Fans are upset over the alleged disrespect Red Velvet‘s Joy is experiencing on SBS‘s Handsome Tigers.
They claim that she is being demeaned by being given menial tasks such as handing over uniforms and towels to the male celebrities.
Joy even collecting the towels afterwards despite them being full of sweat, and this was her main duty during filming.
Reveluvs believe the show trivializes manager duties and that they cast Joy merely to serve as added publicity, with some cast members seeming to ignore her at times.
A simple high five to your manager is not that hard. Why are they ignoring her when she's RIGHT THERE, LIKE LITERALLY IN FRONT OF THEM. I feel like they're just using Joy for the views 🤦pic.twitter.com/R13FByYt5O
— Seulrene Au📌 | 𝘼𝙁𝙁 𝘼𝙪𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙧 (@MoonsunOppa1) December 17, 2019
i really hate this show, the guys are so rude to joy, ignore her and dont even treat her like their manager.. they're digusting https://t.co/mK4BjcKXk7
— bika³⁶⁵ high fived nayeon's yaoi hand in japan (@TZUCCl) December 16, 2019
Being the only female celebrity and casting her as a manager was also upsetting. As Korean society is used to seeing women do chores and other “supporting” duties, it was disrespectful to assign Joy this role.
Should be taken more sensitively b/c in Korea, the society is so used to seeing women doing the chores and being "supporters". It is well seen on variety showd. Female entertainers doing dishes and chores while they had their own professionals (like Begin Us TY
— 밤별 ☆ 빰★뼐 (@bam_byul) December 16, 2019
Other fans, however, claim that the backlash aimed at Handsome Tigers is largely unfounded, saying that Joy enjoyed her time as manager on the show.
joy was enjoying her duty as manager and also interact with her teammates so no need to worry lads! pic.twitter.com/349lTxxHLg
— ella (@joygidy) December 16, 2019
Joy was working diligently throughout filming and doing a great job as the team manager. She was the class representative of her school basketball team and so would've known what's involved. I hope everyone will focus on that. She's worked hard, proud of her. 💚
— JOY 조이 Updates & Pics 💚 (@joysooyoungpics) December 16, 2019
Handsome Tigers is a basketball themed reality show starring Seo Jang Hoon, ASTRO‘s Cha Eunwoo, and more. Pre-recording will continue in mid-January and full episodes will air sometime in 2020.