Earlier this week, fans of rookie girl group (G)I-DLE expressed their frustration after coming across a web novel cover, which they accused of copying (G)I-DLE's "Lion" MV concept.
The cover of the web novel in question, called 'You Be The 'Supporting Role'' (literal translation), seems to have referenced (G)I-DLE's signature "crown" pose from the group's "Lion" MV, as well as the members' extravagant finger jewelry, as you can see below.
Fans began demanding an explanation as well as an apology from the web novel's illustrator and publisher, raising their voices. Then, on January 3, the web novel's publishing company stepped up to issue an official apology.
The publisher relayed, "The cover for this web novel was created by a freelance artist on an external contract, and we sent over 3 guide works, requesting that they choose one they felt comfortable with... After we became aware of the controversy back on January 1, we contacted the illustrator and they confirmed that they utilized (G)I-DLE's concept as a source in creating the cover; we have since requested a new version of the cover."
According to the publishing company, when they attempted to receive further explanation from the illustrator, the illustrator simply responded with, "I delivered a new version of the cover so I do not feel the need to provide any more explanations."
Finally, the publishing company stressed that the web novel's author did not take inspiration or copy concepts from (G)I-DLE, and that they will be hiring a new illustrator soon. The publishing company has since changed the cover image of 'You Be the 'Supporting Role'' to the image below.