B1A4 and INFINITE fans are reeling after videos showing their favorite boy bands getting their private parts grabbed on SNL Korea started making the rounds on social media.
WGATT THE GUCK THEY LITERALLY TOUCHED B1A4 AND INFINITE AS WELL IN A SUCH INAPPROPRIATE WAY FIRE AND ARREST THEM WTF pic.twitter.com/rKLfoc82uY
— wonna (@chaewonho) November 26, 2016
— yg anti (@officialtdoqq) November 26, 2016
As Soompi reports, this entire debacle began when the started when behind-the-scenes video from B1A4’s Saturday Night LiveKorea gig appeared on their Facebook page. The video starts off with an introduction where one of the female comedians on the show saying that B1A4 is hosting the show now that Jinyoung finally completed his latest project.
But then things get awkward — really awkward — for Jinyoung and his bandmates.
The boys of B1A4 are then introduced to the female comedians of the show. But instead of shaking the boys’ hands, these women grabbed the boys private parts. In the video, the boy band members laugh it off but do seem to be understandably embarrassed by what just happened to them.
— d (@dgHottest) November 27, 2016
After fans of B1A4 started raging about sexual harassment online, the video was removed from SNL Korea’s Facebook page, but the damage had already been done. And it was about to get worse.
Soon, another video clip emerged showing Kpop boy band INFINITE getting the same groping treatment by the female staff at SNL Korea.
According to All Kpop, the Kpop idols previously asked for an apology for the way they were treated, but they did not receive one from SNL Korea until today. The show had allegedly denied this even happened to the boys before these videos popped up.
— allkpop (@allkpop) November 27, 2016
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As Koreaboo reports, SNL Korea has since offered an apology for the behavior of their staff. Here’s the statement they released on their Facebook page, as translated by Koreaboo.
“Hello this is SNL Korea.
We would like to apologize to the members of B1A4 and fans for our aggressive actions in the ‘Behind the casting of B1A4’ video that was posted to Facebook on the 26th. The actions towards the hosts were inappropriate and we will make sure nothing like this happens again.”
But it looks like many fans of INFINITE and B1A4 aren’t satisfied with the apology. They want to see the people who did it fired from SNL.
I don’t want them to only apologize, they should be fined for sexual harassment. The proof are solid. Poor our B1A4 and Infinite???? #SNL_성추행
—???? I N A???? (@thenamesilove) November 27, 2016
#SNL_성추행 I DONT JUST WANT AN APOLOGY I WANT HER FIRED FOR WHAT SHE DID TO B1A4 AND INFINITE WHAT SHE DID IS HARASSMENT IT IS NOT RIGHT
— infinite trash✨ (@szifnt) November 27, 2016
#SNL_성추행 Grabbing the INFINITE and B1A4 members’ privates and saying it’s a joke is disgusting. She should be fired ASAP.
— souththth ♡ (@_auralaura_) November 26, 2016
The article on All Kpop claims that all male guests on SNL Korea are groped in this way and that it’s some type of show ritual. No videos of other male Hallyu celebrities being groped have been released so far, however.
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