Hold up! No, this cannot be right. What did they say? Who was it regarding? I have all that with the full interview right here! Also, you know I have something to say, so click. Note: I hate posting this topic after that AMAZING video, but this needed to be talked about.
You guys did not read that title wrong. A lot of people are up and arms with Yongguk and Youngjae in a recent interview when they were talking about their time in Detroit. I’m just going to jump in and say that whatever Yongguk and Youngjae said was not racist. I’ve read the article numerous times to see what’s the problem, but got nothing. Here’s what Yongguk said,
” When we went on our American Tour, we went to the Bronx in New York and it was an area with a strong hip-hop atmosphere. It was also a slightly dangerous place. By chance we met some gangster people and got to get friendly with them; they taught us the greeting ‘Whut’s Poppin’. Because I wanted to off a hip-hop feel, I made it the title of the song. “
There’s more, but I will go piece by piece to give my opinion and hopefully show you why this is not racist. Yongguk is explaining why he wrote “Whut’s Popping” and said some gangsters taught them the greeting. Um, I’m just wondering why this is racist? Did he say black people taught him the greeting? No, he said gangsters. Last time I check there are white, black, mexican, and asian gangsters in the world. New York is a diverse city, so he could have been talking about anybody. Whoever thought that he was racist by saying that is racist themselves. Since he said the Bronx, does that automatically make the gangsters black? Does black people ONLY live in dangerous areas in the US? That’s just stereotyping African Americans as a whole. Again, what he said was not racist.
“Through this tour, Jongup’s ability to express through dancing has improved. At one point it felt like he wasn’t Asian anymore.”
This one was a little ify, but it’s not racist. He could have said something different here because this shouldn’t have offended ANY Americans, but S.Koreans. Even that shouldn’t have offended them because not ALL S.Koreans are B-Boy dancers. Basically what he is saying is that S.Koreans cannot dance like Jongup. At least that’s what I’m getting from the quote. But the question was, “While on the tour, I expect each member saw the the advancement of the others?” Jongup’s dancing had improved a lot that it looked original. B-Boy started here in America. Not in S.Korea. What Yongguk gave was a compliment and nothing less than that. Whoever getting sensitive about this has problems. I’m done with this part.
“There were around 100 extras and they were a little scary at first because they looked intimidating. But they were pleasant towards us so working was fun.”
I think people totally ignored the second sentence and focused in on the first. B.A.P asked for rough looking (aka scary) black AND white protesters for their MV. So, how was this racist? I was taken aback when I saw them, so how come B.A.P can’t do the same? Tell me because if I (an African American) was scared when I saw them then how come I don’t get any backlash? Is it because I’m black or that I am use to it? I’m trying to understand the situation because a lot of folks that’s calling them a racist is being a hypocrite. You can react a certain way, but they cannot? That’s crazy.
Racism is a very deep topic and people are just throwing the word out the like it’s nothing. They are not reading the question and answer thoroughly because to get racism out of what they said is confusing. I don’t want to think that people are just wanting to hate on B.A.P’s comeback (and clearly they are), but they could have taken a different approach than calling them a racist. That’s a low freaking blow. I’m done.
Credit for the article is given to bapyessir. You can also read the full article on the link provided!