Songwriters Melanie Joy Fontana and Michel “Lindgren” Schulz have responded to BTS fans’ criticism regarding V‘s song “Sweet Night”.
“Sweet Night” was released back in March for the K-Drama Itaewon Class OST (Part 12). It was produced by V and Hiss noise, and cowritten by V, Hiss noise, ADORA, Melanie Joy Fontana, and Michel “Lindgren” Schulz.
On July 14, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) uploaded a photo of Fontana on Instagram, highlighting her work on “Sweet Night”.
The post received an overwhelming amount of backlash from fans that soon spread to other social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook. Fans alleged that Fontana, who has worked with BTS many times, was taking too much credit for “Sweet Night”.
A WHITE WOMAN SHOULDN’T TAKE FULL CREDIT FOR A POC’S ACHIEVEMENTS.
SWEET NIGHT IS V’S RECORD, NOT YOURS. HE BROKE THE CHARTS, NOT YOU.
YOU SHOULDN’T DISCREDIT THE ACTUAL ARTIST. V, ADORA, & HISSNOISE ARE ABOVE YOU IN THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.
— ً trissy⁷ 𖧵 윤기 🍃 (@hobitrary) July 15, 2020
As tensions rose, some fans crossed the line from criticism to cyberbullying, harassing Fontana online and calling her inappropriate names.
melanie fontana is a snitch. melanie fontana is racist. melanie fontana is a thief. melanie fontana is a bitch. melanie fontana is two-faced white ass woman who feels superior and who rides off bts’ success. melanie fontana. SAY HER NAME. let the world know.
— ρ𝘳ꪖꪀ ⁷ (@beemyhope_) July 15, 2020
Melanie Fontana really said that we are being overprotective over a person who doesn't know us and doesn't need our protection, that bitch really think she'll get away with it pic.twitter.com/mhruMR6Epc
— 젊은 내 (@VVrdiuYmuzOeaei) July 15, 2020
Melanie Fontana: I'm gonna sue all of you if you don't stop harassing me
Army: all 136.4 Million of us? pic.twitter.com/mIBMtQLqA1
— mickeymousecrackhouse01 (@Niyah12466351) July 17, 2020
cyber bullying is not ok unless it’s melanie fontana then it’s acceptable
— pari⁷ 🦦 | prod jk ☆ (@perfectboykoo) July 15, 2020
we stan true artists!!!
not that b**ch Melanie Fontana💩 pic.twitter.com/0LTVYjCyu0
— aleria⁷ (@kthvlover) July 16, 2020
In response, Schulz addressed the harassment, stating that he and Fontana wrote “every single word in ‘Sweet Night’.”
Fontana also stated that they wrote the English lyrics for “Sweet Night”.
In addition to this, Fontana’s manager Justin J. Garza replied to DMs from fans. He said that “Sweet Night” was a group effort and that the songwriters “all added value towards the final outcome of the song.”
Like Schulz, he also called these fans out for bullying Fontana.
Some fans, however, found these responses unsatisfactory, especially one in which the manager states that “Sweet Night” (an all-English song) was translated into Korean.
This is the manager, they said Melanie Fontana (Fountain) sent the lyrics in English and V translated it to Korean.
but the whole song is in English 🤡
— 🐸 (@katarina_aaaa) July 16, 2020
#melaniefontana Tell you're manager to make up a better story and stick with one idea so we can believe to the lies y'all give to us. Also you're manager said we should educate ourselves pls tell him to manage you two properly 구멍이 있습니다. pic.twitter.com/F8KvEqfhLR
— y⁷💜✨ (@BeatriceYna) July 17, 2020
Following the backlash, UMPG deleted their Instagram post.