SM Entertainment’s “Plagiarism” Allegation Sparks Again After aespa’s “Black Mamba” MV Teaser Drops
With their debut right around the corner, aespa and SM Entertainment have been building high anticipation with a series of tweets sharing intriguing teaser photos and videos.
The group’s latest featured the music video teaser for their debut track “Black Mamba”.
aespa 에스파 'Black Mamba' MV Teaser
— aespa (@aespa_official) November 15, 2020
Unfortunately, when the MV teaser went live, K-Pop fans began comparing the clip to the virtual League of Legends girl group K/DA‘s “POP/STARS” music video…
… and pointing out the similarities. From the location being on the subway…
… to the neon color schemes and graffiti getting used…
… plus the Black Mamba’s overall aesthetic looking similar…
… fans can’t help but “question SM Entertainment’s intentions“.
- “Isn’t SM Entertainment a big agency? What is this complete lack of creativity… This is shocking.”
- “What is wrong with them…”
- “Are they kidding, from AVATAR to the MV, everything overlaps. How can they keep insisting they didn’t plagiarize? There are so many similarities.”
- “Are they a new K/DA cover group?”
- “LMFAO. Seriously though… This is so obvious. What are they even doing?”
This isn’t the first time aespa faced plagiarism allegations. K/DA has been ceaselessly mentioned ever since aespa’s “AI” concept was initially revealed…
… but with the release of the MV teaser, another visual artist from Germany, Timo Helgert, questioned the content on his Instagram @vacades. His work is said to be thematically almost identical…
… to aespa’s.
Timo Helgert claimed that it “seems like [SM Entertainment] copied” his work — clarifying that “they didn’t ask [him] and [he] didn’t work on it.”
While K-Pop fans demand explanations for the “uncanny resemblances“, SM Entertainment is yet to respond to the growing plagiarism allegations.