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Netizens weigh in: Are the songs being performed on the survival show "R U Next?" inappropriate for the underage contestants?


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“I’m really hoping the kids didn’t really understand what they were singing about…”

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R U Next?BELIFT Labs‘ latest survival show, first aired on June 30, and with 10 episodes total, the series is half over at this point. With 22 contestants total, the show boasts a diverse group of Korean, Japanese, and Thai competitors, though they’ve already come under some scrutiny for the very young ages of some of them.

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The youngest contestant, Ena, is just 12 years old, while nine of the others are under the age of 18, including six 15-year-olds.

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And if having such young teens competing on a reality show in such a harsh and cutthroat industry isn’t controversial enough, viewers have found some of the performances including the underage contestants to be inappropriate.

On the third episode of R U Next?, seven of the contestants — Yewon (18), Wonhee (15), Jeemin (18), Ruka (18), Moka (18), Funa (21), and Haseul (15) — put on a performance of Chungha‘s song “Dream of You” for the heel choreo mission. It’s a clearly suggestive song that includes the lyrics Your body keeps me awake/But I say nothing, and you say nothing and All night long ’cause I’ll keep you so turned on/So now no more games, come through”.

Viewers understandably felt uncomfortable to learn that a group of contestants including two 15-year-olds were performing such a song, especially since the dance itself is also fairly mature.

It’s not the only performance netizens are criticizing, either. Another group of girls — Hyewon (17), Iroha (15), Yunah (19), Chanelle (20), Youngseo (17), Jeongeun (18), and Jihyun (18) — put on a show of Lisa‘s “Money” for the hip-hop mission. While not as overtly suggestive as “Dream of You”, the song still includes the lyrics “Twerking, twerking when I buy the things I like/Dollar, dollars dropping on my ass tonight”. And along with these lyrics, the choreography included plenty of twerking.

The topic of whether these songs are inappropriate for the contestants of R U Next? came up on Reddit, and has led to a discussion about it. Titled “Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are inappropriate for minors?”, the author shares their discomfort for the above performances.

Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are Inappropriate for minors?
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And overall, it seems that most people seem to agree with them, based on the top-voted comments on the post.

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by u/meanyoongi from discussion Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are Inappropriate for minors?
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by u/MelissaWebb from discussion Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are Inappropriate for minors?
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by u/Ma1read from discussion Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are Inappropriate for minors?
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Viewers just can’t understand why the producers of the show can’t choose any other songs besides the ones that ended up being picked. There are so many great K-Pop songs to choose from, it doesn’t seem like it should be hard to find something more age-appropriate.

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by u/dc_al_coder from discussion Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are Inappropriate for minors?
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by u/TigRaine86 from discussion Am I the only one that thinks the songs in Hybe’s survival show “R U Next” are Inappropriate for minors?
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How do you feel about underage trainees performing suggestive songs and dances on reality shows such as R U Next??

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