UP10TION’s Lee Jin Hyuk Apologizes For Issue Regarding His Impersonation Of X1’s Nam Do Hyon
UP10TION’s Lee Jin Hyuk has issued an apology after controversy arose over his depiction of fellow “Produce X 101” contestant and X1 member Nam Do Hyon.
On September 15, Lee Jin Hyuk held his “T.Y.F.L in Thailand” fan meeting in Thailand and greeted fans there.
During the event, there was a segment where Lee Jin Hyuk had to play a game. Nam Do Hyon, who had appeared on “Produce X 101” with him came up on the screen, and Lee Jin Hyuk did an impersonation of the way he speaks, his expressions, and his gestures.
However, some fans took issue with the way Lee Jin Hyuk had impersonated Nam Do Hyon and said, “He made it into a caricature to laugh at.” These fans claimed that Lee Jin Hyuk had exaggerated Nam Do Hyon’s traits too much, and people began asking Lee Jin Hyuk for an apology through various online communities.
As the controversy grew, Lee Jin Hyuk addressed the issue on an Instagram Live broadcast. He apologized and said, “I’m sorry. I contacted Nam Do Hyon as well to personally apologize.” He stated, “I am receiving so much love and attention, and I will be more thoughtful about the way I act. I am very sorry,” and hung his head.
He added, “Please continue to love me, and please continue to love Nam Do Hyon. I sincerely apologize for my mistake. I’m sorry for making fans feel uncomfortable.”