A pop group has flown back to South Korea after officials in Los Angeles thought they might be sex workers.
The eight members were travelling to America for an album cover shoot but were detained for 15 hours in customs.
A statement from the group’s record company, WM Entertainment, said authorities held them after going through their costumes and props.
Oh My Girl, who formed in March, are thought to be back in South Korean capital Seoul after being released by officials at Los Angeles International Airport.
Looking at the video for their second single, I can only conclude that the officials had some fairly warped ideas about Korean women under 21. This song is called “Closer,” and it in no way resembles a somewhat risqué tune of the same title recorded by Nine Inch Nails:
Okay, one of them actually is 21. Another is 16; the others fall between. And it’s not like the ROK encourages slutty behavior or anything:
In 2012, the government clamped down on over-sexualised performances by threatening to give higher age ratings to films, music videos and TV shows which exaggerated the sexuality of younger singers and bands.
(Via Shakila Karim.)