SM is gearing up to launch their rookie girl group aespa, but it seems like it ain’t such a smooth path. After some started to point out that aespa’s storytelling of virtual avatars is a copy of K/DA, aespa’s MV teaser for their debut song “Black Mamba” has been embroiled in controversy over plagiarism.
On November 16, aespa dropped the music video teaser for their debut song “Black Mamba.” However, netizens started to point out that a few parts of the video are similar to a German artist’s work.
According to them, the subway’s basic structure (different from what Korean subway looks like), the fact that flowers and butterflies are inside the subway, and the camera walking that follows the butterflies are similar to one of the artist’s projects. The scene where “black mamba” appears is also quite similar.
Another point made by netizens is that the same artist once posted the idea of what happens if you try to install windows on an iPhone, and yet, there is a scene in “Black Mamba” MV teaser in which “black mamba” infiltrates one member’s Galaxy phone via iPhone’s airdrop system.
After more started to speculate the plagiarism, the artist himself posted about the matter via his Instagram Story and wrote, “I received many messages. They didn’t ask me and I didn’t work on it. Seems like they copied it.”