Korean woman group Mamamoo apologized Saturday after a video clip aired at their live performance that featured the quartet in blackface.
Throughout their live performance on Friday in Seoul, Mamamoo launched a parody that includes them performing Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” whereas coated in facepaint and sporting the identical outfits featured within the music video.
The culturally offensive act garnered consideration and gained main backlash on social media. In an announcement uploaded to their Fb web page on Saturday, Mamamoo apologized for his or her “insensitive actions” and mentioned “there isn’t a excuse for what we did.”
“We have been extraordinarily unaware of blackface and didn’t perceive the implications of our actions,” the group wrote. “We will likely be taking time to know extra about our worldwide followers to make sure this by no means occurs once more. We hope that you’ll assist to teach us on these and different points in order that we are able to turn into higher folks and higher artists.”
The group additionally assured followers that they “love and care a lot for all folks of each race, sexuality, faith and gender.”
The most recent incident got here practically precisely a 12 months after member Hwasa sang a cowl of Beyoncé‘s “Irreplaceable” and vocalized the N-word and just a few months after Mamamoo re-released the music video for his or her single “Decolamanie” after a scene was criticized for perpetuating rape tradition. The group has seen a number of albums seem on the World Albums chart since their debut in 2015.
Racism in South Korea, particularly for leisure functions, has turn into a scorching matter within the nation. Earlier this 12 months, in style selection present visitor Sam Okyere appeared on the tv present Speaking Present and mentioned the discrimination he confronted as a Ghanan residing within the nation. The clip went viral and opened up a broader dialogue about race within the nation. The identical day as Mamamoo’s live performance, the Korea Occasions printed an article that explored racism in South Korea’s leisure business.
Mamamoo is hardly alone in utilizing blackface for comical functions, as it’s a trope that generally surfaces on Korean tv and media. In 2012, a consultant of BIGBANG’s G-Dragon — one in every of Ok-pop’s most internationally famend stars — advised SPIN that a picture he posted to Instagram was “taken out of context” and didn’t really present the star in blackface. However, although it’s common, apologies for cultural insensitivity and blackface are far and few in Korea and infrequently come with out worldwide audiences clamoring for a proof.
Learn Mamamoo’s full assertion right here:
Hiya, that is Mamamoo.
We’re extraordinarily sorry for our insensitive actions and use of blackface in our video whereas portraying Bruno Mars. There isn’t a excuse for what we did and there aren’t sufficient phrases to elucidate how regretful we’re. We’re heartbroken to have damage our worldwide Ok-Pop followers so deeply.
We love and care a lot for all folks of each race, sexuality, faith, and gender. We love all our followers and are so sorry to have damage our followers within the black group.
We perceive now why our actions have been mistaken and we by no means meant to do hurt with our video. We have been extraordinarily unaware of blackface and didn’t perceive the implications of our actions.
We will likely be taking time to know extra about our worldwide followers to make sure this by no means occurs once more. We hope that you’ll assist to teach us on these and different points in order that we are able to turn into higher folks and higher artists.
Thanks a lot for bringing this to our consideration and permitting us to proper the wrongs that we now have finished.