Girl group TRI.BE member Soeun is receiving heat after singing a Beyoncé song and including the “N-word”.
The group recently appeared on KBS WORLD‘s Entrevista en espanol a TRI.BE YouTube program where Soeun sang the song “Irreplaceable” by Beyoncé.
What caused controversy was that she sang the song including the racial slur on public television.
did TRI BE's Soeun just say the n word pic.twitter.com/E0mCRdpecE
— Sunmi's Tail enthusiast 💦 (@LOONAshraf) March 6, 2021
After understanding the situation, TR Entertainment posted an official apology online.
TR Entertainment wants to express our sincerest apologies to TRI.BE fans in reference to the inappropriate word when TRIBE member Soeun sang Beyonce’s song ‘Irreplaceable’ on the ‘KBS Worrld Entrevista en espanol a TRI.BE’ YouTube program. We genuinely feel very sorry that we didn’t check the lyrics before she sang the song. Soeun only practiced the lyrics on the Korean music platform and she didn’t know what it meant. We deeply realized our actions and words made everyone feel uncomfortable. We promise that we will be very careful on TRI.BE’s official activities.
— TR Entertainment
While most fans were glad that the agency issued a statement right away, others still weren’t happy about the situation and hoped that Soeun would also post a personal apology.
Idk this doesn’t sit right with me. How do you use the lyric version with the n word? I searched it up and all the lyrics I found were without it. I was gonna stan but I’m personally tired of getting hurt like this. Pls learn from this and have a good day 🙌🏾
— bri (@MintySora) March 6, 2021
We want an apology from Soeun herself.
— Kamora🐸| ROSÉ SOLO (@Cinnamoralll) March 6, 2021
thank you for apologizing, please make sure to educate them better in the future
— VOTE FOR BRAVE GIRLS (@VlVILOVE) March 6, 2021
Apology not accepted. Its 2021, why are we still doing this??🤦🏾♀️
— 😛 (@_yaywow) March 7, 2021
Some netizens also feel that a huge part of the blame should be on the company, as they do not understand the importance of educating their idols about racism.
a huge part of the blame should be on the company, these are young idols unaware of the severity of using such word, they need to teach them about all of this so they don’t self sabotage… they literally just debuted
— Sunmi’s Tail enthusiast 💦 (@LOONAshraf) March 6, 2021
What are your thoughts on this situation?