Sitala to stay in H1-Key, according to K-pop label
published: Dec 9, 2021 at 9:10 AM
Sitala Wongkrachang, daughter of late actor and director turned activist Saranyu Wongkrachang, will remain in K-pop girl group H1-Key, which will debut soon despite calls on Thai social media to ban it, group managers have said. .
K-Pop artist Sitala Wongkrachang (Photo from H1-KEY Facebook account)
Commenting on the fuss, South Korean label Grandline Group (GLG) said it had decided “not to change the band members.”
The company, he said, cannot hold Sitala responsible “on the basis of his father’s past decisions and actions that were beyond his responsibility.”
The #banSITALA and #BanLuknang hashtag campaigns were among the hottest posts on Thai social media after GLG promoted the girl group on November 29.
GLG added that Sitala’s decision to portray his father as a role model was not related to Wongkrachang’s political point of view, but a sign of respect for him as a parent, actor and director.
The company said it was grieved and remorseful over growing concerns in her homeland, which had given the agency a better understanding of Thai society.
âThe Sitala we know is a polite and hardworking person,â the company said in prepared remarks.
She was proud of her homeland and “sincerely values ââand loves her culture,” he added, saying she wanted to honor the Thais.
The company urged people to support her as she worked hard in a foreign country to make her dream come true.
The label said it is proceeding cautiously given the mixed emotions people feel about the singer in relation to her father. He said he took into account the historical, political, economic and social context to better understand the situation.
Finally, GLG apologized for those who felt hurt by any of the singer’s comments or actions and sought their understanding while also hoping for peace and prosperity in Thailand.
Sitala sparked controversy even before her debut, as Thai netizens discovered that she and her family joined the People’s Committee for Democratic Reform (PDRC) rallies in 2013-2014, which led to the 2014 coup. .
The anger against her has spread beyond Thailand to include other groups and individuals around the world.