2:12 pm - 01/31/2019

Jay Park Trends Worldwide on Twitter for Comparing Cultural Appropriation to Non-Asians liking K-Pop

On January 30th, Jay Park posted a video of fellow rapper Avatar Darko, a member of Jay's H1ghr Music label, rapping to "Truly Unruly" on his Instagram.


Direct Link to IG video

As Avatar Darko is a White rapper with dreadlocs, many fans took to the Instagram comments to voice their frustrations. In the now-disabled comment section, Jay responded to multiple people who accused him and Avatar Darko of cultural appropriation.
(OP Note: Because the comments are now disabled and I am unable to link to them, I will be transcribing them and providing screenshots. I have tried to piece them together in order according to multiple sources)

"Like every time I twist my hair into spikes with gel, y'all say the same shit 'cause y'all THINK it looks like dreads… tbh getting pretty ridiculous… I can't style my hair???"

"Yooo feeling somebodies [sic] music is personal opinion but hating on somebody 'cause of their hairstyle… I'm sorry but THAT ain't it. Jay Park and Avatar Darko never disrespect the culture and always give back. That's like saying a non-Asian person shouldn't use Korean words and shouldn't listen to K-pop 'cause they didn't go through all the suffering Korean people went through (if you don't know, look the shit up). It's 2019 and every culture, every ethnicity influences each other and as long as we're not disrespecting each other, it's all love and nothing else. If I sound like a dumbass because of this comment, then I guess I'm dumbass"

"Let's not argue over dumbshit there are REAL problems out there much more serious then[sic] how u wear ur hair...if you wanna focus on something go focus on that. We just trying to put on for the city and our ppl while doin what we love...if you don't like it that's coo...much love to all the fans"

"Also if we are doing something wrong give valid points and a SOLUTION.. otherwise u just hating and adding to the problem"

(reply to someone's comment) "so its ok for non asian ppl to use the word "oppa" or "selca" and "mukbang" but have never lived in korea and don't know the culture? Is that cultural appropriation? Or is that just showing love and being interested or passionate about something? Pls educate me PLEASE"

(reply to another person's comment) "how about ppl that arnt [sic] korean that do mukbang. Or kpop reaction vids to gain followers or views? Or ppl that wanna be part of 'fandoms' cause they just wanna be accepted or part of something.. Is that appropriating? I think some people can take offense to it or some ppl could look at it as oh they are just fans and they want to be part of the culture..as long as its not disrespectful i see no reason why not.. if u don't know how they grew up or what they are about i don't think you should be so quick to judge just because of ones hair"

The conversation then migrated to twitter, where Jay continued:

He then replies to a tweet that is now unavailable saying:

He then, seemed to have a change of heart (or was tired of the comments) and tweeted:

He also disabled the comment section of his Instagram post of Avatar Darko's video, and changed to caption to "If I spoke out place my fault I apologize. 🙏 Just know @avatardarko and I love yall. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤"

Sources: Jay's IG (jparkitrighthere), AsiaOne, Hollywood Life, Jay's Twiter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7,8,9,10,11,12, Screencaps via Seoulpimpin tumblr 1 and 2
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benihime99 31st-Jan-2019 08:14 pm (UTC)
My brain is not equiped to understand that level of stupidity
benihime99 31st-Jan-2019 08:17 pm (UTC)
Also I'm sorry but people randomly using Oppa in conversation in cringy
My 15 y/o was guilty of using kawaii way too much, my old ass now knows it was dumb. Just... don't do it

Edited at 2019-01-31 08:48 pm (UTC)
drfaith101 31st-Jan-2019 08:24 pm (UTC)
I thought it’d never end tbh. There really was no point asking people to explain their POV if he weren’t going to take it on board.

Edited at 2019-01-31 08:24 pm (UTC)
theweebdream 31st-Jan-2019 08:25 pm (UTC)
Omg...can he just disappear already
maebyfunke 31st-Jan-2019 08:25 pm (UTC)
he's the fucking worst
donaldjdrumpf 31st-Jan-2019 08:33 pm (UTC)
Just shut up and stick ur dick in me, Jay
benihime99 31st-Jan-2019 08:38 pm (UTC)
come on baby, love yourself, you can do better than this shrimp

Edited at 2019-01-31 08:57 pm (UTC)
pepsi_twist9 31st-Jan-2019 08:37 pm (UTC)
A mess from the performer who defended being on stage with 69? Color me shocked
kcaomei 31st-Jan-2019 08:40 pm (UTC)
TLDR cause knowing him i don't need to read all that to know his responses were dumb lol
vintage_boom 31st-Jan-2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
"so its ok for non asian ppl to use the word "oppa" or "selca" and "mukbang" but have never lived in korea and don't know the culture? Is that cultural appropriation? Or is that just showing love and being interested or passionate about something? Pls educate me PLEASE"

...so he gets it completely just refuses to acknowledge when it's happening using black culture. but I guess then he'd have to examine how his whole career is black culture repacked for asian and white audiences and that's just too much critical thinking for him. ignorance over accountability.

