YG Entertainment decided to release an official statement after the controversy regarding G-Dragon‘s Instagram update arised.
The artist has been making the news in Western news sources, however, this time it is not because of his concerts or his music. He has caused controversy with an Instagram photo in which he wears a gray T-shirt over his head and has his face painted black. Along with the picture comes the simple caption, “X.”
What made this photo controversial is the bad timing. Online news sources pointed out that the picture looks similar to the trend of American artists paying tribute to slain American youth Trayvon Martin by wearing a hoodie. With the black paint on G-Dragon’s face, the picture comes off as a distasteful homage to Trayvon Martin.
Trayvon Martin was a Florida teenager who was gunned down by George Zimmerman, a member of the neighborhood watch. Zimmerman claimed that he shot the teenager out of self-defense and was acquitted of all charges in a highly controversial trial last month.
When the was picked up by major news sources such as SPIN Magazine, LA Times, and The Guardian, a representative for G-Dragon emailed SPIN and explained that it was just a misunderstanding. They explained, “The face paint is only a color variation for his album cover which includes black, white, and red. It is in no way meant to be a political or racial statement… It’s being derived by a simple photo shoot where GD was using different face paint colors for his upcoming album.”
Article by: Karolina
Edited by: Mariam
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