KPOP NOW – BTS members reveal they were discriminated against in America

Article: BTS reveal enraged statements, “We were victims of Asian discrimination too”

Source: JTBC

BTS members have spoken out as victims of Asian discrimination. 

On the 30th, BTS shared a post on their official Twitter in Korean and English writing, “We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger,” appearing to refer to the Atlanta shooting on the 16th where 8 people (6 of them Asians) were killed.

BTS wrote, “We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians and cursed for no reason. We were mocked for the way we looked and even asked why Asians speak English. Our experience is minor compared to what is happening right now but those things crippled us and robbed us of our self esteem. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of such hatred and violence without reason. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. But what our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination and condemn violence.”

The post has since been shared over 1.1 million times and received over 2 million likes. 

  1. [+1,281, -6] Racism is only committed by the most ignorant and selfish~~!!!!
  2. [+1,115, -4] Thank you for speaking out. Every time a new video of an Asian being discriminated against and assaulted for no reason is uploaded my heart breaks ㅠ
  3. [+708, -200] This is all because of the ch*nks
  4. [+102, -2] Honestly, I think BTS’ influence is more influential and stronger than our president or politician’s words
  5. [+75, -5] Looking at them, you’d think they’re activists fighting for world peace and not singers 
  6. [+42, -1] What the heck is that provocative title…”enraged”? Seriously? If you read the statement they’re trying to convey solidarity with calm and restrained language. 
  7. [+29, -14] This is so upsetting…ugh~ and all because of the Chinese ba$tards! At this rate, we need to start wearing “I’m not Chinese” t-shirts 
  8. [+8, -0] Bang Si Hyuk is seriously on different level compared to JYP who made a choding like Tzuyu apologize to China for holding Taiwanese flag

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KPOP NOW – Is Mingyu’s “collage” scandal getting covered up by his fans?

Article: “Seventeen Mingyu’s collage is already getting buried”

Source: Pann 

ㄹㅇ If this was BTS, EXO or NCT everyone would still be in uproar. Carats are really good at shielding and deflectingㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ.They were basically able to remove everything from trending topics. Seventeen’s Chinese members and carats even cursed at us saying we were trollsㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

[+529, -51] 

They’re basically making a mockery of him objectifying women ㅁㄱ f***, how is it that even Park Na-rae had to write up an apology and got kicked from her program. Who the ㅁㄱ  f*** is he that he’s getting shielded this hard by his fans? Park Na-rae and Kian 84 are celebrities too but their fans aren’t teenagers. Isn’t this even worse because he has great influence over teens? Shouldn’t we be on high alert?

[+381, -41] 

For WayV it wasn’t even the members that uploaded it, but the company but they got attacked personally and their families too. So why is everything so quiet with Seventeen ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ and Mingyuㅋㅋㅋㅋㅌㅌ

[+350, -42] 

It’s because its Seventeen…if this was any other group ㅠ

[+135, -5] 

That post was trending #1 on Pann in less than 24 hours and was even tagged as “top recommended article” with red tag but it was forcibly dropped from the rankings…I seriously got goosebumps. All articles related to it disappeared too 

[+102, -31] 

They should be grateful over the fact that no one listens to their songs so they don’t know who they areㅋㅋ They’re not even at the level to get CFs and the group itself doesn’t even have one single song ranking on the annual chart let alone one hit songㅋㅋ

[ +53, -6] 

If he’s so innocent why go this far? If this was another fandom, they would’ve gone all out and made a lot of noise trending things but because its their favorite group they’re burying things like this. They should be embarrassed to be known as a fandom that throws out women’s rights to shield their faves. If that’s art then I hate art…

[+52, -5] 

I know those types of girls wellㅋㅋㅋ, they’re a big hit in my hometown. They’re basically psychopaths that will do anything to protect their oppaㅋㅋㅋㅋ they always do thisㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

[+29, -5] 

Are they being serious right now shielding him? If they let it go like this he’ll end up living a dirty lifeㅋㅋ how many times can you shield a kid that keeps getting into controversy after controversy ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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KPOP NOW – Mnet’s ‘Kingdom’ under controversy for biased treatment towards one idol group from a prominent agency

Article[Exclusive] “The stage cost is 5 million won”…suspicions of bias arise prior to ‘Kingdom’s first episode

Source: Daily Sports

Mnet‘s ‘Kingdom‘ is causing a lot of noise prior to airing its first episode.

In addition to controversy over one of its MCs TVXQ‘s Yunho room salon scandal, further allegations  over bias among idol groups are coming out.

