Monday, February 27, 2012
[UPDATED] Blackface sketch gives hallyu a black eye
Oh, dear God! This is 2012, isn't it? There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of thing at all.
It being funny is not an excuse (it's not funny; it's puerile and juvenile). Them portraying comic book characters is not an excuse (the comic book portrayal is itself racist). And certainly being ignorant of how offensive this is to people in a lot of other countries is no longer an excuse.
That last point was already covered (by me and others) in the past. Specifically, I made the point that while some portrayals of black face may indeed be innocent, enough of these cases have hit the fan of global media that they can no longer be construed as innocent, just ignorant. And if you are trying to make your brand loved around the world, as LG is trying to do, and I assume MBC is trying to do with the Hallyu Korean wave, then you have to stop this. Not now, but yesterday.
Other than that, Eat Your Kimchi says pretty much all that needs to be said about this.
Stupid. Stupid Stupid.
Take a look while you can, because if they have even an ounce of smarts to them, MBC will take that down forthwith.
MBC has gotten the message and apologized for this. Meanwhile, Roboseyo has a lengthy post on this as well.