2011 saw an expansion of the music industry into once completely unknown generes. K-Pop, as its been labelled by its stans, has literally exploded all over the scene. Supposively catchy tunes, dazzling stage costumes and precise choreography invaded our eardrums and brains at a rapid pace. But after seeing these Korean names on theatre marquees or even the Billboard charts, do we really know what they're here for? What is the message Korea is trying to convay to us? What do they stand for??
It takes just a quick Google search to uncover some shocking racially offensive incidents these companies work so hard to mask from the public. Sordid histories full of black face, racial slurs and other forms of negative anti-Black stereotypes have plagued the Korean music industry. Yet with the current Asian invasion, the severity of these moments has been smoothed over by the puppet-masters behind these acts and their rabid fans alike, in order to provide a safe passage from East to West. And right into our wallets. Before you purchase a K-Pop album, you might as well save your time (and your ears) and just make a direct deposit into the bank account of the KKK.
A sad pattern has developed surrounding two of the industry's biggest groups; SNSD and Big Bang. Both groups somehow remain hovering at the top of music scene even with the racially-charged odds stacked against them. The girl group SNSD are notorious repeat offenders, crossing offensive boundaries with derogatory exclamations and even stereotypical impersonations.
Big Bang has also been caught in the crossfires of for their racist moves against Blacks, much to the disgust of the general public. These include blackface, dropping the n-word, and cultural appropriation. Lead vocalist Taeyang even went so far as to do an entire music video dressed in what appears to be Omarion cosplay, bad tan, cornrows, wifebeater and all.
Girls' Generation members Yuri and Hyoyeon happily participating in a grotesque racist parody (the comedienne in the centre is in BLACKFACE) :
Girls' Generation member Yuri shows off one of her famous imitations mocking stereotypical "black" behavior on national television, fellow group member Sunny also laughs boisterously at the racist impersonation :
One doesn't even have to mention the infamous story about Girls' Generation's leader Taeyeon saying alicia keys is "pretty -- for a black girl".
Gikwang of K-Pop group BEAST/B2ST in FULL BLACKFACE eating some damn WATERMELON :
G-Dragon of BIG BANG does an alleged "tribute" to his favorite black artist Andre 3000 -- WITH BLACKFACE :
SOL (Taeyang) of the group BIG BANG uses the N-WORD on a social networking site :
V.I (Seungri) from BIG BANG is well known for saying he's glad he didn't encounter an African American in America, or he would've been SHOT.
The "My Girl" music video by BIG BANG's Taeyang is a MODERN DAY MINSTREL SHOW:
"Singer" Brian Joo does a racist impersonation of BLACK WOMEN ON NATIONAL TELEVISION:
Gag Group Super Junior laughing and playing along in a RACIST, ABLEIST imitation of Stevie Wonder, with malleged comedian Boom in BLACKFACE :
And Last but not least, plus sized girl group Bubble Sisters uses BLACKFACE AS THEIR SELLING POINT!
Written entirely by ME, Tay Symone (ifuaskedmeto).
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