Edited at 2019-01-31 08:42 pm (UTC)
stephantasm 31st-Jan-2019 09:41 pm (UTC)
it really feels like people like this don't see black culture as worthy of respect and humanity. it's like blackness is simply an idea but his "Koreanness" is real. Korean is a real language, AAVE is just sentence enhancers.
psychedelico_ 31st-Jan-2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
sooooo many tweets and none with any substance... also why does he randomly refer to himself in third person like he's elmo
modestgoddess79 31st-Jan-2019 09:20 pm (UTC)
like he's elmo

this part took me out
scionofawhisper 31st-Jan-2019 08:48 pm (UTC)
The difference between cultural appropriation vs cultural appreciation can be blurry and confusing, but Jay Park isn't even trying to understand here and always sounds like a fool. He's been 'Only god can judge a convicted pedophile' to me, ever since that shit went down.
jaelissi 31st-Jan-2019 09:10 pm (UTC)
He's just a loster and loster cause
goshipgurl 31st-Jan-2019 09:15 pm (UTC)
i thought he learned from the 69 shitstorm but nope. he's really as dumb as a brick.
modestgoddess79 31st-Jan-2019 09:16 pm (UTC)
I really wish someone would explain to me why they can't do hip hop without copying our hair, like no one said you can't do music or dance or dj or graffiti, all we ask is that you stop dressing like a caricature of black people, it's so basic and it's such a little thing

honestly its so common that I don't even get angry I just think they look dumb doing nasty unnatural shit to they hair

also people who randomly say oppa are embarrassing and he obviously brought it up cause he himself finds it annoying

Edited at 2019-01-31 09:22 pm (UTC)
nekobot 1st-Feb-2019 01:54 pm (UTC)
Weak people with no culture, personality or originality don't like being told what to do, especially if they're men, and in this case the truth hurts even more because it's not just that they're not allowed to do something because it's insensitive, they're being told they look like total clowns doing it and that hurts them even more than just being a shitty person. They can't accept it. Don't people know how amazing they are and how cool they look??

Logic or reason has no effect because the worst thing they can imagine is being "exposed" as a loser (nevermind that being able to admit your faults and learning from them is a very admirable and charming character trait) and they would rather ruin any bit of credibility they might have than to admit to being wrong or taking other people's advice into account. You could tell them they shouldn't drink bleach because it's misogynistic and they'd be on a stretcher hooked up to a stomach pump before you've even finished your sentence.
jazzygyu 31st-Jan-2019 09:25 pm (UTC)
The guy he’s sticking up for made fun of black womens hair and bodies so honestly fuck him for standing up for him. And what way did he give back to the culture? Like I’m generally intrigued by that statement. He thinks making one or two statement in support of black lives matter and has racially ambiguous black women in his videos means he can do what he wants I guess. He actually thinks ppl are trolling him too, like no it’s an issue it’s not “just hair”, it isnt just hair when we can’t get hired for jobs, our hair gets chopped off by schools/sports teams and is generally scene in a negative way until a non-black person decides it’s okay. He need to stop acting like he actually wants to learn when he disable comments section right after asking someone to educate him. He just wants to continue profiting of a persona cuz we all know he can’t really rap.
sjtaazrz 31st-Jan-2019 09:37 pm (UTC)
The guy he’s sticking up for made fun of black womens hair and bodies

I was going to add it to the post, but Jay's comments were so long and I didn't know if it really added much. But for people who are curious what he actually said
stephantasm 31st-Jan-2019 09:25 pm (UTC)
The need to copy and accessorize other cultures when you can simply be yourself and honestly express yourself in those mediums will always fuck me up. There's no respect for the art, just a desire to seem more interesting without working on yourself first. Poorly copying black people is not a personality.
jazzygyu 31st-Jan-2019 09:41 pm (UTC)
It’s so funny cuz 9 times out of 10 black ppl will respect you so much more for doing that instead. But he rather play victim than learn.

Edited at 2019-01-31 09:42 pm (UTC)
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