On January 12, EXID’s agency Banana Culture has spoken up about the group’s Chinese “Up & Down” music video supposedly taken down just hours after its original release.
They explained, “We have re-edited and uploaded the music video after it was judged that there was a problem with it. We determined that a scene where it was filmed in a set similar to the Forbidden City could deemed as problematic by the domestic (Chinese) audience, so we have deleted this part.”
“While originally filming, we consulted with the Chinese staff to make sure it would be acceptable. Although we did not receive a complaint [about the scene] right after the music video was uploaded, we decided it would be best to edit it regardless, taking into account potential problems in the future.”
Previously, a Chinese news outlet on January 11 reported that the music video was halted and postponed because the scene was not in accordance with the law. The report also said that the scene was problematic as the members were “in revealing clothing in front of a building that is reminiscent of the Forbidden City.”
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