SM Entertainment’s freshly-formed supergroup, Girls On Top (GOT), had just finished their dazzling performance before facing an issue with some Korean fans. What is happening? Check out the following details.
Girls On Top (GOT) Supergroup Dazzling Performance of “Step Back” at SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU EXPRESS @ KWANGYA
The first time the female supergroup appeared on the internet, Girls On Top (GOT) had caught the attention of many Kpop enthusiasts. After all, the group consisted of the prominent TOP Kpop girl group members from SM Entertainment from each generation: BoA, SNSD Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, Red Velvet Wendy and Seulgi, as well as aespa Karina and Winter.
On January 1, SM released the full video of Girls On Top (GOT) stage performance, “Step Back” at SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU EXPRESS @ KWANGYA. In the video, the female septet group showed a dazzling performance, representing the girl power the group’s name means.
Issue Started Appearing in South Kore Following Girls On Top (GOT) Supergroup “Step Back” Performance
However, immediately after their “Step Back” performance went viral on the internet, an issue started appearing in South Korea regarding the Girls On Top (GOT) supergroup. While the supergroup and its members managed to deliver a fantastic show and stage performance, the song itself became the problem.
According to South Korean fans, while the group itself represents “girl power”, “Step Back” lyrics are highly contradictory. Why? Because “Step Back” lyrics contain words that encourage women to fight and take each other down over a man.
jfc usually don’t get involved in stan wars but if I see another sm stan going “you just hate successful women” to critics w a boy on their pfp— ᴮᴱ jules⁷ (@juliaisthisyou) January 2, 2022
guys you /have/ seen the lyrics to GOT step back you’re defending right?
it’s women taking women down over a man, quit the fake feminism pic.twitter.com/hgYRNse0Vd
The Name of Girls On Top (GOT) Derived from BoA’s Legendary Song
Moreover, the lyrics became even a more significant issue especially after knowing that the group’s name was derived from BoA’s legendary song with the same name.
“Girls on Top” was BoA’s legendary single released in 2005. What’s more, the lyrics in BoA’s original song spoke about encouraging women to be true to themselves and accept who they really are.
That is why fans expressed concerns that the Girls On Top (GOT) supergroup “Step Back” had to deliver an entirely different message despite these relations. According to fans, it is inappropriate to have a song about girls fighting each other over a man for a supergroup that is supposed to empower women.
SM know what’s going on, they turned off the lyrics on Step Back’s stage vid right after they uploaded it. They still have time to address the issue. Let’s hope for the changes, it will push back the release date but I’m sure none of us wants the issue affecting BoA’s career 😩🙏🏼— JASB (@91jasonng) January 2, 2022
ig my problem with got step back is that you have an entire concept exuding female power: powerful women, powerful vocalists, powerful dancers, powerful choreography, powerful styling, powerful line up and even a even a beat that calls to power and then you have lyrics like this pic.twitter.com/V7sJa80xir— i have patrick (@HYOYEONKlM) January 1, 2022
Supergroup Girls ON Top (GOT) “Step Back” Was Created by Controversial Producer Ryan S Jhun
On top of everything, the creator behind the Girls On Top (GOT) supergroup “Step Back” song was apparently Ryan S Jhun. For those who are still unfamiliar with the name, he is a producer who had caused a stir in social media a while ago. That is why fans couldn’t help but wonder why SM chose him in the first place.
Previously in September 2021, Ryan S Jhun received massive criticisms for referring to the female idols with the word 봊돌. This word was derived from “female genitals” and “idol”, which was considered extremely vulgar.
apologized though i wont forgive him for what he did https://t.co/Ye9SUxzqcb— 솔 (@shinhonggu) December 29, 2021
Ryan S Jhun Has Apologized for His Wrong Choice of Words
The producer apologized not long after the issue broke out. He posted on Twitter that he was sorry because he didn’t know it was a bad word.
That’s a bad word, I didn’t know and The word was still written in that article, and just this morning, our production team also searched and told us what it meant. I also found and deleted the posts, and I will write carefully one by one in the future.sorry fans & thank you.— Ryan S. Jhun (@ryanjhun) September 10, 2021
That is why since Girls On Top (GOT) “Step Back” was created by a person who has a history of using misogynistic words publicly, the lyrics behind the song became a massive issue despite the group’s outstanding performance.
So, what do you think about this issue behind the Girls On Top (GOT) “Step Back” performance in South Korea? Does it affect the group’s image, or do you believe that the group’s fine the way it is? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and stay with Kpoppost for more updates. In the meantime, here’s the full video of Girls On Top (GOT) “Step Back” dazzling performance.
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