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Posted by yckim124 AKP STAFF Monday, September 25, 2017

Fuse TV's K-Pop podcast canceled after making insulting comments about BTS and G-Friend

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Fuse TV's K-Pop podcast, K-Stop, has been canceled following a controversial broadcast. 


The recent podcast of K-Stop with the hosts Jeff Benjamin, Tina Xu, and Brooke Bunce angered many BTS and G-Friend fans. Fans stated that the host made offensive comments about the groups' styles, vocals, pronunciation, and overall quality of work. 


Some of the controversial comments made by the hosts were (Transcription from Heather Johnson Yu @ Nextshark):


"[Rap Monster] looked ridiculous [in the DNA music video]. He looked like he was 14. That hair is horrible. And then he did the weird movement where he was like 'duuuuuuhhhh' for like, two seconds, and then like, wiggled his fingers."


"I don't love songs that start with Jimin's voice. I'm sorry, it's like [imitates voice]. And they started like, at least like three tracks with his voice and I'm like 'enough'. I think it's the falsetto that kills me, it's like a breezy falsetto."


"I actually can't stand V's voice. I don't like his voice."


"[G-Friend is] releasing the same thing every comeback."


"Probably for pervy old men (in response to 'They're making the music they want to make.'). Little school girls, up there, twirling. I mean, they were wearing like school girl-looking outfits, doing their little weird formations as usual."



Following the airing, many fans expressed anger and commented, "Is that what you called K-stop radio show? Seems like 'let's diss k-pop as much as you want' show for me. Really disappointed", "That was incredibly unprofessional", "Do you still call your critics and journalists? Are you not ashamed of that titles and the money you make with that mentality?"



After the backlash, the episode was taken offline and all the re-uploads by fans were quickly taken down by Fuse.


In response, Jeff Benjamin issued an apology and announced the cancellation of K-Stop via Twitter. He stated, 


"After hearing from offended fans, I thought and reflected deeply about what had happened and what was the right response. I contacted my higher-ups to suggest the right thing to do would be to cancel the podcast in response."


He then apologized, "I am sorry to anyone who was offended by my colleagues' words as well as my own lack of immediate response."


Lastly, he emphasized "the tremendous amount of respect" he has for K-Pop artists. You can read the full post by Jeff Benjamin below. 







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