In the wake of the passing of SHINee’s main vocalist, Kim Jonghyun, news stations around the world have covered the loss of the international sensation. However, NBC News Chicago struggled to differentiate between SHINee and the group BTS, which has recently taken the world by storm.
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This outraged many kpop fans, who demanded an apology and a replacement broadcast of NBC Chicago. Initially, people thought it could have been a simple mistake where the station found a video clip and improperly broadcasted BTS’s clips from The Ellen Show in place of Jonghyun or SHINee. However, NBC Chicago mentioned the group’s recent AMA’s performance and the storm they have taken on America, showing that the mistake was much larger than believed.
After huge amounts of backlash from kpop fans around the world, NBC Chicago tweeted an apology for the mishap.
Some fans weren’t happy with this apology, angered that the news station didn’t even bother to broadcast the correction.
What are your thoughts? Was it an honest mistake, or was it seriously bad journalism? Let us know below!