Netizens have struck up a debate over IVE member Leeseo after she said that she didn’t know the character Pikachu.
During one Naver NOW broadcast, IVE member Wonyoung said, “Leeseo looks like Pikachu today”. Hearing this, Leeseo remarked, “I do know Pikachu now. I found out about it because of the popular bread.”
Both the hosts of the show and many of their fans were very surprised by this.
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On the one hand, some Netizens believed that Leeseo, who was born in 2007, would not be as familiar with a character like Pikachu. Some people commented,
“If she became an idol trainee at a young age, she just might not have had much time to get to know pop culture. Leeseo was a child model, so she was probably too busy to be interested in cartoons.”
“I mean if you’re not into watching TV as a kid, it could happen.”
“Are people seriously accusing her of saying that because it’s her ‘concept’?? Why would she go that far. It’s just a character.”
“She’s like 15. She might not know, what’s the big deal?”
“There are plenty of people who don’t know popular cartoon or game characters. I didn’t know anything about Crayon Shin-chan except for his face.”
However, others were skeptical and claimed that Leeseo was acting a “clueless concept”. They said,
“My brother is 13 and he knows Pikachu. She’s just saying that to play the whole concept of her being younger than everyone else.”
“Wow, she’s really into playing the ‘clueless’ role. Pikachu? Come on.”
“No but seriously. That’s a lie.”
“I have young cousins who love Pikachu.”
“I think she got too into her own concept kekekeke.”
“I have no idea if she really didn’t know about Pikachu before the bread or not, but honestly they act like she’s some kindergartener or something when in reality, she’s about to graduate middle school. She’s going into high school soon, but the concept they gave her is too much.”