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MAMAMOO apologize for alleged blackface in concert video

By elliefilet   Saturday, March 4, 2017   165,407   6,507   0



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MAMAMOO have apologized for their alleged blackface in a video played during a recent concert.

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For MAMAMOO's 'Moosical' concert, the girls prepared a video cover of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars, and the clip has created quite a bit of controversy for the MAMAMOO members' use of dark facial makeup. Many are calling out the group for alleged blackface, a highly offensive form of theatrical makeup used by non-black performers to represent a black person.

On March 4, the girl group's agency RBW posted the below statement by MAMAMOO on Facebook:

"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.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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jiminieji Tuesday, March 28, 2017

i think blackface is terrible, sickening, and an ignorant thing to do, that i'd NEVER DEFEND, but this doesn't look like blackface. Let's keep this in mind: They made themselves darker to accurately depict Bruno Mars. . .Which yes, i can see why that'd be unnecessary, BUT from what i see it looks like they just got a super bad spray tan. Like the ones you see tons of people walking around with in the US? Also, isn't Bruno Mars of Puerto Rican descent? I know Puerto Ricans are mixed with African blood because i'm puerto rican myself, but just because he might have some low percentage doesn't mean he's African. He HAS said that the African roots in Puerto Rican culture influence his MUSIC, but he has never outwardly said that he's black himself. I feel like this was blown way out of proportion, BUT Mamamoo did the right thing of owning up to what they did and apologizing for the people they did offend.

intricate Tuesday, March 7, 2017

they were portraying bruno mars... if bruno mars felt offended they had used "mars-face" it would make more sense. People should learn more about blackface...

ember Tuesday, March 7, 2017

To the people who are saying that it shouldn't be as big of a deal because they didn't know about blackface and that "you" also didn't know... just think. why would it be okay to mock another race by coloring your skin their skin tone as if we are clowns or something...? I am not mad at this group, as an African american, but I am happy that they apologized. This wasn't an okay thing to do and now that they and some of their fans are educated I pray it never happens again.

Eithra ember Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Not saying that this shouldn't be a big deal just that if people are ignorant they should be educated.

xoxo_shawol94 ember Wednesday, March 8, 2017

agreed, same thing with the flag thing too.

Eithra xoxo_shawol94 Wednesday, March 8, 2017


xoxo_shawol94 Eithra Wednesday, March 8, 2017


xoxo_shawol94 Eithra Wednesday, March 8, 2017

but its an old story^^

Eithra xoxo_shawol94 Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Oh....I had completely forgotten about this.

imjustme Monday, March 6, 2017

They are really ignorant; considering that Bruno Mars is actually Puerto Rican and ASIAN!! They are stupid!

stargaxing Sunday, March 5, 2017

no hating on mamamoo, but i don't believe that they were truly ignorant about this issue. they've always said that beyonce and rihanna and whitney houston were people that they looked up to and beyonce's last album was all about black power so was it really that hard for them to miss it? i'm not black myself and i definitely cannot speak on behalf of them, but let this be a chance for mamamoo to realize their mistakes as well as be a reminder for other groups.

Eithra stargaxing Sunday, March 5, 2017

Seeing as how I was ignorant myself two years back ,it's quite possible that they were too.-_-

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Yep you're ignorant by choice fool!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

Now you're stalking my comments? -_-

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

How can I be stalking when this is literally the latest post? Btw I was right ... Mamamoo maybe ignorant because they weren't aware but you just listen to the truth and choose to ignore! What a shame!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

As for being ignorant by choice, no I wasn't. We're not even taught about Blackface in India. We're only taught about our history and significant world events like the World wars. And besides, why would they teach us about Blackface when it doesn't even affect us??-_-

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Wow im just baffled by your responses! Do u even think before u write your responses down or are u just mental? My parents told me not to fight with the mentally challenged so im gonna let you go on with all your weird af comments!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

Well you're a rude one. And I'm not the only one who was ignorant. Are you going to call all those people out there, even people older than you fools for not knowing that Blackface exists??-_-

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Lol you still on that? OK then whatever your tiny tiny brain says!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

Says the person who has such a tiny brain that she can't accept that people might not necessarily know about Blackface. Ugh.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Tiny brains exist with people who are ignorant and don't know anything! Isn't that what you said about yourself? That you didn't know anything to do with black face before this? Shut the fuck up stupid! You already admitted you didn't know so just keep quiet!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

God you're just as miserable as Uikhyun. I said I didn't know about Blackface until last year. Go read what I replied in your comment again. Anyone would think that since you can see you would have read it carefully. And you're still cancelled. I wish to have nothing to do with disgusting human beings. Ugh. -_-

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

What no comeback this time? Thank God for that.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Whats disgusting is you! You see the truth right in front of you yet you still think you're right! You are sick in the head!! I thought u were done but honey you've just given yourself the biggest L!

kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

What nothing to say?? Suck it loser! Hahaha

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

Just not interested in talking to a terrible human being. Good bye.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Face it your comebacks suck af which is why you have nothing else to say! I can bring up hit after hit while u waste your efforts sitting in the corner!

