Jellyfish Entertainment have released an official statement in response to the recent controversy surrounding comments made by VIXX member Hongbin during a Twitch livestream.
On March 1, the company posted,
"Hello. This is Jellyfish Entertainment.
Our artist Lee Hongbin has caused great pain and concern to other artists and their fans with the words and behaviour he showed during his personal live broadcast. We bow our heads in apology.
We also sincerely apologise to the fans who support VIXX and Hongbin.
We feel responsible for our artist’s words and actions and are reflecting upon ourselves. We will pay closer attention to the management of our artists so that this kind of issue does not arise again.
Once again, we apologise for causing concern."
While reacting to a video of SHINee performing "Everybody" mixed with the Digimon animation theme song, he commented, "Who added this kind of idol music to band music? So awful."
The K-pop idol also criticised the choreography of Infinite's "Be Mine" and said, "If it were me, I would have beaten up the choreographer."
In response to the angry backlash from fans, the idol personally apologised in a follow-up Twitch livestream and on Instagram.
"Hello. This is Lee Hongbin.
I sincerely apologise to the artists and the fans of those artists who were hurt by my improper words and actions from my previous late-night live broadcast.
I also apologize to the VIXX members and fans for causing them to worry.
There is no room for excuse. No matter what reason it was for, I am deeply reflecting on acting carelessly and not thinking deeply.
I once again bow my head in apology to those who were disappointed by me.
I will take care to ensure that something like this does not happen again, and I will reflect on myself. I am truly sorry."
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