SM Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Gender, Equality, & Family. According to the Seoul Administrative Court on March 9th, SM Entertainment claimed, “We cannot accept the judgment that was made inaccurately.”
The Ministry of Gender, Equality, & Family had deemed S.M. The Ballad’s album harmful to minors and inappropriate for youth. Because of this, the album was not available to fans under 19 years old.
SM Entertainment said, “The reason that was given was that it was a harmful song towards youth, but we cannot find such a thing in the review criteria,” and “They are really impairing on the writer’s constitutional freedom of expression.”
They continued, “It was flagged based on inappropriate references to alcohol, but those lyrics were an expression of nostalgia towards a former lover. They didn’t consider the context of the lyrics and their decision was unfair.”
The lyrics that they are regarding are from S.M. The Ballad’s “Another Day.” The lyrics include “drunk on alcohol so I don’t miss you” and “going to sleep while you’re drunk to dream.” The Ministry of Gender, Equality, & Family had deemed these lyrics harmful back in January.
SM Entertainment says, “Judging the song because it had the word ‘alcohol’ seems unjust” and “judging a song by a particular word seems like a violation of our freedom of expression.”
source : Koreaboo