Singer ALi released her first full-length album ‘SOUL-Ri‘ recently, and one of her songs, ”Na Young“, has drawn strong criticisms from the public due to its lyrical content.
ALi had personally written and composed “Na Young” in an effort to offer some encouragement to the young girl who was violently raped and assaulted in 2008.
Some netizens felt that it was disrespectful to Na Young to bring up the issue again, while others felt that ALi was blaming Na Young for the assault.
ALi addressed the controversy with an official statement, which read:
“Firstly, I would like to sincerely apologize to Na Young and her parents. No matter what my intentions were, if my actions have caused you to relive that pain all over again, I want you to know that it breaks my heart and I am deeply sorry. The song “Na Young” was one I felt especially attached to while working on this album, and I wrote the song very cautiously. I simply wanted to tell her to “trust her mind” and to never lose hope.”
“The lyrics that got criticized the most were ‘You threw away your youth, selling your body, selling your soul, your entire helpless life has been stolen from you’, which was my way of passing judgment on the heinous and shameless character of the assailant. I am solely and completely at fault for not being able to accurately deliver the intended message with the right words. But I hope that all of you will believe me when I tell you that when I wrote those particular lyrics, I was in no way trying to say that the victim was at fault.”
“I understand that as a rookie artist, I have provoked much confusion and controversy, and I humbly bow my head in apology to Na Young, her parents, and everyone who has supported my music thus far. I learned a valuable lesson from this incident, and will use it as an opportunity to grow and mature as both a person and an artist, and I will work to bring you better music. Thank you.“
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