Mnet recently fell under severe criticisms for using a remix of Islam’s adhan during an episode of Street Woman Fighter — and it looks like unrelated people are paying a hefty price for the broadcast station’s actions.
The adhan(also written as azan and adzan) is the Islamic call to prayer, which is made up of a collection of phrases that is recited at prescribed times of day. This prayer holds a significant meaning and importance within the Islamic religion, which is why when Muslim viewers of Street Woman Fighter heard the disrespectful “remix” of the adhan, it was received poorly. The hashtag #Mnetapologize began to trend on Twitter, as the outrage began to pour out against Mnet.
Yes Islam is beautiful but it's doesn't mean you can use it for an aesthetic and being disrespectful towards our religion. Stop using our religion in any of your contents or shows mnet. Stop being dumb and please RESPECT OUR RELIGION!! #Mnetapologize
— • mai • (@mydearwon) September 7, 2021
Non Muslim will think that we're overeacted or dramatic but I want to clarify that our adzan is NOT for a clout purpose. It's NOT something that you can put as a remix & make a song out of it. As a muslim I'm really disappointed and offended by @MnetKR's behavior.#Mnetapologize
— Syaaa (@Syasyeesyuu) September 7, 2021
— Doy you love me (@OliviaCherly3) September 9, 2021
While Mnet issued an apology, it seems that the situation has not been forgiven nor forgotten. M Countdown! aired their weekly episode just a day ago, and like usual, it was filled with fun and exciting performances from all of our favorite K-Pop idols. However, apology or not, it seems that enraged netizens have been unleashing their anger towards all of the recently uploaded M Countdown! videos, as the downvotes continue to increase in the masses.
First up, we have solo artist Lee Eun Sang, who was previously a part of the project Produce X 101 boy group, X1. While Lee Eun Sang made his exciting comeback with a refreshing, summery track titled “Lemonade,” his M! Countdown performance was attacked with about 2,200 downvotes, which is almost half of his 5,100 like count.
Rookie girl group ICHILLIN’ also became a target of the angry down-voters. The girl group debuted just a day ago on September 8 and held their exciting debut stage on the Mnet music show with their track “GOT’YA.” Their addicting melody and synchronized choreography was met with high praise, but they garnered about 1,200 dislikes compared to their 2,900 likes.
Another artist who has surprisingly been attacked with hateful downvotes is none other than AOMG soloist, Lee Hi. The singer recently made her highly anticipated comeback with her third studio album 4 ONLY. However, like the previous artists above, Lee Hi was also met with an incredible number of dislikes on her “Red Lipstick” M! Countdown comeback stage.
And perhaps the singer who was attacked the most was none other than Super Junior‘s Sungmin. The idol singer came back with “Goodnight, Summer” and performed his song on the Mnet stage for all of his fans. Just like his fellow M! Countdown performers above, however, the Super Junior member was also met with thousands of dislikes. Sungmin’s video garnered 6,600 dislikes, which is more than his 4,900 like count.
Dozens of other M! Countdown viewers were quick to put two and two together to realize what was going on, as they began to comment about the situation under their favorite artists’ Mnet videos.
We hope that the ongoing controversy gets resolved in an appropriate manner and that it does not happen again.