Seolhyun and Jimin have both uploaded apologies to Instagram for being dumbasses on ‘Channel AOA‘.
“Hello, this is AOA’s Jimin.
I took on the history quiz corner aired on OnStyle’s ‘Channel AOA’ on May 3, and in that situation, I did not recognize Ahn Joong Geun’s portrait. I even approached the subject lightly and showed an inappropriate attitude to many people.
As a celebrity in the public eye, I sincerely apologize for causing people to disapprove because of my playful mindset.
No excuse will cover my mistake.
Through this incident, I’ve learned that ignorance is the biggest mistake.
I give my sincerest apologies and will deeply reflect on my actions.
From now on, I’ll do my best to have a knowledge of history I won’t be embarrassed by not only as a celebrity, but as a Korean citizen.
Once again, I deeply apologize for my mistake. I’m sorry.”
“Hello. This is AOA’s Seolhyun.
I sincerely apologize to all of those who felt displeasure due to the lack of awareness regarding history during the ‘Channel AOA’ program on OnStyle back on May 3.
As a citizen of South Korea, I should have shown dignified behavior regarding the history, but I had failed to do so, which made me realize many things, and I am self-reflecting.
I am embarrassed regarding what happened, and I am feeling deeply apologetic toward the people who felt uncomfortable by it.
The things that have been said to me all this time I will keep secured in my heart and will work hard in order to show a more prudent image.
Once again, I deeply apologize.”
1) Like I said yesterday, what they did was seriously stupid. Comically so. I see some international AOA fans trying to defend it like they don’t deserve to catch any shit for this. Come on, they at least deserve to be mocked for a while.
2) They’re gonna get shit for this for a while, and aside from the over-the-top bullshitting from unhinged people, it’s hard to say the backlash is WAY out of line.
Would I go into rage mode if somebody didn’t know Paul Revere or George Washington or something like that? No, but I’m also not one of those nationalistic psychopaths. Still, would I snark about it for months? Probably, especially if that happened within the past century.
To this day, my family (and me, a lot) still gives my sister shit for mistakenly thinking America declared independence in like 1860. Why? BECAUSE WHAT AN IDIOT. This could be your accountant. She also once thought ‘Jorge’ was pronounced as ‘George’. BOOKS AREN’T EVERYTHING, KIDDOS!
3) Not sure what impact if any this will have on AOA‘s comeback, but since they apologized quickly, I highly doubt it shits up their careers. Unlike T-ara (incompetent damage control) and Yewon (lying about it), this was handled how it should’ve been after the story broke.