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#ProtectKimSeonho, ‘Good Boy,’ ‘2d1n’ trend on social media following Kim Seonho’s abortion controversy

By Hannah Mallorca Published Oct 20, 2021 2:48 pm

Fans expressed disappointment, sadness, and even indignation after Kim Seonho apologized for his “carelessness and inconsiderate actions” over a reported abortion scandal involving his ex-girlfriend.

In a statement translated by Soompi, Seonho apologized for hurting his ex-girlfriend after he was previously involved in a viral online story about an actor who allegedly forced his girlfriend into having an abortion. Salt Entertainment, the actor's entertainment agency, also apologized for “causing concern to many.”

Following Seonho's apology, the hashtag #ProtectKimSeonho trended on social media. 

Twitter user @iksongsrain reminded fans that “stanning should have its limits" and to not “trade your morals for someone you don’t know personally.”

On the other hand, @xoxosolemn called out Seonho’s ex-girlfriend for coming out “in the middle of the actress'/actor's success,” urging her to “stop ruining careers.” 

Meanwhile, @heyitsmeecum thanked the actor for “bravely admitting the issue.” “I am disappointed but not enough to make me stop supporting you as a great actor,” she added.

Despite Seonho's controversy, @kimseonho1231 hoped that the actor will be “strong enough to walk this difficult road” and someone would “clear your name.”

@kmbrlyrs01 maintained that Seonho is “innately good” even if she doesn’t “know him personally.”

Meanwhile, Twitter user @rozensuj said her “heart goes to” Seonho’s ex-girlfriend, hoping that she would “find strength.”

@epikhugs seconded @rozensuj’s tweet, saying that victims “speak because they endure an unbearable pain” and “want people to hear them.” 

@sleeplessaqua voiced out her frustration towards fans who are “still doing mental gymnastics to blame the girl.” “It's not your place to say, ‘It's okay, nobody's perfect. let's move on.’ because you're not the woman who was forced into a difficult situation. you're a human before a fan,” she added.

The phrase “Good Boy” also trended on social media, alluding to Seonho's role as Han Jipyeong in the K-drama Start-Up.

@uriseonshine admitted that she’s in “pain” after the actor “built up the image of a good boy.”

Twitter user @dohsjoy lamented over certain fans who defended Seonho on social media, instead of siding with the “victim.”

@rizalieann also expressed her disappointment over Seonho's controversy, especially that the actor is at “the peak of his career.” “We can't really trust someone's image bcoz the reality might be different from what we perceive,” she added.

2d1n” also trended on social media following Seonho’s recent exit from the Korean variety show 2 Days & 1 Night. The actor has been a regular cast member since the show's fourth season. 

Twitter user @unnieversity admitted that she feels “bad” for the cast and crew of the variety show and the recently concluded K-drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha since it “will affect them too.”

@didillss said the variety show’s cast must have felt “so betrayed” after Seonho’s controversy. Despite this, the Twitter user hoped that the show would still continue.

Seonho gained domestic and international recognition after appearing as one of the leads in K-dramas Start-Up and Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha