In light of Red Velvet‘s Irene‘s recent poor attitude controversy, multiple stylists and editors have come forward to accuse Irene of rude behavior while another fellow stylist refuted the claims with her own story.

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Meanwhile, another former stylist of Irene named Saebom Kwak sympathized with the accusers’ stories while also reminding netizens that there is always more than one side to a person and story.

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Saebom Kwak, who worked with Red Velvet for their “La Rouge” concert, stressed that it’s hard for anyone to know the full story.

As I get older, there’s a saying that I sympathize with and want to remember more and more. ‘The bird of Minerva only flies at dusk.’ It’s an expression about the the symbol of wisdom, Minerva, and it means that it’s hard to understand anything immediately and that you can only make a wise judgment once the day is over at dawn.

— Saebom Kwak

But as someone who worked in the industry, Saebom Kwak also sympathized with the accusers.

As for those who gathered the courage to tell their side of the story, I can understand their stance as someone who had the same profession, even if it’s not fully. As a result, it’s even more pitiful to me, and with one apology, the case has been closed.

— Saebom Kwak

Regardless, Saebom Kwak expressed that there although people come with multiple sides, everybody only sees what they want to see.

But I feel like people forget that while there’s a frontside that everybody can see, there’s a backside that no one knows about. People look at the front side that’s been revealed and don’t get curious about the backside. People only see what they want to see. Up until now, Irene’s frontside was a trustworthy leader and a loyal colleague, but today, her frontside became an idol who has poor attitude.

— Saebom Park

On that note, Saebom Kwak shared the backside that she has experienced while working with Irene.

I want people to be curious about Irene’s backside as well. It wasn’t for long, but the Irene I got to know while working on albums, performances, tours, and advertisements was different from what I hear from the rumors. I find it unfortunate that Irene is involved in this witch-hunt with colleagues she’s worked with for a long time, but I hope everyone remembers that the rest of us haven’t experienced something so dreadful with her.

— Saebom Park

She acknowledged that Irene made a mistake, but she still wishes her the best in her attempt to better herself and grow from the incident.

There are people who were hurt by this, so she did make a mistake. And this is something she has to handle. I hope she overcomes this and grows from it.

— Saebom Park

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한살 한살 나이를 먹으면서 가슴깊이 공감하고 가슴에 새기고 싶은 말이 있는데 ‘미네르바의 부엉이는 황혼녘에 날아오른다’는 말이다. 지혜의 여신인 미네르바에 빗댄 표현으로 모든 일은 그 시점에는 제대로 파악하기 힘들고, 하루가 끝나는 황혼녘이 되어야 지혜롭게 평가할 수 있다는 말이다. 용기를 내 자신의 이야기를 한 어제의 상황은 같은 직업을 가졌던 사람으로써 완전히라고 할수는 없지만 충분히 이해가 가고 그래서인지 더 안타깝다. 결과는 사과로 일단락됐다. 그런데 사람들은 모든 일에 분명히 드러난 앞과 드러나지 않은 뒤가 있다는 사실을 아예 잊고 사는 것 같다. 드러난 앞면만 보고 심지어 뒷면은 궁금해하지도 않는다. 보고 싶은 것만 보는 것이다. 여태까지 아이린의 앞면은 믿음직스러운 리더, 의리있는 동료였는데 오늘부로는 갑질한 아이돌이라는 타이틀이 앞면을 차지하게 됐다. 하지만 이 아이의 뒷면도 누군가는 궁금해하고 봐줬으면 좋겠다. 길지 않았지만 앨범, 공연, 해외투어, 광고, 잡지, 그밖에 수많은 스케쥴을 함께 소화하면서 내가 겪었던 아이린은 모두가 그렇게 귀따갑게 얘기했던 소문과 달랐다. 단한번이 아닌 같이 오래 일해왔던 아이린의 다른 스탭들이나 동료들 역시 이런 마녀사냥처럼 되어가는 상황을 안타깝게 생각하고, 모두가 생각하는 것처럼 우리가 그녀에 대해 그같은 끔찍한 경험을 갖고 있지는 않다는 사실을 알아줬으면 좋겠다. 그래도 상처받은 사람이 있으니 잘못은 잘못이다. 이또한 그녀가 감당해야 할 몫이다. 잘이겨내고 성장하길????????

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