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Sam Okyere expresses anger and disappointment towards Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit

By yckim124   Monday, April 24, 2017   140,351   3,741   0



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TV personality Sam Okyere spoke his mind about the recent controversy regarding Hong Hyun Hee and her blackface comedy skit on SBS 'People Searching For Laughter'.

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

On April 24, Sam Okyere expressed anger and disappointment via Instagram. He stated,

"Black face in 2017. I just want to say this is NOT acceptable!!!!! We are not for comic purposes. This should stop now!!!!! I'm highly disappointed. NO MORE BLACKFACE!!! Or any sort of discrimination against any group or race.

All the prejudices, racial discrimination, colorism should stop with immediate effect. Let's stop this!!!!"

In Korean, Sam Okyere wrote,

"Watching such scene on TV is upsetting and annoying. I hope it never appears on a broadcast again. We have to get rid of all discrimination on race!!!! I appreciate everyone who is giving support. We can do it together!! Thank you.

The color of our skin may be different but the color of our blood is the same. Let's all fighting!"

Back in January, Sam Okyere touched many hearts as he opened up about the racism he faced in KoreaMeanwhile, Australian TV personality Sam Hammington also recently called out Hong Hyun Hee for the unacceptable comedy skit. 

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BEATMIX Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sometimes it's hard being called BLACK!!! and many people have to ask why my friends are all black when i love being with them....i don't know why? but i really love them....

BEATMIX Thursday, April 27, 2017

i don't really know why black people gets citicized alot,many people are so racist when it comes to black people.Black people are like a FAMILY to me coz their live in my country abnd many of them are my friends...Their are like the most friendliest people i know,it just hard to explain why some people look at them in a different way...

kruton Tuesday, April 25, 2017

As a Korean-American, I can easily tell you why stuff like this happens. It's 100% about perspective and how you perceive your day-to-day life. Before I write everything out, I just want to say I'm not defending this kind of behavior, but rather explaining why things like this will happen every day, probably for the rest of our lives.When Asians do stuff like this, it's almost certain that 99.99% of all their friends are Asian. Doing things like this is "funny" in their group, so it becomes a sort of meme. They NEVER have the intent of actually hurting peoples feelings when doing this stuff, but rather it's a form of social bonding (I know it's fucked up, but happens everywhere or in any friend group). I went to a very liberal University, so I saw very open-minded ways of thinking, but even then, literally all races of friends had "group entertainment" that made fun of stereotypes. Was it meant to cause harm? Never. Just a few examples from my black friends: "Of course she eats at Subway, she's white." / "Maybe she did get plastic surgery, I mean she IS from Korea." / "It's cause you're white." etc. etc. Every time my friends said stuff like this, we would all laugh and understand it's a joke, Keep in mind these are people who fully supported BLM and any form of social justice movement (and very open-minded, kind-hearted people). In this case with Hong Hyun Hee, it's blatantly obvious it's offensive and ignorant to people who have a diverse group of friends. You can easily understand how it could hurt someone, so you don't do it. However, most people in Asia don't have this mindset because they have never seen this behavior hurt someone, so it's still a fun, socially acceptable way to bond within their group of people. I still have Asian friends who remain ignorant to things like this and laugh their asses off. I literally have to stare at them with a serious face so that they will feel bad for saying things like, "holy shit black people are dirty af." or "why are Indian people so smelly godam." Every country that is homogeneous in population will have this social bonding with stereotyping. Africa, the Middle-East, and everywhere else is equally racist and ignorant as any other part of the world (trust me, I've seen it first hand from foreign-exchange students, and my University club handled A LOT of foreign exchange students). The biggest thing here is that S. Korea has quickly risen to be a 1st-World country that openly invites and attracts other groups of people, so they need to be way more responsible and take time to understand how their actions hurt others. Unfortunately, there are little options to actually have Koreans understand this unless more black people go to Korea and help them understand this.

BigBlueagain kruton Tuesday, April 25, 2017

There is no justification for racism. That "social bonding" is your "race" putting itself above others it mocks. No matter how well we understand it, it is still wrong.

kruton BigBlueagain Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I know, and again, my explanation is not an approval for this behavior. My statements were about why it happens in every country, and why it will never go away. We all know racism is wrong, even Koreans. They don't see acts like this as racism. It simply isn't in their perspective. This is true for almost all of Asia, all of Africa, Latin America, etc. It's a form of social bonding that isn't seen as harmful, and only when others are hurt from your actions will they finally be able to see it is offensive. Homogenous countries lack this perspective, and will only be enlightened when more tourism and interracial communication happens.

