Soon-To-Debut Thai Idol Sitala Of H1-KEY has already found herself in massive controversy even before her official debut.
Recently, Grand Line Group announced their plans to debut a new girl group called H1-KEY, and they began to unveil each member, one of the members Sitala is Thai particularly caught the attention of netizens.
Soon some netizens began to look into the idol and found out her late father had participated in Thailand’s anti-democracy campaign, and some fans had claimed the idol’s father was an elite who supported Thailand’s rule under military dictatorship.
Sitala was also revealed to have named her father as her role model which many people found an issue considering his past actions.
This stirred a lot of negative responses specifically from Thai fans who demanded the idol to be removed from the group. While initially, the agency remained silent, on December 8, they came out with a response.
In their statement which was released in both English and Korean, the agency says they’ve been looking into the situation as it is a complex and sensitive issue. The agency argues the idol was a minor when her father had an influence on her and as a result, she cannot be held liable for his actions. Thus, Sitala will not be removed from the group.
You can read the full statement released in English below!
The response has not been well-received by fans who criticized the agency for the handling of the situation.
Upcoming girl group H1-KEY consists of four members and is set to debut in 2022.
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