According to multiple music industry officials, last month, the program held its first recording for hit song mission that was stopped halfway due to agencies complaining over alleged bias. In particular, one idol group had expensive sets and props that stood out on stage and managers asked the production crew to create a fair environment.

Kingdom‘ notified participating agencies in advance that the stage production cost was limited to 5 million won (~$4,400) in order to keep thing fair. However, one team appeared to have extravagant sets and props to the point many commented “whether it was because the idol group was receiving support from CJ ENM.” This idol group’s set was a moving model ship whose cost alone exceeded 5 million won. 

The production crew explained that it was a prop the group used at their concert but this raised further suspicion as other groups also had props from their concerts they could’ve used. 

The “gap” in “weight” between this idol group’s stage and others was so prominent that several agencies filed complaints with Mnet and the complaints were reported to the top management of each agency. 

In the meantime, ‘Kingdom‘ is set to air its first episode on April 1st and contestants include ‘BTOB, iKON, SF9, The Boyz, Stray Kids and ATEEZ.’  

  1. [+407, -3] Did you guys think it was joke when JYP YG CUBE FNC were making fun of the production fee on the katalksㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ . Did you think just because the companies have been there for a long time they’re big agencies? How many idols groups are out there. Wake up! Just look at how much they spend on the stage set and you’ll know. Stop covering your eyes and burying your heads like ostrichesㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 
  2. [+405, -5] Just how biased were they that managers complained on set and reported to their agencies right away…?
  3. [+311, -13] Apparently its ㅇㅇㅌㅈ [Ateez]
  4. [+176, -10] Is Ateez even at the level to appear on Kingdom?
  5. [+167, -2] Even before the set fee issue, the biggest problem right now is the fact that there’s a team there getting pushed ahead of others..
  6. [+155, -10] 장 Are they kidding right now? So what was the point of bringing BtoB and iKON thereㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ?
  7. [+121, -1] Even managers inquired about it right away on setㅋㅋㅋㅋ why is that?ㅉ
  8. [+119, -2] So 3 teams were told production cost limit is 5 million won but 1 team’s set exceeded the 5 million won requirement…hmm
  9. [+117, -2] Guys, I heard its because they changed the 5 million limit in the middle and only 3 of the teams were told and the other 3 weren’t. So 3 teams were discriminated against by Mnet but only 1 team got complaints for spending over 5 million wonㅋ.
  10. [+104, -2] Concert props…hmm which agency there hasn’t done a concert beforeㅋㅋ

Additional source: Pann

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KPOP NOW – Student from (G)I-dle Soojin’s “bully group” reportedly confessed and apologized privately to victims

Article: [Exclusive] Agency’s irrational stance despite multiple victims…Soojin’s hakpok raises controversy

Source: Sports Kyunghyang

It appears that in the end, Cube’s irrational response to Soojin’s scandal brought about disaster. 

According to an exclusive report by Sports Kyunghyang, one of the perpetrators of school violence from (G)I-dle Soojin‘s “iljin (bully) group” confessed and apologized directly to the victim. The contents of the apology have not yet been disclosed to the media or online communities. 

Amid the revelations, Soojin reportedly revealed her position and her agency followed them. Cube is said to have complete confidence in Soojin’s words as evident in the agency celebrating her birthday with an official photo and the company’s firm stance. This is in contrast to other agencies’ responses to their artists’ school violence scandals.

It is said that Cube currently fully trusts in Soojin’s words. An official from the entertainment industry that asked not to be named revealed to Kyunghyang, “From the beginning until now, Soojin directly denied the allegations of school violence to her agency.”

Lawyer Jang Hyuk Soo of Baekha law firm stated, “Because of the statute of limitations of five years, school violence is almost impossible to punish because it happened during a young age. If a famous celebrity is the perpetrator, secondary abuse by fans often occurs which can lead to threats or defamation of the discloser.”

Cube’s handling of Soojin’s scandal is said to be irrational because even though the agency has a duty to protect and represent its artists, consensus and reconciliation between the parties is the most important if the offense happened during school years and cannot be legally tried in court.

Also, because Soojin’s fans are concentrated on the agency’s statement, victims that are coming forward alleging abuse by Soojin are under constant threats and slander from their fans to the point secondary harm is feared. 

In the meantime, the victim reportedly completed the collection of evidence. Many are paying attention as to how this scandal will be finalized following actress Seo Shin-ae’s stance that “she received one-sided insults and was bullied everyday for two years by Soojin.”

