Block B: My Take on The Thai Controversy

Block B

OKAY! I have been sitting on this for a LONG TIME!!!!

First, let me make clear what I am talking about. Thailand was recently effected by flooding, and soon after Block B visited Thailand where they did an interview with RYT9 (a news source). During the interview they were asked about the flooding, and this is what was said

I know that many people have it hard due to the flood. With this monetary aid, we hope that you will feel better. The only thing we have is money.” – Zico (leader)

Another member asked Zico how much money he had on him, and he said

About 7000 won?” ( about $6)

Now, I am not denying Block B was not thinking, and what they said WAS offensive, and it was wrong, but let me explain to you where it started to go wrong.

CELEBRITIES GOT INVOLVED. I know this is natural for celebrities to have an opinion, they are humans but fans of idol groups ALWAYS take it to another level, and I think that Korean celebrities should take that into consideration when they have opinions.

 

Nickhun

 

After the interview was revealed here is what 2pm’s Nichkhun (who is Thai) said on Twitter:

As a Thai, I’m offended by those who talk about the flooding in Thailand without thinking. If you come to Thailand, rather than acting without thinking, please respect this country and only behave with a proper attitude.

 

Tiger JK

 

Then Tiger JK (Rapper) responded to Nichkhun:

Not everybody like that bro. Keep speaking the truth tho #prayers!

 

Junho

 

Then 2pm’s Junho had this to say:

I won’t say who, but those behaviors and attitudes make me ashamed as a fellow Korean. I wish they would learn that one bad action doesn’t just affect them, but also creates a dirty mess for those around them. I say this as a person and a sunbae.

 

Chansung

 

THEN 2pm’s Chansung Tweeted this:

Even if carelessness can seem inevitable even if you’re trying your best to avoid it, if you’re absent-minded and hurt others then act like you’re the best, that’s being careless. This is more than a mistake and proves that you’re that kind of person.. Shame on you.

 

Dungho

 

The next day U-Kiss’s Dongho Tweeted this:

Singer worth 7,000 Won ($6)

 

After this all happened I read about Block B’s P.O being hospitalized for stress, and shock from hearing about a SUICIDE PETITION started for Block B.

P.O

A SUICIDE PETITION!!!!! NEVER, have I heard of something as disgusting as a suicide petition. The first time I heard this term was during the Jaebeom Controversy. Its a disgusting thing, and I had read that Hottests (2pm’s fan club) were behind it. And this is why I said Nichkhun, Junho, Dongho, Chansung and Tiger JK should not have said anything. I think, Junho and Donho’s comments were the most damaging, it is my opinion that fans took their idol’s outrage as signal to take this to whole other level.

Following this Block B made efforts to show their regret, and to apologize but that just wasn’t enough.

Apology 1:

They took their Fan Cafe and wrote apologies:

P.O.

I apologize for our hurtful attitudes and our manners to all Thai fans and [South Korean] citizens who have given us so much love.

I’m very sorry that I acted in a childish, unreasonable manner throughout the entire interview.

It was an act that ignored the boundary between freedom and the line of decency. Again, I apologize to Thai citizens and fans.

We will deeply reflect upon our mistakes that led to a damaged national image and and the image of its artists.

I feel that we’ve shown so much unreasonable attitudes and actions so we bow deeply in apology.

In the future, as a public servant, we will work hard to show a more mature image. Learning from this event, we will act more conscientiously and responsibly as a South Korean artist.

Zico

I deeply apologize for my unreasonable attitude and creating a controversy due to my childish actions and not taking into account the huge pain and suffering of the Thai people due to the flood damage.

Although I’ve already become an adult, I feel so ashamed of my mistaken comment that did not consider the feelings of the many casualties of the flood and the national psyche.

I believe that no matter what excuse we give, our actions during the interview – sitting cross-legged on the sofa, chatting with members, damaging South Korea’s image abroad, and being unable to differentiate the line between what is right and what is wrong – were unforgivable.

I bow once again to apologize for our actions.

