Although Oliver Tree said that he was not aware of the source of the original photo, Shawols are disgusted by the act
Members of the K-pop group SHINee have still not been able to overcome the fact that their closest friend, member, and brother had left them forever in 2017 after he died by suicide leaving the members distraught. The world witnessed bits of funeral ceremony that was broadcast then, as the members of the group looked vulnerable and heartbroken by the huge loss.
Fans of the group, Shawols are also just as distraught by the memory of that funeral day. The members and the fans always want to keep SHINee’s Jonghyun in their hearts and minds through their happy memories with him. When such sensitive issues are messed with on social media, it is but natural for fans to get enraged. Shawols noticed that American singer, Oliver Tree had used the funeral portrait of SHINee’s Jonghyun as a joke to promote his upcoming album and this resulted in them getting enraged.
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Oliver Tree gets backlash over insensitive post
On October 10, Oliver Tree posted a photoshopped picture on his YouTube feed with the caption, “Rest in peace sweet bowl cut.” Fans of SHINee noticed that the funeral portrait used for the post was that of SHINee’s member Jonghyun, who died by suicide on December 18, 2017. Enraged fans started posting on social media platforms regarding how he was being insensitive and used a serious issue that left them shattered for years together.
Since the issue blew up and “#Apology_OliverTree” started trending on Twitter, Oliver Tree took to his official Instagram account to explain the situation. In what was a story that disappeared in 24 hours, Oliver said that he was not aware of the source of the original photo. He said that the photoshopped edit with his face in the funeral portrait was posted on his account a long time ago.
‘A foolish mistake’
In the apology, Oliver Tree said that due to lack of research in terms of the original source of the photo, he had committed a foolish mistake. He said that when he made the post he or his team did not know where the post was from and his intentions were not malicious. Since he posted the photo, he said that he had realized the gravity of posting sensitive images.
After an apology that shows no remorse or regret from the singer, Oliver Tree went on to explain his. Brinkwire Brief News.