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

So sad!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

Did you change your attitude? I see that you haven't. Why on earth would I want to talk to you then? You're still a miserable human being whose parents didn't teach her a thing. And still cancelled. Buh bye.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Again copy and paste?? Dont fight if you can't bring it!! What a pathetic loser! You must have been bullied a lot in school so you come online and try to act tough but no ones buying it

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

You know nothing about my life.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Im guessing there might be truth in what i said! Anyways bitch you also dont know nothing about my life

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

No I wasn't bullied. In fact a lot of people liked me when I was in school. I knew that some people could be rude but you're the epitome of pathetic, miserable ,arrogant and self-centered .

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

Im not even a westerner...try again! Did people like you or were you just imagining them inside your head?? Arrogant? Self-centered? Miserable? You're describing yourself...try again!! Boy you're so boring! I feel so uninterested in fighting with you cos you're making me fall asleep!

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

And anyone who says "people liked me" are just trying to be accepted by society and are so desperate! Dont be desperate!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Monday, March 6, 2017

Not my imagination. And no I'm not desperate. You seem to think you're so clever , you're not. -_-

Alastair Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

You may not know about blackface, but it really makes no sense to paint your skin to mimic a different ethnic group. Imagine if I wanted to dress up as a Bollywood actor/actress and I wanted to throw cumin and curry powder on myself to convince people I'm Indian.

Eithra Alastair Monday, March 6, 2017

I do know about Blackface though. Have known about it for the past two years.

stargaxing Eithra Monday, March 6, 2017

you said how you were ignorant on the issue of blackface and now you're saying that you do know about blackface?? even if mamamoo might have not known the complete history of it (even i doubt that it'll be taught), have they not paid one bit attention to the news of past groups suffering through a similar controversy? the best thing anyone could have done is to avoid using blackface because it is never right to do so.

Eithra stargaxing Monday, March 6, 2017

Yes I said I had been ignorant until two, maybe one and a half years back. But I found out back then so I'm not ignorant now It's not that hard to comprehend what I meant.

xoxo_shawol94 Eithra Wednesday, March 8, 2017

its okay, i get what u mean.... its not like they teach blackface in every country in the world. But because i live with people of diff race/culture/religion i learned how to respect and if i did offend i would apologize. Mamamoo apologized so lets hope history doesn't repeats itself.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I've been trying to tell that to that person but she keeps coming up with excuses! I've never come across someone who keeps alternating from the truth. Donald Trump 2.0

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Wednesday, March 8, 2017

you're still ignorant. Like why u lying? The receipts are there you ass! Don't go all soft now just because im not the only coming for you.

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What the hell are you even talking about??How can I be ignorant when I know that Blackface was used in minstrel shows to degrade black people and that skin colour isn't a costume? Like seriously if you're going to call me ignorant at least have facts to back it up. You're weird.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Thursday, March 9, 2017

stop lying already! Now that others come after you, you quickly change! Please hypocrite if you're not true to your own opinion then get lost!

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Thursday, March 9, 2017

Get a life lying troll!!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ah the weird idiot again. You're really boring you know. *Yawns* Goodbye

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Thursday, March 9, 2017

Keep saying idiot but actually you're the idiot and a dumbass as well for not knowing about real issues in the world. Go fuck yourself!!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Thursday, March 9, 2017

???????? I can't believe that you think I'm a fool but you still bother replying to me. Are you a bit sick in the head??And you just keep going on and on about how I don't know things when I given you facts. You're the weirdest person I've come across.

kpop_lover_1 Eithra Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh im the weird person here?? Seems like you're on this site 24/7 go get a fucking life!! And why do you even bother responding if you think im weird? You have the nerve to make rude comments on my post and then ask why I reply to you?? BITCH! The nerve you have!! If you didnt want any of this you shouldnt have started WW3 cos I won't back down!

kpop_lover_1 Thursday, March 9, 2017

And I prefer being weird than being high on whatever drugs you're sniffing cos you a crazy ass bitch! Don't bother commenting on my posts in the future or I'm gonna be your worst nightmare!

Eithra kpop_lover_1 Thursday, March 9, 2017

LOL. You started it and then you blame me. Well goodbye and I hope you don't bother replying weirdo.

kimmiefonze Sunday, March 5, 2017

Loving and caring for all people of every race, sexuality, religion, and gender is not enough. Korean entertainment companies should educate their talents and their employees on why certain jokes and parodies could no longer be tolerated.

