Top 8 controversies in the K - pop and K drama world in 2020

 Top 8 controversies in the K - pop and K drama world in 2020

K – Pop Music and K Dramas are dominating the global entertainment and music industry with their sizzling choreography in the MVs (Music Videos) to the super meaningful and heart touching lyrics, to their handsome and beautiful K drama cast and tangy, on point, and fresh plots. And it’s a proven fact that once you have fallen in love with those MVs, dramas and their amazing idols and stars, it is impossible for you to unlike them and return back to not watching or listening to them. 

K Drama and K pop controversies

And as already mentioned that the world of K-pop music is an ever growing full-fledged industry which was worth $578m as of 2019. And even as of today, the K – pop industry is doming the world music industry with it’s music and bands like BTS who is considered to be the biggest boy band in the whole of universe and BLACKPINK who are considered to be the biggest girl group in the world with both of them achieving many feats daily. 

And when it comes to Korean Dramas, there is a hike across the globe for the same, people are interested in watching K dramas more and more and according to the reports presented by Rakunten Viki, a US based Korean drama dominated streaming app, Viki saw only a 3% traffic from Indian user from October 2019 to February 2020, while it saw rise with 36% traffic in the month of March 2020, and later it increased to a whopping 46% in the last six months. And these numbers can definitely tell you the immense surge of the Korean wave all over the world.

But with the rising popularity of these K – pop idols and K drama stars also comes hate, which leads to sometimes unwanted and useless controversies and rumours. And in today’s article we have the top 8 controversies in the world of K – pop and K drama in the year 2020. Yes you heard that right, even after the whole world was hit by the pandemic, there were people who busy pointing fingers at the these stars, although some might but true and on point but some other were definitely unwanted and a waste of time.

  1. Comments over Korean War leads to trouble for BTS - BTS also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan, the biggest boy band in the world, got in trouble after they commented on the Korean War at Van Fleet Awards 2020. The group was awarded for the contributions integrating the USA and Korea relationship and also for making a big success on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and they were awarded on the day of the 70th Anniversary of the Korean, and soon Chinese fans started to troll the group because of the fact that leader RM in his speech had only glorified the Koreans but even many Chinese had lost their lives during the war. And the band was said to be one sided with their feelings about the war.

  2. AOA member Mina claimed that her former band member Jimin was a bully – AOA a South Korean girl group formed under FNC Entertainment and according to the famous website, In July 2020 last year member Mina came forward and shared her story of being bullied by band mate Jimin and how the agency and other band mates never intervened while she was harassed. This lead to a stop to the career of member Jimin.

  3. After BTS Time Cover Photoshoot, their designers face backlash – Well I’m sure that everyone knows hoe BTS is adored by their fans globally, and they don’t take any bullshits when it comes to their favourite idols. The A.R.M.Ys complained about the ill fitted clothes given to the idols for the shoot, which according to them lead to the disrespecting of the idols, even after their huge success.

  4. Hinapia’s member Yaebin trolled for using the ‘N’ word during her Instagram live – Yaebin a member of the girl group Hinapina was doing an Instagram live, where she was seen rapping to the song Super Bass by Nicki Minaj, where she also happened to pronounce the N which lead the fans to heavily troll her but later on the idol took to social media to apologise for her mistake and went on to explain on how she had planned on censoring that part in the song but didn’t.

  5. The Nurse outfit girls scenes deleted from BLACKPINK’s Lovesick Girls MV – BLACKPINK’s Lovesick MV faced a major backlash from the South Korean Medical and Nurse Union as they thought that the nurse outfit worn by idol Jennie in the MV sexualized nurses and thus the scene was later deleted by YG Entertainment in order to calm the medical workers.

  6. K drama Backstreet Rookie Controversy – Backstreet Rookie is a popular K drama that was aired last year and the show was under constant scrutiny because of the fact that it several scenes which had sexually suggestive material, with scenes like an underage student asking for a cigarette to the web toon author’s shower seen to a room full of nude portraits and many more. And because many complaints were registered for showing such scenes on national TV, the show had to put off merely after 2 months of it being aired.

  7. BTS’s V dating? – Well here again, we come across a controversy or rumour to be more specific about one of the famous maknae of the BTS V. It seemed that V had posted a picture of him in a subway and on the same day actress kim Yoo Jung also posted a picture of her in the subway, which quickly escalated and people started speculating that the two celebrities were dating but that definitely was not the case, but people and their over imagination, who can stop that.

  8. 97 liners and BTS’s Jungkook trolled for hanging out in Itaewon during covid – 97 liners (K pop idols who were born in the year 1997) were seen hanging out together in Itaewon. The group included BTS’s Jungkook, Astro’s Cha Eun Woo, NCT’s Jaehyun and SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, and as these celebs were seen spending some time together out of their busy schedules, people started trolling them that they were not following the Covid rules of social distancing and were roaming around out in the open. And to stop matters from going out of hands, the agencies of these idols had written an apology letter on their behalf and stopped the trolling.

These above mentioned controversies and rumours show that how being a K pop idol or K drama celebrity is not easy and being famous globally has it’s own pros and cons. Being a world star they are constantly monitored for their behaviours and actions, and haters, sometimes even fans are ready to troll them for anything they do wrong forgetting the fact that they are also humans and gave their own choices and tastes and mostly they can also make mistakes. But fans often forget this important point and expect their idols and celeb crushes to be picture perfect, and if they seem to go wrong in any sense then these people never fail to criticise them, which is extremely sad. Such actions can be accepted on the hater’s part but being a fan, you should always support your idol no matter what.

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Ref: Recap 2020: Top 10 controversies from world of Kpop & Kdrama (

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