On the episode of KBS 2TV’s ‘Happy Together‘ that aired on August 11th, 2AM’s Jo Kwon, INFINITE’s Sung Jong and MBLAQ’s Lee Joon performed a dance cover of HyunA’s ‘Bubble Pop‘. The song was recently banned by the Korean Communications Standards Commission for being “too sexually suggestive”.
Some netizens became outraged about the fact that whilst other celebrities were permitted to dance the choreography and HyunA was not.
KBS stated in their response, “The Korean Communications Standards Commission reported that HyunA dancing with male dancers while dressed in short, revealing outfits was too sexually suggestive, and it was considered to be highly inappropriate for minors.”
They also said, “‘Happy Together’ is a program that airs at 11PM KST, a time that would be more unlikely for minors to be watching tv; it would only pose a problem in the event of a rerun during the day.”
They continued, “The guests were also dressed very casually, very different from the skimpy and revealing clothing HyunA performed in, and therefore the idol stars dancing to “Bubble Pop” on ‘Happy Together’ will not become an issue. We do not wish to go against the KCC regarding this politically sensitive issue, and will proceed accordingly to the guidelines that they have gave us.”
In Korea, there are restrictions put on TV programs in order to make them ’safer’ for minors during the day from 7:00AM~9PM on weekdays and 7:00AM and~10PM on weekends.
Those in the entertainment business have expressed their opposition to KBS’s vague and flimsy standards. They made comments like, “There are so many other female artists who incorporate provocative dances into their performance… we don’t understand why HyunA is the only one being attacked. She is no longer a minor; this should be a non-issue.”
KBS are now planning to gather opinions form Korean entertainment program producers to minimize situations like this from happening again.
What do you think of KBS’s decision?
Show All Reactions