AOA's Seolhyun and Jimin had to apologize to the South Korean population after failing to recognize one of the national heroes, Dr. Ahn Joong Geun.
Many Korean netizens felt uncomfortable watching Onstyle's quiz program which aired on May 3rd.
“Hello this is AOA Seolhyun,
I would like to apologize to all those who felt discomfort due to my lack of knowledge of Korean history on the episode of "Channel AOA" that aired on May 3rd on OnStyle.
As a Korean citizen I should have taken the situation more seriously but I failed to. As a result I realized what I did wrong and I feel shame in what happened. I deeply feel sorry to those who felt discomfort due to my actions.
I will take to heart all the things that have been said and show you a more hard working and serious Seolhyun. I apologize once again.”
Dr. Ahn Joong Geun earned recognition as a Korean hero after he worked for the independence of Korea against Japan. After assassinating Itou Hirobumi, a four-time Prime Minister of Japan and former Resident-General of Korea, he was imprisoned and eventually executed.
The show watchers felt uncomfortable since this knowledge is taught early on in schools.