The trainee, referred to as Leo, was launched by HYBE earlier this 12 months as one in all six members of the upcoming boyband at the moment referred to as Trainee A. Notably, Leo had additionally appeared within the music video for BTS’ ‘Permission To Dance’ earlier this 12 months.
Leo not too long ago got here beneath fireplace for what he has since describes as a “provocative” rap verse in a now-deleted video posted to the official Trainee A YouTube channel. Mentioned video, titled ‘Showdown’, had been of a rap battle between trainees throughout all of HYBE’s subsidiaries, together with Pledis Entertainment, Source Music and extra.
The 19-year-old was referred to as out for his rap verse, which was criticised for allegedly being “misogynistic and offensive”, per Soompi, use viewers stating the strains: “Ain’t no person gon’ inform me why that bitch stopped respiration / Fuck that hoe in my financial institution / Yeah that shit stopped respiration.”
The manufacturing workforce behind Trainee A has since eliminated the ‘Showdown’ video and issued a formal apology on YouTube, the place it apologized for “failing to recognise the seriousness of the difficulty and releasing a video with inappropriate content material”.
“We might additionally prefer to apologize to everybody to whom we induced ache and misery as a result of lyrics in query. We are going to train further warning in creating content material,” the workforce added. “We are going to train vigilance to make sure that each trainee together with Leo totally understands the problems associated to range and respect in order that they are often extra conscious of their actions and phrases.”
The submit additionally included a private apology from Leo, who defined his preliminary intentions behind the rap verse. “Because it was a contest, I felt as if I wanted to make use of extra provocative phrases and expressions to be able to make an affect,” he wrote. “This finally led me to make an especially poor choice through which I really feel nice embarrassment over.”
“I’m feeling extraordinarily embarrassed and ashamed of my efficiency,” he added. “Though I can’t take it again, I’m conscious that this was fully my fault and can attempt to do no matter it takes to replicate and be taught from my errors.”