Twitter Reacts to Choi Siwon’s Stance on Gay Marriage


Siwon retweeted, and the Twitterverse has responded. On September 11, the Super Junior member shared a Twitter post proclaiming that “so-called same-sex marriage does not exist.” siwon kim davis twitter RT The post in question links to an opinion editorial written in support of Kim Davis. Kim Davis is the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized same-sex marriage, and subsequently defied a court order which demanded that she issue the licenses.

So what is Twitter saying about Siwon’s recent RT? Let’s just say it’s mostly not positive.

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Many fans pointed out the irony of Siwon’s stance, given his history of skinship.

One person wondered if Siwon has eaten any shellfish lately.

Another wished that Korea has Netflix (no hacking, please!).

And another thinks some fans need to make up their minds.

Some people do support his beliefs, or at least his right to express them.

While same-sex marriage is not legal in South Korea, public opinion has begun to change. K-pop idols who have spoken out in favor of LGBT rights include SHINee’s Jonghyun, BTS’s Rapmon, and GLAM. However, there are still many Koreans who don’t support gay marriage, and Siwon, a known conservative Christian, has situated himself as the most vocal. In a recent interview, he confirmed his position (and also took a dig at entertainers who apparently prioritize “success” over “values”).

“While I respect all genders, I do not wish to acknowledge homosexuals, as I have been taught that God created man and woman with specific characteristics and duties. I realize that with globalization, there are many [entertainers] who do not share my views. There are those who are value-oriented and those who are success-oriented. However, shouldn’t an actor deliver an image to his audience through roles he chooses to portray, based on his beliefs in life?”

Update: Siwon has deleted the retweet and apologized.

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