A post listing all the times VIXX was copied by other artists, including foreign and domestic, recently garnered attention on an online community. (You can see it here.) One group listed was Snuper, who also previously apologized for the mixup in outfits. However, another of the accused was NU'EST. The post accused NU'EST's "Love Paint" outfits of copying VIXX's "Love Me Do" attire.
The accusation infuriated not just NU'EST fans, but also VIXX fans who thought the accusation was ridiculous. VIXX wore their outfits on August 19, 2016, while NU'EST first wore the outfits in a teaser revealed on August 20, 2016. Both fandoms pointed out it was impossible to create outfits and film an MV teaser within the time slot. Not only so, the Pledis Entertainment CEO even posted a photo of Minhyun wearing the outfit, before VIXX's first stage. It was also brought up that the two outfits were just made of the same material, but otherwise different. The problematic post was then edited, changing the claim to say that NU'EST's outfit was controversial and not plagiarized, but ultimately, the post was deleted after the heat it caused.
Furious NU'EST fans demanded an apology from the original poster as well as the Starlights who agreed with the post. Such a post on a popular site could harm NU'EST's image, and fans mentioned that when they were a smaller fandom, certain Starlights would hate on NU'EST for copying, to which LO?E could not retaliate because the fandom was so small.
Eventually, equally frustrated Starlights issued an apology, expressing how sorry they were for the original poster, as well as the few Starlights who had agreed with the post, plus for the apology being late. Starlights themselves wrote that they saw no problem at all with NU'EST's "Love Paint" outfits.
Thankfully, NU'EST fans accepted the apology but expressed how sad it was that the original poster had all but disappeared, and other people had to clean up their mess.
Good thing the situation ended on a good note!