Plagiarism, sexualisation, paedophilia – all things soloist IU has been accused of in the past couple of weeks. IU is possibly a topic that has been exhausted, even The Guardian has covered it. There’s been accusations, apologies, official statements, and plenty of reaction to the themes in IU’s Chat-shire releases; but is there a much bigger picture here? Many of the accusations raise questions about Kpop as a whole, and leave one wondering if IU was simply an easy target after Dispatch revealed her relationship with Jang Ki Ha, eleven years her senior.
Were Winner’s Mino’s Snow Me The Money 4 lyrics really that offensive? The Korean Communications Standards Commission has finally revealed the amount Mnet will be fined for excessive swearing and profanity, including Mino’s lyrics during the recently finished season. The fine is a massive 30 million Korean Won, roughly 16.5 thousand pounds sterling.
Korea is still very conservative, and the import of Western religious beliefs hasn’t at all helped this. Homophobia is common, and hearing it from a Korean one should understand it’s a belief many are brought up with. You don’t have to agree with it, and you can question it, but you can’t necessarily change it.