According to netizens, the fact that Irene is much more famous than other Red Velvet members can drag the group down into a “flop” situation compared to TWICE.
Recently, Irene (Red Velvet) surprised many Kpop fans as she topped the the brand value ranking for female CF stars. According to collected data, Irene won the first position with 80% higher score compared to her score last month.
As stated by experts’ analysis, Irene’s popularity grew rapidly because of Red Velvet’s performances at the concert taking place in Pyongyang, North Korea. This event helped Irene-related keywords to become more positive. Irene was also a female idol who received a lot of attention from North Koreans after the spring event. Her hairstyle is even named “Red Flavor hairstyle” by North Korean residents.
However, some netizens don’t agree with Irene’s excellent rank. They think that this female idol has her company “gotten her back”, she is boosted to promote in every field to get this record. Some people even asserted that Irene doesn’t have a flawless beauty as the media often praise, her body is not really fit and she also used to involve in plastic surgery scandal.
Besides, netizens point out that Irene’s popularity is far superior to other four members’ popularity thanks to her “goddess” beauty. Therefore, there are countless commercial contracts that belong to Irene. This fact contrasts to the situation of TWICE, a girlgroup that has more balance in the members’ popularity. Differing from Red Velvet, TWICE usually films CFs as a whole group rather than focus CF contracts on one member.
These are some comments that get a lot of support on Korean online newspaper:
1. [+214, -54] The reason Red Velvet will never beat Twice: because they only push Irene… They’re going to end up like Suzy and the idols, Hyuna and the idols, Seolhyun and the idols… SM needs to reel in the public to buy Red Velvet albums but they keep pushing Irene… Look at Twice. The kids are all equally popular so they get equal opportunities with CFs and varieties, and their albums sell well…
2. [+189, -55] They lost me at Hong Jin Young ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
3. [+127, -12] Wendy does all the singing, Seulgi does all the dancing, Joy does all the acting and variety, the maknae does all the aegyo…. and yet it’s Irene who reaps all the CFs in the end ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
4. [+14, -5] It’s just the SM effect. She’s short, has no hips, and was average looking before surgery.
What do you think about these opinions?