Netizens harshly criticize Block B for alleged racial insensitivity in teaser video

Shortly after Block B’s sub-unit, BASTARZ, dropped their first teaser video for their debut, “No Manners,” which is expected to release on April 14th, they were met with a barrage of criticisms from unhappy viewers. 

The teaser video was released on April 9th following the introduction of sub-unit members P.O, B-Bomb, and U-Kwon, and group image teasers, showing an intense, mature, concept that contrasted with the cheerful, chic teaser images.

In the video, P.O, U-Kwon, and B-Bomb were shown surrounded by women dressed in Kimonos (traditional Japanese clothing) and playfully stripping the women of their kimonos.

After a post on Pann (a website similar to Reddit) was made criticizing the group for their thoughtlessness, more and more netizens came to agree that the concept of the video was not very well thought out.

Many people questioned the group’s actions and pointed out that if the situation were reversed, that is if Japanese idols were shown stripping women of their Hanboks (Korean traditional clothing), the backlash would be even more terrible.

1. [+ 134, – 29] What is that ㅋㅋ Why are there random women in kimono and why are they stripping the women? Just think how you would feel if a Japanese idol shot a music video of stripping women in their hanbok in a Korean building.

2. [+ 106, + 23] They really don’t know how to put themselves in other people’s shoes..people would have flipped if a Japanese idol was exposing women in hanbok.

3. [+ 99, – 62] You regretted your actions ya right

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Source: Pann