Netizens on Twitter demand an apology from GMA Network over misleading reports about BTS’ Jungkook, NCT’s Jaehyun, SEVENTEEN’s Mingyu, and ASTRO’s Eunwoo.
On May 19, #GMAApologize reached the top spot on Twitter’s Philippine trends as fans of the involved idols try to get the network’s attention. As of this writing, the hashtag is still on the local trending list.
GMA News reported the issue in its flagship newscast 24 Oras. They reported that the four idols went to a club in Itaewon, accusing them of breaking social distancing protocols in South Korea.
Fans are also enraged over 24 Oras’ unauthorized use of photos on Weverse. The fan community app’s guidelines state that the sharing of photos from the platform is not allowed.
Additionally, Filipino NCTzens are angry that 24 Oras cited Jaehyun as a member of NCT Dream, even using footages of NCT Dream’s performances. They tagged the network as unprofessional for reporting false information.
ABS-CBN News was also called out by fans for posting a misleading report of the issue on their website. The report was originally from Reuters.
Contrary to the 24 Oras report, news outlets in South Korea confirmed that Jungkook, Jaehyun, Mingyu, and Eunwoo visited a restaurant and bar a week before the COVID-19 cases in Itaewon emerged. The idols also went before Seoul’s local government suspended the operations of bars and clubs on May 8.
The artists’ respective agencies—Bighit Entertainment, SM Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, and Fantagio—have apologized for the controversy. Eunwoo and Jaehyun have also released handwritten apology letters.
All idols voluntarily tested for COVID-19 and were declared negative from the disease.
This is not the first time GMA Network crossed paths with furious K-Pop fans. In February of this year, SEVENTEEN fans slammed a reporter for her rude coverage of the group’s arrival in Manila for their Ode to You tour. The reporter later apologized for yelling during her coverage.