Kang Daniel was the MC of the reality dance program, Street Woman Fighter. Seeing the success of Street Woman Fighter, he was chosen to continue his role as the MC of the male spin-off, Street Man Fighter.
When fans asked him about the filming for Street Man Fighter, they were disappointed to receive his updates. Through UNIVERSE‘s subscription message service, Kang Daniel talked about the differences between filming for the female and male versions of the show. Unfortunately, his words rubbed fans the wrong way as many began to criticize his comments as “sexist“.
And to be honest, it was so comfortable because they were all men. I’m happy. Because my energy doesn’t get sucked out of me. I was very scared in the beginning actually. But Street Woman Fighter was scarier and I like [what I’m doing] now more.
— Kang Daniel
Fans took this the wrong way as the term “energy-sucking” in Korean is often used to refer to situations involving cliques of women in Korea. It is used commonly to patronize and subtly put down women under the stereotype that women are cattier than men.
When fans pointed that out, Kang Daniel continued to offend by waving away those that tried to educate him.
They’re noonas who do their eyeliner and makeup fiercely too. [pause between messages] What do you mean I’m being sexist? I’m at a loss for words… I’ll just skip through it. Blocking them beep boop. Wheee goodbye. Such people would be the ones who get angry when they attend stand-up comedy shows. Just live comfortably. Life is already too hard.
— Kang Daniel
Kang Daniel, later on, tried to salvage the situation by claiming that he knew and was familiar with many of the dancers as he used to be in the underground dancing scene too. He also explained that he was trained in the same underground scene from the bottom up.
I’m not lying but I know almost all of them. All of them are like close dancer dongsaengs of hyungs that I know. Me too, I was someone who honed my skills in the underground scene. That’s why I could become the MC. LOL.
— Kang Daniel
Fans remain critical of his comments and lack of willingness to learn.
이거 잘난 여자 후려치는 전형적인 남자어잖아 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 자기보다 잘난 여자들 보면 ' 무섭다' '독하다' ㅇㅈㄹ 하면서 깎아내림 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ https://t.co/SzOwpr52oz
— 그렇게됐다,, (@Q6CJWuKzseHKtij) July 19, 2022
This is the typical man who tries to bring down impressive women LOL. Whenever they see women who are better than them, they say crap like they’re scary and spiteful to bring them down.
겨우 아이라인 진한 여자한테 쫄아놓고 지 팬들한테 와서 기빨린다 무섭다 찡찡거림 https://t.co/4xzN5YAHS7
— 선날 (@djqls) July 19, 2022
Characteristics of lower men: they get scared of just women with thick eyeliner and whine to their fans about how energy-sucking and scary they are.
Criticism for Kang Daniel continues to flow out as his company remains silent.