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Eric Nam reveals why he refused to dress up as Gandhi and an LGBT person on 'SNL Korea'

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The story of Eric Nam's decision to not play certain characters on 'Saturday Night Live Korea' is resurfacing, making netizens praise him once again for his thoughtfulness and good character. 


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Earlier this year, Eric Nam participated in an 'SNL' segment skit called, "3 Minute Boyfriend" -- this particular skit was inspired by the '3 Minute Curry-Rice' brand that is famous for microwaveable curry. The segment skit has been played by many celebrities and is known for its funny depictions of different types of boyfriends. During his appearance, Eric Nam portrayed, 'Silly-favored boyfriend' by dressing up as Krillin from 'Dragon Ball Z,' making viewers laugh. 


Screencap from the skit:



Video of the skit:



However, the story of why he portrayed this character is resurfacing, and people are blown away by Eric Nam's reason. 


One netizen posted the story, explaining that the script was originally written differently, but Eric Nam suggested to use a different idea.




"My friend who works at SNL told me because the original title is inspired by the curry brand, the script said Eric Nam will be dressed up as Gandhi of India, but Eric Nam said that he would never dress up as Gandhi, that he would never mock Gandhi. So they suggested that he dress up as Hong Suk Chun (an only openly gay celebrity in Korea) since he is bald and owns a Thai curry restaurant. But Eric Nam said no to this as well since the character was supposed to be a silly, stereotypical comedic one. He said that he can do anything and ruin his own image but he cannot make fun of gay people or Gandhi, so they held a meeting and ultimately decided to do Krillin instead." 


An excerpt from his recent interview is also being shared again, in which Eric Nam talks about his SNL skit: 




Eric Nam said, "...when I was recording for 'SNL' there was a part where I dress up as Gandhi and portray him in a silly way, but I thought it was so weird. I would feel terrible if white people in the States dressed up as Koreans on TV, pulled their eyes and said, 'I am Korean.' So I ended up changing that part...I am glad that I am becoming more famous so I can voice my opinions on matters like this." 

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unscrewedhorses 7 days ago

From what I've seen of him on WGM and Eat Your Kimchi, he seems like a total sweetheart. ^^

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juukimie 8 days ago

He reminds me nichkhun dressed like that hahah cute

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Xieunnie 9 days ago

eric nam is so adorable and hes woke :))

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