Aespa is one of the most famous K-Pop girl groups of their generation. Earning first place in music shows, selling out concerts, trending online, and easily gaining millions of views each comeback are just some examples of their popularity. They have a legion of fans who would not hesitate to fight for them at all times.
On the other hand, aespa unfortunately deals with haters as well. In an interview with the Zach Sang Show, they were asked about how they deal with negativity.
Ningning had a quick and confident answer. Contrary to what anti-fans may want, the members shrug off hateful comments.
Actually, I don’t care. Yeah, we don’t care.
Karina expounded that they changed their views throughout the years. Rather than allow themselves to feel hurt because of trolls, they now see the good in them.
Initially, we cared a lot about them. But now we think those are also a form of attention.
In their eyes, even negative comments are a sign that they’re blowing up in popularity. People being indifferent to them would be worse.
You know how the saying goes, ‘The opposite of love is not hate, it’s apathy.’ So we just try to see it as a good thing and move on.
Giselle added that she used to read online posts about herself, both the good and the bad. She shared the advice that she received from her friends and co-workers that helped her stop this habit.
They pointed out that though some hate comments had hints of valid criticism, she did not need to hurt herself by reading them because she was already aware of her shortcomings.
Honestly, at the start, during debut, I would look at all that. But people around me would be like, ‘Why do you look at that? What’s the point? Nothing’s going to change anyway. You already know what you have to work on and what you’re good at.’
She realized that the energy she put into thinking about her haters could instead be used for practice and self-care.
And that kind of hit me and I was like, ‘That’s true. What’s the point? It’s such a waste of time.‘ Not talking bad about those people, but for me, it’s a waste of time to do that when I could be using that time to improve myself.
Giselle ended with an update that she no longer reads comments from haters.
Since then, I don’t really look [at hate comments] anymore.
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