ITZY released their fun new single, “SNEAKERS,” along with their fifth mini-album, Checkmate, on July 15.
The five members are hard at work promoting their new single “SNEAKERS” and have already performed on Music Bank, Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook, MTV Fresh Out, and Music Core.
The girls have expressed excitement for their promotions as they anticipated meeting with MIDZYs (their fans) and finally hearing their cheers.
Checkmate marks the girls’ first comeback in Korea since they released their first studio album in September 2021. While fans are celebrating the return of ITZY, they’re also calling for an explanation from MBC.
After ITZY performed “SNEAKERS” on MBC’s Music Core, MBC uploaded individual fan cams of the members on their official YouTube page. It was quickly evident that Lia‘s fancam was the only one missing.
ITZY is Hwang Yeji, Choi Jisu, Shin Ryujin, Lee Chaeryeong, and Shin Yuna. FIVE OR NONE
— ké ≷ 痛いパイ• ia (@__ryuryu) July 16, 2022
This is not the first time Lia’s fancam was not uploaded. ITZY is five and will always be five. Lia is working hard just like the other members. Please show respect to all of the members and treat them fairly.
MBC RESPECT LIA#MBCApologizeToLia
— 🌼byul🌼 (@onlyforRyujin) July 16, 2022
Fans began to trend “#MBCApologizeToLia” and “ITZY IS FIVE” on Twitter, demanding to know why Lia was the only member excluded from having her own fancam.
.@MBC_entertain We demand a proper explanation as to why Lia SNEAKERS Fancam was absent today since this is not the first time it is happening. Please respect Lia as an individual as well as a member of ITZY!
— LIA GLOBAL (@CJSGLOBAL) July 16, 2022
actually waited for lia’s fancam cos she looked damn gorgeous for earlier’s performance so i hope u will upload it
ITZY IS FIVE, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT, THEY WILL ALWAYS BE FIVE
— timi ≷ (@itztimi_) July 16, 2022
lia been so smiley while performing earlier just for mbc to not upload her fancam
— َ (@Iiaizy) July 16, 2022
Fans noted that this wasn’t the first time MBC seemingly snubbed Lia. Late last year, it was announced that Lia would be singing her first OST for the drama The Red Sleeve. Her song, “Always Be Your Star,” was expected to play in the show’s final episode. As fans tuned into the finale, they were disappointed that the song was unexpectedly cut from the episode.
ITZY’s Lia acknowledged the disappointing change but remained positive in a message consoling fans.
she knows 😭 pic.twitter.com/Jppf9MKWCJ
— 📸 💭 (@itzgallery) January 1, 2022
i didn’t forget about this by the way, lia worked so hard to record her first ost but y’all didn’t even play it in the drama, and now you’re not uploading her fancam. have some respect for my main vocalist.
— ʜ.👟 (@todayisryu) July 16, 2022
Fans are calling for equal treatment of the five members and an explanation from MBC. At this time, MBC’s YouTube page still only has four of the members’ individual fancams.
Check out ITZY’s new single, “SNEAKERS,” below.