On a recent episode of Gag Concert (개그콘서트), a Korean sketch-comedy TV show on KBS 2TV network, Xia Junsu's name was seemingly censored from broadcast, outraging fans.
During a skit about male celebrities who play soccer, comedian Park Sung Ho said, “When male celebrities play soccer, Minho (SHINee) is manly, XIA Junsu is cool, and Lee Deok Hwa is...” and the “Xia” was muted out, also affecting the audibility of “Junsu”.
Fans of the show took to the community board to protest. To this, Gag Concert's producer responded with, “During the editing process, we thought that nowadays, Junsu is known as ‘XIA’ not Junsu or ‘XIA Junsu’ [for his music promotions]. Park Yoochun and Kim Jaejoong are active under their own names, so we believed using ‘XIA Junsu’ would only hurt fans. So we censored ‘XIA’ but only for ‘Junsu’ to barely be heard as well. Only ‘XIA’ was muted. It seems we have unintentionally created a misunderstanding with fans.”
Do you think the Gag Concert producers were doing the right thing?
You can check out a video of the skit to see for yourself.