The introduction of Aespa on Youtube Music was suspected of having included “Ilbe” words, causing controversies.
On August 21, various online communities posted articles titled “The introduction of Aespa on Youtube Music is a mess.” The article included the introduction of the girl group Aespa, which appeared when someone searched for “Aespa” on Youtube Music.
Unlike any other normal description, the introduction ended with “Aespa un*haera igiya“, drawing the public’s attention.
In particular, this is a phrase that is commonly used on “Daily Best (Ilbe)”, an online community for the people of the far-right political party.
“Daily Best” is often described as having a far-right, anti-feminist, anti-immigrant, and anti-LGBT stance. The phrase “un*haera igiya” is widely known as an irony to humiliate Roh Moo Hyun, the former president of Korea. The fact that the words related to far-right politics were used in an entertainment content has triggered a wave of rage among the public.
Internet users reacted to the issue, saying,
- “Isn’t it too much…?”,
- “The description is linked to Wikipedia, so it seems like someone edited it”,
- “The company should have to check it beforehand, shouldn’t they?”,
- “The company has to be sued”,
- “The staff of Youtube should take responsibility for this too”
Amid the controversies, Youtube deleted the phrase and changed the Korean introduction into English.
Meanwhile, Aespa ranks 1st on the female singer category of Gaon Digital Chart for the 33rd week with the song “Next Level” and is expected to continue this trend.