Should Big Hit publicly speak out about the racism Asians are facing?

  • Should Big Hit publicly speak out about the racism Asians are facing? 40

    1. Yes (9) 23%
    2. No (31) 78%

    A lot of people are asking for BH to make a statement not just about the racist remarks against their idols but also about the wave of anti-Asian racism that has increased exponentially in the past year. Big Hit made a statement supporting #BLM and donated 1 million do that cause. People are concerned a prominent company with idols who suffered racism are remaining silent when it comes to Asians.


    Others opposed to BH saying anything argue that since BH is an Asian company they can’t do anything about racism to Asians. I don’t really understand that logic. I’m sure BH, regardless of their race, have a much larger voice to assist bringing injustices to focus like they did for BLM.


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  • I mean, they could. It just doesn't have the intended effect. The only people who care about BigHit are kpop fans and SK. Its not like they are a respected international company. Its almost preaching to the choir. I guess it might create some buzz since BTS agency speaking out against it will be seen as a big deal in the media.

    BigHit/BTS talking about BLM wasn't really preaching to the choir, since their a SK company and the BLM movement was very American based. Different audiences.

    Either way, saying something is better than saying nothing in this situation.

  • I mean, they could. It just doesn't have the intended effect. The only people who care about BigHit are kpop fans and SK. Its not like they are a respected international company. Its almost preaching to the choir. I guess it might create some buzz since BTS agency speaking out against it will be seen as a big deal in the media.

    BigHit/BTS talking about BLM wasn't really preaching to the choir, since their a SK company and the BLM movement was very American based. Different audiences.

    Either way, saying something is better than saying nothing in this situation.

    A lot of international media is covering the racist incident with BTS. They do have a platform beyond koreaboos

  • I can see both sides, but ultimately I don't think they should.


    Some people are already trying to dismiss this issue as 'fandom bullshit', instead of a larger movement against asian discrimination, especially in the US but more generally everywhere as COVID really sucked for them even more than for the rest of the world - something that has been going on for a few weeks/months. It needs to be clear that the issue is with the racism, not with a radio host not liking BTS.


    BH are a korean society, so them speaking out about it would really focus the attention on the 'BTS' part of the issue.


    ( Also they might be accused to 'send' ARMY against this radio host, and if anything bad happen, it could backfire and hurt BTS/BH's image in the west. )

  • I think staying silent is worst because it's sending out the wrong message of Asians being a "model minority" that stay quiet and don't rock the boat in favor of the establishment. This is a worldwide issue, ever since the corona pandemic started East Asians and SEAs have become a target for race crimes at alarming rates. Doesn't matter if its in Europe or United States. Governments and the news media are paying little attention to it, only just recently has it started gaining attention from a small part of social media. Doesn't matter if its Koreans, Chinese, white people, black peoples, all voices are needed to bring attention to it. A lot of kpop fans don't even know Asians are getting attacked and killed almost daily over their race. There was another incident just recently in New York, and a bunch of others in California. Unfortunately many BH and kpop fans want BTS and idols in general to appear as "good little boys" and not go against the establishment because they thirst more for recognition than for doing the right thing.

  • I think staying silent is worst because it's sending out the wrong message of Asians being a "model minority" that stay quiet and don't rock the boat in favor of the establishment. This is a worldwide issue, ever since the corona pandemic started East Asians and SEAs have become a target for race crimes at alarming rates. Doesn't matter if its in Europe or United States. Governments and the news media are paying little attention to it, only just recently has it started gaining attention from a small part of social media. Doesn't matter if its Koreans, Chinese, white people, black peoples, all voices are needed to bring attention to it. A lot of kpop fans don't even know Asians are getting attacked and killed almost daily over their race. There was another incident just recently in New York, and a bunch of others in California. Unfortunately many BH and kpop fans want BTS and idols in general to appear as "good little boys" and not go against the establishment because they thirst more for recognition than for doing the right thing.

    Please let's not blame Asian people for the way they react when they are victim of racism. The issue isn't lying with them. I get the frustration, but they don't have to feel pressured to speak out about it - they aren't Asian ambassadors in the US.


    And criticing Asians for being seen as 'model minority' weirdly sounds like you are reporting the blame on them and their behaviour.

  • Hmmm I may be wrong but I think when BigHit, the one who has their artiste being involved makes a statement about this, their point will be brushed off and viewed as a victim complex from the other side(the racist side) and won’t take them seriously.

    But it’s quite different when someone who isn’t affected by the situation in anyway is able to still take BTS side and make the same point as what BigHit might have said. That goes more to show how concerning the situation is and that other non-Koreans or Asians can still see how vile the German host was.

  • BTS were the victims of that man's racist tirade, they should not have the burden of responding to it.


    BTS have already been very vocal about racism and prejudice; they spoke about BLM and they have spoken about the prejudice they personally experience(d) in the West for their various schedules. A great number of their music touches upon such subjects.


    If they want to personally address that man, they are free to do so, but to "expect" them to do so is incredibly selfish and moronic.


    Any POC knows how demeaning it is to constantly have to explain when they're being racially targeted "Well, why don't they speak up? Why won't they say anything?" That's fucking exhausting.

  • Please let's not blame Asian people for the way they react when they are victim of racism. The issue isn't lying with them. I get the frustration, but they don't have to feel pressured to speak out about it - they aren't Asian ambassadors in the US.


    And criticing Asians for being seen as 'model minority' weirdly sounds like you are reporting the blame on them and their behaviour.

    It feels like you are more concerned with people criticizing Big Hit (or BTS indirectly), but you're parlaying that as "blaming Asians". Nobody is blaming Asians. People are urging a billion dollar company (BH) to use their platform to help bring awareness to a problem that is being deliberately ignored by many.


    And here BH has the perfect timing to speak up about because they have witnessed it happen to their own artists. They have the opportunity now to bring attention to the wider issue at hand. But if they remain silent the company seems more like they are following the "model minority" trope of not making any noise.


    What I don't understand is when the #BLM movement was happening the belief was "silence is violence". But when it comes to issues with Asians they bring up a bunch of excuses to keep staying silent.

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