그알 피프티 피프티, 편파방송으로 뭇매

Fifty Fifty was featured as the subject of SBS’s “It Wants to Know” (그알). This idol group is largely unknown in Korea, but is incredibly popular overseas. With rapid growth comes controversy, and at the center of that controversy are a number of issues surrounding their suspension.

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Fifty Fifty’s incredible growth and international popularity

Six months after their debut, Fifty Fifty announced their presence to the world by lighting up the famous Times Square billboard in New York City. In particular, their new song “Cupid” became a huge hit in the U.S. and made a surprise entrance on the Billboard charts, peaking at #17. Their songs and performances were loved by fans overseas, and their popularity grew through the roof.

At the center of the debate, what’s the truth?

But everyone’s happy there. In June, Fifty Fifty’s activity came to an abrupt halt. They filed a lawsuit against their agency, Attract, for a preliminary injunction to suspend the validity of their agency contract. Attract’s response is that “there are other people behind this”. This has led to a growing controversy among many fans and officials alike.

SBS’s “I Want to Know About It” ran a program on the controversy. However, after the show aired, it was criticized by viewers for being biased against Fifty Shades of Grey. It has been pointed out that the broadcast emphasized Fifty Fifty’s diet problems and the installation of CCTV in the agency, causing confusion among viewers.

This doesn’t even mention, for example, the fact that the members of Fifty Fifty have applied for individual trademark applications for their Korean team name and activity name for their own activities, or the falsification of Dougiebus’ Ahn Sung-il’s educational background at the center of the scandal. They pointed out that there was a lack of equity, as nothing unfavorable to Fifty Fifty or Ahn Sung-il was covered. Furthermore, the allegation that Attract “influenced members to file lawsuits by deleting work emails and acquiring copyrights without consulting them” is not clearly answered.

The managing director of DougieBus said, “I can’t speak for the official position. I can’t talk about it because whatever I say will be blown out of proportion,” but the broadcast didn’t even try to make sense of it. This is where the term polarization comes from.

What Fifty Fifty fans expect

The Fifty Shades of Grey debate is still going on. What’s their truth? What does their future hold? Unlike in Korea, many international fans are waiting for their activities. Their music and stage presence has brought so much joy and happiness to so many people, that it’s the adults who are the problem. We’re excited to see what they do next, and fans are hoping their controversy is resolved quickly so they can get back on stage.

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