Just when we all thought Korean entertainers would learn from other’s mistakes.
On August 27th, Korean comedian Boom, along with 3 members of the popular boy band Super Junior, appeared on stage at Seoul Jamsil Studio, to take part in a special Chuseok program, Idol Athletics Championship. In order to start off the celebration on the right note, the South Korean television broadcast station, MBC, felt that blackface was the way to go.
From the images, the 4 entertainers look like they are having a good time, as Boom portrays, what it looks to be the American singer-songwriter, Stevie Wonder, while Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Shindong are a part of his band.
As much as I am a fan of them, this is not funny at all. If they were looking to bring in some laughs, there are other ways to go about it. Like @jessica said, issues of racism and xenophobia are complex in Asian countries, but there’s never any excuse for promoting this kind of stunt.
I guess we won’t be able to know what their intentions were with this, until Idol Athletics Championship gets aired during the 3-day Chuseok, or harvest festival, holiday, which will begin on September 12th.
Lovelies, do you think it was wrong for MBC to include a segment like this, and for Boom to take part in it? [via omonatheydidnt]