Lee Seung Gi's US tour event cancellation controversy is growing out of hand, as the New York venue lashed back at Human Made's alleged "media play".
A few weeks ago, Lee Seung Gi's agency Human Made released a statement, explaining why they had to cancel Lee Seung Gi's New York-New Jersey show for his first ever U.S. concert tour. The reason that they stated for the cancellation was due to the "unfavorable local venue conditions". Following this statement, however, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) lashed back stating that Lee Seung Gi's agency was doing "media play" to make their venue be perceived negatively. A representative of the NJPAC stated, "It is absolutely unacceptable that [Lee Seung-ki] claimed that the reasons for the cancellation of his performance were for reasons that fell on the responsibility of our concert hall. They are using our New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) as a scapegoat."
An exclusive Korean news media outlet located in Atlanta then released the Kakao messages that had been exchanged between Human Made CEO Jang Jae Ha and the agency staff. CEO Jang Jae Ha had sent the mesage, "Let's take the ticket sales out of the reasons for the cancellation [of the New Jersey performance]. It should not be revealed that [Lee Seung Gi's] ticket sales are low." Then, another staff at Human Made then replied, "If you want, we can take [the information about ticket sales] out of this issue, but they might lash back out at us because the reason for cancellation is weak."
Previously, Lee Seung Gi received a lot of criticism after cancelling his U.S. tour artist-fan meeting events in Atlanta and his concert in New York. Human Made agency stated reasons of "prioritizing the artist's health" as well as the "unfavorable local venue conditions" to explain their situation.