Despite mounting accusations and a deafening public outcry, HYBE currently has no plans to remove Kim Garam from LE SSERAFIM. The agency is reportedly meeting with Daeryun Law, the representative legal firm for alleged victim Yoo Eunseo, to discuss a private settlement.
As they continue to repeat their attitude of not accepting and applying the fans’ criticisms, the distrust toward HYBE grows worse. Recently, as fandoms are sensitive to school violence, sexual assault and sexism, they should be careful but it’ll be hard for HYBE to come up with a better plan than their current actions.
— Industry Representative
HYBE’s stance is now receiving pushback from netizens around the world, who are expressing their outrage on various social media platforms.
- How much will they settle for? Will it then wash away her past? LOL Labels that think money will solve their problems sicken me.
- How much are you offering? Lol, f@%k, will you offer like a hundred million?
- If I was the victim, I would never settle. You want to ruin my life, then become an idol and receive love? No way, I would never.
- Wish the victim asks for ₩5.00 trillion KRW (about $3.96 billion USD)
For days, the hashtag #garamOUT and related phrases have been trending on Twitter. Many netizens and LE SSERAFIM fans are calling for Kim Garam’s immediate removal from the group. Some are speaking up on behalf of the alleged victim, while others are expressing concern for LE SSERAFIM’s other five members affected by the scandal.
Garam’s defender saying that we are “too much” for hating on her because we act as if Garam has “killed the victim” 💀💀💀 What happen if the victim did succeed in s**c***?? Who will voice out their story?? Who will fight for their justice? #garamOUT
— pretty seeun (@iwhiwy) May 25, 2022
I can't believe HYBE is doing this with their biggest artist to protect such a shameless girl who doesn't even deserves to be called an artist!
I can understand how other LF members must have been so disappointed after Garam ruined their debut.#garamOUT
— Hobi. 🌻 (@gukphoria97) May 23, 2022
Over the past week, K-Pop fans–particularly ARMY and BLINK–have become increasingly vocal about the matter. Some believe that dating rumors about BTS‘s V and BLACKPINK are now being used to distract from Kim Garam’s controversy.
still no statement frm that stewpid company when tae got dragged left and right over this sh!t like
APOLOGIZE TO TAEHYUNG #garamOUT
— luna༊˚ (@kkuktaes) May 26, 2022
sorry but this is unacceptable & I won’t be accepting Taehyung & JENNIE as punching bags for whoever’s behind this. if she’s guilty/if not she should be held accountable & she should be questioned. Claims against her shouldn’t be shielded by dehumanising Jennie and V #garamOUT https://t.co/tEqMBLCZxx
— leeza ⁷⁺⁴ | “PROOF” out soon (@azyyiv) May 25, 2022
I just hate that HYBE is literally using taehyung to cover up some bully of a rookie. Please that man was one of the pioneers who built the company's reputation and bank account from the ground.#garamOUT
— Joonie's❣️ (@NamNamjoonie13) May 23, 2022
HYBE has not yet addressed fans’ criticisms regarding Kim Garam or BTS V’s dating rumors.