NCT and WayV member TEN recently joined Youku TV's 'Street Dance of China' season 4 as a judge, and K-netizens aren't too happy about it.
Previously, 'Street Dance of China' stirred controversy among Korean netizens after the show's contestants danced to the traditional Korean song "Arirang" while dressed in hanbok, also mimicking Korea's fan dance. The show then claimed that the music, clothing, and dances used during these performances were "traditional Joseon-jok" cultural artifacts. (The Joseon-jok is an ethnic minority in China whose ancestors were Korean immigrants.)
During another episode of the show, a group of contestants once again danced to the traditional Korean pansori song "Heungboga" while dressed in hanbok. Once again, the show's judges referred to the performance as "traditional Joseon-jok". After watching the performance, former Super Junior member Hangeng commented, "I didn't know you would pick the most difficult traditional ethnic dance."
Now, NCT and WayV member TEN has newly joined 'Street Dance of China' season 4 as a judge.
Netizens reacted with comments like,
"SM... stop sucking up to China..."
"Doesn't SM feel any guilt over all of these political issues between Korea and China?"
"Please do not promote in Korea if you plan on supporting a show like that."
"Does SM really have that many Chinese investors? Because they really know how to sell their own country for money."
"Why would they send TEN out on that show? He's doing great in Korea as NCT. He's not even Chinese."
"No, no, no, no, no. Bring TEN back SM."
"They don't even know how to dance it correctly..."
"TEN is Thai, idiot SM."
"I see these Chinese shows have no sense of morality as usual."
"Someday SM is really gonna pay for selling out our country."
Meanwhile, K-Pop stars such as EXO's Lay and former Super Junior-M member Henry have also appeared as judges on 'Street Dance of China', stirring up discussion among netizens.