Super Junior fans are coming to Leeteuk‘s defense in response to an incident involving a mistaken message and a MOMOLAND Yeonwoo fan page.
It all started with an erroneously sent DM. Leeteuk accidentally sent the following direct message to what he thought was Yeonwoo’s personal Instagram account. The message said, “Hi, Yeonwoo”.
It turns out, this Instagram account (yeonwoo_momolnd) is actually a popular fan page operated by a Yeonwoo fan.
Shortly after Leeteuk’s message was received, the fan page’s admin exposed it in a public Instagram story entitled, “noticed”.
Soon after Leeteuk’s message went public, Leeteuk began receiving criticism from netizens for attempting to slide into Yeonwoo’s DMs. Many of these critics pointed out the stars’ large age gap.
leeteuk is old enough to be yeonwoo’s dad… the creep jumped out lmao pic.twitter.com/UF0AMeyOHn
— ً (@nancyIand) October 5, 2018
leeteuk dming a yeonwoo acct thinking it was her is kinda werid like… what does he want lmao, man is a whole 13 years older than her
— gen loves themself (@dimpleloona) October 5, 2018
leeteuk approaching yeonwoo backstage pic.twitter.com/8jVsYWwnU4
— eeomy (@loonanation) October 5, 2018
just googled this leeteuk guy he’s a whole 13 years older than yeonwoo omfg CREEP
— nakyung akgae (@Ioonatheband) October 5, 2018
Leeteuk a CREEP.. the freaque is 13 years older than yeonwoo omg I am sick
— taehyung i showed you my heart please respond (@singuIaritist) October 5, 2018
In response to the backlash, Leeteuk posted the following apology on October 5.
“All I wanted was to say is “you worked hard” to a hoobae that regularly works hard during broadcasts and this time, at the Asia Song Festival. Because of me, I’m sorry Yeonwoo. I also apologize to the fan that was surprised because of my sudden DM.” — Leeteuk
Leeteuk claimed that he had attempted to reach out to Yeonwoo as her industry senior, to tell her, “you worked hard”. He had recently hosted the 2018 Asia Song Festival with MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo and Nancy, on October 3rd.
In the comment section of Leeteuk’s apology post, ELFs have left messages of love and support. They insist that Leeteuk has nothing to apologize for because he has done nothing wrong.
ELFs have also fired back at netizens for calling Leeteuk offensive names and for criticizing his attempt to connect with Yeonwoo on social media.
so leeteuk was just gonna message yeonwoo to tell her she did a good job but people assumed things and called him creepy? this is some overdramatized shit
— ash¹²⁷ (@Ne0cypher) October 5, 2018
I can't believe leeteuk had to APOLOGISE for this, like yeonwoo was happy when she got his DM I don't get it
— jods // pinned (@losientokyu) October 5, 2018
so what’s the problem with Leeteuk messaging Yeonwoo, they recently got closer, isn’t normal to send messages to friends ? It’s not like he sent a dick pic
— Lotys 👾 (@coccinelf) October 5, 2018
ok but like… i get we've heard men in the industry can be creeps but there's a bit of a double standard how ppl pick on leeteuk for dming yeonwoo and don't mind friendships of male idols/celebs with older women ones
— jordan (@oddjinkies) October 5, 2018
ELFs are also demanding that the Yeonwoo fan page’s admin remove the story from Instagram. They have pointed out that the careless post could have cost Leeteuk his reputation and career.
Fans have made it clear that this incident will not affect their love for Leeteuk and that they will continue to support him during this time.
— Kang Nae Ra (@KangNaeRa) October 5, 2018
We all love you very much Leeteuk. You are the limitation of all ELF and you deserve the best love and best luck in your life. We will protect you at any cost and dont worry, we will always stand by you 💙💙💙. You are so great. #이특_사랑해 #Leeteuk @special1004 @SJofficial
— Leeteukforever (@annsolaceelf) October 5, 2018
leeteuk is loved by idols/artists esp the ones from sm bc he helps them and takes good care of them. teuk respects everyone. male/female, senior/junior. he did nothing but encourage and support his colleagues. he's a great man and he doesnt deserve any of this.
— sujuism (@sujuism_) October 5, 2018