So it’s 2017, and we still see our favourite artists doing blackface.
Since the news about MAMAMOO’s 마마무 concert VCR was released, there has been a huge backlash from international fans.
If you’re unaware, the singing quartet did a parody version of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mar’s “Uptown Funk”; this was shown at their recent concert, and today their agency have released an official statement, with an apology.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen blackface from Korean idols, and it may be down to poor judgment of their management or their creative team. But personally, I think by now, everyone is aware that backlash will be received, and this act is not okay.
The response from fans is very mixed.
It’s obvious that you should learn from other people’s mistakes. Of course, by now it’s common sense, right?
It can be due to a lack of education and ignorance, but in this day and age, there is no excuse.
South Korea’s natives are of one race, this is completely obvious and understandable; but with so much crossover, musically and from the international support system; (A.K.A international fans) there is simply no justification for this.
Take a look at MAMAMOO’s 마마무 apology below:
“Hello, this is MAMAMOO. We are extremely sorry for our insensitive actions and use of blackface in our video while portraying Bruno Mars. There is no excuse for what we did and there are not enough words to explain how regretful we are. We are heartbroken to have hurt our international K-pop fans so deeply. We love and care so much for all people of every race, sexuality, religion, and gender. We love all our fans and are so sorry to have hurt our fans in the black community.
“We understand now why our actions were wrong and we never meant to do harm with our video. We were extremely ignorant of blackface and did not understand the implications of our actions. We will be taking time to understand more about our international fans to ensure this never happens again. We hope that you will help to educate us on these and other issues so that we can become better people and better artists. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention and allowing us to right the wrongs that we have done.”
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