K-Pop Songwriter’s Racist Tweets Spark Outrage

K-Pop Songwriter’s Racist Tweets Spark Outrage

Jenny Hyun, the co-songwriter behind Girls’ Generation‘s “How Great is Your Love” and Chocolat‘s “One More Day” recently sparked controversy with a slew of racist tweets.

On February 16, the former singer posted over a dozen derogatory comments on her Twitter against African-Americans. The fuel for her outrage? A dismissive tweet by boxer Floyd Mayweather about NBA star Jeremy Lin:”Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.”

Hyun responded that Floyd was a “subhuman, ungrateful APE,” and then started spreading vitriol about the black community in general. She insinuated that Whitney Houston‘s recent passing wasn’t such a loss because of “all that baggage” she came with, and referred to African-Americans as “disgusting, violent, arrogant, and stupid.” Then, in an even more frightening twist, she repeatedly called for the eradication of the entire black race:

  • “Eradication of one toxic family is exactly what this world needs.”
  • “Think about all the money we would save not having to give their never ending charities, replacing a black worker with any other race.”
  • “We don’t know what it’s like with them not here. But imagine a world with NO BLACK PEOPLE. All the tension in every aspect of life would be drastically improved without them around. And ONLY them.”

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K-Pop fans started to tweet her to tell her to stop. Following the angry tweets she received, Hyun protected her Twitter account and then posted an apology of sorts on her blog. The sincerity of her apology left something to be desired, as she prefaced it with an explanation that people were saying they knew where she lived, and followed it up with a statement that she did not regret what she said. She also posted a blog entry with a meme that read “I regret nothing,” as well as another meme that compared a modest hut in Africa to a picture of the Roman Empire 2000 years ago, ostensibly in order to draw a contrast between the quality of the two civilizations.

Later that day, she also tweeted, “I Love KFC #YaHeard” and “This is not Black America, THIS IS ASIA AMERICA.” As of now, the “apology” has been removed from her site, while the memes remain.

UPDATE: Check out our new article which gives more information as to what happens next here.

12 comments
SMTown4life
SMTown4life

What a bunch of ignorant idiots in the comment section below. Half of you probably don't even know 30% of your own country's history, let alone world history.

WilsonM
WilsonM

Hyun, I wish I can date a lady with as much common sense and guts you got to say that. Everything you said is undeniable and true! Blacks are a major problem. Just look at the state of Africa and you'll understand more. Indians, Arabs, Asians, Whites I would rather work with than Blacks. They're a disease and cause too much headaches! You're absolutely beautiful and what you said is correct. There is nothing wrong with truth, even if it hurts!

Yacob Schmerkowitz
Yacob Schmerkowitz

God I love this woman. Thank God someone has the BALLS to speak the truth about the African menace. I'm sure the global Marxists won't let Asia get away with speaking the TRUTH much longer though.

morirabbit
morirabbit

K-pop would not exist the same way as today if there were no black culture, and especially African American culture as well. Blues, ragtime, jazz, rock' n' roll, soul, funk, r&b, and hip hop didn't came from a vacuum. Those genres were made by black American culture, and those genres pretty much influenced most of our music today and almost all over the world. I guess she didn't acknowledge some music history for this. In biology, I learned that diversity is the key for living organisms (including humans) to maintain strong immunity. Without diversity, we humans can get sick and die off easily. Oh yes, there are people who are schizophrenic, and at the same time not racist.

SMTown4life
SMTown4life

@WilsonM First of all, you're obviously just as ignorant as her because I highly doubt that she knows that her own people were once slaves to the Japanese and Korean women were used as prostitutes. And I love how you show your ignorance by bringing up the state of Africa. How do you think it got to be in such an unstable state? Oh, probably because 90% of the continent has not only been colonized by Western imperialistic countries with a white dominant culture (Britain, France), but also, the country is unable to use most of their own resources due to these same Western countries tricking them into legally signing these resources away (and to combat any ignorant thought of "Well, it's their fault. They gave it away," how would you feel if some country that just took over your country gave your country leader a document written in a totally different language and been tricked into signing it because they fooled the translator who can't read the document as well into thinking that its only stating that it's a bill to give money to them and nothing more and don't know that they're really signing away their land?)


Oh and btw, Africa's not the only country with issues. India still has feuds between the different Muslim groups that live there, Arabs are trying to rise up against dictatorship and as for whites....well, I'm pretty sure that most of the world knows what they're agenda is because they're not fighting a war on "terror", its more like fighting a war for "trying to conform this ideal of democracy to the whole world that not even Western countries fully uphold." 


And speaking of Western countries, it's funny how she never called out white society in Hollywood with their negative portrayal of asians, but she can't do that. Perhaps, she sees her own race of people as being "sub-humans" to whites as well, huh?


And I'm pretty sure that there are people who hate your race. Ohh, but you wouldn't like if they talked about yours though, right? That's when the line gets crossed, huh? That's when you want to label them as "racists", huh?

