Early Tuesday evening, NBC Chicago reported Kim Jonghyun of SHINee’s death on live television. His tragic death has caused the K-pop community to grieve, as well as start a dialogue about mental health in the industry.
“Just before his death…[he] recently appeared on the Ellen Show and the American Music Awards. Kim was 27 years old,” reported NBC, closing in on RM while in an interview with the rest of BTS.
Naturally, K-pop fans were outraged and went to Twitter to voice their disdain.
This is not only incorrect but disrespectful @nbcchicago. As reporters, you need to fact check everything. You disrespected SHINee and BTS at a time where people are grieving. Research before you assume only 1 kpop band exists. pic.twitter.com/9Y3J2jpsI3
— José (@TheJose8A) December 20, 2017
You’re watched by hundreds of thousands of people and you broadcasted incorrect news, you’ve deeply disrespected Jonghyun, his family, & SHINee with this, not only was it very easy to Google who Jonghyun was, it was also all over Twitter, no excuses, apologize @nbcchicago pic.twitter.com/ECSLkm7syj
— 방탄소년단 아미 (@BTS_ARMY_INT) December 20, 2017
the fact you would inaccurately report the news of such a delicate situation by using the wrong band is infuriating. @nbcchicago please apologize for the false news report and for not only disrespecting jonghyun and shinee but also namjoon and bts. please do your job properly
— deepali (@jhopesgalaxy) December 20, 2017
Hello @nbcchicago, I don’t want to misunderstand anything but were you referring to the VCR with your caption….? Because it is VERY confusing. It seems like the caption is referring to the VCR and it’s very disrespectful to 고故Jonghyun and his family. https://t.co/OW8edBa9X9
— SUGAfull 슈쁠 (@sugafull27) December 20, 2017
Was it a mistake @nbcchicago ?
How could it be a mistake?
U should apologize.
You broadcasted and posted same death news with two different pictures of two different person?
Its disrespectful, so apologize.#NBCChicagoApologize pic.twitter.com/5PtgJ6k0n3
— Reésha (@BANGTAN_4_LIFE) December 20, 2017
the news already aired only way to fix it is by announcing on your channel that you made a mistake you showed BTS instead of SHINee Jonghyun is a member from SHINee not BTS get your facts straight before spreading a crucial news @nbcchicago
— YOU DID GREAT BTS (@jimin_bts94) December 20, 2017
Hello @nbcchicago i kindly demand an apologize and explanation over this news. This is extremely disrespectful to people who have been grieving over Jonghyun and also to RM and BTS. We’ll be waiting for your response. https://t.co/mDBS9mo65B
— cruisin’ (@like_nemo) December 20, 2017
Nextshark has reached out to NBC for a response.