Yewon and Lee Tae-im: In it, Yewon apologized to: It all started with a show called Tutoring Across Generations, where Lee Tae-im and Yewon were both members of the cast.
Back in the beginning of March, it was announced the Lee Tae-im was leaving the show due to swearing at Yewon.
In her defense, Lee Tae-im said that yes she cursed, but she was already upset about the conditions and Yewon speaking informally sent her over the edge.
Star Empire Entertainment was quick to say there was no speaking down by Yewon. So what exactly happened? During a particular segment, Lee Tae-im was learning to be a diver, which involved going into the cold ocean. After coming out of the water sooner than expected, an altercation occurred between her and Yewon. Thanks to a leaked video, we know what exchange happened. This led to Lee Tae-im having an outburst, cursing and threatening Yewon.
The staff was in shock and tried to diffuse the situation as quickly as possible. After the video was released, apologies had to be issued by Star Empire: Since Yewon was on We Got Married, ratings fell and people wanted her gone. Also, naturally, any article about her consists of more than a few comments slamming and criticizing her.
As for Lee Tae-im, she bore the brunt of initial negativity, which led to an apology to Yewon. This was doomed from the start. Without the scandal, perhaps the couple would have lasted longer, but their tenure endured for less than 3 months.
There really was no way for the pair to recover from the negativity. Fellow Star Empire artist, Kwanghee, also became the unwilling victim of backlash. While the scandal was gaining steam, Kwanghee was trying to become the 6th man of Infinite Challenge.
Due to his being in the same company as Yewon, critics attacked Kwanghee as being just like her: Kwanghee became guilty by association, even if the association was flimsy. The best thing to come out of this scandal is a new silly meme. We have another catchphrase in the Hallyu sphere. Proper manners and standards of conduct based on societal position younger or older, professional senior or junior, etc.
Was being disrespectful bad?: The whole situation and what followed afterward is more than just bad, though. One misstep can cause an avalanche of negativity, which Yewon, Lee Tae-im, and others have felt and learned the hard way.
A significant amount of this could have been avoided by parties being honest and sincerely apologizing.