A member of the upcoming international K-POP boy band Z-Boys is being criticized online over an allegedly racist post on social media.
Siddhant Arora, known by his stage name Sid, was reportedly caught captioning a picture of himself on Instagram with the N-word.
The comment generated backlash, with some angry netizens calling for the “cancellation” of the group. Meanwhile, other commenters have pointed out that the other members of the boy band should not be punished for Sid’s mistake.
According to AllKPop, the Indian singer deleted the post with the supposed racist caption after he was called out on it.
A former YouTuber, Arora has also performed live at several events before joining the upcoming group.
Z-Boys, along with its all-female counterpart K-Pop group Z-Girls, is part of the Z-Pop Dream project, an ambitious attempt to create the first ever K-pop group with members from different parts of the world.
Other members of the groups reportedly belong to Asian countries including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
The groups are set to make their official debut in Seoul at the Z-Pop Dream Live concert on February 23.