YouTuber POOWAR (Ji Yong Hwan) is being sued by IU & FAVE Entertainment following sexual remarks on his YouTube channel.
The YouTuber is rather famous in South Korea, with nearly 200,000 subscribers. The issue began when a subscriber asked which he prefers, "IU or a dog?". The YouTuber replied that of course he prefers IU, since a dog can't give him sex and IU can.
The transcript, translated by Koreaboo, can be found below:
Viewer: Who do you love more? IU or Youngwol? (His dog)
POOWAR: Pick Youngwol or pick IU? If you ask that, I gotta pick IU.
POOWAR: I mean I have no choice there… Youngwol can give me the pussy but IU could give me the pussy… I mean life is sex. You understand me right? All men will understand this… That’s just life.
POOWAR: Ok you guys keep saying about some lawsuit with IU and how you’re going to report me but whatever. It’s an honor if I get sued by IU because at least I’ll get to meet her right?
POOWAR: I could go… ‘I mean I just said those things because I love you IU Noona! Why did you do this to me!’ I mean if she hears this she will just clear up the lawsuit. I’m not an anti-fan so it’s no problem man!
POOWAR: Also, if IU decides to destroy me and gets my organs along with everything I got… her image will be ruined so yeah…FAVE Entertainment revealed they'll press charges against him for sexual harassment. However, POOWAR didn't seem fazed and instead seemed almost excited, saying it would be "an honor if IU filed a lawsuit against me. I’ll be able to meet IU in the courtroom."
The entertainment company released a statement saying the following:
"Recently we have taken notice of a YouTuber who frequently made comments towards IU that could be considered sexual harassment. We have been constantly monitoring the names of users who make malicious comments and [state] false facts. We believe that the degree of their actions is serious and we will be taking strong legal action to prevent any [copycat users]."
"My loyal viewers will know, that I love IU. I make these sexual remarks constantly. I mean, I always sing that I love IU every day. Anyways, what happened was that some viewer asked me if I loved my dog or IU more.
I mean I said IU obviously. Because my dog can’t ‘give me some’ and IU can. Then I kind of called IU out like a dog but I mean come on. If it’s your first time seeing my show you could be taken aback but I do this all the time! My loyal viewers saw that segment and laughed and moved on man.
I’ve loved her for like 6 years man! I mean I’ve had her on my wallpaper for 6 years! I love her, I don’t want to sexually attack or anything. I mean I can’t even meet her anyway. I’ll be more careful from now on I guess".
However, the legal team of IU and FAVE Ent. will not be backing down and will continue on with the lawsuit.