Cube Entertainment has just won their lawsuit against the MOGEF(Ministry of Gender Equality and Family) regarding the banning ofB2ST‘s 1st album.
On January 5th, the Seoul Administrative Court reached a decision that called for MOGEF’s retraction of the ban placed on B2ST’s ‘Fiction and Fact‘.
MOGEF banned the song “On Rainy Days” back in July of 2011 because of a particularly ‘offensive’ phrase in the lyrics, which said, “I think I’m drunk, I think I should stop drinking.” MOGEF insisted that the lyrics could encourage teenagers to drink, and banned the song as harmful media, which prompted Cube Entertainment to file a lawsuit.
Cube Entertainment argued, “The lyrics of ‘On Rainy Days’ do not make direct references or specifically detail the method of drinking… It’s hard to argue that the portion stating, ‘I should stop drinking’, is encouraging drinking.” The court agreed with their argument, and ruled in their favor.
The same court ruled in favor of Cube last September for the same lawsuit, suspending the enforcement of MOGEF’s ban. With this new ruling on January 5th, MOGEF must now retract their ban and the label of “harmful media” from B2ST’s album.
Cube Entertainment stated, “We hope that the cancellation of the decision labeling B2ST’s 1st album as ‘harmful media to youth’ will become a precedent to ensure the objectivity of music standards in the future.”
In related news, B2ST will be kicking off their world tour in Seoul on February 4th ~5th.