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KpopMilira
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Appropriation of Black Culture in K-Pop
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As a hardcore Kpop fan, this was not an easy video for me to make. While I don’t think I said anything particularly offensive, it’s hard to know for sure. Mixing Kpop and rap can be a literal culture clash, and while there hasn’t been any major backlash, I think there really is a discussion to be had here.
Cultural appropriation isn’t an accusation that should be taken lightly. Black people in America have not had it easy at all, so is it right to take elements of their culture and make light of it in a music video? Is that even what’s happening? Are South Koreans the only ones guilty here?
There are no definitive answers to these questions. In my video, though, I made a point to say that I don’t think there’s any malice behind the portrayal of “urban life”. There's a very limited exposure to that kind of lifestyle in SK, and so they just go with what they know.
It’s fair to say, however, that maybe a re-examination of these concepts is in order. What do you think?

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We had a South Korean friend stay with us once, he told us that all most Koreans know of "black culture" is what they see in American films, and music videos. So I don't feel that you can blame them for their ignorance. Instead of starting arguments, and throwing accusations, why not look for a way to change things for the better? That's my two cents anyway, I hope I didn't offend anyone, I had no intention to :)
@MattK95 I agree. I think it's understandable that some people are upset, but it's important to understand it from the perspective of South Koreans.
i completely agree with you on this and I like how you said that hip hop rap does not only belong to black people anybody can rap and people are accepting that but there are still some people that can't just accept it well lets hope those will learn to accept it as well if not then everyone acceptance is not needed here.