#CancelTropangLOL trends as PH ELFs air disappointment over noontime show’s insensitivity

Out of all the things to joke about on a noon time show, it’s a person’s grief? How low can our entertainment industry go, man.

PH ELFs and other K-Pop fandoms are calling out the noon-time variety show “Tropang LOL” and their hosts for making insensitive remarks towards Super Junior’s Eunhyuk and his family’s grief.

It is a known fact that the Super Junior member’s father had recently passed away prior to the group’s scheduled concert in Manila last August 6, 2022. Because of this and to member Siwon testing positive for COVID-19, the group ultimately decided to postpone their concert concert and met with their fans instead.

And for today’s episode of “Tropang LOL”, the people behind it decided to use it as a part of their segment called “Maritest”. The question reads, “Sa mga K-pop fans, sinong boy group ang nag-cancel ng concert recently dahil pumanaw ang ama ng isa sa members?”.

Well, uh. *cue the cricket noises*

First of all, the concert wasn’t canceled. Every PH ELF that was in the MOA Arena that day knows that the concert is only postponed. The members of Super Junior themselves said that they will make sure to come back in the future as a complete group, and assured fans that their “Super Show 9: Road in Manila” concert is postponed.

See, postponed does not mean canceled. According to the dictionary, the word “postpone” means “to out off to later time”, and the word “cancel” means “to decide not to conduct or perform something planned usually without the expectation of or performing it at a later time”.

See the difference? The noon-time show hosts and writers probably didn’t know that.

What makes it more triggering and insensitive is the fact that the hosts themselves were cracking jokes about the whole situation of Super Junior and ELFs. Some of the lines the hosts said were, “akala ko sayang naman, sana binuhay nila ulit,” and “mahilig pa naman si Pooh [the player] sa mga Super Junior”.

How can these people, let alone famous personalities, joke about such a sensitive topic like a death of a family member? We do get that we use dark humor as a coping mechanism sometimes, but this is different.

PH ELFs are rightfully mad at the hosts and the producers of “Tropang LOL”, calling out the show and are clamoring for its cancellation.

The situation was so bad that even Happee Sy-Go, the COO of PULP Live World and the one handling Super Junior’s concert, aired out her disappointment towards the show.

Like seriously, the people involved in this issue are just plain stupid or maybe just too insensitive. You don’t make fun of someone’s loss for clout, you shouldn’t even be doing that in the first place. Making jokes out of someone’s grief and using it to boost your influence isn’t the way to go.

And, those personalities may just be the reason why the show isn’t really getting the “good” publicity that they’re aiming for. How can they get “good” publicity, when they can’t even show proper behavior and class on national TV?

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