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KPOP NOW – YG’s stock price plummets following cancellation of ‘Joseon Exorcist’

Article: YG and SBS lose over 70 billion market cap.. ‘Joseon-gu Masa’ crisis hits rock bottom

Source: Hankyung

YG Entertainment‘s stock price has taken a hit following cancellation of ‘Joseon Exorcist.’

According to Korea Exchange on the 26th, YG and SBS incurred aggregate losses of 71.6 billion won (~$63.3 million) over a period of 4 days following the drama’s airing on March 22nd. 

YG is the parent company of ‘YG Studioplex‘, the production company behind the drama. During this time, YG’s stock price plummeted 5.63% and SBS’s dropped 5.24%. YG’s subsidiary ‘YG Plus‘ also saw a drop of 2.64%. 

Since ‘YG Studio Plex‘ had completed 80% filming, the drama will incur losses for majority of its production costs of 32 billion won (~$28.2 million). 

A researcher from Shinhan Investment (Hong Se-jong) also revealed that SBS will incur an estimated 7 billion in losses (~$6.2 million) for the 14 unreleased episodes

In the meantime, there are concerns upcoming JTBC drama ‘Snow drop‘ starring YG artist Jisoo (Blackpink) and Jung Hae-in might face cancellation following its history distortion controversy. 

  1. [+3,084, -28] This is a great example to show what happens when companies use Chinese characters and props in a Korean drama
  2. [+1,096 -14] How many scandals has YG been in alreadyㅋㅋ
  3. [+181, -3] YG and SBS, wake up!! this is what happens when you blatantly distort our history from taking in Chinese money and using a Korean-Chinese writer in a Korean drama…wake up and reflect!
  4. [+72, -0] SBS and YG are dirty agencies that will sell out our countries if they receive enough bribes
  5. [+32, -1] Burn everything you filmed! Don’t even think of re-uploading it on YouTube!
  6. [+21, -3] This is so like YG to be involved in this…this is the level of their mafia boss!
  7. [+17, -0] Isn’t YG a pro-Chinese company…this basically revealed it no..?
  8. [+16, -1] Burning Sun was YG too…aren’t you guys tired of the disappointments?
  9. [+14, -1] ‘Seolganghwa (Snow Drop)’ that glorifies Chinese spy also has YG’s Jisoo in it ㅋㅋㅋ
  10. [+9, -0] I can’t wait until the day YG closes its doors. It’s just a den of drugs, prostitution and Chinese minionsㅋ

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KPOP NOW – [T/W] Seventeen’s Mingyu under controversy for explicit artwork objectifying women

ArticleSeventeen Mingyu’s collage works in controversy

Source: Pann

1. [+413, -9] I don’t know his real intention but the message is clear…what is he doing? 

2. [+284, -5] Uh, what are his real intentions with a collage like that?

3. [+194, -2] Guys, his fans are blindly shielding him right now. He made these last year.

4. [+193, -1] The woman’s face and the upper and lower body are separated from each other, the legs with garter belts and panties, and the legs are twisted together, and red paint is sprinkled on it, the man’s photo holding the camcorder, with words SEX y written on it. So dirty and bizarre

5. [+167, -0] Wow~his fans are really shielding him hard. Sex means sex and y is a woman? Y is a male sex chromosome. Why does the picture include only female body amputations and only sex chromosome Y is added to the picture ㅠㅠㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

6. [+160, -0] Isn’t this lower body of a woman with her legs wide open with her back turned…? It’s really bizarre and very disturbing..

7. [+159, -105] Honestly at this point we need to revisit the revelations against him…? I can’t believe he thought to put that together. Goes to show he has such thoughts in his head. 

8. [+141, -2] This is not some internet meme. This is highly misogynistic..

9. [+96, -0] This got me curious about Yoochun’s drawings so I looked them up again 

10. [+95, -6] So Mingyu’s work is controversial but this is ok…? Isn’t this same type of artworkㅋㅋㅋㅋ

11. [+94, -0] This is the type of artwork that really makes you question the artist’s mental state

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KPOP NOW – Netizens announce boycott of Blackpink Jisoo’s drama ‘Snow Drop’

Article: “Looks like I’ll be boycotting Jisoo’s drama”

Source: Pann

Jisoo isn’t the only one being criticized. JTBC, wake up! There’s no future for people who forget history.

Jisoo and Hae-in are very popular so this drama will circulate abroad. What are foreigners going to think of our Democratic Movement? Why would you do this in a drama? Having North Koreans as a backdrop of a pro-democracy uprising was not right in the first place. Are you having fun nowㅋ?