BigBlueagain kruton Tuesday, April 25, 2017

So basically, the need to be smacked around a little to get it.

BigBangVIP_NYC kruton Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I understand your point of view. Here's the huge difference...we do it WITHIN our PRIVATE circle...We don't go around Indian people and SAY, "hey you're smelly from curry" or we don't go around Chinese people and say "you're smelly from Onion/ or smell fishy or your mouth stink af". We don't go around Mexican and say "you smell like a restaurant kitchen. " We don't go around Koreans and say, "your face whiter than snow white and please stop with the plastic surgery," We don't go around Africans and say "they arm pit stink as hell or the tell the women to stop bleaching their faces". We don't go around Jamaicans and say "speak English for Christ sakes". We don't go around Spanish people and say "their breathe smell stink and they haven't even open their mouths or that the speak loud with no pause in their sentences." We don't go around and say "that Russia girl must be a hooker!" And I can go on and on about the different nationalities etc..because I live and NYC and I come across these every flipping day...HERE'S WHAT WE DO in our intimate circle WE TALK AMONGST OURSELVES about every race, even our own....but we don't go BROADCASTING it on TV or even in PUBLIC. That's the difference. We can do it (talk bad about other races) for bonding with our friends BUT we know where to draw the line. SHE CLEARLY didn't know where to draw the line...neither did the production team nor the network station!

Jaraiya_Ero kruton Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I was seriously going to up vote your comment, you made some really good points and I could see your sound views.... That was until you included that your friends supported BLM!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!! BLM like WLM are Millennials excuse for not taking responsibility for their actions, and blaming others for what happens to them!! I do concur that like you said friends together will do things that are funny, but are not meant to hurt but only in jest among themselves. But in this day and age with social media and the net, there is no excuse for ones actions that goes against peoples culture, ethnicity and traditions - even if it was only meant as a 'joke'!! She and the production team didn't act like professionals... There's just no excuse for behavior like this. Never

kruton BigBangVIP_NYC Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Totally agree. That's why I think the last part of my statement was important as well. S. Korea needs to be ESPECIALLY prominent about being responsible about race because they openly invite people to listen to their music and embrace their culture, yet they have a severe lack of understanding of how their actions affect others.

kruton Jaraiya_Ero Wednesday, April 26, 2017

That's fine. I can understand why people would hate BLM and see it as socially degrading ( I'm not a huge fan of BLM either ). That being said, I think it's very important to know that there are two sides of BLM. One side is actually very calm, caring, peaceful, and holds protests in all parameters of the law. On the other side, you have disgusting, disruptive, rude, ignorant, violent supporters of BLM. Unfortunately this is the side that is more important to media and is the only side shown, thus making BLM look even worse than it is. There are genuine people in BLM that simply want equality among society (such as, not being stared at when shopping at a gas station). That being said, there are also those in BLM that don't do research and cry foul when ANY black person is assaulted by a cop, even when it's "justified." . . . And yes, I think right now is a weird time for for social media and globalization for S. Korea. It may sound weird now, but I truly believe we are still in the baby steps of social media and how globalization works ( I mean FB has only been around for about 10 years ). I think the most countries have A LOT of learning to do.

BEATMIX BigBangVIP_NYC Thursday, April 27, 2017

hi five to that BIGBANG VIP NYC...that's so awsome...The truth have been finally spoken...

Bule_Ciel Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Comedian Hwang Hyun Hee blasts Sam Hammington for calling SBS’s blackface skit “pathetic”“Sam hyung… I was thinking of privately messaging you, but your verbiage was wrong so I’m going to post this publicly…Your hasty generalization of a simple costume promoting the derogation of Africans can also be interpreted like this: the characters Younggoo and Maenggoo (characters from children’s comedy show with lower-than-average IQ) can be interpreted as offensive to autistic children, and a long time ago, there was a comedy skit called 시커먼스 (rough translation: Blackies) that received a lot of love for a long time. Would that also be considered derogatory to Africans? If that were the case, then your show ‘The Return of Superman’ can be interpreted as a program that gives financially struggling parents a sense of comparative deprivation, because they can’t provide their children with the things shown in the program, such as visiting nice places and eating delicious foods.. But that’s not the show’s intention, and nor is it yours. I don’t think “pathetic” is the right way to describe it.”— Hwang Hyun Hee

BigBlueagain Bule_Ciel Tuesday, April 25, 2017

She needs to accept that she's a racist and stfu.

