On the March 31 broadcast of MBC’s King of Mask Singer gugudan‘s Sejeong competed against actor Song Geon Hee. Their voices really surprised the judges, hosts, and the audience.
After revealing her face to the public, Kim Sung Joo, the host of the show, asked Sejeong to do voice impressions of other singers such as MAMAMOO‘s Hwasa, Lovelyz‘s Jiae and TWICE‘s Momo.
It was her Momo impression that started a storm on social media and made Momo’s fans very upset.
— Zard (@ZardEXD) March 31, 2019
ONCEs believe that Sejeong mispronounced Momo’s lines to deliberately mock her Japanese accent and make the audience laugh.
okay gugudan are my ults and i love sejeong, she was asked to do an impression of momo's voice and that's okay but mispronouncing the words to imitate her wasn't good
— 💮 (@exactvelvet) April 1, 2019
can gugudan stans shut up and just admit that what sejeong did was wrong?? i understand that she imitates the way momo sings, but she literally mispronounced words and made fun of momo’s accent and that’s just not funny
— sof (@outrostear) April 1, 2019
last thing imma say. the people brushing off sejeong mocking momo's accent would be the first ones with something to say if people mocked an idol who spoke english with an accent.
— 🌡 (@jihyotheist) April 2, 2019
This controversy also crossed the border and left Japanese fans not too happy about what Sejeong did either.
Some of the comments found in Japanese forums had harsh words for gugudan’s Sejeong like, “What an attention wh*re… using Momo to get attention… disgusting” and “I want to hear her speaking Japanese now…”
A number of gugudan fans explained that Sejeong didn’t mean harm with her imitation, and that she didn’t do it with any ill intention.
Sejeong did an impression of Momo which isn't even meant to be insulting, but y'all once are being offended just shows that y'all low-key think Momo is a bad singer that is worth mocking.
— #1 laburi fan (@russiantzuyu) April 2, 2019
let me get this straight:
sejeong was meant to impersonate momo, which she did, but yall think it was mocking? even tho it was for a sketch & and she's friends with twice?
so now you're bullying not only sejeong but gugudan as a whole? tell me who's at fault here
— ` tiffany fanclub (@lesbisoshi) April 2, 2019
the whole point???? And Sejeong actions wasn’t even malicious, she wasn’t out to attack momo??? I’m-
— 천사 is seeing ₁₂₇ (@minorjuno) April 1, 2019
What do you think of this controversy?