AOA, who were criticized for not knowing a key historical figure named An Jung-geun from the Korean Independence movement, had come under fire for their limited knowledge on and making light of Korean history.
An online post pointed out that the terms 'Martyr An Jung-geun' and 'An Jung-geun' were banned in the chat room during AOA's showcase which was broadcasted live via 'V'. The post shared screen captures from the chat room showing the error message that popped up when 'An Jung-geun' was typed in. The error message read, "Your message contains restricted phrases. Please try again after making a revision."
Netizens who came across his post suspected that FNC had deliberately banned those terms from being used by anyone during AOA's showcase.
The top comments on this article were mixed, reading, "If only they had bothered to look even the slightest bit embarrassed. If only they had said just once how sorry they are. If only they hadn't laughed like idiots and said 'ginttokkang'.." "I don't know about anything else but their agency is [AOA's] true anti-fan tsk tsk.." "I just feel bad for all of you who fall for these kinds of articles. You trash bitches and bastards," "Do they really need to know An Jung-geun the terrorist?" "That big-faced [FNC] CEO is total trash," and more.