The girls and their company received a lot of backlash after opening a bank account specifically for charitable contributions. However, the problem was that the announcement was worded badly, and the original announcement seemed to emphasize the part that the bank account was for gifts instead of the part that the deposits would be donated to charity.
Although Chrome Entertainment had already spoken up about it, the company issued an official statement saying,
The reason why we decided not to receive gifts was because the members felt burdened when they received expensive gifts. We chose a 'donation' method where both the fans and singers could be happy, but we didn't put enough thought into the method or the way we spoke up about it.
Of course, we're thankful for the gifts, but it's also true that we feel sorry. It's burdensome for both the person who gives and the person who receives, and for student fans who aren't financially well off, it could even be bad. And even when the members wear it (gifts), that could create a misunderstanding.
We can't accurately divide the presents between what we can and what we can't receive. We also cannot ignore the effort of our fans, so we had to figure out a solution that would best suit the both of us. We chose a method of donation that everyone could be happy with, but we weren't good in the execution and in the words we chose. We are sorry.
What do you think about all that happened?
Source: Sports Hankook via Nate