BANGKOK, Thailand – The K-pop group Block B has gotten in trouble with its Thai fans over a 30-minute interview which was deemed insulting to the Thais and to the country itself.
According to the Korea Times, in an interview with Thai media site RYT9 on Jan. 30, Block B’s leader Zico said when asked about his opinion on the flooding that damaged the country, “I hope monetary compensation will heal their wounds because all I have is money.”
When another member asked him the total worth of his assets, and Zico said laughing, “About 7,000 won.”
Their rudeness continued in the 30-minute interview while word of this spread worldwide via the Internet, with one member lying down on a coffee table while another walking around the interview area.
Nickchun, of 2PM and also a Thai national was not impressed with the interview. This past week after he tweeted, “Learn some manners and get a better understanding of Thailand when you go to the country,” the incident became well-known in Korea, drawing the outrage of netizens and the Ministry of Culture.
In a letter to entertainment industry leaders, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism asked entertainment companies to “pay greater attention to education on personality development and cultural differences."
Block B sent out a 1:29 apology to their fans in a YouTube video.