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SBS responds to the criticism regarding Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit

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SBS has responded to the controversy regarding comedian Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit on 'People Searching For Laughter'.


Following the April 20 broadcast, many international viewers issued complaints stating that Hong Hyun Hee's blackface was greatly offensive and racist.

 

In response to the criticism, SBS officially apologized, stating, "We apologize for not going over the content more carefully and causing concerns to many viewers. We immediately deleted the video online. We will make sure such an issue does not occur again in the future."


SEE ALSO: International fans demand apology from SBS for Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit


Despite the apology and deletion of the clip, many netizens including Koreans are continuing to criticize SBS. 

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    DreamOWD Saturday, April 22, 2017

    That's supposed to be a black person? That makeup is not even accurate. I'd be laughing but I'd be laughing at HER. That's her! Lol

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    robin1 Saturday, April 22, 2017

    They can't even make fun of people right with their dumb asses.  You 're wearing native american garb but you're wearing blackface and braids (although I know natives can have braids but you know what I'm talking about).  So you've got several things going on.  They're so stupid that they don't even know how to make fun of people right. Dumb bitches.

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    Longans_badghost robin1 Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Boo hoo get off your high horse. You’ve said and done ignorant shit too. Your comments below prove how narrow minded dumb ass you are by generalizing the whole Korean nation. Did someone over there hurt your fragile little *feewings* so now you’re all boohooing? Lololol. Also, people reading this robin1 bitches comment, there is context as to why I replied like this, just see down below how much off a dumb ass this lil bitch is... :)

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    robin1 Longans_badghost Saturday, April 22, 2017

    You're chasing me around this article like a dog in heat. ARF ARF. I see you doggy.

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    Longans_badghost robin1 Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Good, dogs are loyal and kind beings. Unlike a dickhead like you :)

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    DreamOWD robin1 Saturday, April 22, 2017

    I'm not offended by that. I can only describe what she looks like as something that she created. I can't be offended if it's not accurate. She doesn't look black, she looks like a Lil Debbie Swiss Roll. An Asian Swiss Roll.

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    Funky_Angel Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Looks like some people still don't get it or don't care to learn awareness

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    loveekpop2 Saturday, April 22, 2017

    SMDH! I find it more shocking how some people find this okay in the comments which clearly shows it's not just SK that needs to be educated on the matter.

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    RAS33 Saturday, April 22, 2017

    that was such a half ass apology! i bet they were laughing during filming!

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    LordBikkie Friday, April 21, 2017

    for people saying it's not racist... they're literally wearing a real group of people's race as a costume and laughing at it... how do you not see a problem with that.

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    whoopiedoo5 Friday, April 21, 2017

    You know the way I see this is very similar to a man dressing up in drag. It's not funny to see someone portraying himself as feminine or be in a costume to get the attention. I respect people who dress up for a living but you won't see me laughing. You do what you gotta do if you know the low key of the game. Anyways, the lady is at fault for doing something she knows absolutely she shouldn't be doing but ya know she chose it & it's not the 1st time a comedian to ever done such acts & try to get people to laugh when in reality it ain't funny one bit. The whole reason Korea & basically in every Asian culture problem with this is the fact that if you're dark, you'll be considered poor & if you have fair or lighter skin well you're considered to be tampered as royalty. Another factor to this "skin" color is that back in the old old days, white Americans soldiers would be sleeping with Asian women and have their way with them. And if you bare a mixed child who is mixed (white+asian), you get favoritism (during the Vietnam war, being mixed as a kid is brought to America while full blooded viets would either stay in Vietnam or be inside a boat with other folks without food or water to drink while traveling to a place to call their new home). So, my point is until folks no matter what gender, ethnicity or background you have, everyone needs to be hit until they realize what they have done to experienced evil in this world. You gotta see it for what it is & respect it. There's no need to agree with one another but to see what's their point in life? Why bring hate upon one another? The only disgust would be when we look at ourselves in the mirror. Who do we see? That's the question & it'll be your answer. Amen :)

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    kurdigirl Friday, April 21, 2017

    HOW CAN THEY NOT LEARN FROM MISTAKES??!?!??!?!😑😑😑😑😐😐🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

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    kentv kurdigirl Friday, April 21, 2017

    Because there are people in power at the networks/entertainment agencies and content creators/comedians on the shows who still think this is funny and because it has yet to cost someone prominent their career. Also there clearly must not be enough outrage in Korea among ethnic Koreans that this is just as disgusting as a non-Asian performing in yellow-face and won't be tolerated anymore.

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    steadystrike kurdigirl Friday, April 21, 2017

    Even in America, the prominent country for racial equality so to speak, race is still an issue, how long do you think that a homogeneous country like korea will learn their lesson?

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    kentv steadystrike Saturday, April 22, 2017

    What will likely force change is if these gaffes start hurting Hallyu. It might not hurt them in East Asia, but markets in the Americas, Africa, other parts of Asia, and Europe might start to react negatively if this keeps persisting. Overseas markets outside of East Asia are suddenly very important for Korea as China slammed the door on Hallyu recently over the THAAD deployment. Insulting your overseas customers is usually a bad move.

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    steadystrike kentv Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Usually it's that one bad choice that collapses an empire. Oh well

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    estheram Friday, April 21, 2017

    At this point I refuse to believe that Koreans are this closed minded. There have been so many controversies like this one before, it's impossible that nobody has learned something from this. Pathetic.

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    hyukki Friday, April 21, 2017

    If I were serious about this, I'd fire the producer of the show, but leave her alone for she probably didn't have a much say-so on the matter.

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    robin1 hyukki Saturday, April 22, 2017

    She could've refused but no she probably thought it was funny too.

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