OH MY GIRL member YooA has become a victim of plagiarism.

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YooA surprised her fans just a few months ago by making her solo debut back in September 2020. She released her single “Bon Voyage” which quickly received positive attention from the public. With her solo song debut, YooA won first place on music shows, proving its success to the nation.

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It has been belatedly revealed, however, that the lyrics for YooA’s single had been plagiarized for a high school student’s winning essay in a contest. According to the Daegu Culture Association, the winner of their “Dalgulbul Essay Contest” was stripped of their first place title after it was revealed that their essay was plagiarized. The high school student had taken the lyrics of YooA’s “Bon Voyage” and used 40% of it to write their winning essay.

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YooA’s “Bon Voyage” lyrics that were plagiarized | Naver

The winning essay titled Girl In The Forest, showed a whopping 40% similarity to the solo song released by the OH MY GIRL member. The problem became even bigger when it was disclosed that the winning essay was published in a booklet without proper plagiarism verification.

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“Girl In The Forest” essay in booklet, highlighted portions are similar to lyrics of “Bon Voyage” | WikiTree

While the high school student who had originally won the contest has since returned the prize money, it was not before they received criticism from those around them. The student has yet to understand the gravity of the situation, claiming that they didn’t realize plagiarizing was a big issue.

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YooA performing “Bon Voyage” live | Dispatch

Plagiarism has been on the rise in the K-Pop world, with numerous artists finding themselves wrapped in these controversies for a multitude of reasons. While YooA is a victim in this situation, the increase in controversies still begs the question of whether plagiarism should be taken more seriously or not.