SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – South Korean YouTuber Song Ji-ah, a contestant on Netflix’s latest hit reality show Single’s Inferno, has apologized for wearing fashion items from counterfeit luxury.
She has previously come under fire from netizens who claimed that some of her outfits and jewelry on the show and her YouTube clips resembled high-priced brands, including Chanel and Dior, but were actually fake.
Song, 25, also known as FreeZia, started her YouTube channel in 2019 and has become a beauty content creator. Through the channel, she showcased products and shared reviews about them.
The controversy over counterfeit luxury goods disappointed many fans of Song’s dating show and YouTube channel.
Some said it was a shame the YouTuber had to fake her lifestyle, while others said it was no big deal.
On Monday, Jan. 17, Song posted an apology on his Instagram account, admitting the criticism is “partly true.”
She also deleted all posts containing counterfeit products.
“I would like to apologize to the brands that have suffered damage due to this issue. I also extend my sincere apologies to my fans and followers,” Song said.
“As someone who dreams of launching my own brand, I will think deeply about the latest controversy. I will have a greater sense of responsibility.”
Under South Korean law, the sale and import of counterfeit products is illegal. It is also against the law to possess the goods for the purpose of duplicating and manufacturing the trademarks of others.
But buyers who do not recognize the items as fake are not considered to have broken the law.
Meanwhile, Song has finished taping an episode for broadcaster JTBC’s hit talk show, Knowing Bros, as well as broadcaster MBC’s variety show, Omniscient Interfering View. But it’s unclear whether the episodes will hit the small screen amid the controversy.