Rumours had been spreading in online communities that Yeri of Red Velvet used inappropriate language on the June 3rd episode of Inkigayo – Check-In Live.
The concept of the show is that idols host a talk-show-like segment while in their waiting rooms. The incident in question occurred when Seulgi and Wendy were playing charades.
When Joy expresses her disbelief that Seulgi and Wendy can’t come up with the answer, Yeri can be heard speaking in the background. Some netizens claim she used a derogatory term about handicapped people: “If you don’t even know this, then you Unnies are seriously like [handicapped]”.
However, others say she simply said: “If you don’t even know this, then you Unnies are seriously going to get it from the kids”.
SM Entertainment released a statement on July 6th.
After looking into it, Yeri never said the problematic term. We ask that you refrain from speculations.
– SM Entertainment