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?