Fashionista G-Dragon has made his way to yet another fashion show!
This time for the very esteemed and must see Yves Saint Laurent show for Paris’s Fashion Week. While many greeted the K-Pop star excitedly, throughout the crowd you could hear a few individual’s throwing racial slurs such as “ni hao“ and “ching chong” in an attempt to mimic Mandarin.
You would think that with the uprising of K-Pop influence and the recognition it has been receiving the past year, we wouldn’t be hearing of incidents like this.
We, as fans, really haven’t given much thought of the negative aspect it has also been receiving. For instance, Girls Generation‘s win for the first annual YouTube Award’s, for the Best Music Video, with their single “I Got a Boy”. The international girl group received a ton of hate from the fans of their competitors for the award, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Demi Lavato, and Miley Cyrus.
This was a case of fans upset over their group losing, but it does show that this issue goes beyond just fandom wars, and into something darker, and that is racism. Racism has been around forever and has remained an issue just as long.
While there is ignorance behind all of these occurrences, K-Pop fans can still be held accountable, as well, when they make racial assumptions especially on the very controversial topic of a foreign K-Pop star.
Now a days when foreigner is mentioned in regards to K-Pop it’s not towards a Chinese, Japanese, or even a Thai member that it is really refering to but someone with more common western features, such as the former member of GLOSS, France native Olivia, the girl group Chocolat or Lee Michelle and Yoon Mi Rae who are both of African American decent.
It isn’t wildly accepted yet and many fans argue that K-Pop is by Asians and is for Asians, even though it is heavily influenced by Western culture. Foreigner’s are also heavily involved in the K-Pop industry both as artist’s, choreographers, producers/songwriters, and as investors.
This all brings us to the question will we ever see a fully foreign K-Pop idol group? With upcoming artist’s such as Chad Future in the mix, that infiltration has begun, but even from his point of view, reviews have not been as welcoming as he would like.
That does not stop international fans from cheering the idea on. At the moment the idea is just a social experiment but with our support we can make it happen and who knows, possible help stop racism in its tracks.
Source: Google News
Edited by: Angelspatience
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