Im_you_pantseu Sunday, March 5, 2017

letting idols stay ignorant will only make the problem worse.

Kelly99 Sunday, March 5, 2017

I was shocked when I first saw this, but it is wrong to do a "Blackface" and obviously they don't realize that they are being racist to black people and the community. I personally think that they tried to get the best concert for their fans, and entertaining them. I'm glad with their apology, it is sincere. Everyone makes mistake, and they learn from mistakes so I hope Mamamoo fans continue to support them.

Stefano_italy Sunday, March 5, 2017

I hope Mamamoo will never sing a blues... plenty of smart wiki-historiologists here could be offended.

AngelOfLight Sunday, March 5, 2017

Honestly, I didnt know what was blackface before too until I came upon this makeup video on youtube which got slammed for alleged blackfacing. As an Asian, I believe the term 'Blackface' and the act of 'Blackface' is not well-known among asians. This may make us sound ignorant because of the great use of internet and media nowadays and we should have learnt about this crucial issue. But it is still a fact that 'Blackface' is a term more familiar in the West than in the East which is why some people tried to imitate a celebrity from different race by painting themselves in a darker colour with no harmful intention as they didnt know there are such thing as 'Blackface' or the severity that comes with it. I know this isnt a good excuse that we dont know what 'Blackface' is in this day and age but I hope people do understand the cultural difference btw the East and West and that many people are still trying to learn from each other. A sincere apology like what MAMAMOO gave should be treated with respect in my opinion. I just hope that people do not criticise or spread hate to people who are ignorant about what 'Blackface' is more than necessary and should give chance for people to learn from their mistake and move on in life. ><

Moomoo214 AngelOfLight Sunday, March 5, 2017

I agree with u.

Eithra Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017


Lavenderjune AngelOfLight Sunday, March 5, 2017

umm no ur obviously uneducated as fuck for writing this because this as been an ongoing situation in the KPop world for quite some time. The fact is that they do it continuously and then they quickly apologize for it but they still do it tho and make stupid excuses for it. A mistake is what Tiffany of SNSD did and she should be able to "learn from her mistake and move on in life" but this is ridiculous because this is 2017!! As an Ignorant Asian that you are, if ur not familiar with Blackface, u should be familiar with countless of other idols that pulled this BS and got reprimanded for it. There have been countless other Idols that covered this music video without the ignorance. Who said you needed Blackface to cover a Black person's music? I am a moomoo but that does not mean that I cannot get offended by this as an African American, I mean come on this is 2017!! All of you who agreed with @angeloflight should all be ashamed of themselves! I mean the history behind this is a long history! There are better ways to defend them without your immense ignorance. Kpop is going international every day and idols still don't know right from wrong. The apology is also BS because they obviously did not write this themselves, their company obviously did. If they were really sorry, they would each write a handwritten apology for it just like tiffany did but people still gave her shit for it because why? it hurt their country. I adore idols as much as the next person but I am tired of "mistakes" like this. This is obviously a publicity stunt and I'm not buying it, so you can miss me an African American with the BS you just said.

Eithra Lavenderjune Sunday, March 5, 2017

http://www. koreaboo. com/ news / mamamoo- rainbow- bridge-apologize -blackface -controversy / Remove the spaces.

Eithra Lavenderjune Sunday, March 5, 2017

Yes because blackface isn't very well known in the East. As someone who was ignorant myself ,I am going to defend them. You should stop presuming that everyone knows about it. Ugh.

Johncane Lavenderjune Sunday, March 5, 2017

Firstly you need to chill! However, i do somewhat agree with you on the fact this has been repeated so many times. You'd think that at least someone overseeing would be like "ah nope we can't do this" as they have been public examples and controversies of this occurring. They are not children but adults, so they need to take responsibility for their actions. However, they have done this which and are not making any BS excuses (like some of their fans) which I love and so now we can move on. The whole 'Asian countries are ignorant' is very hypocritical because while I understand that you can't be made at people in western nations who get made because they are just as ignorant and would assume that they know that this is offensive.

AngelOfLight Lavenderjune Sunday, March 5, 2017

wow, i see that you are very educated then to start off a reply with swear word and can't even express your opinion in a polite way. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I dont find any point in replying to such a rude person like you.

Eithra Johncane Sunday, March 5, 2017

Which is why it works both ways. If people in the West are ignorant about something I generally educate them not get mad at them for not knowing something. It should be the same thing for people in the east too. If people don't know something educate them about it. SMH

Moomoo214 AngelOfLight Sunday, March 5, 2017

Yeah...agreed. Let him get on with his life and listen to this song...Its perfect for him. xD

Eithra Sunday, March 5, 2017

And it's more about not presuming that everyone knows everything about a racial problem of another country. You've got to understand that if people don't get affected by it directly they're not going to know about it.