Jaraiya_Ero Bule_Ciel Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Didn't he get blasted himself over what he did some years back? And he took this comment not long after he posted it.... The guys an idiot anyway!!

BigBlueagain Jaraiya_Ero Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What is he supposed to have done? You don't just insinuate someone has done something that takes away from being the victim of racism and not explain.

Jaraiya_Ero BigBlueagain Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Watched on KBS channel in passing! He made that post and not long after deleted it, due to a show he featured on before... It didn't do well!

Jojo_Dancer Monday, April 24, 2017

They know what they are doing and don't care. It's an issue of being in the majority and not caring because the population you are making fun of has no power. But when these same people go to Western countries and are made fun of because of eyes, skin color, driving, odor of body or food, they get mad. It's amazing how a little bit of perspective can change things.

Winston Jojo_Dancer Tuesday, April 25, 2017

there is a saying only the person who Receives the beating, remembers being hit. the person who gives the beating dun recall ever doing it. The same goes for discrimination, people only get angry and upset when he or she is the receiving end of the discrimination, but when they make fun of the disabled, mentally challenged, and people of a different race etc, they dun think they are doing anything wrong. its just a joke, they say.

BigBlueagain Winston Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Then maybe more of them need to be "joked" so that they get it. There is no excuse for racism.

allkpopellie Monday, April 24, 2017

I wish it was eng sub, but still you can see that the sketch is racist, and shame on the celebrities who laugh during the show! and that Lion King song at the end, that's retarded! The lady should make a sketch about how racist she is.

Winston allkpopellie Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Actually back in the older days, there was this comic or cartoon i think, there is a character "Michael" whom the cartoon shows as Curly Hair, black skin. I have a feeling they are drawing MJ from when he was in jackson 5, the same hairdo, I think its a form of discrimination also but to those viewers back then, they didnt see it that way, and when foreigners think that South Koreans and North Koreas are alike, they feel offended.

allkpopellie Winston Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I see... I think I know which carton you are referring to, there was so much racism back in the days, and still nowadays but people are more aware of it now and stand against it. I think I would be offended it lol, if I was SK and people said SK and NK are the same.

Winston allkpopellie Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I know the feeling, the fact is MANY of us probably dunno a lot about other country's culture or even where they are, there are people who think that Singapore is a city in China for example, or people who mistake Koreans as Japanese. When KBS did the show "Fascinating India" with the 5 idols, I recall Kyuhyun bringing his own spoon to India, thinking that all Indians eat with their hands and that he has to bring his own spoon, the Indian guide smiled and told him, we eat with spoons too. I think most of us dun really concern ourselves with knowledge about other cultures/race, as there is no need to, when you are the majority race in your own country. I guess i can understand it more coming from a multi-racial country where we have to learn about the traditions of other races and cultures in school, example like Malays learn why Chinese "burn paper money" during when people pass away and such.

BigBlueagain Monday, April 24, 2017

The fact that this is still happening in this century is barbaric. He has every right to be angered and offended. And those of you defending blackface? You are racists and worthy of nothing more than our contempt and mockery.

kimmiefonze Monday, April 24, 2017

Te original SNL should make a statement about this. The Korean franchise is destroying the image of NBC's comedy show.

Winston kimmiefonze Monday, April 24, 2017

They did, they apologised, took down the clip. I only hope the media attention about this issue also sends a message to the other broadcasters, mostly those who do comedy programs that making fun of people with a different color skin is not something the public can accept now, compared to many years ago.

kitteauaena Monday, April 24, 2017

i'm hoping Tasha and Michelle Lee, who are also black themselves, could also speak out about this to further cement it into koreans' minds that blackface is unacceptable. The young generation for the most paet seem to be more self-aware that they have a huge problem with racism, but the older generation (which is what the gag concerts seem to be aimed at) are still stuck in their old views.

kpopislifeuboi Monday, April 24, 2017

I wish blackface would end. It shouldn't have been used at all!!! But the feather head thing is confusing like bruh

BigBangVIP_NYC kpopislifeuboi Monday, April 24, 2017

It's a Native Indian head wear. Unfortunately there seem to be no or very little Native American SK (kdrama, kpop etc...) enthusiast to make noise about it too.

Hidden_KRD_Kiri kpopislifeuboi Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I said the same thing, the headdress that Hyunhee was wearing wasn't a traditional African head piece at all it was native Amerindian, so I have no idea what character she was even trying to portray, but the "brown face" part clearly caught more controversy as the real issue. Unfortunately I didn't get to watch the skit before it got taken down everywhere.

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