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Korean rapper Don Malik denied entry into America for SXSW, claims immigration employees called him a Chink

By Patrick_Magee   Wednesday, March 15, 2017   105,757   2,768   381



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Korean rapper Don Malik is the latest to face border control immigration issues while trying to perform at Texas-based music festival SXSW.

Malik was scheduled to perform a showcase on March 17, with himself and his guests using visa waivers as directed by SXSW officials. In this waiver program, artists from foreign countries were supposed to be granted entry to the United States without needing a standard work visa, in exchange for an "exposure only" (unpaid) performance. Unfortunately, Malik became the latest in a line of artists that found their waiver was invalid upon entry to the U.S., and he was detained by customs when he arrived at the San Francisco International airport for a layover.

According to a statement released by Jerry.K, the CEO of Don's label, Daze Alive, the rapper and his crew were allegedly treated to a barrage of racist gestures and slurs during their detainment of 24 hours. There are claims that the immigration employees called them chinks and even made monkey expressions at them. Echoing the sentiments of statements released by other SXSW artists that have been detained, the performers were reportedly barred from accessing their cell phones, thus were unable to contact SXSW organizers for any type of help.

Here is the translated text by HiphopKR:

As of this writing, no officials from SXSW have made any statement on the situation. This silence comes following a controversy over a clause in SXSW's official artist contracts, which explicitly stated that artists who performed any unofficial events while traveling on a visa waiver were to be deported. In light of the fact that Don Malik and the other detained artists were allegedly only performing officially assigned showcases, many have become unsure whether or not SXSW can confidently offer the security and protection that foreign artists need.

As this larger situation with South By Southwest and U.S. customs emerges, we will provide updates on any Korean artists affected.

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navi_x_loki Tuesday, March 21, 2017

president cheetoooooooo ^^ hoompa loompa

navi_x_loki Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trump supporters are cancer hahaa, they cant respect .

lechuga Sunday, March 19, 2017

navi_x_loki lechuga Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wow the new dictator XD

lotsofonigiri Saturday, March 18, 2017

America is fawken harsh🙃 And i live in it .-.

jada_cha Friday, March 17, 2017

There's no excuse for any Customs agent to use racial slurs and gestures.  Customs have bordered on violating rights- recently a NASA scientist was also detained- his cell phone confiscated and searched through. He is an American born. With Trump's travel ban, Custom agents seem to think they're above the Constitution in exercising their discrepancy at deciding who to detain .

Hemlock Thursday, March 16, 2017

I wouldn't trust allkpop to put out "quality news" so my question is, has any of what was written been verified and clarified? The article sounded very one sided. Allkpop writers need to know the meaning of "impartiality" when reporting. Readers use your common sense, in this day and age, where at the touch of a button personal records & information can be verified there had to be valid reasons to be denied legal entry. Even if Orange Hitler is in power now, there are still laws. Orange Hitler is not the law nor are his racist followers meaning whatever he tries to do to deny non-white entry to America is not law (yet).  If Don Malik and his team smell foul play, they can lawyer up & can always file complaints. I don't think the border patrol and custom agents are stupid enough to risk their jobs & be the center of a racism scandal. Anyway, if there were witnesses to said racial abuse then they can come forward & verify any claim of said mistreatment. Allkpop, fyi, be careful what you put out there, some readers are gullible to believe everything they read. Trial by media helps nobody.

lye54 Hemlock Thursday, March 16, 2017

Very smart comment finally!!!

kruton Hemlock Friday, March 17, 2017

Same thing happened to Italian artists though, as well as many others. Immigration is much tighter now due to Trump. Work Visas are not usually required to perform at SXSW as long as you dont receive payment or perform outside of SXSW. When immigration asked the artists about this, they made a judgment that since money is spent and required for entry, all artists must have Work Visas, which was never required in the past. It was a gray area, but now that these immigration officers can play tougher, they decided that they cannot perform.

lye54 kruton Friday, March 17, 2017

Not true. Denying entry in the US have nothing to do with money spent. The only reason a person gets denied is because of criminal records. People with communicable diseases like tuberculosis. People with physical or mental disorders that may cause harm to themselves or others Drug abusers or addicts Drug traffickers People without proper vaccinations People with convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude People who have violated immigration laws Prostitutes People with multiple criminal convictions. Spies Terrorists Nazis People likely to become dependent on need-based government assistance

Hemlock kruton Friday, March 17, 2017

Hiya mate, I posted a long reply to a similar comment, have a read through it. Anyway, even though El Pendejo Trumpo & his moronic followers try to insist on forcing their idiotic principles down people's throats, they are not above the law. They still answer to the legal systems in place. I don't know what questions were asked or what responses Don Malik & his entourage gave but one thing I know is that these agents are trained (or supposed to be) to spot red flags. Allkpop is missing a lot of important details. I can see how poorly researched their articles are. Responsible writers ( I can't call allkpop writers as journalists, sorry) would know that when you publish articles they need to clarify, verify and ensure only reliable facts from reliable sources are presented. US Immigration, pretty much anything concerning America right now, is a sensitive topic so for Allkpop to not be impartial & present only one side without first checking both sides & ensuring all the facts are in place, is stupid & irresponsible. Have a good one!

