Sunmi addressed the hate and death threats she has been receiving over her comments aired on the Mnet survival show Girls Planet 999. She is cast as a Planet Master on the show where she mentors the contestants.
On October 11, she posted screenshots of an online forum where netizens regularly discuss the show that had posts cursing her out and giving her death threats.
Some posts titles and comments that are visible on the screenshot state things like, “How should I kill this b*tch Sunmi hehehe,”; “Hehehe she’ll get lots of complaints about how she doesn’t have an aura,”; “As soon as Sunmi releases an album, I’m going to f*cking curse her out like crazy in realtime on Melon,”; and “Crazy shaman b*tch hehehe.”
Sunmi addressed these comments and posts in a thread of tweets stating,
What did I do that was so wrong?
What should I do?
What about me made you hate seeing me so much and made you want to kill me? Was it my judging standards that I mentioned in Episode 1? Up until now, I’ve been monitoring [the show] and making efforts to talk [on the program] in a way that more people would be able to relate to and understand. I also genuinely spent every moment sincerely thinking about what more I could do for our [contestants].
Just cheer harder for our [contestants], please.
Two days later, on October 13 her label, Abyss Company, released a statement declaring the fact that they will take strong legal action against malicious comments and posts made against the artists under their label. The statement read,
Hello. This is Abyss Company.
First, we want to thank the fans supporting our agency artist Sunmi.
Following the statement we released in August 2019, we took strict legal action against malicious comments, attacks on character, insults, and all other malicious writings, and the individuals at that time received fine summary indictments.
However, despite that, we’ve recently discovered numerous malicious comments accompanied with insults. Hiding behind the mask of anonymity on the internet and slandering and cursing at artists is a definite crime.
To protect the rights and interests of our agency artist, our priority is to take strong legal action that results in paying the price without any mercy, against malicious acts that infringe upon our artist’s character.
In the future, we plan to continue with strong follow-up measures based on the evidence gathered from self-monitoring and fans’ reports. As fans’ reports are a big help, please send evidence involving insults and reckless malicious comments to the email address below.
We ask for fans’ active cooperation.