Following the recent black ocean misunderstanding at the MelOn Music Awards (MMA) 2023, 4th generation sweetheart and monster rookie NewJeans faces more controversy regarding their stage performance. Although the group managed to secure both daesang and bonsang, NewJeans still cannot escape the public’s criticism.
NewJeans Faces More Controversy Amid Black Ocean Misunderstanding at MMA 2023
4th generation Kpop sweetheart and monster rookie NewJeans must face harsh criticism and controversy again. Amid the recent black ocean misunderstanding at MelOn Music Awards 2023 (MMA), NewJeans face more criticism and controversy over their performance and outfits.
The 2023 MelOn Music Awards (MMA), held on December 2, featured many outstanding artists, including NewJeans, IVE, aespa, SHINee, NCT Dream, RIIZE, and others. The event, known for its grand red carpet, had a lineup that generated much excitement.
NewJeans, in particular, arrived as a highlight, having recently won two Daesangs at MAMA 2023, marking them as a leading act among the new wave of idols.
During the 2023 MelOn Music Awards, NewJeans showcased a fresh remix of their EP “Get Up.” This marked the first occasion where the girl group performed all six tracks from the EP – “New Jeans,” “Super Shy,” “Cool With You,” “ETA,” “ASAP,” and “Get Up” – in a non-stop, 12-minute set. Dressed in their signature Y2K style, NewJeans captivated the audience with their dance and song throughout the performance.
Unfortunately, the incredible performance and outfits of NewJeans must face more criticism and controversy.
The Controversy on NewJeans Outfits and Stylists
At the 2023 MMA, the group NewJeans turned heads with their unique fashion choices. Standing out from the crowd, they embraced a Y2K theme, opting for cargo pants and shorts instead of the traditional formal attire.
Hyein sported a mesh crop top with a bold necklace, while Haerin’s look featured denim pants and an angel-wing top. Danielle added flair with a fur stole and metallic top, and all members wore chunky snow boots. Minji’s outfit was a mix of patterns, including patterned stockings and a printed skirt.
This style choice is in contrast with outfits from other idols, which caused mixed reactions from netizens. They admired the girls’ beauty but questioned the stylist’s choices for such a prestigious event.
These outfits, while creative, didn’t seem to fit the formal setting of the awards. Some felt that the over-the-top styling overshadowed the group’s natural beauty. Others appreciated the daring approach but noted that the looks were strange and questionable.
Therefore, they questioned whether these styles and outfits are appropriate for such formal settings.
- I appreciate the effort to style them, but their natural beauty is more appealing.
- It’s surprising to see such unusual choices. Why choose these styles for such attractive members?
- The fashion choices after first album seem overdone. Why are they doing this?
- The outfits are weird, especially the stockings. Where do they find them?
- They chose a different look for the girls. I personally like this change.
- It seems like such dramatic styling is a common trend at award shows.
- At first glance, the leg wear looked like Coca-Cola stains.
- Both Minji and Hanni look beautiful.
- The hair, makeup, and overall styling are overwhelming. A more natural look might be better.
Lip-Sync Accusation on the Performance at MMA 2023
Not only their fashion, but netizens also criticized NewJeans’ performance at the MelOn Music Awards (MMA) 2023.
Delivering six songs from their EP “Get Up,” NewJeans must once again face controversy for this performance. Due to the issues causing the audio to be out of sync with their visual image, netizens accused NewJeans of performing lip sync at the ceremony.
This accusation, topped with their outfit controversy, allegedly resulted in lacking impact and failing to complement their figures.
Hence, the performance was described as rushed and incohesive, with the choreography seen as messy and the facial expressions underwhelming.
Responding to this controversy, MMA 2023 organizers explained the issue was because of a delay in the sound system. However, this explanation didn’t satisfy many viewers.
On the other hand, other fans remain solid in defending NewJeans. They argued that the group sang live and any audio issues were due to the loud backtrack.
Hence, the performance sparked a debate among netizens, with opinions ranging from disappointment in the choreography and outfits to defense of the group’s live singing.
- I really didn’t like their dance moves, and it seemed like they were lip-syncing the whole time.
- NewJeans’ performance didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.
- I disliked the outfits for the stage; they didn’t seem to work well together in NewJeans’ performance.
- The group’s facial expressions seemed quite dull.
- NewJeans’ dance routines had too many minor hand and foot gestures, resulting in a cluttered look, and the performance lacked any standout moments.
- I believe they were actually singing; it’s just that the background music was too loud.
- Let’s be a bit more understanding, considering they had to learn new dance routines and remix six songs.
- I’m wondering why the music didn’t match up with the audio…
Finally, what are your thoughts on NewJeans outfits and performance? Despite the misunderstanding about the black ocean issue, it seems that NewJeans’ appearance at the MMA 2023 still triggers a controversy. But was it all really an issue? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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