As Lightsum Cho-won mentioned the manipulation of “Produce 48”, interest is rising again among netizens.
On Sep 20th, a post titled “Han Cho-won, a victim of Produce’s manipulation“ was uploaded on Daum Cafe’s “Women’s Generation”.
The post contains a scene in which Han Cho-won appeared on a YouTube channel last year and mentioned the manipulation of “Produce 48“.
In the video, Han Cho-won read a comment that said her ranking rose from 80th to 13th after covering BLACKPINK’s “Boombayah” on “Produce 48”.
Han Cho-won requested, “Please edit this comment. I actually went from 80th place to 6th. It’s important to me!”
At that time, Han Cho-won originally finished in 6th place on “Produce 48” and was in the debut group “IZ*ONE”, but became No.13 due to manipulation. Afterwards, Han Cho-won debuted as a member of girl group Lightsum in June last year.
Netizens left comments such as “She suffered secondary victimization by IZ*ONE‘s fans”, “Cho-won was my pick”, “How painful would it be to smile and talk like that?”, “She was just 16 years old at the time”…