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WINNER’s Song Min-ho apologizes over uproar

By Ock Hyun-ju

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Published : Dec 22, 2014 - 18:37 / Updated : Dec 22, 2014 - 18:37

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Rookie K-pop band WINNER member Song Min-ho issued an apology on Monday for making an inappropriate comment on SBS’ year-end music show.

“I sincerely apologize. It is all my fault and negligence,” he said.

Earlier in the day, controversy swirled after he called Korea an archipelago, not a peninsula, while hosting “Gayo Daejeon,” broadcast live on Sunday.

Song hosted the year-end music show along with actress Song Ji-hyo and the project group Lucky Boys, composed of 2PM’s Nichkhun, CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa, B1A4’s Baro, WINNER’s Song and INFINITE’s L.

During the show, Song said, “The Korean ‘yeoldo’ (archipelago) was shaken.” In Korea, “yeoldo” is normally used to refer to Japan while Korea is classified as a “bando,” or peninsula.

Song’s seemingly small mistake drew a surprising amount of public ire, possibly due to the currently sour Korea-Japan relations.

But it turned out that Song had only stuck to the script made by the SBS production team.

“It is absolutely not Song’s fault. It is the production team’s fault. We apologize. Song did a good job, but this is how the situation turned out. We apologize to Song,” Kim Joo-hyung, producer of the program, said.

“Due to time constraints, we did not have enough time to review the script properly,” he added.

The music program was fraught with other problems as well, turning anticipation into disappointment.

Ten minutes into the show, an error occurred with the audio, one of the cameras was pointing in the wrong direction and Big Bang member Taeyang kept missing his lyrics during his performance with Jeff Bernat.

By Ock Hyun-ju (laeticia.ock@heraldcorp.com)

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