High-key member Sitala 父, involved in anti-government protests in Thailand… Debut of the agency
[헤럴드경제=고승희 기자] The rookie girl group H1-KEY, who is about to debut, is suffering from controversy over Thai member Sitala. As Sitala’s father participated in anti-government protests in Thailand that led to a military coup, voices calling for her to be excluded from the group grew louder at home and abroad.
The management company GLG (Grand Line Group) announced on the 7th that High-Key’s debut was going ahead, and firmly added, “There is no change in members.”
In a press release containing its official position on the same day, GLG said, “We have come to the conclusion that Sitala cannot be disadvantaged because of the actions of her deceased father, etc.” “Unless there are special circumstances, the scope of her responsibility It is judged that it is excessive treatment to hold people responsible for actions that go beyond this.”
“GLG, from the moment it recognized the concerns and requests of Thai citizens, to the moment of writing this statement, the past deeds of the deceased Sitala’s father, the influence he had on Sitala, who was a minor at the time, and the growing I looked all over about Sitala,” he explained.
Sitala’s father, a supporter of the pro-royal group the People’s Democratic Reform Commission (PDRC), took part in protests against the Yingluck Shinawatra government in 2014. These anti-government protests have led to a military coup. The current Prime Minister, Prayut Chanocha, was the leading figure in the coup at the time. Yingluck Shinawatra, ousted in a coup, is the younger sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was supported by low-income groups, including local farmers and urban workers, but he was also overthrown in a 2006 coup.
As the news of Sitala’s debut with this history of her father spread to Thailand, criticism was fiercely voiced in the local area. In particular, when the news that Sitala chose her father as her role model in her life’s role model in one question and one answer was delivered, domestic and foreign social media were excited. This is the first time that a foreign member of a K-pop group about to debut has been controversial due to a local political issue.
However, GLG said, “Citala chose her father as a role model because she had in mind her father as the head of a family and an artist who worked as an actor and director for a long time. make it clear,” he explained.
He continued, “Sitala is looking back at herself deeply hurt by the controversy and current situation in her home country that has grown too large.
GLG added, “The Sitala we have seen is a very polite and sincere friend. With this incident as an opportunity, I promise to pay more attention to the love and concerns of domestic and foreign fans.”