On the first show of his solo concert, Jonghyun played a VCR that was intended to make fun. However, in one portion, he clothed himself as someone from India and aimed to draw humor by speaking nonsense that was supposed to be the language, as well as put on ridiculous actions to make the scene funny.
Also during the concert, h also talked about homosexuality. Many fans were offended and demanded explanation from Jonghyun, who had always been socially aware.
He wrote this long statement saying :
“The first show of my concert just wrapped up.
I got feedback about my performance, and I want to make an apologize about the things talked about.
I was told that in one of the clips in the concert, I had belittled a certain area and used it for funny jokes, and many people of that region were so sad about that.
I admit clearly it’s my fault, and I will delete it from the video.
It is a fault that there will be no excuse for, and I bow my head as an apology to everyone who got disappointed by it.
It was not my intention to belittle the culture of a place that is rich in history.
In the video, the story is that a woman who had no interest in me then gets interested after listening to the song and seeing the choreography in the problematic video.
I am not supposed to make fun of the culture, but it was part of how I was confident in all genres and concepts.
The comedic point was supposed to be my over reacting, expressions, and gestures, and I did not mean to make fun of the culture.
The film clip showed also a gangster-themed outfit, a prisoner outfit, a fishing outfit, a merman outfit, and the problematic outfit.
The music used are EDM and hiphop.
I disappointed many with my lacking insights, hence and I am regretting it and looking back on my actions.
I really did not mean to make fun of the culture.
However, I cannot excuse myself for that mischief video, if you may say, then so I bow my head in apology.
As I said earlier, I will remove that video and replace it with another one.
Also, I want to speak about the comment I said, saying ‘I respect their tastes, but I do not swing that way.’
I still can’t remember my exact words, but when I spoke about that, I remember that I should be more careful in articulating exactly what I meant so there would be no problems, and used the words ‘tastes’ and ‘that way’ because of that.
‘Tastes’ means the tendency something according to its characteristics, and a person’s characteristics is the nature of someone’s heart.
Tendency means how a phenomenon, thought, or action tilts into one direction.
Therefore, ‘tastes’ can be written as ‘the direction of a person’s nature’.
This is why I said ‘that way’ because I was not that direction, not because I could not use the words ‘gay’, ‘homosexual’, or ‘sexual minority’. However, if ‘that side’ is used as a derogatory term somewhere in this world, it could be my mistake for being such an ignorant.
If that is the case, I apologize for this too.
That comment’s however focus was not ‘that side’, but ‘tendency’.
Way back 5-6 years ago, I also used the words ‘that hobby’ and it became derogatory.
It was my own mistake that I expressed tendencies as hobbies.
It was happened way back in my early 20s, and I never used it in front of others after recognizing my faults.
Now, I know that it is used in many fandoms.
I also want tell others that if someone who reads this understands that those words are demeaning, I hope they stop using it.
It was my fault for being more ignorant than now, and I want to correct my mistakes for the time being.”