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Jonghyun apologizes for his offensive usage of South Asian culture + clarifies his comment about homosexuality

By jennywill   Saturday, December 3, 2016   181,688   9,569   0



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Jonghyun apologized for his choice of actions during his first concert.

During the first show of his solo concert, Jonghyun played a VCR that was meant to be funny. However, during one portion, he dressed as someone from India and aimed to draw humor by speaking nonsense that was supposed to be the language, as well as put on ridiculous actions that was supposed to be funny. He also talked about homosexuality during his concert. Many fans took offense and demanded explanation from Jonghyun, who had always been socially aware.

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In his long statement, he wrote,

The first show of my concert has ended.
I have received a lot of feedback about my performance, and I want to apologize about the things talked about.
I was told that in one of the videos in the concert, I had belittled a certain area and used it for humor, and many people of that region were unhappy.
That is clearly my fault, and I will delete it from the video.
It is a fault that I have no excuse for, and I bow my head in apology to everyone who was disappointed by it.
I did not mean to belittle the culture of a place that is rich in history.
In the video, the story is that a woman who had no interest in me gets interested after listening to the song and seeing the choreography in the problematic video. 
I did not mean to make fun of the culture, but it was part of how I was confident in all genres and concepts.
The comedic point was supposed to be my exaggerated acting, expressions, and gestures, and I did not mean to make fun of the culture.
The video also has a gangster-themed outfit, a prisoner outfit, a fishing outfit, a merman outfit, and the problematic outfit.
The music used are EDM and hiphop.
I disturbed many with my lacking thoughts, and I am regretting it and looking back on my actions.
I did not mean to make fun of the culture.
However, I cannot excuse myself for disturbing with that video, so I bow my head in apology.
As I said before, I will delete that video and replace it with another one.
Also, I want to talk about the comment I said, saying 'I respect their tastes, but I do not swing that way.'
I do not remember my exact words, but when I talked about that, I remember that I thought I should articulate exactly what I meant so there would be no problems, and used the words 'tastes' and 'that way' because of that.
'Tastes' means the tendency something according to its characteristics, and a person's characteristics is the nature of someone's heart.
Tendency means how a phenomenon, thought, or action tilts into one direction.
Therefore, 'tastes' can be written as 'the direction of a person's nature'.
This is why I said 'that way' because I was not that direction, not because I could not use the words 'gay', 'homosexual', or 'sexual minority'. However, if 'that side' is used as a derogatory term somewhere in the world, it could be my fault for being ignorant.
If that is the case, I apologize for this as well.
However, that comment's focus was not 'that side', but 'tendency'.
5-6 years ago, I used the words 'that hobby' and it became derogatory.
It was my fault that I expressed tendencies as hobbies.
It was something that happened in my early 20s, and I never used it in front of others after recognizing my faults.
Now, I know that it is used in many fandoms.
If someone who reads this understands that those words are demeaning, I hope they stop using it.
It was my fault for being more ignorant than now, and I want to correct my mistakes even if just a little.

He added, 
These words are something not conferred [with SM Ent] but completely my opinions.

It is a concert with my name, so I felt I should give my feedback first and foremost, and I will make sure I do not cause any more trouble in the upcoming performances.

If I did not use those words, I thought that sentence in my head, and it came out differently while I was talking. No matter what happened, I do not think the meaning changed.

My thoughts are the same.

I know many people were looking forward to tomorrow's concert, and I'm sorry that many are coming to it with concerns...

This happened because I was lacking, but the reason why I apologized and edited my faults quickly is because I wanted to make tomorrow's performance perfect.

Tomorrow, everyone, shout louder!

I hope you can forget other things and have 2-3 hours pass by in a moment because you were so into the concert. 

Everyone, let's meet tomorrow in better condition.

What do you think about the entire situation?

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rroro Monday, December 5, 2016

as someone of south asian descent it honestly doesn't offend me, but my litmus test for this is if the opposite happened for koreans. like if someone stretched their eyes, pretended to be korean, and said "ching chong dinga ling" would he be fine with it/korean ppl be fine with it? i'm guessing not.

bollwoodvskpop rroro Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Plenty of South Asians make mockery out of Chinese people, so they will do the same for Koreans. Plenty of discrimination against Northeast Indians who have similar features to Chinese/Korean people. Lastly what Jonghyun did is not even the same thing as what you are stating.

thestarsinthesky Monday, December 5, 2016

its okay Jonghyun, everything's offensive now

S1C4L1CK4 Monday, December 5, 2016

too long....Zzz

bollwoodvskpop Monday, December 5, 2016

Im South Asian and dont take offence to it, there's way worse things I've seen and has offended me personally as a South Asian.

disbitches bollwoodvskpop Monday, December 5, 2016

while you have every right to be or not be offended. You are not the rapresentitive of all South Asians, so it s sound more like because you aren't offended as a South Asian then no other South Asian is or should be. HAving said so yes, there has been worse

bollwoodvskpop disbitches Monday, December 5, 2016

Where in my comment did I say that I represent all South Asians, you don't know me and nor did my comment imply that I am speaking behalf of all South Asian, it does'nt take a genius to know that I can only speak for myself,

disbitches bollwoodvskpop Tuesday, December 6, 2016

there fact that you repetedly said you where South Asian and wording implied so. It's good to know that that implication wasn't voluntary

bollwoodvskpop disbitches Wednesday, December 7, 2016

No it doesn't, unless I state that I can speak up for all my people then yes you can say something valid here but saying as a South Asian, I was talking about myself, Im not a spokesperson for the whole of South Asia and it doesn't take a genius to understand that from reading my comment.

Anti_Delulus Monday, December 5, 2016

This man is good with words.

bibi87 Anti_Delulus Monday, December 5, 2016

He is actually clever and has social responsibility. But people tend to forget it because they think he is a good looking puppy.

JYJRainbow Monday, December 5, 2016

okay not mad at him for one second, but wow he can talk. I was like if I accept your apology, then I don't have to read that right? #lazy

zergelultor1 Monday, December 5, 2016

it's already good jonghyun already apologise. not every person in this world perfect and people do mistake in this life :)

NaRei Monday, December 5, 2016

I kinda wonder if  some people really know what the content was that started this controversy or if theyre just going off of akp

anonymous_666 Monday, December 5, 2016

I love shinee but I am really offended by what jonghyun did but I cant blame him because after watching kpop for years I know by now that people in korea are highly ignorant. Jonghyun and his staff or team responsible for the video must have felt It was funny and not racist. I am from south asia and it's disappointing to see an idol that I like make mistakes like this.

saranghae_3 Sunday, December 4, 2016

I'm glad he apologized quickly and genuinely.

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