Veteran Korean hip hop group DJ Doc made their comeback this past week with their new album. After appearing on M! Countdown, Music Bank and Music Core in succession, one would expect to see DJ DOC perform their final comeback stage on Inkigayo this afternoon.
But it did not happen and one of the members, Lee Ha Neul has put out an angry rant through his Twitter in the aftermath about the politics behind the scenes,
“Filthy Inkigayo!!! Just who does the stage belong to?? We had the weekend off thanks to them cancelling our performance, because apparently if you refuse to show up on Strong Heart, you don’t get to perform ^^ These days, the number of chances to perform are decreasing and that is really hard for us artists. Learning that artists, not only us but others as well, have to perform while having to endure threats like that just makes me feel bitter.
Without artists, program will disappear; but even without Inkigayo, us artists will live on!!! If it is a program that is there because we need and want each other, then why don’t we respect each other a little more??? The one-sided love that management companies show to the music program producers is certainly a problem, but the authoritative producers who like to show off and only think of artists as disposable products for their programs!! They make me sick.
Us DOC decided not to go on Inkigayo because of that!!! We gently decline!! Music chart shouldn’t get distorted. They were cowards today!!! The live chart they showed on air T_T Cowardly Inkigayo!!! The program that sucks up to the artists from major management companies, and the stage where those that suck up to the producer get to perform on T_T Fuck, just who am I supposed to suck up to, and how much~ T_T”
With regards to Lee Ha Neul’s tweet, SBS responded,
“They are unfounded claims. There were a lot of singers scheduled for this afternoon. DJ DOC are scheduled to appear on Inkigayo next week.”