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    The scandal erupted after an awkward joke between two band members during a fan event spread online.

    Two members of the popular K-Pop boy band Monsta X Minhyuk and Wonho made a poorly-received joke during a speech at a fan signing event on 9 March but the video of the incident spread on Twitter only on 25 October, just before the group’s scheduled comeback  with their new mini album 'Follow: Find You.'

    ​​The footage shows Minhyuk putting his mic on Wonho's chest and saying in Korean, "Mr. Nipple, please say something" while Wonho puts his hand up and shouts in English, "Me too".

    The video was initially posted on the official fanpage of MonstaX  and caused a storm among Korean fans, according to local media reports. Those who watched it criticised the boys, claiming Minhyuk and Wonho had laughed at the MeToo movement.

    Most international fans, however, rushed to Twitter to support the musicians, saying that the situation was taken out of context and that there was no fault on the part of the singers, who didn't mean to hurt anyone.

    After the incident Starship agency made an official statement and made an apology on behalf of the Monsta X members. But that statement did not appease fans, who demanded the apology from the singers themselves. Minhyuk and Wonho posted messages, too, on the official fanpage of Monsta X, trying to clear up the situation, saying they did not intend to laugh or bring harm to victims of sexual harrasment and that they going to reflect deeply on the situation and be more careful in actions and words to prevent hurting people.

    ​MeToo movement , a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault, started on MySpace in 2006, but spread virally in 2017 as a hashtag in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

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