A satirical magazine in Spain earned the ire of K-pop fans after apparently mocking the death of
El Jueves, a weekly magazine based in Barcelona, published a comic in Spanish that reportedly used Jonghyun’s death to do a commentary on the K-pop industry.
The comic, which many found offensive, was translated into English by Twitter user @CintiaDero to call attention on how it joked about sensitive topics such as sexual abuse, exploitation, depression and suicide.
It also criticized members of Korean boybands — from their styles, performances and even their fandoms.
CintiaDero, a fan of SHINee, also highlighted the comic’s use of the word “Pinypons” to describe Jonghyun and other K-pop artists.
Pinypons, which refer to plastic toys, implied “the idea of idols being plastic, mass-produced” dolls.
In the post, he accused Jonghyun of trying to join the “27 Club,” a group of artists who died at the age of 27, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.