In August, Mnet was fined by the Korea Communications Standards Commission for airing controversial content without censorship. On October 16, just before the sixth episode of “Unpretty Rapstar 2” went on air, Mnet issued an apology for violating the broadcasting regulations set out by the KCSC.
“It is true that on the June 26 broadcast of ‘SMTM4,’ Mnet displayed lyrics with profanity and sexual content with negative portrayals of certain genders,” the apology notice read. “It is also true that some contestants pulled off their clothing to reveal their underwear and used profane gestures onscreen.” The cable TV network concluded with a promise to deliver correct and fair broadcasting from now on.
The currently airing “Unpretty Rapstar 2” censors out profanity in raps and puts mosaics over profane gestures, obscuring all potentially controversial content according to broadcasting regulations. Recently Fiestar’s Yezi’s rap “Crazy Dog” was neatly edited for all profanities, but the unedited version has become a hot topic online.