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Posted by Qrybaby Monday, December 14, 2015

13 K-Pop Songs That Were Banned For The Most Ridiculous Reasons

Orange Caramel, Bang Yong Guk, T.O.P, Miryo , Dal Shabet, Crayon Pop, Ji Eun, Psy, Tablo, Akdong Musician, (Bangtan Boys) BTS
1. PSY - Gentleman

South Korea, a nation that is more or less conservative, is known to make it a priority to block harmful material that may be considered unsuitable for minors. And we get it protecting our youth from negative influences is something we should encourage. But, when some of our favorite songs get censored for reasons beyond comprehension, we begin to ask, where do they even draw the line? How are these bans even decided? Who's in charge here?!


Let's take a look at some of the most ridiculous K-Pop bans starting with the music video for "Gentleman," which was banned because of the opening scene when Psy kicks the "no parking" traffic cone. 

Reason for ban: Abuse of public property

Watch it at: 0:00 - 0:05



2. T.O.P - Turn It Up

T.O.P's music video for "Turn It Up" was banned for showcasing brand name merchandise such as Gucci, Beats, and Dior.

Banned for: Indirect advertisement of brands

Watch it at: All throughout the video


3. Orange Caramel - Catallena

Orange Caramel's music video for "Catallena" was banned because the members were wrapped up as mermaids in food packages. 

Banned for: Devaluing human life

Watch it at: 0:30 - 1:00


4. BTS - Fun Boys

The track "Fun Boys" by BTS was banned from music stations due to a use of the Chinese phrase "chi fan le ma" for "did you eat" which sounds like a curse word in Korean.

Reason for ban: Use of a Chinese term that "sounds" like a curse word

Watch it at: 2:35 - 2:40

5. Ji Eun - Going Crazy (Ft. Bang Yong Guk)

Ji Eun's "Going Crazy" featuring Bang Yong Guk was banned because of the suggestion of crime and obsessive behavior.

Banned for: Encouraging crime

Watch it at: 2:55 - 3:10

6. 2NE1 - I'm Busy

2NE1's "Im Busy" was considered disruptive for the use of the term "babo" which means "fool" or "dummy" in Korean.

Banned for: Use of profanity

Listen at: 2:15 - 2:20

7. Tablo - Bad

Tablo's "Bad" was banned for showing glimpses of alcohol consumption and the images of shattering glass against the human body.

Banned for: Portrayal of violence and substance abuse

Watch it at: 2:15 - 4:00

8. Dal Shabet - Joker

Dal Shabet's "Joker" was banned for the use of the term "joker" which sounds like the slang for the male genitals in Korean.

Banned for: Use of an American term that "sounds" like an inappropriate word 

Watch it at: All throughout the video

9. Akdong Musician - Galaxy

Akdong Musician's "Galaxy" was banned for the use of the word "galaxy" which is the name of the popular Samsung line of phones.

Banned for: Indirect advertisement of brands

Watch it at: All throughout the video

10. Crayon Pop - Uh-ee

Crayon Pop's "Uh-ee" was banned for using the Japanese word "pika," referring the the term "pikapika" which means "sparkle" or "shiny"

Banned for: Use of a Japanese word

Watch it at: 1:20 - 1:25

11. Miryo - Dirty

Miryo's "Dirty" was banned for the usage of the term "cross-eyed." 

Banned for: Use of a term that could be perceived as derogatory for the disabled

Watch it at: 2:30 - 2:40

12. GD & TOP - Knock Out

GD & T.O.P's "Knock Out" was banned because of the title which is slang for "obsessed" that usually has sexual connotation.

Banned for: Use of profanity

Watch it at: All throughout the video

13. Big Bang - We Like 2 Party

Big Bang's "We Like 2 Party" was banned for the advertisement of foreign wine and wine consumption.

Banned for: Indirect advertisement of wine

Watch it at: 1:40 - 2:40


What do you think about these decisions? Share with us below!


  1. Orange Caramel
  2. Bang Yong Guk
  3. T.O.P
  4. Miryo
  5. Dal Shabet
  6. Crayon Pop
  7. Ji Eun
  8. Psy
  9. Tablo
  10. Akdong Musician
  11. (Bangtan Boys) BTS
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