KUALA LUMPUR: New music group TXT became the first ever K-Pop boy band to perform at iHeartRadio’s Wango Tango concert which took place last Saturday in Los Angeles.
According to Koreaboo, the five-member South Korean music outfit, whose moniker means Tomorrow By Together, performed its songs Crown, Blue Orangeade and an English version of Cat & Dog.
But the delightful experience for the group that made its debut back in March was somewhat sullied by a rather unpleasant moment during a red carpet segment with photographers.
The boys had to endure some annoying comments from them as their pictures were taken, such as “BTS junior”, “What’s the name of the group?” and having their band name being mispronounced as “Text.”
But what got fans seeing red was when one photographer apparently said: “Get closer like you’re Asian.”
The segment was caught on video and shared online by irate fans who took offense at what had happened.
One TXT fan wrote: “This is absolutely UNPROFESSIONAL & RACIST! ‘Get closer like you’re Asian.’ What is that even supposed to mean!!?? TXT deserves an apology from whoever the photographer was. Absolutely disgusting too see them get treated that way.”
Another said: “During the wango tango pink carpet one photographer legit said to TXT ‘get close like you're Asian’? Word for word. Like WHAT? How is no one ending this person's career? Isn't this called, um, RACISM?”
Wango Tango apparently issued an apology on Twitter later with regards to the matter and said: “We're so sorry for this! The person who said this probably it's not a good person. We don't know who it is, but we are not racist and we accepted all people.”
Fans were still bristling though and expressed their disappointment at how poorly-worded the apology was.
One replied with, “This apology sounds like a 7 year old wrote it in,” while another said, “Wow what a meaningful apology! ‘Probably not a good person’ are u talking to children? Wow!”
TXT, consisting of Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Huening Kai, was formed by Big Hit Entertainment. It has so far achieved encouraging success after embarking on its first ever tour in April, which saw the group performing in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando and Atlanta.