Screenshots allegedly reveal a Pinterest account set up by an SM Home entertainment worker that has images gathered for motivation for Aespa’s debut

The group’s first music video bears resemblances to scenes from the Pop/Stars video by K/DA, a virtual woman group from the League of Legends video game

Aespa, the current woman group from South Korean media powerhouse SM Entertainment, have actually simply made one of the greatest K-pop debuts of the year– however the arrival of the lady group has actually been bogged down in controversy over claims the work of other creatives has actually been copied for their marketing images and very first video.

The group, consisting of 4 members alongside 4 virtual “ae” equivalents, they launched their very first single, Black Mamba, on Tuesday.

Observers were quick to explain some images in the music video, in addition to an earlier promotional clip, was comparable to scenes from the Pop/Stars video by K/DA, a virtual lady group from the League of Legends video game.

Before the release of Black Mamba, a series of teaser photos and related video material promoting the quartet gathered attention for evident similarities to the work of numerous artists previously shared on social media platforms.

As the debate grew, screenshots supposedly revealing a Pinterest account established by SM Entertainment art director Jo Woo-cheol likewise emerged. The screenshots apparently reveal Jo had actually pinned and grouped together specific art work and pictures for motivation for SM tasks consisting of Aespa’s launching and releases from other SM artists, consisting of Taemin and BoA.

At least one artist, Bryan Huynh, has actually reacted to the supposed copying for Aespa by SM Home entertainment’s creative group. Canada-based professional photographer Huynh says he’s flattered and acknowledges how art frequently fuels brand-new developments.

At the end of October, as Aespa’s first teaser images were being revealed, fans discovered similarities with an ethereal, fantastical flowery photo shoot directed by Huynh in 2019. He composed on his Instagram Stories about the scenario, validating that he was “not upset” by the obvious emulation of his work, but did “think it’s a little an unusual thing for a company to do”.

He included that he would “like to talk to the business”.

SM Home entertainment did not react to the Post’s request for discuss the claims.