#AdzanBukanMainan: Indonesians exasperated by Islamic call to prayer sampled in South Korean dance performance
Muslim netizens everywhere condemned South Korean music TV channel Mnet online and demanded an apology after allegedly sampling and remixing the adhan (Islamic call to prayer) on its new dance competition program, Street woman fighter.
Hosted by Kpop singer Kang Daniel, Street fighter is a survival dance show that features eight all-female dance teams competing to be the best in South Korea. Netizens accused Mnet of using a remixed version of the adhan, which can be heard faintly in an intro of the show’s recent episode, as seen in the video below:
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In Street Woman, the Mnet fighter decided to use Adhan as an intro [from 00:57 – 1:40]@MnetKR pic.twitter.com/8UR0knE3Yz
– 717 (@luotianguo) September 4, 2021
As the #MnetApologize hashtag became an international trend as Muslims around the world expressed their displeasure, Indonesian netizens came up with #AdzanBukanMainan (adhan is not something to play with), which topped the list. hot topics from the country on Twitter today.
Many netizens have posted edited photos of Mnet’s headquarters being engulfed in fire, as well as ominous memes featuring their Kpop idols.
– madison | a little ia (@madimilkita) September 9, 2021
– ristii || SUNSUNOO (@ ristipus0412) September 9, 2021
Following the controversy, Mnet issued a public apology in Korean and English.
The TV channel, which has aired many popular talent survival shows such as Rapstar not pretty and the Produce 101 series, claimed that the song used in the controversial opening is an officially recorded track and was taken from an official streaming site. Mnet said he “had no other intention,” adding that he would replace the song before uploading the video again.
The song itself was released in 2010 by the English group Losers, under the title Azane. The alt-rock / electronic trio have so far largely escaped outrage and have not released any statements regarding the controversy.
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