K-Pop idols always have to be prepared when doing things like interviews, as they are sometimes asked inappropriate or disrespectful questions. Here’s a list of times when K-Pop idols were asked these kinds of questions.
1. BTS getting asked about their past plagiarism allegation
During BTS’s press conference for their album, “MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA”, one reporter decided to ask the members about past allegations that the concept of “Blood, Sweat, & Tears” was plagiarized from a French photographer’s work.
I brought up ‘WINGS’ and ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ because I wanted to know if… was it plagiar… plagiarizing? I wanted to know more about the issues brought up by the French photographer.
I know this question can be uncomfortable but I wanted to hear what you had to say.
— Star News Reporter
The members showed some shocked reactions, as this was an incident that happened years ago.
Thankfully, Suga was able to answer this question professionally.
In regards to that, our company’s legal team is talking to the photographer. I believe that our official stance will be the same as our company’s. Our company is currently looking into it, so I’m sure we’ll know when the results come out.
2. MONSTA X not being focused on
MONSTA X performed at Madison Square Garden as a part of the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018, and this was a big moment for them. Entertainment show Access decided to interview the members after their performance, but midway through, decided to change the focus of the interview to BTS’s Grammy nomination.
Did you hear that BTS got a Grammy nomination today?
While MONSTA X answered the question respectfully, fans were furious at the interviewer for not focusing on MONSTA X’s achievement.
3. Park Bom getting asked about Seungri’s scandal
In 2019, Park Bom was having a comeback showcase for her song “Spring” and decided to answer some questions from reporters. One reporter decided to ask her about her former label, YG Entertainment, as well as Seungri.
The reporter asked Park Bom what she thought about the continuous scandals YG Entertainment was involved in, as well as her thoughts about Seungri’s scandals. Park Bom was surprised by the sudden question but answered it professionally.
I had a lot of work, and I only learned about the scandals recently. It’s my former label, so there’s nothing I can really say about it.
— Park Bom
4. GOT7 getting pitted against BTS
During the 2019 MAMA, GOT7 was interviewed by a reporter from AP, The Associated Press. During the interview, GOT7 shared that their goal is to become the biggest group in history. The reporter then asked GOT7, “So, you guys want to beat BTS?”. This came as a bit of a surprise to the members, but BamBam answered professionally, saying, “No, no, no, no. We’re friends.”.
Jackson also added to BamBam’s comment, stating, “There’s no competition. It’s all love and support in K-Pop.”
5. Shin Dong Yup’s joke towards Super Junior’s Heechul and TWICE’s Momo
Shin Dong Yup, Jo Bo Ah, and Super Junior’s Heechul were the hosts for the 29th Seoul Music Awards. The show was attended by multiple idols, including TWICE. During the show, Shin Dong Yup asked Heechul, “Huh? A person that you’d be very happy to see is sitting over there”, and pointed in the direction the idols were seated.
At the time, Heechul and Momo had just announced that they were dating, so this question shocked Heechul, as Momo was in the direction Shin Dong Yup pointed at. However, Shin Dong Yup then joked that he was talking about Super Junior.
I’m talking about Super Junior!
— Shin Dong Yup
Fans weren’t happy about Shin Dong Yup’s joke, as they pointed out how uncomfortable the TWICE members looked.