SECHSKIES member Kang Sunghoon held a solo concert, at which he covered BIGBANG‘s “Flower Road”. When the audience noticed that he changed the lyrics that go “BIGBANG” to his own nickname, “Hoon-y”, Kang Sunghoon immediately faced criticism for “messing with a fan song”.
BIGBANG’s “Flower Road” is a “Fan Song (팬송, a song produced especially for the fans by a group)” for VIPs, as it was left behind as a gift while 4 out of 5 members left to enlist for their military services.
BIGBANG fans were upset that Kang Sunghoon sang an altered version of a fan song to please his own fans. They claimed he was being “inconsiderate” and “disrespectful”.
BIGBANG fans were more than vocal about Kang Sunghoon’s decision to sing an altered version of “Flower Road”. The angry fans trended the hashtag “
#젝키_강성훈_꽃길_해명해 (#Sechskies_Kangsunghoon_FlowerRoad_Explain)” on social media platforms to request a response from the artist, as well as to have him remove the track from the concert set list entirely.
l am so angry. He must give an explanation and an apology. This song is a promise between vips and bigbang.
— JMtory (@JessicaCNVIP) July 31, 2018
please understand that this song has a very special meaning to us VIPs. it’s not even just a “fan” song…it’s a parting gift and thus has a ton more of emotional weight on it. please remove this song from your setlist! #젝키_강성훈_꽃길_해명해
— 🌷 𝔅𝔦𝔤𝔟𝔞𝔫𝔤₅☽ 지용 • 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓉 𝓢𝓡 (@_hansoyundan) July 29, 2018
It’s a very sensitive time, this song was a parting gift for VIPs. It was written from jiyong’s heart, the crown lightsticks that look like a flower road from the stage. This is a fan song, for VIPs, from BIGBANG… Please pull 꽃길 from your concert. #젝키_강성훈_꽃길_해명해
— 117 Jitober (@jiyongal) July 29, 2018
Flower Road is a gift song from #BIGBANG to us VIPs. You did wrong by changing the lyrics. It is really disrespectful. It is really sensitive for us,it is a promise song to us VIPs. Consider our situation.We need an apology.#젝키_강성훈_꽃길_해명해
— 빅뱅🐉 (@BB_Kings_Legend) July 29, 2018
If you want to dedicate a song for your fans…please write and produce it yourself sir! Not change someone else's! Thank you!
— BIGBANG legacy (@VIP_Erixxi) July 29, 2018
Singing a cover of the song is perfectly fine and okay. But changing the lyrics is a fucking no go! This is a song for us fans. A gift by BIGBANG. Written from the bottom of their hearts.
YOU. DO. NOT. CHANGE. THE. LYRICS. 😑
— 🌺🌻🌼 Seunghyun's Magical Queen 🌸🌹OT5 (@doom_dada_chii) July 29, 2018
— 一颗小甜梨 (@Jsf5p3dkq49Zapq) July 29, 2018
On the other hand, other fans believe that the controversy stemmed from fans being too sensitive and overreacting. Some claimed that BIGBANG should be grateful that a first-generation, veteran idol like Kang Sunghoon (who debuted 9 years before BIGBANG) covered the song.
- “They should be grateful that a veteran senior who debuted 9 years before BIGBANG covered the song.”
- “They’re being too sensitive over the topic.”
No official response has come from Kang Sunghoon yet, while the fans are now going as far as to involve YG Entertainment‘s Yang Hyun Suk in the situation. They criticize him for not foreseeing this as problematic.