Producers of Mnet's 'Produce 48' addressed controversial issues on the new season.
On June 11, the full cast and crew of 'Produce 48' attended the press conference in Seoul. At the event, main producer Ahn Joon Young responded to the lolita controversy.
Many viewers accused 'Produce 48' of lolita for making grown women wear school uniforms on the show.
Regarding this, Ahn PD stated, "I am aware of the concerns. On set, we don't call it school uniforms but just uniforms. There are a lot of young contestants. I think school uniform fits them well and is the best in showing their healthy image." He continued, "There are especially more concerns since this season is all girls but I'll make sure there are no issues."
Kim Yong Bum, the head director of Mnet, also commented, "There are many issues because this season is all girls but they wore school uniforms in the male season as well. The mindset is different for the contestants when they wear matching uniforms during practice or while dorming together."
The Japanese affiliates of 'Produce 48' addressed the political issue in an official statement. Many netizens expressed opposition to the new season due to several Japanese contestants who participated in anti-Korea performances in the past.
On this, a rep of AKB48 stated, "There is no political color (on the show)." Director Kim of Mnet also said, "I hope the program becomes an opportunity for the two nations to understand each other."
The first episode of 'Produce 48' is airing on June 15.