A national petition to ban IZ*ONE from appearing on KBS, the Korean public television channel, and its music show “Music Bank” started on October 28. The original writer of the petition stated, “IZ*ONE is a project group from ‘Produce 48.’ The show was created through the cooperation of Mnet and AKB48. AKB48 is a well known group that actively supports the Japanese right wing and its activities. There are also members who performed at AKB48’s concert too. Thus the group should not appear on a national television channel that receives license fees from the public.” Approximately 12,000 people signed the petition by October 29, 2 p.m. KST.
IZ*ONE members Miyawaki Sakura, Yabuki Nako, and Honda Hitomi are a part of AKB48, and AKB48’s producer Yasushi Yakimoto, who wrote the lyrics for IZ*ONE’s “You’re In Love, Right?” is a well known supporter of the Japanese right wing. Issues regarding the Japanese right wing are a sensitive topic in Korea due to the history between the two countries, such as colonization and post war settlements.
Source: @soompi, Hanguk Ilbo via soompi