It’s that time of the year, when cookies are made, presents are wrapped, and everyone seems to embrace the joy of the jolly holiday season. Yet, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Crayon Pop amid accusations of plagiarism.
Recently, we reported of news that a post accusing Crayon Pop of plagiarizing the concepts of Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z had been circulating around online communities. The issue started with the release of Crayon Pop’s image teaser for their upcoming single, “Kkurismas.” The teaser image shows Crayon Pop members in a green Christmas themed outfit, topped with a star headband to symbolize a Christmas tree. That sounds festive, right? However, netizens cried foul when the outfits in the “Kkurismas” teaser photo resembled one of Momoiro Clover Z’s outfits, as seen in a photo of the Japanese girl group’s member Momoka Ariyasu.
Soon after, Crayon Pop’s agency refuted the accusations in an interview with press. A representative of the agency commented, “It is our first time learning about Momoiro Clover Z’s outfit. Since we used the Christmas tree as a concept, it merely looks the same, but it’s not plagiarism. Crayon Pop’s Christmas tree outfit is simply for the concept photo, not for the stage performances. “Kkurismas” stages will be performed with different outfits and the helmets that were worn during “Bar Bar Bar” activities. “
With “Kkurismas” planned to be released on November 26, Crayon Pop will promote the song during the Christmas season.