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Seven Seasons Issues Apology For Derogatory Language Used In Zico's 'Tough Cookie'

By Annie | November 11, 2014 02:55 PM EST


Block B rapper Zico raged onto the scene with "Tough Cookie," his official solo debut, last week, much to the delight of his fans.

Soon after the single's release, however, Zico and his label Seven Seasons came under fire for some of the aggressive and offensive words used in the lyrics. While Zico had teased fans with images and clips suggesting "Tough Cookie" would show off a much harder side of himself, it would appear that some netizens were not prepared for a few of the terms used in the song.

In particular, Zico's inclusion of the derogatory term "faggot" was the object of much criticism and backlash from fans posting in the comments section for the music video on YouTube as well as in online communities and fan cafes.

On November 11, Seven Seasons addressed these concerns and issued a formal apology to those offended by the lyrics to "Tough Cookie."

"The word was not intended to ridicule homosexuals as it was only used for the purpose of his deep, musical narrative," explained a statement from the record label according to a report from My Daily. "If we would have known that the word would carry such derogatory meaning towards homosexuals, we would have strictly censored it."

The company argued that terms such as those used in "Tough Cookie" are in common usage in many Korean hip-hop songs, but that because of Zico's position as a idol group member, the matter became a sensitive one.

Seven Seasons also ensured fans that "Zico does not intend any disrespect and does not have any negative bias towards homosexuals or sexual minorities."

"He would like to convey his apologies to those who felt uncomfortable by his choice of words."

Tagged :  Block B, Zico, Seven Seasons


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