Recently, ENHYPEN Jungwon‘s comments about the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT) during a live broadcast are gaining attention from netizens.
The CSAT, also known as the Entrance Exam or Suneung, is an 8-hour, single-day exam that every Korean high school student is obligated to take that determines which university students will be to attend.
Due to the extremely competitive nature of the Korean education system and the job market for college graduates, large companies prefer to employ graduates from prestigious universities, thus turning the test into a pivotal “make-or-break” moment for many students’ futures.
The enormous stress and pressure of the exam has turned exam day into a national day of consideration: Planes are grounded throughout the duration of the exam to reduce noise, stock markets open late for the day, and public transportation services are increased to allow students to reach their testing sites more easily.
The high stakes of the exam are what made many netizens question the comments of ENHYPEN’s Jungwon during a live stream that took place immediately after the exam concluded.
The ones who are here watching this VLIVE could be the ones who didn’t do well on the CSATs, right?
The confused members had a brief moment of silence.
Sunghoon explained that the live stream can be a source of comfort for those who might not have done well.
The post gained attention on various online community sites with thousands of comments. Some fans who took the exam commented on his insensitivity, explaining their disappointment with the situation.
- I’m a senior in high school who took the CSATs today and I was f*cking pissed, LMAO. I started watching the live after I got done with the exams and there he was, saying sh*t like that.
- Wow… Like, who does he think he is to say stuff like that about his fans… I’m- I seriously don’t know what to say… How…? Like why would ANYONE say something like that…?
Others, however, believe the backlash is too severe and despite the fact that his words may not have been perceived well, his intentions were not malicious.
I don’t think he meant to hurt anyone but that doesn’t change the fact that it was a completely unnecessary thing to say … That being said, he’s not bad as some people are trying to make him out to be.
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