A parody on the Chilean television of Korean boy band BTS prompted an international backlash over the weekend, reflecting the power of many of the group’s fans and a heightened worldwide sensitivity to racist, particularly anti-Asian, speech.
In Short Description On the “Mi Barrio” show, which aired on the Mega Channel in Chile on Saturday, comedians satirized the South Korean supergroup, made fun of the Korean language and paired the band with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Asked to introduce themselves, the actors portraying the members of the band played “Kim Jong-un”, “Kim Jong-dos”, “Kim Jong-tress,” “Kim Jong-kyutaro” and “Juan Carlos” They gave their names as Asked to say something in Korean, a comedian spoke in pronounced jibberish.
BTS fans are stalwarts and are fiercely loyal. He quickly came to the band’s defense and linked the jokes to broader issues of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia that erupted after the Coronovirus surfaced in China last year.
Inspired by these enthusiastic supporters, who call themselves Senna, the group has made record-breaking runs at the top of the Billboard charts, released platinum-selling singles and won countless awards worldwide. The group boasts the highest engagement on Twitter and the most video views on YouTube in 24 hours.
Using their power and numbers to promote and defend the group, BTS fans have also demonstrated themselves to be a powerful block on other issues. Last year, Korean Pop Music Fans President Donald J. Coordinated to embarrass Trump By increasing ticket requests at the campaign rally.
At the time of growth Anti-Asian rhetoric and violence On the Internet and around the world, “Mi Barrio” quickly became the target of a large anti-campaign. Trading card company Topps faced a similar backlash after its release last week Garbage kids Cards that were intended to make fun of the band, but were widely regarded as racist and tone def.
Outrage over the “Mi Barrio” episode, including but not limited to Spanish-language social media and BTS fan accounts, has spread across the web with hashtags. #RacismIsNotComedy Sunday night became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in the United States. It was a sign that thousands of people were discussing the word at the same time.
“There is nothing strange about racism, especially at a time when Asian hate crimes are on the rise worldwide. This is disgusting, ”wrote one Twitter user.
a Chilean BTS fan accounts with 150,000 followers People pushed to file a formal complaint against the “Mi Barrio” with the country’s National Television Council, calling on the regulator to “ensure racist attitudes and stereotypes are eliminated from Chilean breed television”.
In a statement Posted on her Instagram account on Sunday, “Mr. Barrio” struck a pact if not a completely contradictory, tone. “We will continue to improve, learn, listen and strengthen our intentions: bringing entertainment to families.”
BTS has not officially commented on the Chilean episode, but it does a statement Regarding the increased attacks against Asians in March, the group said, “We remember the moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have exempted without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were also asked why Asians speak English. “
“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and all of us have the right to be respected, ”the message concluded. “We will stand together.”
That statement released on Twitter has been liked more than two million times.