Moomoo214 Johncane Sunday, March 5, 2017

Do enlighten me then...What do you know about Asian countries? Its mutual in my opinion...Whilst you know nothing about Asian history, the same goes for Asian countries being oblivious and ignorant to Western history.

Eithra Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017


Moomoo214 Lavenderjune Sunday, March 5, 2017

Also, FYI, Bruno Mars ain't black..if you actually research his descent...Aren't you being racist yourself? Just because of his hair and colour does not make him black...You are quite a hypocrite....

Im_you_pantseu Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017

brown face isn't any better. if someone was imitating an asian people would have a field day bragging that person

Eithra Im_you_pantseu Sunday, March 5, 2017

I think you meant dragging. And yes brownface isn't any better but if someone is truly ignorant about something educate them about it.

Eithra Im_you_pantseu Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sorry for the double post.

Johncane Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017

Basically, are asking me what I know about the whole of Asia. I don't think you understood what I said. I'm merely saying that people can't get offended at people getting offended at this as its both down to the same reason of ignorance. Not saying its right or wrong but just hypocritical. You know nothing about me or anything I do for all you know I could be an idol (LOL). you just basically said the exact same thing that I did. I am not claiming to know about Asian countries. I was just trying to be objective (which a lot of people can't do it seems without getting a bit butthurt)

Johncane Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017

Yeah he's not black but you need to evaluate your use of the word racist! Cause you clearly don't know what racism is

Moomoo214 Johncane Sunday, March 5, 2017

I was being quite objective in my comment as well. The fact that we don't know each others history/lives whatsoever is a good analogy for this case. If someone's not well educated about certain things, then educate them.

Moomoo214 Johncane Sunday, March 5, 2017

Which word are you pointing out to? Which of my word came across as racist? Do enlighten me and tell me then what is racism? My knowledge of racism seems to be inadequate.

Johncane Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017

sigh seriously... you are completely misunderstanding me. I never said you said anything racist. "Aren't you being racist yourself? Just because of his hair and colour does not make him black...You are quite a hypocrite" I was referring to this and just saying that you called someone racist when they were not being racist.

Johncane Moomoo214 Sunday, March 5, 2017

once again a misunderstanding then... do you actually read my replies. The outrage is how people get educated about it. If no one said anything then Mamamoo could have done this over and over again. However, they saw the reaction and learned what they did is offensive and are now educated in the area. I do not think they are racist at all but its just a bit weird that no one warned them before. This has happened multiple times in their industry and has received the same backlash so you'd think that they would be somewhat aware.

Johncane Eithra Sunday, March 5, 2017

That's the point I am making. Some of these people getting mad are ignorant to the fact of people in these Asian countries being ignorant about these racial topics. I am a person in the west who would educate someone about it without getting mad because I am aware of the fact that they have no idea. But someone who is ignorant to that is gonna get mad. It's like you said, it works both ways

Lavenderjune Moomoo214 Monday, March 6, 2017

All I see is a non-African American telling me how I should feel about this situation. Wearing Blackface is not a costume, like how ignorant can you be? and what if Bruno Mars is not black, why did mamamoo have to go has far as to brown their "yellowish skin" tone? Like I said, I am a moomoo and ur a perfect example of a moomoo troll, trolling the internet... or just a simple troll. I'm gonna repeat what I said about the blackface incident being continuously repeated in the Kpop world. Look it up. It's not about Bruno Mars being black, it is about them putting on Blackface like its a costume for their covers or as a way to "prove they are fans of black people music" or whatever, then washing it off and going about their lives. I can't just wash off my tone when I feel like it because being dark is permanently on my skin. You live and you learn. I'm glad they learned from their mistake, but it's not ok.

bangeryun94 Lavenderjune Monday, March 6, 2017

Way to get a point across, calling someone ignorant as fuck. No, wait what you called her was a liar. She did an excellent job of explaining that she was not aware and you just swooped in and tried to shame her. In case this has escaped you, the world is not always up to standard in what is or isn't pc or offensive in the west. There aren't thriving communities of African Americans or Africans in Asia. You'll also have to excuse the billions of Asians that are a little slow on the learning curve.

Eithra Lavenderjune Monday, March 6, 2017

They don't have a yellowish complexion though.

sorahime Im_you_pantseu Sunday, March 12, 2017

I have to agree though, if some famous celebrity did yellow face Asians would instantly be upset about it. I have to agree that there is some element of feigned ignorance or maybe just not putting 2 and 2 together in the obvious way.

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