China's "Cyber Violence" attacks K-Pop star Lee Hyori

Singer Lee Hyo-ri pmade her last Instagram post today. The world famous singer said she would stop communicating through Instagram.

Source: Lee Hyori's Instagram (screencapture)

Lee posted a short message titled "Maxel (last selfie)" and a photo of herself through Instagram on September 3rd. Uhm Jung-hwa, Jessie, and Sung Yu-ri, members of Fin.K.L., left comments expressing their love for their fellow K-pop member.

Lee Hyo-ri said just the day before, "I'm going to stop using Instagram on September 3rd. I'll think about a different way of communicating with my fans."

Lee Hyo-ri, on MBC's entertainment program "What do you do, to have fun?" received severe backlash from Chinese netizens when she floated the possibility of using the name "Mao" with singers Uhm Jung-hwa, Jessie, and Hwa-sa of "Refund Expedition."

Nationalist Chinese netizens left hundreds of thousands of protest comments on Lee's Instagram, criticizing her 'possibly' mentioning Chairman Mao Zedong.

In the face of mounting controversy, the program's production team explained that they had no intention of referring to a specific person at all and that the episode was edited through a third party.

Lee Hyo-ri indirectly mentioned the incident on September 2nd, about a dozen days after the controversy broke out, saying, "This (Instagram cancellation) is not because of recent events (of course, there is some relation)."

Reporter Jung Hye-jung


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