The first speculations started when SM released teaser images of the girl group, Canadian photographer Bryan Huynh suddenly claimed that these images are too close to his photos.
Moreover, many similarities between the MV and G̬̤̯E̬̤̯R̬̤̯M̬̤̯A̬̤̯N̬̤̯ visual artist Timo Helgert‘s works were also dug up.
Following that, the Inkigayo stage for this performance was accused of copying the work of artist Blake Kathryn as well.
Not only aespa, just last month, a̾m̾e̾r̾i̾c̾an punk rock band Downtown Boys directly criticized NCT 127 for allegedly plagiarizing their poster, saying that “NCT just directly stole a poster of ours from Harrisburg in 2016”.
Well, up to now, SM hasn’t given any response to this controversy, but if they still keep silent, I’m afraid that aespa would struggle to make a successful comeback this time.
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