In response to the controversy over Hwasa’s outfits, MBC’s I Live Alone explained that “We had no intention of comically presenting a traditional outfit of a particular country.”
Hwasa, Park Na Rae, and Han Hye Jin are currently starring in I Live Alone’s spin-off program “A Secret Party for Women.” Recently, the three hosted a live broadcast via official I Live Alone YouTube channel on July 15.
However, after the broadcast, some foreign fans speculated that the outfits worn by Hwasa were reminiscent of traditional Nigerian costumes and that they were comically presented for a laugh.
In response, the production team made an official explanation,
“We have received negative messages regarding Hwasa’s outfit.
We want to clarify that this outfit originated from a Korean ‘sauna’ look that Hwasa often wore on our program. We had no intention of comically presenting a traditional outfit of a particular country.
We realized that some of you have falsely identified Hwasa’s outfit as a reflection of the Nigerian traditional outfit. Furthermore, due to the ‘comic’ genre of our show, some of you have shown concerns suggesting a comical reflection of traditional outfits and the possibility of it leading to racism. However, we want to assure you that we had no intention of relating her outfit to a specific culture.
We hope this provides an explanation for your concerns.
Thank you for all your love and support for our program.”