4minute's comeback has been earning endless headlines for their 'spread leg dance' in "Mirror Mirror", which many believe is too provocative to be performed on TV. As the controversy continues to escalate, representatives of Cube Entertainment took the time to clarify the matter through Star News:
"It is not a provocative dance performance, but rather a form of expression. It was our adaptation of the expression, 'Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?' This can be seen in the members' gaze and facial expressions - all of which are an expression of the song's concept. Why are performances put on by figure skaters and synchronized swimmers regarded as art, but performances by singers are automatically sexually suggestive? Music programs, at first, did say that it was rather out there but they acknowledged it as a form of performance. Just because the choreography has been put on the chopping block of controversy does not mean we will be making changes to it. We will be continuing to promote with it on broadcast programs."
Despite Cube Entertainment's statement, viewers were concerned with the fact that the girls were forced to wear knee-pads in order to perform the seconds-long 'spread leg' dance, and questioned whether it was worth it. They were also quick to notice the bruises all over the girls' knees and legs, showing the months of preparation the girls put into the choreography. Another representative responded, "We do tell them to be careful every time they rehearse, but the girls themselves are very devoted in their practice, which is why the bruises have come about. There is no longer a risk of injury as we have gotten them efficient knee-pads." Source: Star News via Nate, Newsen via Nate