This is not an attack on CL. This is not an attack on CL. This is not an attack on CL.
Now that that is out of the way, I have a small problem with her new music video, Lifted.
YG has consistently gotten in trouble for their Black cultural appropriation, and while each time is important to discuss, I want to argue that this music video is especially important.
Black people are soooo often used as ACCESSORIES to legitimize people's music (especially in the hip hop or rap genre) so YG using only Black people in CL's MV is a little....racist.
Now before anyone gets angry let me explain:
In Korea, and in many many other parts of the world, Black people are directly associated with hip hop and rap (which makes sense, the Black community created it, they should have full claim over that style of art!)
BUUUUT it gets to the point where when Black people travel to foreign places they are expected to know how to rap, to speak in a certain "rapper" way (see Rap Mon's "Black person accent"), and fit into all of these stereotypes. Especially in Korea.
In Kpop and Korean entertainment in general, unfortunately this is a common thing, but in American culture it is looked down upon and that is why THIS music video is so important.
Now, CL and YG are trying to break into the AMERICAN market with CL being a rapper/hip hop artist.
In her music video for Lifted, she only shows Black people. This is what I'm thinking the company is doing:
To make her seem like a legitimate hip hop artist. If Black people like her, then she has to be good, right?!
CL said HERSELF that she wants to use her debut in America to shatter the stereotype that all Asian women as meek and silent and submissive.
She wants to be a strong Asian woman, inspiring other strong Asian women.
Then may I ask, WHERE ARE ALL THE STRONG ASIAN WOMEN IN YOUR VIDEO?!
I'm not asking for less Black people, I'm not asking for more whites, or Latinos, or Asians.
All I wonder is, with CL's main goal being to smash stereotypes, why does YG consistently play up the Black stereotype? Why couldn't they have had badass men and women from Asia, from Latin America?
It's just something that stood out SO blatantly to me during the video.
I'd also love to see the casting call for those models in the video because I guaranteeeeee that it specifically said the dancers/models had to be Black.
Again, not bashing CL, I'm just pointing out something that rubbed me the wrong way in her video and I was wondering if anyone else noticed/was bothered.
I'm up for discussion, not fighting please^^
You can watch the video below and please let me know what you think!