After more than a month of silence, SM has finally addressed some of the controversies surrounding aespa’s “Black Mamba” MV.
Previously, aespa’s “Black Mamba” production team was under fire after multiple artists called them out over what they allege is plagiarism, German visual artist Timo Helgert directly called out SM’s team on his Instagram posting pictures showing the similarities between his work and “Black Mamba” MV, especially in a scene where a garden grows out of a subway car and another where a large snake moves around the subway car.
There was also controversy when the virtual girl group K/DA fans pointed out that the MV was similar to what the group has done before including the neon colored monster with its teeth.
On December 22, SM Entertainment released a brief statement explaining that they have ‘contacted the artist and the company mentioned in some scenes in the MV,’ and have ‘spoken to them while explaining’ their planning and intentions for the group’s world view.
“The artists and companies confirmed that there were no objections to the music video scene.”
SM’s response has garnered mixed responses from fans.
Meanwhile, aespa debuted with “Black Mamba” on November 17.