NBC Chicago uses BTS clip to talk about death of SHINee's Jonghyun

Elizabeth Tong
Entertainment Reporter
NBC Chicago used BTS video to talk about SHINee’s Jonghyun’s death (Photo: Screenshot | YouTube)

K-pop fans are slamming NBC after its Chicago station aired a clip of Korean boy band BTS during a segment about the death of Kim Jong-hyun, the lead vocalist of another group, SHINee.

During their morning news show on Tuesday (19 December), NBC Chicago reported Jonghyun’s death, but instead of showing a clip or photo of the SHINee member, they used footage of BTS on The Ellen Show.

The news anchor also reported that “the man (referring to Jonghyun)” was previously on The Ellen Show and The American Music Awards, when it was BTS that made those appearances.

Here is a short clip that a fan uploaded on YouTube:

Fans of both SHINee and BTS have reacted strongly, labelling the mistake as ‘disrespectful’, with many calling for a formal apology from the TV station.

The 27-year-old Jonghyun was found unconscious in his Seoul apartment on Monday by the police, who have since ruled his death a suicide.

Celebrities and fans alike have taken to the internet to pay tribute to the singer. A private funeral will take place on Thursday.

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