On February 29, VIXX member Hongbin held a live broadcast on Twitch celebrating his anniversary being on the platform. While having fun and enjoying the broadcast with drinks, he made some comments regarding music made by idol groups which sparked hate from fans.
Member Leo took it to his Twitter to post a message related to this.
마음 편히 좋은 꿈들 꿔줘요 내 뮤즈들 미안해요~
— VIXX_LEO (@JUNGTW_LEO) February 29, 2020
Dream sweet dreams with your hearts at ease. My muses, I’m sorry.
In the morning of March 1, Hongbin himself started a live broadcast on his personal Instagram account to apologize with what he did. He also posted an apology separately. His agency, Jellyfish Entertainment also formally released a statement for this.
소속 아티스트 이홍빈 군의 개인 방송에서 빚어진 물의에 관한 사죄의 말씀을 전합니다. 심려를 끼쳐드려 죄송합니다.
다시는 이러한 물의가 반복되지 않도록 아티스트 관리에 신중을 기하도록 노력하겠습니다. 감사합니다. pic.twitter.com/fqB2tOdTGi
— Jellyfish Ent. (@jellyfish_ent) March 1, 2020
Our artist Hongbin caused a lot of concern and pain to other labels’ artists and their fans through his actions on his individual broadcast. We bow our heads in apology. We also sincerely apologize to the fans who support VIXX and Hongbin. We are also taking responsibility for our label artist’s actions and are reflecting. We will do our best on managing our artist so something like this does not happen again. We apologize once again for causing concerns. Thank you.
Member Ravi, who’s in the midst of his promotion took time to share his thoughts through Instagram.
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– 직접 만나서 보여드리고 싶었던 무대라서 열심히 움직여봤는데 방송으로나마 보시는 동안 행복 했었으면 싶네요. 다양한 공간에서 시간 같이 보내면서 좋은 추억 많이 만들어주고 싶었는데 상황이 여의치 않았던 게 참 아쉬워요. 하지만 아직 나올 방송들도 많고 공연도 꼭 할거니까 끝이라 생각 마시고 저의 소중한 첫 정규앨범 엘도라도 보내주지 말고 많이 즐기고 아껴주세요. 많이 보고싶네요 사랑해요 예술에는 높고 낮음이 없고 누군가의 땀과 뜨거움을 쉽게 깎아내려선 안된다는 생각이 저를 비롯하여 많은 사람들에게 깊게 스며있었으면하는 바람입니다. 상처받으신 모든 분들에게 진심으로 사과드립니다.
I worked hard because it was a stage I had wanted to show you in person, but I hope you were able to feel happiness seeing [the stages] through broadcasted shows. I had wanted to create many good memories with you in various places, but the situation didn’t allow for it and that makes me sad. However, there are still so many shows I’ve yet to be on and concerts I’ve yet to hold, so don’t think of this as the end, please don’t say goodbye to my precious first album “El Dorado” just yet, and please enjoy and treasure it a lot. I miss you so much. I love you.
My wish is that for many people, including myself, the thought is deeply embedded within us that there is no one higher or lower when it comes to the arts, and that we must not tear down someone’s tears and passion so easily. I wish to sincerely apologize to all those who have been hurt.