Netizens Believe ATEEZ’s Wooyoung Gave His Stance On The Plagiarism Allegations Against “Street Man Fighter” Contestant WDBZ’s Vata

Wooyoung seemed to say a lot without actually saying anything.

Street Man Fighter contestant Vata, a WDBZ crew member, was recently hit with plagiarism allegations and netizens believe ATEEZ‘s Wooyoung has made his response to the allegations known.

Vata from WDBZ dance crew | @mbitiousbb/Twitter

Street Man Fighter is a new Korean competition program with dance crews battling each week for the chance to be named Korea’s best dance crew.

The show premiered on August 23, 2022, and has already faced criticism over a variety of issues, from netizens questioning voting decisions made by the judges (BoASuper Junior‘s Eunhyuk, and 2PM‘s Wooyoung), to accusations of favoritism towards specific dance crews, comments by producers being perceived as sexist, and more.

“Street Man Fighter” promotional poster

The most recent controversy surrounds plagiarism accusations against Vata, a member and leader of the WDBZ dance crew. The Street Man Fighter contestants were challenged to come up with choreography for Zico‘s song “New Thing” (Prod. by Zico and ft. Homies).

Vata’s choreography was chosen as the winner of the challenge, and since the dance was released, it has become the latest dance challenge craze.

The popular dance has been covered by members of NCT DreamITZYENHYPENand Fromis_9among others.

The intro to Vata’s dance challenge began to gain attention for its close similarity to the choreography in the chorus of ATEEZ‘s song, “Say My Name,” which was released in 2019. The dance for “Say My Name” was created by famous choreographers Anze Skrube and Josh Smith.

Anze Skrube (right) discussing the creation of the “Say My Name” choreography in a June 2022 interview | STEEZY/YouTube

Netizens were initially divided about whether or not the move was copied. Some felt the dance moves were too similar to be a coincidence, while others acknowledged it was similar but didn’t feel it could be considered plagiarism.

At this time, neither Vata nor the WDBZ dance crew has addressed the accusations; it has been noted that they excluded the intro from their official “New Thing” dance video filmed for the show.

While the dance team has not made a statement, netizens believe ATEEZ, who, aside from working with Anze Skrube and Josh Smith on multiple songs, had also taken dance classes from Anze Skrube, made a “silent” statement that spoke volumes.

At 2022 KCON Saudi Arabia, ATEEZ had a dance break where each member showcased their dance skills.

(Top row, left to right) ATEEZ’s Yeosang, Jongho, Mingi, Yunho, Wooyoung (Bottom row) Seonghwa, Hongjoong, and San | @ATEEZofficial/Twitter

When it came to member Wooyoung’s turn in the center, he seemingly took advantage of the opportunity to possibly send a message. During his turn, he was seen using a “biting” hand sign that’s long been used in the breakdancing community to call someone out for copying or “biting” moves from another dancer without giving respect or credit due to the creator. Right after doing the hand sign, he did the signature chorus dance move from “Say My Name.”

The gesture is meant to represent a bite, with the person bringing the forearms together in a biting motion.

“Biting” hand gesture explanation | That Dancer TV/YouTube 

The “biting” hand sign was also seen on Street Man Fighter after being used by dancer 5000 (also known as Ocheon).

Fans noticed this wasn’t the first time Wooyoung made the gesture; he also made the “biting” hand sign after appearing to do another part of the “New Thing” dance, which netizens believe seemed to make Wooyoung’s intent even clearer.

Netizens believe that although ATEEZ hasn’t said anything, they’re making their stance clear in support of their close partnership with Anze Skrube and Josh Smith.

Check out the article below for more about the plagiarism allegations:

Netizens Debate Whether Street Man Fighter’s WDBZ Crew Member Vata Plagiarized This International Choreographer

Source: Diggit Magazine

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