  1. [+678, -8] Jisoo isn’t the only one we’re cursing but everyone involved
  2. [+638, -18] It’s seriously crazy. Kids that don’t understand what’s going on should just look up the current state of Myanmar on Google then come back. We went through the same situation too. We can’t forgive everything that’s going just because it’s Jisoo or Hae-in 
  3. [+294, -3] Blackpink fans should stop complaining to the company sending emails, trucks or whatever. It’s not just one thing with YG, first it was drugs, then Burning Sun…what about their other artists? Even if you don’t agree with this it’s not just Jisoo or Blackpink being hit but the entire drama production team. 
  4. [+280, -2] You all know that China’s least favorite thing is democracy right?
  5. [+258, -1 Honestly its highly suspicious that a Chinese company invested in this. Would Communist China directly invest in something like this knowing its based on the Democratic movement? It’s suspicious that Seol gang-hwa is not even in the Korean dictionary but you can find it on the Chinese dictionary..
  6. [+250, -2] A Chinese company invested 100 billion won in JTBC studios. Why would China invest that much in a pro-democracy drama ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ 딱? It’s because they’re planning to distort the history of our Democratic Movement by saying they were spies themselves. 
  7. [+200, -33] All of Shin Hye Sun’s sponsors have dropped her already. Even if they all get hit, it’s better to cut it off now before it’s too late. If Jisoo goes down, she won’t be going down alone. She’ll be taking Blackpink down with her too. 
  8. [+108, -1] Blackpink fans need to realize the reason Jisoo is getting hate is because she’s the face of the drama. She’s the most famous one and has strong influence on the drama..
  9. [+81, -2] The company that invested 100 billion won in jtbc is a Chinese company..

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KPOP NOW – ‘Snow Drop’ begins losing sponsorships over history distortion backlash

ArticleFollowing ‘Joseon-gu Masa’, ‘Seolganghwa’s furniture sponsor cancels sponsorship

Source: Money Today

JTBC’s ‘Snow Drop‘ has begun losing sponsorships over history distortion backlash.

On the 26th, Heungil Furniture released a statement writing, “We’re belatedly facing an issue regarding our sponsorship of ‘Seolganghwa (Snow Drop)’ following comments posted on a community site so we wanted to release our stance. We have requested the name of our company be removed from the sponsor list on the drama’s website. It’s impossible to 100% withdraw products featured on a pre-produced drama so we requested our name to be removed.”

“We apologize for causing concern over the sponsorship by not paying close attention to the drama production company we aligned with. We will be more careful in the future.”

  1. [+514, -3] Looks like the Chinese were trying to show that democratization wasn’t a good thing. That’s why they’re taking advantage of the Korean Wave to create Chinese content. Since the Chinese began investing in our country, there seems to be more and more low-quality content that caters to Chinese perspective and I can tell the end of the Korean Wave is near..
  2. [+289, -7] Aigoo~ why is YG like this??
  3. [+125, -1] Looks like they took in Chinese money for their drama and idol productions. SEA’s and China’s envy of our unique culture and Korean Wave is seriously ridiculous. How long are they to keep producing content heavily distorted to benefit the Chinese..?
  4. [+104, -3] This is a different level of clownery. Because of money, they went all in on a Chinese dream or maybe this was their true goal all alongㅋㅋ
  5. [+95, -1] I hope other sponsors drop their support too
  6. [+46, -0] JTBC even released an official statement saying it was “dark comedy..” How is the torture of people that suffered in the Democratic Movement funny? What about the bereaved families and kids that lost their parents through their lifetime? They’re too rotten and dirty. After reading that synopsis we seriously need to boycott all the actors too from Jung Hae-in, Blackpink Jisoo, Kim Hye Yoon, Yoon Se-ah, Yoo In-na and Jang Seung-jo. 
  7. [+19, -0] From the beginning, the title ‘Seolganghwa’ was changed from Chinese to Korean and English too. Disgusting!
  8. [+13, -0] Looks like YG took in a lot of Chinese capital..
  9. [+8, -0] Are we sure YG isn’t a Chinese company..?
  10. [+7, -0] Why is YG often intertwined with “history distortion” dramas? It could be a coincidence but are we sure they didn’t fix up the plot to throw all their actors in?

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KPOP NOW – Blackpink Jisoo’s drama ‘Snow drop’ under controversy for distorting history after synopsis leaks online

ArticleFirst ‘Joseon-gu Masa’ now ‘Seolganghwa?’…this time concerns over distortion of Democratic Movement 

Source: Money S

Blackpink Jisoo‘s drama ‘Seolganghwa (Snow Drop)’ is under controversy for history distortion.

