[OPINION] In Defense of YongSeo Shippers
If you’re a fan of Seohyun, then you know the impact made by her time spent on We Got Married. The couple made up of Jung Yonghwa and Seo Joo Hyun, most commonly known as YongSeo, has gained a legion of fans in Korea and around the world. But are the fans of this couple actually doing Seohyun a disservice as an individual? I don’t think so.
I have been meaning to write about this topic for quite some time, but what really sparked this opinion were a few tweets by popular SONE fansite & photographer ihope9.
It started off with a bit of anger over what sounded like a harmless edit by YongSeo shippers.
Then after surely receiving backlash, ihope9 softened its position but remained firm in its opposition of the YongSeo couple.
I don’t post these tweets to attack this fansite, but to open up a discussion. It is true that YongSeo shippers, like ALL shippers of fictitious couples, can go to the extreme. But are the actions of a few enough to take such an adamant stance against the couple?
First, the most important question. How has Seohyun benefited from being a part of We Got Married? Seohyun has always been the wonderful person she is today, but she closed herself off to the public. Fans of SNSD didn’t have much to say about her because there wasn’t much to say. How could they since she didn’t talk much even when she was the focus on an SNSD reality or variety appearance? Honestly, she was overshadowed and I feel that she was comfortable letting her unnies take the spotlight. Today, Seohyun has a very dedicated following. People who got to see her silly and playful sides fell in love. Her romantic side would have probably never been revealed if she hadn’t interacted with Yonghwa. She wasn’t just the perfect, untouchable maknae. We got to see her make mistakes and laugh about them. We saw her get angry and be stubborn. There was nowhere for Seohyun to hide as the show was focused on only two people.
How has SNSD benefited from Seohyun’s time on the show? There is not a day that goes by that I don’t hear about a fan being attracted to Seohyun & SNSD because of WGM. The group as a whole has benefited from the emotional attachment of fans as a result of that show. YongSeo fans don’t ONLY support Seohyun. They will almost always post group activities, links to purchase albums and the like. And I have NEVER seen a fan of the couple bash any member of SNSD.
So how do you think people like ihope9 come to the conclusion that YongSeo shippers are detrimental to our maknae? It is true that YS shippers go crazy over every little detail. When both Yong & Hyun wear a red shirt, it is front page news. They attend concerts decked out in YongSeo gear. Some don’t even like it when any member of the opposite sex approaches one of the 2. Comment sections on Youtube are filled with random comments about Yonghwa when a video may have nothing to do with him. Some shippers do go all out.
However, I still don’t see how Seohyun should “NEVER” be connected to Yonghwa. The majority of the response has been positive. Some of the excitement can get annoying, but is mostly harmless. Seohyun has gained fans from all age groups because of the show. She’s gotten an endorsement deal with The Face Shop. She was one of the least popular members of SNSD and now she’s all over the place. How can we as fans of Seohyun be mad at that?
I am a fan of Seo Joo Hyun and her time on We Got Married. I would have never taken the chance to really get to know the girls of SNSD if it hadn’t been for the show, and look at me now. I am a dedicated fan of this girl! It wasn’t just the fact that she was with Yonghwa. I fell in love with Seohyun, the person. It would be insecure of me to imply that Seohyun has only gotten fans for being connected to Yonghwa. They’ve both benefited immensely. To simply ignore all the growth Seohyun has gone through because of the show would be silly.
YongSeo shippers, remain respectful and keep the ship sailing!