We’ve been through it before, but we hoped it wouldn’t rear its ugly head again. While its unfortunate that it has returned, we’re just happy that we’re here to address it this time while its still a hot topic. Maybe, just maybe, this will be the first and last time we ever have to confront this. What are we talking about? Blackface in Korea.
Just recently, MC Jun Hyun Moo thought it would be a great idea to dress up as Sam Otswiri (or better known as, Sam Ochiri)in Blackface if his show hits 3% in viewer ratings. Although it was only a suggestion that has not yet been put into action, it has caused a disturbance amongst netizens as to whether it is acceptable, or rather why it really isn’t. While some blame the journalist’s prejudicial view on the premise that this act is racist, we can confidently say this is certainly the undermining of a race.
Honestly, the idea of feigning ignorance has struck Korea like a deadly illness. A capital which is known for their high speed internet, does not hit MC Jun Hyun Moo for his ridiculous comment. Us K-POP fans are not stupid enough to believe that Korea is not culturally aware. You don’t have to know much about any race to see the problem with making oneself into a stereotypical caricature of it’s people as a source of entertainment. What makes blackface so offensive is that it has been used since the 1800’s for no other use than to patronize the black community. Thankfully, it ended in the U.S during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, but its disturbing to think it is still even somewhat alive in Korea.
It’s insensitive, childish and tiresome. We hope that in the future black face won’t even be a topic for discussion on Korean television. Considering fans from all over the world are watching, such hurtful acts should cease and desist.
If we are hurt by this act then we are positive Sam Otswiri. is hurt as well.