kruton lye54 Friday, March 17, 2017

I'm sorry, but you don't have the right information. People like that won't get entry, true, but in this case, artists from SXSW all claim they were denied entry because immigration officers decided they were still "working" at the event, even though they were not getting paid. Please do research and then see.

kruton Hemlock Friday, March 17, 2017

They could be more detailed, but AKP just reported what "supposedly" happened. AKP never claimed anything actually happened. They said "according to..." and t hey are saying they are waiting further news to see what actually happened, so it's not strange for them to make a article like this.

lye54 kruton Friday, March 17, 2017

I know my facts. Agents have every right to deny their entry even though they didn't get paid. How many musicians came pretending they were visiting the country and ended up working. I am going to repeat myself again if an agent go through questions and their answers are not convincing they will deny their entry. Also that is what they claim. It can also be for others reasons.

kruton lye54 Friday, March 17, 2017

SXSW is a HUGE event in my state. This has NEVER happened before, yet this year literally a record number of artists were not allowed in. SXSW has kept this contract similar for many years. Immigration is being stricter than ever. It's a gray area in the law, so technically the agents are not wrong, but the artists aren't wrong either.

jada_cha Hemlock Friday, March 17, 2017

Customs have done things that violate rights. An American born NASA scientist was recently detained and his cell phone was confiscated as well.

Hemlock jada_cha Saturday, March 18, 2017

@kruton - That's the problem with poorly written articles, the lack of reliable sources. When a writer begins with "According to..." what does that show? A copy & paste publication? And other sites who follow suit are as lazy. stupid & irresponsible since they're just riding on someone else's scoop w/o even making sure if what they're copycat reporting is indeed reliable & true. It's nothing but hearsay then. This type of incident concerning racism allegations is a very sensitive issue & isn't some shallow gossip/rumour that can easily be dismissed by readers. That's why to me personally, I think writers should be more responsible & sensitive esp if they're only quoting someone else's written news articles & not getting their info directly from reliable sources. Who then becomes responsible for any damages irresponsible news reporting causes? The fact is not all readers use their common sense & some will be quick to condemn the other party even before they'd been able to air their side of the story.

kruton Hemlock Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I know what you mean since Facebook especially is over-burdened with that, but this is not one of those cases. AllKpop simply cited what the CEO of Don Malik said, so it's a direct source. Allkpop was bringing news without an official opinion on something that's been happening to MANY artists at SXSW. There are PLENTY of articles online showcasing the poor actions of this year's immigration officers for SXSW. It's embarrassing for America and they most likely are abusing their new powers that Trump essentially granted them (although indirect).

Hemlock kruton Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I hear you mate. It's just a matter of writers having a responsibility to publish both sides of the story. It's a problem when too little information esp if only from one side even if it's a direct quote from a reliable source. It still doesn't give the full story. Racism is a reality & El Pendejo Trumpo brought out that nightmare reality more openly now. Racists are having a field day since they have their Orange Hitler in the White House. I had a neighbour Pastor once, he was shot at the back by driveby cowards just bec he's Hispanic so I know hate crimes happen. I haven't looked up any other articles abt SXSW. Honestly, not too familiar with them, sorry. I clicked on this article bec racism was a topic I did a research on a while back. I know what you mean by Trump being an embarassment. Believe me, he's the reason I'm not visiting good ol' US of A anytime soon. I do feel bad & annoyed when I hear abt racism as I know it happens & El Pendejo Trumpo helped make all those idiot racists braver & are now bolder. Anyway, I still believe & have faith that the majority of Americans who don't condone idiot racists will prevail. I only hope El Pendejo Trumpo. Putin's boytoy, gets kicked out before anything worse happen to America. Have a good one mate.

kookay09 Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thank god I don't live in America...

Hemlock kookay09 Thursday, March 16, 2017

I did for a while. It's not so bad really. I'm not sure about now though since Orange Hitler's in power, the Russian puppet's fallen for Putin's shrewd tactics of divide and conquer

hyukki Thursday, March 16, 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson is coming to Korea soon. If you are Korean, lodge your complaints to your congress. I hope they bar this guy at the airport!

krell hyukki Thursday, March 16, 2017

@hyukki <-- (LOL) ... You *are* joking, right? ... What IF say the USA did *take back* THAAD and go home? ... Which, it might be *amusing* to watch 50 Million S.KOREANS *SWEATING* up a storm! ...

krell hyukki Thursday, March 16, 2017

@hyukki <-- Actually, I will try to arrange for THAAD to be *traded* for ... (drum roll) ... DENNIS RODMAN !!! ... RODMAN can keep S.KOREA safe ; as best that he can figure out to do that ...

krell hyukki Thursday, March 16, 2017


hyukki krell Friday, March 17, 2017

Listen, you dumb fuck! Do you think America is there to protect Korea? They are there for their own interests. Korea CAN and WILL defend itself. Korean army is NOT for the show. If Korea says "we don't want to pay anything," America will have no choice but stay.

krell hyukki Friday, March 17, 2017

@hyukki <-- Okay! ...

Fatimaaxo Thursday, March 16, 2017

Yikes these unseasoned chicken lovers really  need to be stopped.

navi_x_loki Fatimaaxo Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The crackers

Winston Thursday, March 16, 2017

I wonder if they will treat a Korean artiste from a major label the same way, I dun think so. Well its sad he got treated that way. I dun think Psy will get the same treatment if he went to USA.

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