LOONA‘s Yves quickly apologized for switching her profile picture to a cartoon character that some have called problematic.
On July 28, LOONA’s Yves communicated with fans via the FAB app. On this day, she shared a picture of her swollen lips due to an allergic reaction.
In the picture, the idol can be seen with noticeably swollen lips. One fan pointed out that her lips reminded them of a cartoon character, Ko Eunae‘s lips. Ko Eunae is a cartoon character from a popular cartoon from the early ’90s named Dallyulah Hani (translated as Run Hani).
The issue occurred when Yves decided to use a photo of the character as her own profile picture. Some international fans saw the cartoon character’s hair and lips and stated that the picture was offensive.
Although Ko Eunae is a Korean character, some fans found the character problematic as the cartoon character shares similar traits to the racist caricatures of African Americans that were once shown in the United States.
it has a lot of characteristics of how black people would be harmfully portrayed in the past, so it’s very anti black
— jesse ❍ (@fantasycolIsion) July 28, 2022
LOONA’s Yves quickly changed back her profile and apologized.
— astrid⁷ seeing loona (@luvheechuu) July 28, 2022
I see you are upset that I used a picture of Ko Eunae as my profile picture. I used the picture because the cartoon from where the character is from was once very popular in Korea. I apologize to those that I have upset. In the future, I will be sure to check to see if a cartoon character is offensive.
Hopefully, the idol has learned from the incident and will be more careful in the future.