended by the government. Cha Eun-woo followed all of ASTRO’s promotional agendas while Jaehyun became the MC for the show Inkigayo on April 26, May 3, and May 10. Jungkook and Mingyu had no official schedule.
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Koreans feared that if the fourth-worst case turned out to be positive for COVID-19, then they would spread the virus when they were not self-isolating. They were afraid of being able to create a new wave of the coronavirus in South Korea.
Apology Letter and Official Statements from the Agencies
Not remaining silent on the Dispatch news, the agencies of the four idols, namely Big Hit Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, Fantagio Entertainment, and SM Entertainment, gave an official response.
In general, they admitted that their idols did visit Itaewon on April 25. However, they said that the four idols had been tested and tested negative for the coronavirus. They also said that the four idols did not visit the bar which was suspected to be the center of the spread of the coronavirus.
However, these four agencies agreed to apologize for their negligence in letting their idols wander freely amidst the South Korean government’s appeal. They said it was inappropriate, and they apologized for it.
The four agencies also promised to make efforts to make this situation not happen again to their idols in the future.
Well, that was all for the information about Astro’s Cha Eun-woo and BTS’s Jungkook who became BFF goals for many people and also their fans. What do you think about ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo and BTS’ Jungkook’s relationship as K-pop idols and also best friends with each other? Even though they were involved in a controversy, in the future, let us provide support for the good things they did, and hopefully, they can also learn from their previous mistakes!
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