H1-KEY is slated to make their debut in January 2022 under Grandline Group, home to many amazing artists such as Stella Jang. However, one of their four revealed members, Thai member Sitala, has fallen under controversy when Thai netizens uncovered her family’s involvement with the military.
Thai netizens uncovered that her family was rich and considered to be upper class in Thailand due to her famous father, Tua Saranyu, an actor. However, her father was named as one of the royalists that supported the call for a coup to be staged by the military in 2014. As many would know, Thailand was embroiled in a series of protests and riots that threw the country into chaos. Sitala herself has been accused of being supportive of the dictatorship.
Her father is Tua Saranyu ตั้ว ศรันยู, a former famous actor. He was the mainstay of the 2014 military junta coup and his family including #SITALA are dictatorship supporters. It’s been 7 years since the coup; our country is deteriorating day by day. https://t.co/0LeLQp6zd6
— polary🤍🎀✨ – slow (@akii_pl) November 30, 2021
Thai netizens are highly against Sitala’s debut given her father’s involvement in the dictatorship and military.
บอกเลยว่าไม่สงสาร ถ้าจะสงสารขอสงสารอีก 3 คนในวงดีกว่า ชีวิตลูกสลิ่ม upper class นี่มันดีจัง ทำความฝันของตัวเองได้ในขณะที่เด็กอีกเป็นล้านในประเทศต้องทิ้งความฝันของตัวเอง บางคนต้องไปม็อบเพื่อเรียกร้องปชธต บางคนโดนยิงในม๊อบ ใครจะซัพก็คิดดีๆนี่ไม่ซัพแล้วหนึ่ง https://t.co/lgMTQHIEvq
— notdaijobu (@pumpkinpinkku) November 30, 2021
What fanned the flames was Sitala’s self-written profile released by Grandline Group. In the profile, she states that her role model is none other than her father.
She clearly writes, “My role model is my father, my papa.” Thai netizens have begun protesting online against her debut.
Her family and she was involved in the military's demand for a coup, which should be known to everyone. Destroy democracy by tearing the constitution apart. Thailand has been ruled by a dictator till now.#SITALA #H1KEY https://t.co/FWRbQ5NdKI
— IG7💚🎀 (@PP00679) November 30, 2021