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Chilean comedy show responds to accusations of ‘racism’ over BTS sketch

A Chilean sketch about BTS has come under fire for ‘racism’ (Picture: Big Hit Entertainment)

A Chilean sketch show has faced backlash over a sketch parodying South Korean boy group BTS.

The programme Mi Barrio, which aired on Saturday, featured five actors dressed up as BTS, complete with brightly coloured outfits and wigs and references to Kim Jong-un.

When asked to say their names, each ‘member’ introduced themselves as ‘Kim Jong Un’, ‘Kim Jung Dos’, ‘Kim Jong Tres’, ‘Kim Jong Cuatro’ and ‘Juan Carlos’ before using the group’s real names.

One ‘member’ also mentioned being ‘vaccinated’ against Covid-19 – which has been used to target the K-pop stars in the past – and one actor made fun of their native language when asked to say something in Korean.

The sketch has been slammed on social media as ‘racist’ with many taking issue in light of the Stop Asian Hate movement.

‘Anti-asian hate isn’t just in the US.. it’s everywhere in different forms. We don’t make fun of your language, so why make fun of ours?’ one said.


Another fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Racism is not comedy. Racism isn’t funny.

‘If you find that kind of speech funny, think over the values that you were taught and educate yourselves.’

‘Racism isn’t a joke,’ said another, while a further comment read: ‘Justifying racism with “humor” is so vile, it just proves the lack of sensitivity towards other cultures. It’s so disgusting. This hatred should stop.’

Columnist Jae-Ha Kim said: ‘This is not how I wanted to spend my Sunday, but here we are. Racism isn’t funny. Repeating the name of a dictator isn’t clever. Making fun of a language you don’t understand isn’t cute. Pretending to be twee isn’t it. It’s 2021. Knock it off, #MIBarrio’.

The South Korean group spoke about their own experiences with racism (Picture: Getty)

The programme, which aired in Chile’s Mega channel responded to the criticism in a statement on Instagram, insisting they will ‘continue to improve, learn, listen and stand firm in our intention: bring fun to families.’

The statement added that the programme will take all comments, positive and critical, on board.

The sketch comes just two weeks after BTS released a passionate statement sharing their own experiences with racism after a rise in attacks on Asian people in the Unites States.

‘What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message,’ the members said, ‘but what our voice must convey is clear.

‘We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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