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‘K-Pop Star 6' Reported For Airing Minor's Suggestive Performance

By March 15, 2017 at 7:52 am
"K-Pop Star 6" under fire for allowing a minor to perform a Britney Spears song (Photo : Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

SBS program "K-Pop Star 6" is currently under fire for broadcasting sexualized performances of minors. The show was reported to the Korea Communications Standards Commission subcommittee for sexual content.

"'K-Pop Star 6' has made a minor wear a school uniform and perform a sexual song that includes suggestive lyrics," the government agency said on Tuesday. "Many civil complaints were submitted especially after the February 5 and 12 broadcast."

The episodes in question featured 11-year-old contestant Han Byul. She was wearing a school uniform and performed her version of Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again."

The episode was met with criticism when it aired. Watching a child "perform such a sexual song while wearing a school uniform" was described as "uncomfortable."

A source who was reportedly from the Korea Communications Standards Commission added that "K-Pop Star 6" will be reevaluated for making minors sing songs with provocative lyrics. This is a violation of section 45, article 6 of the broadcasting review regulations. The government agency will be reviewing the show on Mar. 15, 3 p.m.

"K-Pop Star 6" is the final season of the reality TV competition show. It premiered on SBS last Nov. 2016, airing on Sunday evenings.

Leaders in the entertainment industry: Yang Hyun-suk, Park Jin-young, and You Hee-yeol continue to be the judges for the show. The winner of "K-Pop Star 6" will be jointly debuted and promoted by all three major companies: YG, JYP, and Antenna.

Meanwhile, top entertainment management agencies including JYP, SM, and YG have been ordered to stop issuing unfair contracts to their trainees. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has found and corrected six types of unfair clauses after the inspection of the contracts of eight agencies: SM, YG, JYP, LOEN, FNC, Cube, Jellyfish Entertainments and DSP Media.

Each company is estimated to have over 12 billion won (about 10 million USD) in assets. Six agencies were found to have charged trainees 100 million won to 150 million won for canceling the agreement.

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