Oh that's just sad. I have heard of them before since one of the members is from my country.
Yes it is. Their ceo said this:
''In an interview with the Korean JoongAng Daily, producer Jun Kang, who founded the Z Pop Dream Project stated that the groups "really want to appear on Korean TV music programs, but the barriers for entry are too high". He continued to state: “I’ve been working in the industry for 30 years and have many connections, but music shows tell us that they want K-pop and Korean songs and that our groups don’t fit in.”
Not to defend the koreans xenophobia, but they did have a point that the group didn't fit their shows. That's why I made my fictional lineup. I believe visuals that is close to the Kpop beauty standard and a better song, could convince the shows to allow them. Jun Kang, former ceo of Zenith has worked with SM and he does have connections. But since the group is too far off from Kpop, even he couldn't do anything about it. But again, it's his and the company's fault.