in

ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

ATEEZ’s choreographer has spoken up on the ongoing controversy over a popular dance move in the boy group’s “Say My Name” choreography that was plagiarized by WDBZ Vata during a performance on “Street Man Fighter.”

ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

Dancer Vata, a member and the leader of We Dem Boyz (WDBZ) dance crew, is currently embroiled in a plagiarism controversy after fans noticed a familiar dance move in his choreography during a challenge on Mnet’s “Street Man Fighter” (SMF).

Fans claimed that it is pretty much identical to the iconic “driving” dance move in ATEEZ’s “Say My Name,” which was released back in 2019.

Street Man Fighter Vata

(Photo : TheQoo)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

ATEEZ’s fans, collectively called ATINY, have since been calling out “SMF” Vata and demanding that he apologize to the boy group and the choreographers, as well as credit them for that particular dance move.

Even ATEEZ Wooyoung is aware of the issue, and he seemingly called out Vata on stage during the group’s performance at KCON 2022 Saudi Arabia. He did the “biting” gesture that is used to call someone out for copying another dancer’s choreography.

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : TheQoo)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

Wooyoung did the “biting” gesture once more on a different occasion, together with some of the dance moves from the “New Thing” choreography made by the “SMF” contestant.

Now, amid the plagiarism issue, one of ATEEZ’s choreographers responsible for the “driving” dance move for “Say My Name” has joined the discussions.

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

On Oct. 10, Anze Skrube took to his Instagram stories to share reports from other people showing their support of Wooyoung, ATEEZ, and their choreographers, as well as calling out WDBZ Vata.

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

His stories included the video that has been circulating explaining what “biting” is, together with someone’s post expressing their confusion over why Vata, who is said to be a friend of ATEEZ San, would appearingly plagiarize their choreography.

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

Anze also posted a screenshot of a message he received about the ongoing issue, and another person’s post about “SMF” Vata hating other dancers copying his dance move but he “literally” copied others’ work.

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

Lastly, the choreographer shared videos of ATEEZ- specifically Wooyoung- performing “Say My Name” live.

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

ATEEZ Say My Name

(Photo : Instagram: @anzeskrube)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

In addition to his Instagram stories, Anze Skrube also reshared the choreography video for “Say My Name” on his account, which was initially posted back in January 2019.

As of this writing, WDBZ Vata still has not released an official statement to respond to the plagiarism controversy.

ATEEZ Wins at The Fact Music Awards 2022

In other news, ATEEZ was named one of the winners at The Fact Music Awards 2022, which was held on Oct. 8 at KSPO Dome in Seoul, South Korea.

ATEEZ at The Fact Music Awards 2022

(Photo : Twitter: @ATEEZofficial)
ATEEZ’s Choreographer Calls Out ‘SMF’ Vata Amid ‘Say My Name’ Choreography Plagiarism Issue

The “Say My Name” singers took home two awards, particularly Artist of the Year (Bonsang) and Best Performer. This marks their second consecutive year to earn Artist of the Year.

Additionally, during their appearance at the award ceremony, they performed “The Real” and their latest comeback track “Guerrilla.”

For more K-pop news, keep your tabs open here at KpopStarz.

KpopStarz owns this article

Written by Maria Scott

Credit: KpopStarz

READ MORE:
j-hope (BTS) solo but has no physical album to protect the environment, netizens are immediately angry

Stray Kids Han Proves He Is K-pop’s 4th-Gen Ace After Doing THIS

Who is Responsible for Late Goo Hara’s Death? Court Declares THIS Person Accountable