IU Speaks Up About Controversial Song “Zeze” Through GQ Korea Interview

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IU spoke up about her controversial song “Zeze” in her recent pictorial and interview with GQ Korea.

In the December issue of GQ magazine, IU said, “A lot of discussion took place around this song, and I saw that many opinions were being thrown out and that the topic of discussion itself was becoming broader, and honestly, I was thankful.”

She added, “While there was a lot of judgement about me as a person, it was a surprise when people politely expressed their opinions and focused on the issue, regardless of whether or not they were criticizing me or defending me.”

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She also said, “I don’t want to conclude, ‘This is right and that is wrong’ about the interpretations on the song. Since my own freedom is important, if I want to protect that, I have to protect other people’s freedom to interpret the song.” She added, “I still like this song as much as I did before I released the album. If people don’t like me anymore because of the lyrics of ‘Zeze,’ I have to accept that without throwing a fit. That’s because that person’s interpretation and feelings exist, too.”

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She also clarified, “That doesn’t mean that you can conclude that I’m a pedophile. There’s a difference between interpretation of a song and criticism towards the person.”

Despite her response, some netizens remain critical, saying, “What is she doing? She’s a hopeless case of shamelessness,” “That photo in her underwear is as raunchy as the photos she’s suing over. That’s how she is normally,” and “In the end, she beat around the bush and explained nothing.”

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