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Posted by danisurst AKP STAFF Monday, October 22, 2018

Verbal Jint apologizes to GFRIEND and their fans for confusion regarding his new single's title

Verbal Jint has released a public apology regarding the confusing title of his latest single "Gfriend." The single, which was released on October 21, drew a negative reaction from fans of the girl group GFRIEND, especially as the song features suggestive lyrical content.


On October 22, the rapper took to his personal Instagram account to clarify his reasoning behind the title, explaining that his influence came from Young Thug's 2016 album 'Jeffrey,' where each track was titled after different celebrities, including Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, and Rihanna

"In my short-sightedness, I never imagined that I would offend the real GFRIEND and their fans," he commented, adding that he will find a way to change the title of the already-released single as soon as possible. "Once again, I'm sorry to everyone I may have hurt."

Verbal Jint's Instagram apology can be found below!

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    myma Monday, October 22, 2018 3
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    another sad example of how sensitive young kpop fans are.



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    IGOTBUDDIES Monday, October 22, 2018 2
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    It's not about whom he was talking about.. the fact that he officially used the trademark "Gfriend" in the title is the issue. Buddies didn't think it was proper to use it since (like u mentioned) it's NOT ABOUT GFRIEND & the lyrics aren't really appropriate. & let's be real, no one normally uses Gfriend = Girlfriend; people usually use 'GF'. Plus, he even admitted that his idea was from Young Thug’s 2016 ‘Jeffery’ album, in which the song names are those of actual celebrities. So he really did intentionally use the idol's group name, Gfriend, But since he's acknowledged this & apologised, buddies are fine with it.

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    myma Wednesday, October 24, 2018 1
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Using a name is not trademark infringement.

    And there are entire websites with lists of songs by bands that reference other bands/singers/artists names. Young Thug is not the first, this guy is not the last, and it is not that uncommon in western pop. For example, there are songs called "Barbra Streisand" "David Bowie" "Kristofersson" "Tim McGraw" Neil Diamond" "MC Hammer" …. and a whole scroll full of others.

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    IGOTBUDDIES Wednesday, October 24, 2018 0
    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Yeah ok. I agree, it's not wrong to use bands/singers/artists names as a title/in song lyrics.. but like I mentioned, Buddies didn't feel comfortable cuz lyrics weren't really appropriate. A rapper once wrote a song about Gfriend's Eunha with her name AND birthdate as the title but no buddy complained cuz there were no issues with the lyrics.

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    nnani Monday, October 22, 2018 1
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    ....Are people literally pressed over this?? Gfriend doesn't own the name Gfriend LOL. People have used Gfriend (as in girlfriend) for YEARS. I feel bad for him, there was no reason to apologize for using a damn word, holy shit y'all need to stop being cocky idiots who are overly sensitive and find a way to be pressed and offended by ANYTHING.

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    IGOTBUDDIES Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    It's not about whom he was talking about.. the fact that he officially used the trademark "Gfriend" in the title is the issue. Buddies didn't think it was proper to use it since (like u mentioned) it's NOT ABOUT GFRIEND & the lyrics aren't really appropriate. & let's be real, no one normally uses Gfriend = Girlfriend; people usually use 'GF'. Plus, he even admitted that his idea was from Young Thug’s 2016 ‘Jeffery’ album, in which the song names are those of actual celebrities. So he really did intentionally use the idol's group name, Gfriend, But since he's acknowledged this & apologised, buddies are fine with it.

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    2fat Monday, October 22, 2018 6
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Legendary old school Korean rapper names a song after you and has to apologize. Only Koreans act like this, GFriend is a manufactured idol group not a sacred shrine. I also can't get behind apologizing for such nonsense. Why is a grown man bowing to such idiocy? Verbal. You don't need too dude.

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    IGOTBUDDIES Monday, October 22, 2018 5
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    The fact that he officially used the trademark "Gfriend" in the title is the issue. Buddies didn't think it was proper to use it since it's NOT ABOUT GFRIEND & the lyrics aren't really appropriate. & let's be real, no one normally uses Gfriend = Girlfriend; people usually use 'GF'. Plus, he even admitted that his idea was from Young Thug’s 2016 ‘Jeffery’ album, in which the song names are those of actual celebrities. So he really did intentionally use the idol's group name, Gfriend, There was nothing wrong with him apologising & changing the ENGLISH title. That was all buddies wanted.

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    2fat Tuesday, October 23, 2018 4
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Of course they did because reasons.....which are bullshit. Shows how stupid they are not to flattered than an actual artist named something after them.

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    adihays Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    before netz come here and complaint on how Buddy is reacting, please understand first. Buddy is not upset bcoz he is using Gfriend, but Buddy upset that he is using Gfriend name for the song that have explicit lyric content. it doesnt match Gfriend image at all...please go to the post by VJ and see all Buddy thanking him right now and explain why they are upset.

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    whatever101 Monday, October 22, 2018 2
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    LMAO he knew damn well what he was getting himself into and the reaction it would get

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    nnani Monday, October 22, 2018 1
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    no cause there should have been no problem for using a word that has been used for YEARS.

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    IGOTBUDDIES Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Actually the COMMON term used for YEARS is 'GF' NOT 'Gfriend'. Source Music intentionally named the group -G-friend- so the group could easily be differentiated with the actual noun (internationally). Plus, he did INTENTIONALLY use Gfriend (as in the girl group) as he said he was inspired by Young Thug's 2016 album 'Jeffrey,' where each track was titled after different celebrities. Buddies didn't think it was proper to use it since (like u mentioned) it's NOT ABOUT GFRIEND & the lyrics aren't really appropriate. There was nothing wrong with him apologising & changing the ENGLISH title

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    jeyjin Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Aw, I’m just happy VJ still makes music.

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    barabara2000 Monday, October 22, 2018 10
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    "His reasoning behind the title, explaining that his influence came from Young Thug's 2016 album 'Jeffrey,' where each track was titled after different celebrities"

    That's why he named the song GFriend, not Girlfriend. Make sure u read this before commenting some shit :)

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    enzoa Monday, October 22, 2018 9
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    This distinction is totally pointless since GFriend is only the romanized stylization of 여자친구 (girlfriend), which IS the title of the song... 😄

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    barabara2000 Monday, October 22, 2018 8
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    No it's not, he still should've used girlfriend instead. I don't mind if he used yeojachingu, there are other songs with that title. The thing is he used GFRIEND and there's no 'GFRIEND' word used in the lyrics but Girlfriend. He himself admitted it was intentional :)

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    MyDay_ONCEHiHig Monday, October 22, 2018 1
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    thats so dumb. He named it gfriend and i find that to be flattery

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    IGOTBUDDIES Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    It could but since the lyrics aren't really appropriate it became something else

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    ohbunnies Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    just change it to girlfriend lol

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    karoudo Monday, October 22, 2018 1
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Stop apologizing to stupid ppl ffs ...

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    Menece Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018
    apologizing this days seems like is another tool for marketing. Ask halsey.
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    enzoa Monday, October 22, 2018 0
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    Well, this can happen when you name a group with a common word, despite the fact that VJ did it on purpose.

    Anyway, who wouldn't fancy some makeup sex with the GF members? 😁

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