We are sorry that, thanks to our inconsiderate interview, we gave an injury to a not yet healed scar. I am incredibly ashamed. Sorry and sorry again.

U-Kwon

We feel incredibly ashamed that we disappointed with our inconsiderate Thailand interview.

We apologize to all of the Thai citizens who suffered massive damages due to the flood.

Also, we apologize to the citizens of South Korea for failing to uphold the national image thanks to our dishonorable actions.

Watching the interview clip, we are feeling the mistakes that we have made and reflecting deeply.

We apologize once again and Block B will work hard to prevent repeating these inconsiderate and disrespectful actions.

B-Bomb

I apologize from the bottom of my heart.

Apart from being public servants, I apologize for not stopping the actions of my fellow members as the older brother and creating a controversy out of our actions which were against basic manners.

Although we should have shown much more respect and manners asas a Korean, we apologize again for disappointing our fans and Thai citizens with our inconsiderate actions.

We will reflect and reflect some more upon our actions. We apologize.

We will work hard to become a Block B which will not make these mistakes again.

Taeil

First, I would like to say sorry.

There were many people saying, even before this interview, whether or not Block B was too free-willed, and we believe it is our fault that we did not listen to the criticism, however minute, and acting as though it was our strong point, despite being public servants in the eye of the whole nation. All of the members were immature.

I was honestly surprised when our fans sent us the interview clip through SNS [social networking services]. We are the people in the video…we were the disrespectful ones in that interview, I thought, and was filled with shame. I really could sympathize with those saying that we put South Korea to shame.

I once again apologize for both my refusal to control the actions of my younger brothers, and not paying attention to the interview.

I will work harder. I will work harder and repay everyone with better music. To our fans, Thai flood survivors, and everyone, we apologize again.

We will become a more mature Block B, and a more respectful Taeil. Sorry.

Kyung

Hello, this is Block B’s Park Kyung.

I don’t have anything to say other than sorry.

We know that whatever we say, it will only be excuses.

All of our actions, from the beginning to the end of the interview, from our members’ immature actions and the joking, and our statements disregarding the severity of the incident, were out of line and we are ashamed and reflecting upon our mistakes.

We bow our heads again in apology.

Jaehyo

We deeply apologize to the citizens of Thailand.

Also, we are very sorry to South Korea for degrading the nation’s image and shaming them.

We apologize for making people uncomfortable with our lack of respect and playful attitude.

Although I should’ve been the example to the younger members, I apologize for not being able to fulfill that role.

I could have set the interview on the right track, but I was irresponsible and participated in the proceedings and I apologize for embarrassing everyone watching the video.

I am reflecting upon my shameful actions and lack of basic manners during an interview and looking back upon myself. There are no excuses, nor explanations necessary.

I am thinking deeply about this huge mistake and will act with more thought in the future.

I apologize.


Apology 2:

Leader, Zico, shaved his head, and Block B posted an apology on their Official Wesite:

Zico (Shaved Head)

We are sorry for stirring public criticism. We think that there is no excuse by which we can be forgiven. We are so embarassed for not considering the hearts of the flood victims of this national disaster. We will sincerely self-discipline and fix our wrongdoings which have lowered our country’s image. From now on, we will act while taking on the responsibility of a representative Korean celebrity. We will strive to show a more mature image.

Apology 3:

They did a 90 degree bow (very respectful) before they performance of “Nanrina” on Show Champion

Block B (Bow)

Apology 4:

Then they released a video in which they apologized:

After all this, a suicide petition was started, and then a petition to block them from appearing on broadcast earned 10,000 signatures, and sadly it worked, and KBS, MBC, and SBS all banned Block B from promoting on their music programs!!!!!

Later Nichkhun Tweeted:

“Please, don’t say things like ‘wish someone would die’ but hope they would learn. Like we all do, like I did from my own mistakes.”

I feel so bad for Block B, because one mistake is causing them so much grief and pain, and I know that they were not trying to be malicious, and mean, and their apologies should have been accepted. A suicide petition is never appropriate, and those people who took part should feel ashamed. I hope to hear more from them soon, and I hope they comeback stronger and better than before!

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