Snow Drop‘ starring actor Jung Hae-in and Blackpink‘s Jisoo depicts tragic romance between a college student in prestigious Ehwa University (Jisoo) who conceals and treats a bloody and wounded North Korean spy (Hae-in) who stumbled into her dormitory in 1987, Seoul despite facing danger and surveillance. The drama is attracting attention as it was written by Sky Castle‘s Yoo Hyun-mi and directed by Jo Hyun-tak.  

After parts of the synopsis was leaked and began circulating online, netizens raised concerns over drama’s backdrop and the fact that male lead is a spy who infiltrated the 1987 Democratic activist movement while another male character is a team leader at  Agency for National Security Planning (NSP) but is described as being straightforward and just. The plot caused controversy as the NSP would’ve been a part of the authoritarian regime at the time. 

There were also criticisms that the drama is conveying false information about history of the democratic struggle in Korea to overseas fans who would watch the drama in droves because of Jisoo. 

With SBS’ ‘Joseon Exorcist‘ announcing cancellation on the 26th after its history distortion controversy, many are paying attention whether ‘Snow Drop’s controversial plot will air as is. 

In the meantime, ‘Snow Drop’ is scheduled to air in June on JTBC.

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KPOP NOW – YG revealed to be behind controversial SBS drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’

Article: “Who is this fantasy for…” Everyone turns their backs on controversial ‘Joseon-gu Masa’ drama

Source: Money Today

YG’s production company is reportedly behind controversial drama ‘Joseon Exorcist.’

According to reports, the reason why Chinese-style props and historical distortion was discovered in the drama causing controversy was due to Chinese capital input.

Regarding this, the production company explained, “Unlike other sponsored and production support in China that has become an issue recently, ‘Joseon Exorcist’ is a drama that was 100% produced with domestic (Korean) capital.” 

However there are doubts that the drama’s production company, YG Studioplex‘s parent company, was indirectly influenced by Chinese capital due to YG Entertainment‘s Chinese investor, Tencent

The 2nd largest YG shareholder was revealed to be Shanghai Fengying Management Advisory Partnership who’s parent company Weiying (China’s #1 online ticketing company)’s 2nd largest shareholder is also Tencent. Tencent owns 4.3% stake in YG Entertainment through Tencent Mobility. 

Also, fact that Park Gye-ok, the writer behind ‘Joseon Exorcist’ recently signed a contract with Hangzhou Jaffing Pictures Co., Ltd, a large content production company in China was also a source of controversy. 

Writer Park and YG’s Studio Flex caused further controversy over historical distortions in tvN‘s ‘Mr Queen‘. The drama portrayed the Annals of Joseon Dynasty (a national treasure in Korea) as “a piece of paper” causing controversy.

In the meantime, due to further controversies over historical distortion, dialogue and use of Chinese props, costumes and food and after losing all sponsorships, ‘Joseon Exorcist’ announced cancellation after airing only two episodes. 

  1. [+2,071, -4] YG Studioplex, Crave Works, Lotte Culture Works are all China 🐕 dogs that need to be boycotted off the industry. If they realize that content produced with Chinese money will never make it to broadcast they wouldn’t think of doing things like that again!
  2. [+1,258, -7] If its a fantasy drama then keep it to fantasy. Why bring in real characters and throw insults in the face on our ancestors??
  3. [+1,084, -388] First we elected the wrong president and now these thugs are infiltrating everything now including our dramas..
  4. [+552, -3] How was all that just a mistake..? Even a passing dog will laughㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  5. [+415, -6] The modern version of Lee Wan-yong. Let’s punish ba$tards that try to sell out our country
  6. [+213, -0] A mistake is a mistake but how do you have Chinese food, swords, music and even palace decorated in all Chinese props..? Even gisaengs aren’t dressed in hanbok??! It’s obvious they were influenced because of all the Chinese money they took in. 
  7. [+143, -1] Our history and culture is the pride of our country. How can you just ignore that for money? I get making mistakes with props if you’re an amateur in the industry but this was intentional. They planned to sell out our country to the Chinese!
  8. [+135, -0] If they kept broadcasting this as is, over the years Chinese would say, “look even your ancestors were part of China and ate our mooncakes and played our instruments…”
  9. [+87, -2] Throw all the drama staff and it’s pro-Chinese writers out forever! tvN is problematic in itself too. Investigate all Chinese capital they took in. Look into Joong-ki’s Vincenzo and ‘Mr Queen’ too.
  10. [+16, -0] Ah~ YG just can’t seem to stay out of trouble ㅋㅋ

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