MBC has come under fire for allegedly disrespecting aespa‘s NingNing and Giselle.
Aespa recently made an appearance in MBC’s reality show The Manager, where the group was able to give fans an inside look at their daily life. They also took fans behind the scenes of their work process, showing them what happens on set and how aespa film their impressive performances.
Yet, fans were taken aback when they saw that The Manager mislabelled the members. In a video from behind the scenes of their “Girls” performance stage, MBC’s caption labeled Winter as the group’s main vocalist when in fact, that position belongs to NingNing.
For those seeking the context of #TheOnlyMainVocalNINGNING
This is the caption from yesterday’s @withMBC The Manager, that construes the misleading statement of aespa’ official position and severely impacts Ningning’s position.@SMTOWNGLOBAL Please protect your youngest idol. pic.twitter.com/sGZYJb7wiI
— Freya (@harbinlemonee) July 10, 2022
Fans immediately called out MBC for the error, demanding respect for NingNing and her main vocal position.
— Nini…🌸¹³ (@soomandukjane_) July 10, 2022
She is the one who stay the longest with SM. She left her child-star career in her home country, went to Korea at the age of 13 to be in aespa. She practiced singing until 3am in the morning during the promotion period. She deserves better @SMTOWNGLOBAL #TheOnlyMainVocalNINGNING pic.twitter.com/ha0OmS93dw
— Freya (@harbinlemonee) July 10, 2022
They pointed out that, while it has sometimees been said that all the members are aces and have no fixed positions, the truth is that aespa did debut with distinct positions, including main vocal, main rapper, and main dancer.
I love all of them, but stop telling me that they don’t have a fixed position when in fact THEY DO.
— yc #NINGNING ꕤ (@ychyew3) July 10, 2022
As a matter of fact, when aespa reviewed their social media profiles on 1theK, NingNing herself hilariously confirmed her position as the main vocal with great dance skills.
Given that there are only four members, fans feel that it shouldn’t have been difficult for MBC to get the members’ positions right…
…and are therefore raising concerns about NingNing’s treatment by both MBC and by SM Entertainment.
Not getting the most lines or getting the killing parts of songs,no screen time,no solo project like other members and now taking her position NINGNING IS THE ONLY MAIN VOCALIST OF AESPA #TheOnlyMainVocalNINGNING@aespa_official @withMBC@SMTOWNGLOBAL pic.twitter.com/PdYFeHhtae
— Olaabdelmoniem👑🦋 (@Olaelsaeed10) July 10, 2022
Hello! Since their debut, all Ning Yizhuo fans have wholeheartedly supported every team activity that Ning Yizhuo has been involved in, and when the show’s teaser was released, all fans had a lot of anticipation. #TheOnlyMainVocalNINGNING
— 宁艺卓吧_NINGNINGBar (@NingNing_Bar) July 10, 2022
Yet, it’s not only NingNing’s treatment that fans are worried about. MBC’s apparent omission of Giselle in one of the thumbnails for The Manager has had MYs frustrated about how aespa’s foreign members are allegedly often disrespected.
and of course giselle is left out of the thumbnails, as always. it's like second nature now and people really dont give a fuck when it comes to her. pic.twitter.com/xdVouhHtkO
— ️️ ️️️️️️️️️ ️️ ️️ ️️ (@aeri7chill) July 10, 2022
What's wrong with you @withMBC WTF?!?!
— red🍟 (@baechui403) July 11, 2022
I'm getting tired, SM should've debuted a duo instead, zero respect for the foreign members
— 👾 (@ROBOTGlRLS) July 10, 2022
And once again, given that there are only four members, fans can’t help but wonder whether it really is that hard to include all of them fairly in group promotions, claiming that Giselle in particular often gets left out.
As much as fans have enjoyed seeing aespa on The Manager, they are truly expressing their hopes that NingNing and Giselle will be given the respect they deserve for all their hard work as members of aespa (and as the main vocalist and main rapper at that).