On August 27th, MBC’s special Chuseok program ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships‘ took place at Jamshil Stadium for the third time. Super Junior‘s Lee Teuk, Shin Dong, Eun Hyuk and entertainer Boom, who was recently discharged from the army, started the parade.
International fans addressed their concern when this picture was released as Boom is in blackface. A fan tweeted Tasha and asked her opinion regarding this. Tasha was born to a South Korean mother and an African American father.
Tasha responded as below:
“Thank you for your support! I am deeply pained and embarrassed to hear that this is still happening…I have spoken out in the past…
…About how I feel and how offensive it is. Unfortunately the war against ignorance seems to be an uphill battle…but not impossible!
Education is key!! Much love! God bless you and yours! And always ALWAYS hold your head high! You are…WE are ALL beautiful!!!
I do not think that their intentions were to make fun or offend anyone… It would be unfair for such a beautiful country as Korea to be judged as a whole based on these incidents!
This is not a “one race” one country” problem people!! It involves every human being! The sooner we recognize this the sooner we can work together to fix it!”
This is the second mishap regarding a lack of awareness by Korean TV stations that happened this month. A few weeks ago, the production team of SBS’s Star King caused controversy over misrepresenting Muslims. Another incident was when BEAST’s Ki Kwang was in blackface for a variety show last year.
Currently, Tasha is one of the panel judges for the reality show Mnet Superstar K3.