Back on June 17, the popular SBS Mobidic interview program 'Showterview' hosted by Jessi caused a stir among international K-Pop fans due to mistranslations.
During the interview, the MCs asked TWICE to choose a member they would like to switch bodies with for one day. Here, member Tzuyu chose Dahyun, and said that she would like to try living with very pale skin like Dahyun for one day.
When Jessi heard this, she looked at her own arms with an exaggerated reaction, making the TWICE members laugh as Jessi is known for her tan skin. Then, in a joking manner, Jessi commented, "Why don't you try a really deep 'ttaemili'? One time, I scrubbed my skin really thoroughly and it became like baby skin."
Here, the term "ttaemili", which refers to a Korean method of using a textured glove to scrub dead skin cells, was mistranslated and therefore misinterpreted by some fans as "dirt". Many fans then accused Jessi of making a "colorist" joke against Tzuyu.
However, the production crew of 'Showterview' has since responded with an official apology, clarifying the mistranslation confusion. The episode of 'Showterview' featuring TWICE has also been edited to exclude the controversial scene.