KELCEY LORENZO WRITES – Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) announced that it has banned top K-Pop group, Big Bang, from appearing on its weekly music show, Inkigayo.  

It has been reported that the staff of Inkigayo had made the decision to ban the five member band when two of its members, G-Dragon (GD) and TOP, were not in attendance during an award ceremony where they had placed first with their song LOSER.

YG Entertainment, Big Bang’s management, made a statement that GD and TOP were absent due to a music video shoot. The Inkigayo staff, however, have not allowed the reason of scheduling conflicts to affect their decision.

A representative from the Korean music industry commented on the situation stating, “It has always been problematic when a 1st place group does not appear on the live broadcast unless they had an unavoidable reason. Big Bang’s case is the same. They might have been filming their [music video], but the staff must have seen it as a problem and unfair to the rest of the groups.”

The announcement, made public through Korean media on June 14, has left K-Pop fans and netizens around the world dumbfounded.   Netizens commented on online news articles saying, “?????? There have been plenty of instances where other groups all couldn’t make it for the award speech but they were never banned off of the show like this ㅋㅋㅋㅋ what is going on?” and “Is Inkigayo insane?”

While Inkigayo did award Big Bang’s “BANG BANG BANG” first place for their June 14 show through a delayed announcement on their website, there have been no reports of the show’s staff lifting the ban as of yet.

Big Bang will continue to promote “BANG BANG BANG” and “We Like 2 Party,” the second installments of their four-part “MADE” series, on other weekly music shows.