Mnet is under fire after cutting out the apology of contestant Ahn Hyung Seob in the latest episode of Produce 101 Season 2, possibly misrepresenting events as it happened.
Prior to this, Yuehua Entertainments trainee Ahn Hyung Seob faced criticism after showing a poor attitude in Produce 101 Season 2s first elimination.
Before BoA announced the rankings, fifth place Ahn Hyung Seob whined that his rank must have dropped from the previous week. As he expected, Ahn Hyung Seob came in as sixth place, a level lower than his previous result. Ahn Hyung Seob continued to complain after sitting next to eliminated contestant Choi Seung Hyuk, who consoled Ahn Hyung Seob despite his own troubles.
After the episode aired, viewers condemned Ahn Hyung Seob for his lack of consideration. The following week, Ahn Hyung Seobs rank showed a significant drop from sixth place to 20th.
In a teaser clip released on May 12, Mnet had included a preview of Ahn Hyung Seob most likely apologizing for his attitude, saying, I was very immature and immodest. However, this clip was no where to be found in the actual episode, let alone anything close to an apology.
Mnet has been notorious for its devils editing in survival programs, which can make or break results for the contestants. The fact that Ahn Hyung Seobs sincere apology was completely cut out from the show could severely hurt his chances in the next round.
Netizens and fans have criticized Mnet for devils editing in the past, but Mnets way of editing continues to persist over the years. Whether or not Ahn Hyung Seob can recover from his mistake and stay in the game remains to be seen.
The eighth episode and second elimination of Produce 101 Season 2 will air on May 26.