6:57 pm - 04/10/2011

Brian Joo apologizes for his actions on KBS 2TV’s “100 Points Out of 100″

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In a previous article, we highlighted Brian Joo in a “talk-battle” on KBS 2TV’s “100 Points Out of 100“, and he showed a different side of himself on the set, much to the delight of many fans and those on the set itself.

However, apparently there were individuals who didn’t find comedy in his performance, with some saying that he was invoking negative stereotypes about people and even inferring that he was a racist.

The few people who did express these feelings invoked a strong and heartfelt apology from the singer.

Read them below in chronological order from bottom to top:

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He’s obviously showing a ton of remorse over the issue, but do you think the apology is even necessary?

source: Brian Joo's twitter, akp

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ayamefan13 10th-Apr-2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
I posted this too. I guess I was too slow, lol.

Well, I'm happy that Brian apologized. I know he didn't mean it to be that way, I've always seen him as a really nice guy.
chockabon 10th-Apr-2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
do you think the apology even necessary?

after_an 10th-Apr-2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
lolololol I love allkpop's awkward questions
absentspectator 10th-Apr-2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
What did he do?
bolingi_aii 10th-Apr-2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yep it was. Showed a sense of remorse and regret over what he did. People were offended, I was irritated with the way Kpop thinks its ok to disrespect AAs, but My novel tweet explains it all.
captainmarvel 10th-Apr-2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
what's your twitter babe? :D
uchuu_kita 10th-Apr-2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
I never go to Itaewon. It's kind of grimy and unappealing. I've heard they're planning to revamp it sometime. I don't get a lot of the humor on these variety shows - how is spouting a load of random english, and playing up to stereotyped images of foreign people funny?
musicsporty1 10th-Apr-2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
i hate itaewon. it's so ugh to me. i always feel uncomfortable and like i'm not in korea.

and i dont understand the korean part, but it seemed to me that brian was just acting like a diva. the first half of the video was pretty funny, but the second half was just too much. he didn't come off as racist, imo...just over dramatic and slightly annoying.
musicsporty1 10th-Apr-2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry, but it was funny in the first half. i missed whatever the korean comments were. to me, he was just acting like a diva girl...i know girls of any race who would act like that. XP
nijigirl_us 10th-Apr-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Exactly^^ People are waaaaaaaaaay too ready to be offended.

But in either case, I surely hope those very netizens simultaneously reached out to all the US / European comedians who ever parodied asian people... as well as any other race / gender. They got lots of hwk to do if they want to be fair.
bamboolover 10th-Apr-2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
He apologized, good. The worst part was people laughing their asses off in the studio to be honest. I would like to see their reaction to white person "paroding" an Asian person.
kanbinayume 10th-Apr-2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
He's really sweet to apologize. I didn't think it was that racist, but then again I'm not AA.

lol I quoted him from 100 points out of 100 and he replied to my tweet :D

Edited at 2011-04-10 01:26 pm (UTC)
bolingi_aii 10th-Apr-2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
Nobody called him racist, allkpop really is stupid. People were offended and Im sick ans tired of shit like this happening, worse has happened, and no one stepping up against it or to take responsibility for it.
qrizta 10th-Apr-2011 01:28 pm (UTC)
I missed the previous article but he expressed his regret sincerely and didn't just stay quiet about it which is good.
cwazy_weiven 10th-Apr-2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
Didn't he do the same thing on Love Letter a few times before?

I don't get why people have got their panties all up in a bunch over such a small thing.
sweetemerald513 10th-Apr-2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Why does akp say "invoking negative stereotypes about people"? Usually when someone invokes negative stereotypes, it's about a specific group of people, not people in general. Idk, but that sentence bugs me.

