Oh My Girl Probably Detained in LAX over Cultural Misunderstanding
Oh My Girl, the sister group to B1A4 at WM Entertainment recently travelled to California to shoot an album cover and perform at a gala event in LA. Unfortunately, their trip was cancelled after they were detained at LAX for several hours.
A WM Entertainment spokesperson stated, "They seem to have mistaken them for sex workers," after customs employees searched the girls' costumes. The representative also said there may have been an issue with the kind of visa the girls presented at customs.
However, the girls did not require special visas as they were not performing a solo concert. A more recent statement from WM has put the blame on a miscommunication with customs staff. A WM employee used the word "sister" when referring to the members, raising suspicions with customs over the possibility of OMG being a different kind of "working girl." Yet, anyone familiar with the Korean language will know that "sister" is often used when not referring to someone of a blood relation.
Furthermore, their phones were taken during the detainment, prohibiting them from contacting anyone outside that may have been able to help with the confusion. WM Entertainment is seeking U.S. legal representation regarding the confusion.
Maybe LAX should consider hiring Korean translators for the amount of kpop industry members that use their airport. What do you think of the confusion?