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T-ara Under Fire for Alleged Hypocrisy for Advertising Gambling Game

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2012.12.20 11:10 Mwave Stewart Ho

T-ara is drawing criticism for actions which some believe to be hypocritical.

The girl group recently made headlines for having claimed to have turned down a lucrative offer to promote an alcohol brand, and would not serve as spokesmodels for alcohol drinks in the future either due to the potential influence it could have on minors.

While their words and action drew initial praise from many, the group is now coming under fire.

On December 19, a user posted a picture on an online community board under the title, ‘T-ara Pachinko advertising’.

T-ara Under Fire for Alleged Hypocrisy for Advertising Gambling Game

Included was a picture of a print ad which showed the T-ara members serving as the models for a pachinko game in Japan. The picture quickly became viral with many netizens expressing their criticism on the group for what they perceived were hypocritical actions.

Pachinko is a Japanese mechanical game that can be played for recreation but is much more frequently used as a gambling device.

One disappointed netizen wrote, “T-ara claimed to have turned down offers to advertise alcohol due to the influence it had on youths but they go and shoot Pachinko ads in Japan… I thought they had finally recovered but I guess not.”

Others came to T-ara’s aid saying the ads must have been old or used the T-ara members’ images in an illegal manner.

Core Contents Media has not yet commented on the matter.

Photo Credit: Online community

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