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Mamamoo's Black Face Scandal...When Will Kpop Learn?
Oy vey, come on Kpop! Get your act together!

At a recent Mamamoo concert, the girls did a parody of a Bruno Mars music video which is fine...until they came out with their faces covered in makeup to make them have dark skin :/

They released apologies in both Korean and English:

“Hello, this is MAMAMOO. We are extremely sorry for our insensitive actions and use of blackface in our video while portraying Bruno Mars. There is no excuse for what we did and there are not enough words to explain how regretful we are. We are heartbroken to have hurt our international K-pop fans so deeply. We love and care so much for all people of every race, sexuality, religion, and gender. We love all our fans and are so sorry to have hurt our fans in the black community.
“We understand now why our actions were wrong and we never meant to do harm with our video. We were extremely ignorant of blackface and did not understand the implications of our actions. We will be taking time to understand more about our international fans to ensure this never happens again. We hope that you will help to educate us on these and other issues so that we can become better people and better artists. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention and allowing us to right the wrongs that we have done.”

Their company also posted about it on Facebook (which they've since deleted)

“Hello. This is RBW. MAMAMOO’s parody video of Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ at their encore concert has been misunderstood as a performance that belittles African Americans, and the controversy has been spreading through online community and social media sites.
“We had the intention of doing the [parody] in order to show a different side of MAMAMOO through a popular music video that is known by everyone. However, it has become a controversial issue and so we will be taking it out starting from the second round of concerts.
“We apologize for releasing a controversial video and we will pay attention to even the smallest of details [from now on]. We apologize once more.”

You can see their apology post on Facebook:

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It's good that they apologized for their actions but why would anyone have to pretend to be black to do a parody? Couldn't they just themselves? What is the term blackface?
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I always thought the term blackface was used when one does it to make fun of or be offensive. I personally didn't know it applied to when you do a tribute or for admiration. I learned things.
5 months ago
I'll put it like this if they have seen other idols get in trouble for the same thing why would they decide to do it too. For example everyone likes big bang and have seen Taeyang do the "black face" too. Half of me wants to believe the apology but the other half doesn't. Why keep repeating the same "mistakes" over and over again just to apologize and act like nothing happened. Just because I like your music doesn't mean you can disrespect African and/or African American. How would they like it if someone did the same thing to them?
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It gets irritating after a while hearing this scandal over and over again, but if they understood their mistake and owned up for it, that should count for something. I know that some people will argue and not see the harm in their actions, but they did. They felt bad after and educated themselves; they learned a lesson. It makes me respect them more for owning up to their actions rather than denying them
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I really want to accept their apology and recognize mamaoo's actions as a genuine mistake... But like the user said above, there's really no excuse to be repeating the same mistake. Hasn't kpop learned from the past scandals and offense it has caused to the international community? I feel like groups are blatantly joking about races because Korea is independent and doesn't have many foreigners and hoping that they'll "get away with it". If only they knew that people here in the U.S are making racist remarks about them. Oh how their attitudes would change.
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I know they apologized but I feel like too many issues similar to this has come up. Kpop has no excuses. Oh well we didn't know. That is getting old now. Its 2017 wake up. Like others said ao many ppl have gotten in trouble in the past for "not knowing" learn from others mistakes.
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