SMTown4life
SMTown4life

@Yacob Schmerkowitz Please, Asia needs to recognize their own problems and truths before trying to weigh in on other people's truth.


For the "African" menace, thank colonialism. But funny how Miss Hyun has never spoken out against the negative portrayal of asians in white dominant societies and Hollywood. Must be because she knows whites see her own race of people "sub-human" as well, huh? Funny how she doesn't want to address that TRUTH. Don't you think she should speak out against that truth as well? After all, Asia should speak the TRUTH about the very long history of white colonialism and imperialism, right?

Logan Robertson
Logan Robertson

@morirabbit Oh, here we go... blacks invented music you guys! If we didn't do it, no one would have! 

But, wait... didn't they "create" all those things while steeped in WHITE culture in the Western world? 

No race invented any musical genre, and implying such is ignorant. Music isn't invented, music is always there waiting for someone to discover it.

Just because blacks discovered it doesn't mean that no one else would have.

LAYDADDY
LAYDADDY

@The_Starman but yeah what a buttlick saying the world would be better without black people ummm

SMTown4life
SMTown4life

@Logan Robertson @morirabbit Last time I checked, blacks didn't "steep" into white culture. First of all, they were brought over into WHITE culture against their will and had to work for white culture. That was call slavery (look it up) Also due to Jim Crow laws, they developed their own culture since WHITE culture barred black people from "contaminating" their culture didn't want them stepping into their culture until slavery was abolish and integration had been passed. And once integration happened, that's when black culture intermingled with white culture.


And you can stop with that bullshitty, philosophical "Music isn't invented, it was always there" idea because if humans didn't exist, there would be no such thing as "music" to take form. Because first of all, humans were the one who labelled the combination of compatible rhythms and patterns as "music" if that be the case, let's get rid of all the guys who pioneered dubstep music and see if dubstep music would ever be invented. Let's get rid of the blues and see if gospel or rock would ever take shape. Let's get rid of jazz and see if funk and hip-hop would ever be invented. Because music is a concept that is created through using human logic and reasoning, humanity is the reason why music exists in the first place and humans have continue to evolve and change established music into new forms of music (Blues evolves into rock, rock becomes metal, metal branches off into heavy metal and death metal, etc.) 


As for "music has no race", ummm....last time I checked, culture and music ties into each other, but you probably don't know that because perhaps your own people have no identification of a culture and music that ties from that culture? Trot is traditional music for koreans. Enka is traditional music for japanese people. Bossa nova and salsa is latin american music and samba is brazilian music.  With your ridiculous argument, you're pretty much saying that if Japanese people didn't exist, Germans would invent enka music and if Korean people didn't exist, Indian people would have invented trot. Well, hip-hop and r&b was invented by black people, therefore, it is black music (and even asian people, not Asian-Americans like Miss Hyun who probably don't even know her own people's history of being slaves like the back of her hand, call hip hop and r&b "black music" cause they know damn well that white people didn't invent it and they call rock music "white music" because they know damn well they're rarely seen any black person do rock music). If black people didn't invent hip-hop and r&b, what, you're saying that Irish people would have? Hell no. And if hip-hop and r&b wasn't invented, well then, I'm pretty sure that some of the music that you're favorite kpop band has done would be entirely different.


and  if Miss Hyun is sitting there writing r&b songs for artists, well, then, she she needs to find another genre of music to create music with, if you ask me. But I find it funny that she's never tackled the negative portrayal of asians in Hollywood and white societies that still exists to this day, though. Hmm, must be because she implicitly sees her race as being sub-human to them as well. Sad, really.


So if you're going to talk about cultures, at least know the history of both cultures and please do more reserarch on music history as well instead of looking like an idiot on the internet. 

morirabbit
morirabbit

@Logan Robertson @morirabbit 

Logan, I didn't mean it in a literal way as a person who invents a factory machine-- I meant in a way on how we get our pop music influences from the past movements (which includes black people, like how we had Harlem Renaissance). Sorry, if it came out orthodoxy. I'm aware that there are a lot more influences from other regions that influenced North America-- such as Latin music, for one.  I understand that there were white people too who were part of the Jazz movement, like with most Jewish American composers. Yes, music from America is a mix of everything (from immigrants, movements, religious communities, etc.)-- it's complex.  I believe that being part of a community that goes through certain experiences, make big influences on music genres.

The fact is, Jenny, the girl in the article, showed contempt to a group of race. My  point to her is that if she's going to continue to write 90s R&B-like songs and show hatred to black people, she must be aware that there are a lot of black artists (and non-blacks alike) who inspired K-pop producers. Think of it as this way: a guy who studies Karate but claims to hate Japanese culture, or a girl who enjoys yoga but despises India. 

No cultures or race should be called out as "disgusting". We all need to love and respect each other.