[OP-ED] Wanna One’s Controversy

Who’s responsible?

Wanna One ranked first on Naver’s real-time search for the entire day yesterday, but not because of their comeback. The 11-member group was embroiled in a controversy, as they were caught swearing, complaining about their pay and saying inappropriate things before they went live for a show hosted by MNet. One of the members was also said to be making derogatory remarks about Thai people.

Their label, YMC Entertainment, has apologized for the behavior. But the real question would be: Is the transcript circulating online reliable enough?

Well, even if it wasn’t it seems the company decided to save time and just admitted the whole thing, apologized, and swept the whole issue under the rug. Will the controversy affect their comeback?

We’ll have to see.

Photo credit: Seoul Daily

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