In any case, it's good that he apologized. He seemed to really mean it. Initially when I watched it, I didn't see what was so offensive about it. Then I watched it again, and I was like "Oh...I see."
eveandadam 10th-Apr-2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
I thought that everyone at the set is enjoying his little act because they thought that the diva kind of attitude is pretty cool, since it feels like variety shows particularly adore people who act this way. Or maybe I just need translations, Idk.
lightframes 10th-Apr-2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Everybody is waiting on translations, because nobody really thought it was offensive until it looked like the show was making the comparison to black women only.
vitaminbaby 10th-Apr-2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
brian you are such a nice guy
oppareul 10th-Apr-2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
i respect him.
he may not have been directly acting like a african american female, but just ghetto.
i think the show producers are the only who connected it with a black woman mostly. it is good that he was aware and apologized because of his actions. now if only kkkikwang could do the same.
lightframes 10th-Apr-2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I agree that the shows are the real problem. I appreciate the apology from Brian because it shows he cares, not because he's completely responsible for what happened. Like, last summer, I don't think anyone believes Kikwang approached the producers of Hot Brothers and suggested a blackface segment because that doesn't make any sense. It's entirely possible Brian really was imitating one person and the show turned it into a stereotype in the second clip.
integrawh 10th-Apr-2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Boooooooooy do people get butthurt easily.
Don't see why he had to apologize in the first place.
say_o_kay 11th-Apr-2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Because he made people upset, simple. It's called common courtesy.
jasmineakaiumi 10th-Apr-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel.
I laughed when watching it after this article too tbh but after felt like I wasn't supposed to..
itangeisha 10th-Apr-2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Sweetheart didn't had to apologize. It was funny, the typical diva full of herself, it's just fun i don't get the fuss..
yaangg 10th-Apr-2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
yaangg 10th-Apr-2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I do agree that this is racist to some extent of the definition, which is: the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, esp. so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

This totally fits with the first part of the definition, about all members of each race possessing characteristics or abilities specific to that race, but what the producers and Brian did definitely did not distinguish the women he was imitating as inferior or superior to anyone else. It was just a simple imitation of what one person perceives of another. I suppose some people will get angry anyway simply because it was an Asian imitating a white female.

I really wonder how people would react if a normal black female, who doesn't typically act this way, imitates a friend of the same ethnicity who does. And it wasn't like he was giving the rest of the cast negative images of black women, because Seo Inyoung behaves this way too and everyone adores her because it's cute and funny.

I really don't mean to come off as racist or whatever, since I'm Asian myself and I'm defending Brian and the producers, but I don't see the fault in his actions. To me, this is just like Doojoon from BEAST trying to imitate Hwang Sookyung, who happens to be the announcer for 100 Points out of 100.
falsie 10th-Apr-2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
i think there is a big difference between a simple imitation and coming off as patronizing.
falsie 10th-Apr-2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
i @'d him myself telling him to chill the fuck out (not exactly in those words though) but this is good. please learn from this brian. this is not your first offense

Edited at 2011-04-10 03:15 pm (UTC)
aishiteruyuto23 10th-Apr-2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
i like how Brian is making peace with everyone offended..

but i've watched some of Brian's english interviews and he really talks that way, maybe not that exaggerated, but pretty slang that way..
quinnsan 10th-Apr-2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
He didn't need to apologize at all in my opinion, its gonna be hard to not offend anyone, someones gonna find it offensive and bitch about it. But the majority seemed to have found it funny rather than offensive.
bgurl1210 10th-Apr-2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
You say a majority find it funny but do you think all of them understand that for some people what he did just reinforces the negative stereotypes that people, who have very little interactions with black people, have about the black community. You and bunch of other people may think it's funny but it's not really that funny when people are laughing at you rather than laughing with you.

Yeah there people who act like that but I hate to see people assuming that we're are all like that. My issue is that what he did kind of feeds the ignorance of those who watch it and assume we, as a whole, are obnoxious, loud and up in your face people. Black people come in different forms but when a country has very little exposure to the other forms and are mainly aware of the ones they see in movies and what mainstream finds entertaining it's kind of disheartening. Laugh all you want but what i worry about is the lack of knowledge that some people have about us and how they try to use what they know to put us all in labels that hardly describe us all.
s2anthy 10th-Apr-2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
As I was reading his tweets and looking at his album cover on the side..the album cover didn't seem funny anymore..actually I had pictured him typing the tweets with that face =/
shigeshoshii 10th-Apr-2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be honest I laughed my butt off. I didn't find it racist at all. Brian shouldn't be the only one apologizing since EVERYONE was laughing. Should I apologize because I laughed? But even if it could be a 'stereotype' for AA people all my friends laughed. Even my AA friends. :|
He sounds like a snooting hills girl to me. Or a Jersey girl. It was hilarious.
bgurl1210 10th-Apr-2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I know reinforcing negative stereotypes to individuals that have very little interaction with the targeted group is something people shouldn't be offended by. I am obviously a hater since I want to educate people and stop ignorance in its tracks. I must be taking all of this too seriously.

Edited at 2011-04-10 03:25 pm (UTC)
risu_risu 10th-Apr-2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
i'm interested to see what the exact translations are for this.

but if he really was stereotyping black women & that's also how the show's producers were presenting it as, i think an apology was necessary. reinforcing stereotypes about a race is racist, even if it doesn't appear to be a malicious or negative stereotype. it's running under the assumption that all people of a certain race are exactly the same. also, i don't think you need to be part of the group being stereotyped to see how it's offensive.

i'm glad he apologized.
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