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Mnet issues official apology for 'Produce 101' PD's inappropriate comment

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Earlier, producer Han Dong Chul, the creator of Mnet's 'Produce 101', became surrounded in controversy after saying that the show was intended to be "healthy pornography"

Mnet has now stepped up to issue an official statement of apology on behalf of Han Dong Chul. The broadcasting station relayed, "We offer words of apology and feel deeply embarrassed for causing such misunderstandings, caused by a word previously used during an interview to attempt to describe 'powerful contents impossible to take one's eyes off of' as the answer to a question asking about the success formula for the upcoming male version of 'Produce 101.'"

They continued, "We apologize for inflicting discomfort on all the viewers who loved and supported 'Produce 101', for causing misunderstandings by using inappropriate diction to refer to the fun and energy that the program offers, for making a careless mistake by solely thinking of [one's] personal perspective even through the possibility of running into misunderstandings with the overlapping topic of 'Produce 101 Season 1', and more."

It seems like Mnet may need to take heavier precautions when it comes to maintaining professionalism during public interviews. 

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micha93 Sunday, July 24, 2016

well his words kinda explain the scandal of Eunwoo's tight uniform.. is the Season 2 still faraway? I want Insoo, Taeyeon, Kyuhyun, Taedong, and Jonghyuk in on this

hiroonakamura Sunday, July 24, 2016

seeing as most of its fans in Korea seems to be middle-aged men, i can understand why he said what he said. a stupid thing to say, but perhaps it WAS what he and MNET envisioned in order to get higher ratings?

BlueCatiline Saturday, July 23, 2016

The operative word in his description is "healthy" and by that I think he was trying to cleanse the word "pornographic" of it's implied illicit or explicitness. Which I suppose would mean something that would serve those urges but wouldn't be immoral? At least I think that's what he was trying to say. It doesn't really matter, it was a terrible way to explain things regardless.

team_kris Saturday, July 23, 2016

There is a degree of truth in the producer's words. Did he reference "pornography" jokingly, or was he really being cynical? For instance, he may have referenced "pornography" to allude to the widespread exploitation and objectification of "attractive" youths (in this case young girls) in K-pop. From this angle, it would be difficult to disagree with this view. If 101 contestants were selected purely on the merits of their singing talent alone, there would be a greater variety of body types and skin tones than what the photo accompanying the story actually reveals to the viewer. Let's not forget that a huge number of fan comments about idols have to do with idols' looks. (Remember how popular Exo became before they ever released an actual song or MV?) So, K-pop fans are preoccupied with idols' looks, and most fans participate in the objectification of young performers.  In reality, the music of k-pop idols actually serves as a mere backdrop for most fans' preoccupations with extramusical matters, like their attractiveness and appearances. There is nothing inherently wrong with this--but rarely do you hear fans say they like k-pop because of its sociological implications.

ramjetranch Friday, July 22, 2016

I wonder if this is the guy who is producing "Finding Momoland".  If so, he may be thinking more along the lines of "Finding Hoholand".

ilysensei Friday, July 22, 2016

It's too late to apologize......

SkepticPop1 Friday, July 22, 2016

I don't know about the rest of you, but I find 'aegyo' to be something "cute", in a way I find a little baby cute. So refrain from confusing "cute" with "sexually arousing".

BigBlueagain SkepticPop1 Saturday, July 23, 2016

There's cute, which if natural, is alluring. And then there's aegyo which is a grownass woman acting like a toddler. Makes me wanna punch something.

BlueCatiline Friday, July 22, 2016

Just because the director saw it a certain way doesn't make the show that way. That's his opinion which I'm sure many of the show's fans probably don't agree with. There wasn't anything inherently pornographic about Produce 101 without stretching the definition of the term fairly broadly. If one were to do that then pretty much the entire idol industry could be qualified as "pornographic". People see things the way they want to see them

ShayMin BlueCatiline Saturday, July 23, 2016

Those of us who aren't into children won't see it that way, but he created it for the creeps who get turned on by that shit.

BlueCatiline ShayMin Saturday, July 23, 2016

Right, what I'm saying is, the show doesn't reflect that in my opinion unless you choose to see it that way and if those people who are going to see it "pornographically" do then whatever. There are always going to be people who take things toward that direction. I'm just arguing that I don't think the perception of the show (or any subsequent seasons) should be changed because the director revealed he had this odd intention.

elisabeth_gold Friday, July 22, 2016

I'm pretty sure he meant 100% what he said. This is disgusting and very disturbing! And he just got away with it like this.. Slowly Korean music industry is turning into this and that's just sad

BigBlueagain elisabeth_gold Saturday, July 23, 2016

Where have you been? It's BEEN this. He's just being honest about it.

ShayMin elisabeth_gold Saturday, July 23, 2016

This is what the industry has always been.

April_vicious Friday, July 22, 2016

I wonder if the girls who didn't get big will try to sue over this

April_vicious Friday, July 22, 2016

Also if other bigger companies will sue for that creepy interview

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