Tiffany Hwang of Girls' Generation has been under spotlight quite a bit lately and unfortunately it's not for the right reasons. Earlier this month, Tiffany was vilified on social media for posting a photo of Japan's flag and the rising sun on China's National Liberation Day. Now, it has been brought to public attention that the artiste will not attending SM Entertainment's 20th anniversary celebration trip to Hawaii.
In celebration of their anniversary, SM Entertainment is scheduled to take all their artists and employees to Hawaii on Sunday, Aug. 28. However, according to Sports Chosun, the popular Girls' Generation member will be giving the event a miss. "Tiffany, who recently stirred up controversy with her SNS posts regarding the rising sun flag, will not be attending SM Entertainment's 20th anniversary trip to Hawaii."
The singer, who also goes by the name Stephanie, has already paid the price for her infamous post by getting removed from the KBS 2TV reality show "Sister's Slam Dunk." However, Tiffany's absence in the anniversary trip leaves fans wondering if the singer hasn't yet earned forgiveness from SM Entertainment.
The only statement the company had released during the controversy was: "Tiffany is deeply reflecting on her mistake of uploading a social media post with writing that included the design of the rising sun on National Liberation Day. On the agency's level, we will do our best to take preventive measures to ensure that this sort of incident does not occur again."
This makes us wonder if songwriter Oh Ji Eun's claims about the misogyny in Korean society were true after all. In the midst of Tiffany's Japanese flag controversy, Oh Ji had tweeted, "Why was Tiffany kicked off the show? If a male idol did the same thing, they would not have been kicked out this quickly. This makes me wonder if they are so quick to cut women from their jobs. What kind of atmosphere is this."