Fans are asking for an explanation from FNC Entertainment following P1Harmony Soul‘s alleged mouthing of the N-Word during a live broadcast.
On August 8, Soul went live on Weverse from a practice room, dancing and chatting with fans for nearly 2 hours. About an hour into the live, Soul danced to The Dream‘s “I Luv Your Girl,” lip-syncing some of the lyrics.
When the n-word comes up in the song, Soul appears to mouth the word. He continues to lip-sync after this moment before changing the music.
Fans viewing the clip have mixed feelings about whether or not he mouthed the n-word, with one side claiming he “obviously” used the word. Others feel he was mouthing gibberish unrelated to the song and did not come close to mouthing the n-word.
with the way people was describing the video i thought it would be up in the air but i’m sure soul said the n word lol it looks so obvious. 💀 now i see why nobody was posting the clip. pic.twitter.com/vvZDuWzQlf
— 🚂 | kayla = (@adorekeeho) August 9, 2023
I get that the quotes are saying he doesn’t know English and that’s fine but you can tell that he’s trying to sing along to the song and that’s what rubbing us the wrong way even tho he didn’t “mean” to say the n word he still tried at least it to say it either way https://t.co/fLlX6a7vGz
— ًً지우 (@rickykgae) August 9, 2023
Y’all do realize this man can barely speak Korean let alone English. It looks like he’s saying gibberish like how we do during the Korean parts of their songs, be so fucking for real https://t.co/VPeS3jI37J
— Kay’s missing piwon realbad🧍🏽♀️ (@ultsfor7) August 9, 2023
As a result of this ambiguity, many are requesting an explanation from FNC Entertainment and are seeking to educate Soul on whether he did indeed mouth the n-word or not, with no hate towards the idol.
I love soul and all of piwon as they were the first k-pop group I ever actually stanned ( ults ) but instead of trying to hide this we need to a knowledge the situation and educate Soul so it doesn’t happen again! wether he said it or not!!
— ɴʏ ✰ IS SEEING ENHA (@tigerseobie) August 9, 2023
very educated on english and pop culture in america, i find it hard to believe that soul wouldn’t at least be aware of the weight of the word. i don’t know, all I know at the end of the day is that he definitely mouthed and must take accountability for his actions and educate-
— mia ★ (@starhanbinn) August 9, 2023
In the past, P1Harmony’s Keeho mentioned that the group tries to remain respectful regarding other cultures when it comes to cultural appropriation and the usage of AAVE specifically, giving many fans hope that this issue will be addressed by the company shortly.
keeho speaking abt cultural appropriation and how they actively think to make sure they are respectful throughout the entire music making/video-making process pic.twitter.com/LnWx3cZUsN
— ALL IN: keeho loops (@keeho_loops) June 2, 2022
As of writing, the full video of the live stream is still up on the group’s Weverse account.