A Chilean comedy TV show came under fire for making racist humor against BTS.
On April 11th, the Chilean comedy show Mi Barrio aired a racist parody sketch about the worldwide megastars. In the skit, actors dressed up as BTS members and made jokes mocking the Korean language. The show further made fun out of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
For example, when the host asked the actors’ names, they answered, “Kim Jong-Uno,” “Kim Jong-Dos,” “Kim Jong-Tres,” “Kim Jong-Cuatro,” and “Juan Carlos.” The host laughed at them and added, “You just added numbers on the North Korean leader’s name!”
When the host asked for their real names, comedians introduced themselves as “V, Jungkook, August D, J-Hope, and Jin.” Later, one of the actors said some gibberish in Chinese-sounding words then translated it as “I’ve got vaccinated.” Though everyone at the scene burst into waves of laughter, he was disparaging Asians.
By the next day, BTS’s fan base ARMY shared some details about the incident. The hashtag “#RacismIsNotComedy” began trending and soon ranked first on the trending topic on Twitter in the United States.
Such a racist parody is all the more disappointing as the act released a powerful statement against anti-Asian crimes just weeks ago. “We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger. We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem.”
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021