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Boy band B1A4 have put out an apology after being accused of offending people of Islamic beliefs after “inappropriate contact” with Muslim fans at an event in Malaysia.
After the Saturday, January 10, fan meeting, the boy band stars were slammed by local media and religious groups — including the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia and the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department — for holding hands and hugging female fans at the event, which took place at the KL Live Center in Kuala Lumpur.
Many criticized Jinyoung, Gongchan, Sandeul, CNU and Baro for “inappropriate contact” at the with hijab-clad girls and that the group and organizers were to be held accountable. A video of the event received over two million views before being removed (copies have been made on numerous YouTube accounts).
The band’s agency WM Entertainment defended the actions of the idol stars saying that the interactions were just innocent re-enactments of well-known scenes from K-dramas for a specific activity with competition winners and that prior consent was received from all parties involved.
However the agency also says in a statement, “In the future we will be more considerate of different cultures and customs, and work hard to prepare fan meetings that fans from all over the world can enjoy. We will be more careful.”
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Sadly, the girls involved in the incident now face arrest in their home country. Official Muslim “purity enforcers” (yes, really) have given the girls one week to turn themselves in or face arrest, according to local media reports.
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