Bad luck often pops up in the last minutes! While we are ready for the high-anticipated comeback of Aespa, all of a sudden, “Savage” just got in hot water!
Right after going public with these stunning images, aespa has been facing a plagiarism controversy for the concept!
Specifically, yesterday, netizens pointed out that a teaser image for the album ‘Savage’ resembles a work by famous jαpαnese illustrator Hajime Sorayama.
The illustration features a naked woman wrapped around a robot that looks like an insect, while in aespa’s teaser, Karina is wrapped around a robot that represents “Black Mamba”.
More seriously, netizens even found out that teaser images featuring the aespa members in masks resemble a collection by British designer James Mary.
So far, this scandal is getting heated with tons of different arguments.
On the one hand, fans are trying to defend their idols by saying that in fact, there has been a large number of celebs who have picked up these two concepts and got welcomed by everyone.
On the other hand, a large number of netizens seem to disagree with that! They really riled up cuz it’s not the first time aespa and SM have been caught plagiarism accusations.
Previously, the debut song “Black Mamba” of aespa also got harsh backlash for its alleged plagiarism.
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.