Oliver Tree uses funeral portrait of SHINee's Jongyun, angry fans call it 'disgusting'

Although Oliver Tree said that he was not aware of the source of the original photo, Shawols are disgusted by the act

                            Oliver Tree uses funeral portrait of SHINee's Jongyun, angry fans call it 'disgusting'
Oliver Tree posts an apology after using SHINee's Jonghyun's funeral photo as a joke for his 'bowl haircut' (@shinee/Instagram)

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.

Singer Oliver Tree posts an insensitive meme (now deleted) on his YouTube feed to promote his upcoming album using, SHINee Jonghyun's funeral portrait (Oliver Tree/YouTube)

'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 reason for using that picture which made Shawols further upset as it did not really sound genuine but looked like a petty excuse. Oliver said that his upcoming album and tour were going to be about death as his cousin had passed away when he was in middle school. 

He then concluded the said apology by saying that fans of Jonghyun should, "understand it was not intentional," as he sent his condolences to Jonghyun's family and fans.

Oliver Tree apologized to SHINee's Jonghyun and his fans for his 'foolish mistake' (@olivertree/Instagram)

'The disrespect can't be forgiven'

Fans of Jonghyun believe that Oliver Tree is trying to justify his wrongdoings as he has been called out by fans publicly. One fan said, "The disrespect cannot be forgiven so easily. You only care because there is backlash. This is something that should not have happened at all. If you are telling the story of a personal experience, use your own photos. This is disgusting." Another fan said, "Tw // dec18. This is the second time this year a youtuber is using his funeral pictures inappropriately. in what sense do you think making memes out of someones funeral is funny?? apologize properly. we need a sincere apology."

One fan asked for others to join them in voicing their anger as they posed their distraught thoughts saying, "Please be angry with me. Please make a voice with me." One fan questioned, "I feel sick. I just don’t understand how anybody can be so...idek the word for it... insensitive? stupid? Why would you do something like that? How the hell did you think that was a good idea? I can’t believe it’s real." One fan was angry that Oliver Tree made himself the victim in this situation and said, "I’m?? people who make an apology because of a disgusting mistake attempt to justify themselves with all the extra fluff like “oh i lost someone too and so…” everyone’s gone through shit in life but at least most think before they post." One angry fan asked, "Oh yeah? Then why not use your cousin's picture?"












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