KEY POINTS

  • Red Velvet's Joy went viral on social media after wearing a Dior shirt that said "We Should All Be Feminists" 
  • The K-pop star received mixed reactions for her clothing choice
  • Red Velvet was appointed ambassadors for South Korea's commemorative day for climate change and air pollution awareness

Red Velvet’s Joy recently caused an uproar on social media over a Dior shirt she wore in one of her latest Instagram posts.

On Wednesday, the actress and K-pop singer shared photos of herself looking sharp in a dark pinstripe suit, a white T-shirt and black pumps for a recent event. She and bandmate Seulgi had accepted Red Velvet's appointment as public relations ambassadors for Blue Sky Day, a national commemorative day raising awareness about climate change and air pollution, on the group's behalf.

While the print on her shirt was not fully shown in the snaps, eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out that it was a Dior piece with the words “We Should All Be Feminists” emblazoned on it. This apparently didn’t sit well with some Red Velvet fans and netizens, who denounced Joy’s sartorial choice.

In a Korean thread titled “Isn’t Joy's T-shirt way too selfish?” a number of netizens gave their two cents on the matter, and it appeared that Red Velvet fans were divided on Joy’s decision to wear a statement tee.

One person commented that the K-pop star was selfish for sporting the piece when “she knows that the shirt is controversial but still chooses to wear it and affect her group members.”

Others speculated that Joy may have been sent the item, saying, “She probably wore it because it is sponsored.” However, avid fans believe that the choice was her own as the Red Velvet member usually tags a brand in paid posts.

“A girl group has the guts to show they are feminist. all their fans will leave,” another netizen wrote. 

Amid the criticism, however, the Red Velvet member received an outpouring of support from fans around the world after her photos went viral.

“I think it is very admirable how joy always expresses her thoughts so it’s not a bad thing that she started this topic. maybe some people are gonna open their eyes. JOY IS AN ICON,” one Twitter user said.

While feminism is not a new topic in today’s digital age, this is not the first time a K-pop star has been criticized online for showing support for the advocacy.

Naeun of Apink was slammed online after being spotted using a phone case with the words “Girls Can Do Anything,” Vice reported. The singer received intense backlash for the post, which she eventually had to delete.

Wendy, Seulgi, Irene, Yeri, Joy - Red Velvet Wendy, Seulgi, Irene, Yeri and Joy of girl band Red Velvet attend the red carpet at KCON Day 1 2018 NY presented by Toyota at Prudential Center on June 23, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images