Fans Demand Apology After News Channel Confuses Jonghyun With BTS Member
20 December 2017, 10:25
NBC News Chicago used footage of a BTS appearance on the Ellen show in a story about the SHINee singer's death.
Fans of K-pop star Jonghyun, who sadly passed away this week at the age of 27, are demanding an apology from a local US news station who confused the SHINee star with a member of BTS.
NBC News Chicago broadcast a report on the singer's death using footage of a recent BTS appearance on the Ellen show, focusing in on their leader RM.
The footage was quickly ripped to Facebook by user Melissa Renaé Rufus before spreading on Twitter under the hashtag #NBCChicagoApologize:
This is not okay NBC Chicago #ripjonghyun #allasiansdonotlookalikePosted by Melissa Renaé Rufus on Tuesday, 19 December 2017
In your hastiness and recklessness, you have inflicted insurmountable pain to people all around the world. Please reflect on how you report information, especially with sensitive news, with such a platform as yours.#NBCChicagoApologize— Thao Tran (@tthaooo) December 20, 2017
#NBCChicagoApologize— 에블린 - YOONGI'S WIFE (@YOONGIxEVELYN) December 20, 2017
If you plan to use kpop-related news segments for the popularity of your news channel, at least research the topic
You should have properly done your research and made sure to double check it. By ignorantly reporting the death of an idol while using a popular group’s image on the background you disrespected and offended everyone especially those still grieving. #NBCChicagoApologize— 🥀💔 (@RedRoseRey) December 20, 2017
Now what?— Reésha (@BANGTAN_4_LIFE) December 20, 2017
Was it a mistake @nbcchicago ?
How could it be a mistake?
U should apologize.
You broadcasted and posted same death news with two different pictures of two different person?
Its disrespectful, so apologize.#NBCChicagoApologize pic.twitter.com/5PtgJ6k0n3
NBC News Chicago have reportedly updated their website to remove the video footage but have yet to comment or apologise for the incident at the time of writing.
High profile figures in music including 5SOS' Michael Clifford have also called out the station online:
this is just so fucking disrespectful. I have always been frustrated by the media’s lack of fact checking; (which could have taken minutes of research) this is straight up offensive to everyone involved. respect him in the right way or don’t at all. i’m very sorry about Jonghyun https://t.co/hK9IEhq2IJ— 🕴🏼michael clifford🕴🏼 (@Michael5SOS) December 20, 2017
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