I know it’s tired by now. The blackface incedent has been talked about to death by this point, mostly by people who are not black themselves. I didn’t really have much to say about it though. It’s not because I don’t care, it’s more because other bloggers have basically said practically everything I want to say. But in a previous post I heavily criticized the sheer amount of condemnation for Korea or Koreans emanating from the K-blogosphere over the issue. I must reiterate again, that I don’t in any way approve of what happened. I think that it was and is wrong to make fun of other races of people, and ignorance is not enough of an excuse, especially when this is not the first time it happened, and there was a high profile backlash the last few times it happened.
So if this is your view, then why were you so critical of other bloggers and their judgement of Korean society based on this incident?
I said what I said because I learned about the incident from a Korean who hasn’t spent a long time overseas, who was outraged over it. I said that you can’t make a blanket generalization of the whole society based on one incident alone, without proper context. Saying that Korea is a racist country because this kind of thing is tolerated isn’t really fair, nor is it particularly constructive.
Take a look at that guy in the picture. He’s a pretty famous guy. (John Lennon for those who are too young to recognize him, though honestly that would be hard for me to believe).
WTF does John Lennon have anything to do with this?
Is John Lennon a racist?
You heard me…. Is John Lennon a racist?
You’re kidding me right? The guy who wrote the song Imagine? The guy who wrote Give Peace a Chance? Basically one of the most influential figures of the 1960’s and the civil rights movement? The self-proclaimed feminist? The man hated by “the man?” You have got to be kidding! No way! John Lennon was not a racist! He was the personification of peace, tolerance, and brotherhood of man! Did you ever listen to his music? Come on Euge, what the F are you talking about?
Woah woah! Slow down! I agree, John Lennon was not a racist, and stood for the end of racism and peace and love between all men and women.
What’s your point then?
I’ll get to my point after the jump.