EXID Re-Uploads New Chinese Version of Up & Down’
Hyo Jin Lee, Jan. 12, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
K pop girl group EXID has re-uploaded the Chinese version music video for ‘Up & Down’ after controversy erupted on the first upload. Chinese media outlets reported that EXID's 1st MV for the Chinese "Up & Down" contained controversial scenes, including ones of EXID wearing qipao-like attire while dancing in front of what appears to be the former imperial palace in Beijing, as well as them wearing "too revealing" attire while sitting on royal thrones. They also reported that some netizens took offense to the MV using what appears to be the former imperial palace like it were a MV set.
Banana Culture made sure to clarify that all of the architecture, furniture, and backgrounds in the MV were a part of a filming set and not actual monuments, buildings, or structures. The label continued, "We judged that scenes filmed at a set resembling the former imperial palace, in order to give off a more Chinese vibe, may cause issues, so we've deleted them. During the filming, Chinese staff members present were of the opinion that it would be acceptable, and even after we uploaded the 1st MV, it wasn't that we were flagged right away, but afterward we did judge that it could be problematic, and concluded that it would be best to edit the MV."
EXID is a South Korean girl group formed in 2012. The group consists of five-members: Solji, LE, Hani, Hyelin and Jeonghwa. They made their debut as a six-member group in February 2012, with the single "Whoz That Girl". Their first EP Hippity Hop was released in August 2012 to limited success. The group unexpectedly gained success after their 2014 single "Up & Down", which did not chart well upon initial release reached number one on the Gaon Singles Chart four months later, when a fan-recording of one of EXID's performances of the song became a viral video. EXID released their second EP Ah Yeah in April 2015, to commercial success. Their first studio album, entitled Street, was released in June 2016.