These are 4 times your favorite Kpop idols being disrespected by several people:
1. TC Candler putting a disrespectful description for BLACKPINK’s Jisoo
On December 28, 2020, TC Candler, the creator of the Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of the Year officially released the Top 100 most beautiful faces in 2020 in both male and female categories
BLACKPINK’s Jisoo was selected among the Most Beautiful Faces in 2020 ranking 50th overall which is her second appearance on the list.
Things wouldn’t have to be worth discussing if TC Candler hadn’t left a sarcastic description under Jisoo’s photo, saying “Her English is a pity“, which fans found extremely disrespectful.
Immediately, the hashtag #APOLOGIZETOJISOOTCcandler reached the top trending in many countries, showing the anger of BLINKs towards TC Candler and requesting an apology to Jisoo from this creator.
It is known that since BLACKPINK started to expand into the international market, Jisoo has always felt guilty because her English is not as good as the other 3 members. The reason is that Jisoo is the only one in the group who was born and raised in Korea. The female idol did not live and study abroad like the other 3 members.
However, that absolutely has nothing to do with her talents and fame. Thus, fans believed that TC Candle had no right to underestimate Jisoo so uncomely
One of Jisoo’s fans discontentedly said: “Jisoo is a Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress, Model, etc. and you decided to make her description about English? You think this is funny?”
Jisoo is a Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress, Model, etc., and you decided to make her description about English? Did you think this was funny? Her English is fine. Never speak on it again. @tccandlerpic.twitter.com/Rbn5JSF1rd
The Blink community in the US also expressed anger, they tweeted: “This kind of description is unacceptable, inappropriate, and extremely rude. To criticize someone based on their English speaking is beyond hurtful”
Upon a series of tense controversies, TC Candler then posted on Twitter claiming that the description was based on Jisoo’s own joke and they simply just used that joke with the thought that Jisoo will like it:
“If you don’t get that the Jisoo line was HER OWN JOKE… then I don’t know what to tell you. We love Jisoo… and she will like that joke. End of discussion.”, TC Candle explained
However, fans don’t think that Jisoo will like the joke. A fan clarified: “Jisoo said that her favorite English sentence was “That’s a pity”. She did not say that HER ENGLISH is a pity. Can you spot the difference?!”
Jisoo said that her favorite english sentence was "That's a pity." She did not said that HER ENGLISH is a pity. Can you spot the difference?! Where is the joke there?! Come on!
On the other hand, some people suspected that TC Candle deliberately pulled that action on purpose to attract attention since Jisoo is now one of the most popular Kpop idols.
Anyway, most people believed that this was an act of disregard towards Jisoo and TC Candler should make a formal apology rather than just uploading an unclear explanation like that
2. BTS was said to look like girls on stage
Seven years ago, in 2013, BTS members Suga and RM joined the “Kim Bong Hyun’s Hip-Hop Invitational 1st Anniversary Broadcast” show with rapper B-Free and many other hip hop artists. Here, B-Free made the ARMY community extremely outraged when defaming the Big Hit male group, disdaining their music and style.
The rapper said, “I bet BTS has never listened to our albums. And we have never listened to BTS’s albums, too.”
B-Free also firmly stated: “You could have become true rappers but I guess you guys can’t resist the temptation to become Kpop idols. Isn’t BTS’s music hip hop? So why wearing makeup on stage like a girl?”
It is known that BTS debuted with the image of an idol Hip Hop group, so when they first entered the industry, the BTS boys often faced the lack of sympathy of many underground rappers.
Although BTS fans later asked B-Free to apologize, he made the controversy become tenser when posting articles mocking ARMY. By 2016, when BTS rose to become the most popular group in Kpop with prestigious Daesang awards, the male rapper that used to criticize and insult them started to pull off a repentant attitude
Specifically, on July 14, 2019, B-Free suddenly posted apologies to BTS and their fans on Twitter: “I’m so sorry for all the emotional pain I’ve caused. Please forgive me. Wish you the best”
However, the ARMY community insisted on not forgiving the male rapper’s act of hurting the Big Hit boys 6 years ago. They even suspected that since BTS has become a globally famous group, B-Free attempted to rely on the group’s popularity to attract attention from the public.
Some fans sarcastically commented under B-Free’s apology post:
“Do we look like we care?”
“He’s just attracting attention. Now I’m not sure if BTS knows of his existence”
3. Super Junior was treated like kids on television
In mid-2018, Super Junior held a week-long tour called “Super 7” in Latin America. When they were in Mexico for the talk show “Montse & Joe”, some Super Junior members were blatantly harassed by a female MC right on television.
Specifically, when the show just started, the female host immediately pulled Leeteuk on her lap and forced a kiss, no different from the way people treat a child.
The female MC violently grabbed Leeteuk’s head to kiss him while he was interviewing, making him frown in shock. You can see his face was extremely uneasy and his sitting posture was obviously uncomfortable
Siwon was also the “victim” of these actions. While he was dancing with the MC, she suddenly gave him a kiss, making Siwon frozen in surprise.
Netizens are divided into two streams of opinions. Some said that the female MC was from a Western country, of which culture was more open, so her actions were completely understandable and acceptable. The rest were extremely outraged, they acknowledged that Western and Eastern cultures were significantly different, but the female MC’s rude behavior and disrespectful joking towards the Suju members really deserve criticism.
Some netizens left discontent comments:
“How can you do that? That is no different from offense!”
“Poor boys, they must have been panicked. That was pure sexual harassment!”
4. Lisa was despised for being a Southeast Asian
On January 5, 2019, 4 BLACKPINK presented at the Golden Disc Awards 2019. Lisa was considered the most outstanding member when wearing a beautiful outfit, showing off her thin shoulders and collar bones.
Many articles complimenting her impressive beauty appeared, but it’s worth mentioning that in the comment section, there were countless disdained comments towards Lisa’s appearance:
“She looks just like a normal Thai girl without all the makeup”
“That’s called Korean makeup technology in case you don’t know”
Until now, many Korean netizens are not very fond of foreign Kpop idols. This is 2021 but some Koreans still keep the ideology of racism, disregard and discrimination against Southeast Asians. Therefore, the phrase “like a Southeast Asian girl” has been ingrained deeply in the minds of many Koreans, which is an implication for “ugly”
Shortly after that, the hashtag #RespectLisa immediately reached top global trending in Thailand and many other countries. Fans all over the world constantly asked Korean netizens to respect Lisa
Also at that time, Lisa’s Instagram official account officially reached 13 million followers, surpassed SNSD leader, Taeyeon, to become the Kpop female star with the largest number of followers on this social network. Again, she became the subject to tons of disparaging comments like:
“She’s not even Korean, why compare her with Taeyeon?”
“The popularity level order should be Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé, then Lisa”
These extreme netizens believed that Lisa’s Instagram followers are all from Southeast Asia – which has always been strong on social networks because of the large population, so Lisa does not deserve the title
This is not the first time Lisa has been discriminated against due to being a Southeast Asian. Upon the incident, a number of international stars spoke up for the BlackPink’s maknae, especially Thai stars:
In fact, many Koreans admit that discrimination against Southeast Asians is still heavy in part of the Korean public, and that doesn’t seem to change anytime soon.
So, as a Kpop fan, how do you feel when your Kpop idols are looked down? Also, are there any other cases of Kpop idols being disrespected that I forgot to mention? Feel free to let me know by commenting down below.
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