1:16 pm - 09/19/2015

Korea has their own Rachel Dolezal! UR2 contestant Truedy under fire for cultural appropriation


Truedy, a contestant on Mnet's survival show, 'Unpretty Rapstar', has been recently getting attention for apparently being mixed as she mentions about being "the first black people" in Korea through her lyrics: "This is Truedy flow feel ma voice / Check ma soul I’m from Seoul, can you believe it? Seoul City soul / The first black people in Korea / I’ve never been under but I’ve been to the real bottom / I came up here without anyone, all by myself".

A fan called her out on instagram, telling her that if she isn't mixed, she shouldn't act like she is because being black is not a costume:
















Truedy's replied the user with the following message: "Hello, this is Truedy. If that is how I make you feel, I am sorry. However, I love Black culture and that is what I am doing (TN: That part is sketchy since it can mean she likes doing it or that is what she is trying to do). Again if I made you feel bad, I am sorry. I will delete these comments. It seems like the best thing not only for me but for you too. Good night."

source: @MockCeption / Nan Nappeun Keijibe @ OneHallyu / jennaayy @ OneHallyu

what are your thoughts abt it, omona?
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hipployta 19th-Sep-2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh this finally appeared so copy+paste

Ahem...called the Tasha cosplay from day one. There was no way affecting her voice, flow, AND appearance was unintentional. For example...she was born and raised in Korea but speaks/raps with inflections and slurs like she was raised overseas.

For those confused deliberately utilizing physical traits or affecting certain behaviors to emulate a group and present yourself as a member of it, even if you do not explicitly say I am so and so, for personal or commercial purposes is just plain WRONG. She is literally copying elements from black culture and physical identity traits and putting them together in a way that allows her to present as black and resemble Tasha.

The original English version and the Korean version just for Truedy



kjc48 19th-Sep-2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
I love your new icon! (no offense to your regular one lol)

Also: that video gets me every time, because I'm always ready to jam to the beat.
miyozari 19th-Sep-2015 06:42 pm (UTC)


I hope a contestant will call her out and tear her apart in a diss battle. I was rooting for her, smh.

Edited at 2015-09-19 07:38 pm (UTC)
benihime99 19th-Sep-2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
pas de titre
kjc48 19th-Sep-2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
I don't even care, THIS was the best moment in the season. More characters need to take a minute out of their day to say "nah, shit is going down and I don't trust none of yah!"

Edited at 2015-09-19 10:42 pm (UTC)
parkjsun 19th-Sep-2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
I was wondering when this was gonna be posted here. I think a lot of people gave her the benefit of the doubt since she had the audacity to mention "the first black people in Korea" in the cypher but no, it seems like she's just putting on a costume. I guess her voice isn't the only thing she's been appropriating...
jazzygyu 19th-Sep-2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
What did she even mean by that line though...?
oxfordowls1 19th-Sep-2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
Can Tasha/Yoon Mirae drag her now cos this shit is so disrespectful
fabulousdoll 19th-Sep-2015 06:58 pm (UTC)

She was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw it. I'm wondering if she will use her position as a respected rapper, and, you know, being really mixed, to make see people (I can imagine other korean rappers trying it) how kucked up is this.

gathyou 19th-Sep-2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
This behaviour is disgusting
mamamoos 19th-Sep-2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
this mess is the best this show can find?
asth77 19th-Sep-2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
Gross
baeby_bloo_skys 19th-Sep-2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
I mean, everyone was saying her rap proved she was mixed-race, and I was just sitting here like...as a Korean person listening to those lyrics, I hope she is, but I think she perhaps is not??
I randomly ran across a YT video with San E, Lil Cham, and Tymee a couple days ago where they discuss S2. They start talking about Truedy and how she sounds unique, and I think Tymee says I thought maybe she was a gyo-po (ethnic Korean in a different country, but most commonly refers to Korean-Americans) or mixed-race. Then San E says oh her hometown is Eunpyeong-gu. He doesn't specifically say she's not mixed-race, but the insinuation is there. Her similarities with Yoon Mirae are too uncanny, which is what threw me off at first. The reason Yoon Mirae sounds like that when she raps is because she speaks English and Korean. It's very obvious that her Korean is accented (not in a bad way) because English is her first language, and she sounds the same when she raps as when she talks. For Truedy to sound the exact same would mean that she probably had a similar background, but she was born and raised in Korea?
I'm pretty sure the iffy translation part is her saying she loves Black culture and she's just doing what she loves.
EDIT: Also, the lyrics more accurately translate to "The first Black people to be raised by Korea" A lot of people seem to be taking this as her being Black-Korean, but lbr there are a ton of mixed-race people that have come before her so why would she be the first? The way I understood this line was she's the first "Black" person who is Korean i.e. a Korean person born and raised, but appropriating Black culture as her own.

Edited at 2015-09-19 07:11 pm (UTC)
miwa201 19th-Sep-2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
yeah people couldn't accurately translate that sentence bc nobody understood what she actually meant. if that's what she actually means wtf....
rocketqueen 19th-Sep-2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
wtf someone said she was mixed in other post and i believed it. this is pretty gross and it would be good if yoon mirae talked on it
dirtybeauty 19th-Sep-2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
And that was me and I was absolutely fooled because I read somewhere she was Blasian and the lyrics, plus the accent and her crying because she didnt want to be compared to Yoon Mirae anymore. Even my Korean friend told me she believed she was half black.... Wtf this is so disgusting
happydirections 19th-Sep-2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
a big NO. this is gross. the question is, is she gonna continue this behaviour after she got called out for it? is she a contestant on the show?

Edited at 2015-09-19 07:06 pm (UTC)
fabulousdoll 19th-Sep-2015 07:10 pm (UTC)

They really not know how to tell apart a race from a cultural movement (is this the way to define hip hop in english?)?
I'm white and I see it as common sense. Other things are obviously ignorance, but I'm pretty sure the fact that you don't have to pretend to be from another race even if you "appreciate it" is not something hard to realize without needing someone from that race to tell it.
And to think that she was the nicest in the first episode...

bunica1990 19th-Sep-2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
She is a mess (and based on the reply she wrote she won't be stopping anytime soon, so I hope people don't get their hopes up). Where the hell did Flopnet find her?

And what's rich is that she's cosplaying as Tasha on purpose but then she cries and whines in her interview when people compare them.
modestgoddess79 21st-Sep-2015 12:23 am (UTC)
or if she had to go through half the bullying a half black kid raised in Korea faces
nekokonneko 19th-Sep-2015 07:20 pm (UTC)


to think i was so glad to have someone black actually be well featured in a k-hip-hop show
llamadilemma 19th-Sep-2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
saaaaaaame. I was ready to stan her till the end!! That's my im even more disappointed.
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