Former DAY6 member Jae Park was in the news in the first week of January 2022 for a variety of reasons. He initially stated that he would be taking a break from DAY6, but his agency JYPE claimed that he had departed the group. This came after his Instagram Live tirade, in which he said that his cyberbullies had ‘won.’ Fans turned against him after he referred to his band as “inauthentic” and used a sexist slur to refer to his long-time friend Jamie alias Jimin Park.
On January 9, the ex-DAY6 member went live on Twitch, joking that now that he’d left K-pop, he wanted to ask Jamie why her latest image was that of a ‘thot.’ Jae Park then apologised on social media and Twitch, claiming that he mistook it for the urban slang term “baddie” and didn’t realise it was a disparaging term for a promiscuous woman. Jamie, on the other hand, appeared to be wounded, saying in a now-deleted tweet that she couldn’t understand why someone would use such a slur.
After apologising, Jae Park explained that Jamie makes similar comments since they are so close and that the former DAY6 star did not want to harm her. While his admirers did not believe him because he is an American who speaks English fluently and is often on social media, Jamie appears to have forgiven him. On January 20, Jamie posted on Twitter that they had patched up their relationship and joked that if he did it again, she would hit him.
“Just a wake-up call for Jae and for his future I do really want him to go in the right direction….”
She tweeted, “Jae came by the other day we had a talk he apologized for his words and mistake. If anyone knows about Jae as a friend or close person you would know he wasn’t meaning that as what he said. He promised me he would use his words wisely and I appreciate it. Out of all the mistakes. Just a wake-up call for Jae and for his future I do really want him to go in the right direction, and as a friend I wanted him to know this is something he needs to rethink and put into action. I told him everything about how I felt and he felt awful about it.”
While she had previously been sexually harassed online, which is why she was offended by Jae’s remark, she hoped that fans would understand her decision. “So for everyone and all the fans who also got hurt, he wanted to let me and you guys he will never make a mistake or even a joke about something that is very serious. That’s what friends are for right?”
Jamie became a trending topic among fans who were taken aback by her generous act. “Jae you are so lucky to have Jamie as your friend,” one My Day tweeted. However, one fan pointed out, “Jamie is a great friend and I’m glad they were able to work it out. But this doesn’t automatically set things back to the way they were. As she said this was a wake up call. Once you get a wake up call that’s when you start and put in the time and work to change things.”
One My Day commented, “The world needs more understanding people like jamie who will call out your friends ass when they f*ck up and help and make them understand their mistakes and still stand by them”.
Another said, “What a friend, Jamie. Hope you are healed. That’s also a reminder that parasocial relationship =/= friendship so you don’t have to do the same. That’s why tweets like “If she can, why can’t we?” are really insensitive. Hope Jae changes and hope that we start to set boundaries.”