The public was very disappointed in the boys of Block B after the Thailand interview controversy, but nobody expected the performers to be removed from music programs. The group’s name was missing in the list of performers for February 24th’s ‘Music Bank’, February 25th’s ‘Music Core’, and February 26th’s ‘Inkigayo’.
An official statement regarding the removal hasn’t been released, but it is evident that it will be a difficult and tiring time for Block B as they try to reappear on shows once again. A source from the industry stated, “Music programs are ones that are watched by people all over the world, so doesn’t it seem that it would be problematic for a group who has done international fans wrong, to make an appearance?” Yet another member of the production team of a music program continued, “Although it’s not to the point of banning their appearances, until the situation is resolved, Block B’s appearance will be restricted.”
Mnet, on the other hand, allowed the group to appear on the 23rd of February’s broadcast of ‘M! Countdown’ and are currently looking at the situation in order to make a decision as to whether Block B will appear next week. A source claims, “We are well aware of the public’s criticisms. However, since there are quite a few days left until the next show, we haven’t yet started discussing any specific details yet.”
What do you guys think about the ban/restriction? Are companies and netizens over-reacting or is this punishment in order?
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