The source of the incident started with the sentence that Lee Kwang Soo said to the AOA member in Running Man.
In the middle of 2018, Lee Kwang Soo was involved in the first scandal in his career. On an episode of Running Man, Lee Kwang Soo made a funny but sensitive statement about the member of the girl group AOA – Hyejeong.
Specifically, in the game to find disguised zombies – a game of suspicion, wits and deception, Lee Kwang Soo called Hyejeong a flower snake. Worth mentioning, “flower snake” is a word often used to refer to gold-digger girls in Korea. Therefore, Lee Kwang Soo‘s statement sparked a great controversy on social networks.
Before the scandal of Lee Kwang Soo, public opinion was divided into two opposing directions. On one hand, Lee Kwang Soo is a comedian who often makes offensive but amusing statements. In this show, Lee Kwang Soo wanted to point out that Hyejeong is unreliable in the mind game part, not otherwise.
On the other hand, in Korean showbiz, there is discrimination between men and women. Previously, there was a female star who made a statement similar to Lee Kwang Soo and was expelled from the show. Meanwhile, Lee Kwang Soo was not “harmed”.
Because of their discontent, Korean netizens created a petition to execute the popular comedian. By the end of May 2018, the petition to execute Lee Kwang Soo on the Blue House website had reached 1,648 supporters. Responding to My Daily, the Blue House said they would remove the baseless requests.