BTS fans ask Dominican radio show for apology for racist comments
The hosts of a radio show in the Dominican Republic are criticized for ignorant remarks made on the air about members of the Korean supergroup BTS.
An avalanche of insults: The “Esto No Es Radio” program angered many BTS (AKA the ARMY) fans after they ridiculed the popular boy group and called them the “Chinese Backstreet Boys” HITC reported.
Speaking in Spanish, the hosts called BTS ‘music a “young girl’s religion,” which fans saw as a way to invalidate the group’s success.
Host Ariel Santana also commented on the look of the members, “They’re like, from this part of the world, but they operated to look like North America but mixed with Asia.”
Another host replied, “These are Chinese transplants.”
Discussion continued on BTS’s influence on the global popularity of Korean music. Part of the commentary was about young girls spending a lot of time going “crazy” about artists.
The Deputy Minister of Bilateral Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs José Julio Gómez condemned the radio hosts on Twitter. “We Dominicans are not like that,” he wrote on the social media platform.
The radio show declined to apologize, stating that there was no “racist intent” during the segment, according to The Republican.
Demand an apology: Outraged after the problematic comments surfaced online, BTS fans have now organized themselves to demand an apology from the radio station, using #StopAsianHate and #XenophobiaIsNotHumor on social media.
In February, a similar incident occurred after a German radio host compared BTS to COVID-19 live on air, NextShark Previously reported.
Host Matthias Matuschik said the members of BTS were “a crap virus that hopefully there will also be a vaccine for soon”.
BTS members, who are strong supporters of the #StopAsianHate movement, posted a declaration in march, declaring: “We are against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, me and we all have the right to be respected. We will remain united. “
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