These K-Pop music videos have been banned on some television stations for the most absurd reasons.
1. PSY – “Gentleman”
During one of the scenes, PSY can be seen damaging a traffic cone. This was seen as the destruction of property and was banned on KBS.
2. DalShabet – “Joker”
The English word “joker” sounds similar for the term Koreans use in reference to male genitalia. Because of this, it was banned on KBS.
3. Orange Caramel – “Catallena”
The music video features the girls as sushi for sale, constantly being put for sale. KBS saw this as devaluing human life and banned the song.
4. DEAN – “Instagram”
This was banned on KBS for the mention of a brand: Instagram.
5. EXO – “Lotto”
EXO‘s hit song was banned on MBC and KBS for the same reason as Dean‘s song; the mention of a brand, which so happens to be the title of the song.
6. BLACKPINK – “BOOMBAYAH”
KBS banned “BOOMBAYAH” was banned since it mentioned a brand. During Jennie‘s rap, she mentions “Henny”, a shortened name of the alcohol Hennesy. It was also banned for the lyrics,
Middle finger up, F U pay me.
7. BTS – “DOPE”
“DOPE” was banned on KBS for apparent vulgar lyrics. In J-Hope‘s rap, he says,
All of you are so weak. Such losers. Crybabies. And idiots.
8. BLACKPINK – “KILL THIS LOVE”
KBS banned this music video for one reason: violating traffic laws. During Rosé‘s first solo scene, she is seen driving a car and crashing towards her past self. In the scene, she is not wearing a seatbelt, which led to the music video being banned by the station.
9. WINNER – “EVERYDAY”
This was banned by KBS since Mino mentions “lotto” in his rap. Another brand mention, another banned music video.