Wiz Khalifa was recently criticized by fans in Korea for the lyrics to his song “Hot Now”, which they called out as “blatant racism”.
Wiz Khalifa has since responded to these accusations with what Koreans have accepted as an excuse rather than an explanation, let alone an apology.
“Chill out, I’m not racist. I love all races. I have Korean friends who are not offended, so I don’t know those people who are saying that. My art is up for interpretation.” ㅡ Wiz Khalifa
International netizens have been commenting on other instances when rappers made similar references to Asians but did not spark any controversies.
“Eyes so low I look like I’m from Hong Kong” – Lil Wayne
But y’all wanna put Wiz on blast huh
— Younger Thug (@theBraandNewGuy) July 17, 2018
“This is what happens when bad meets evil,
& we hit the trees til we look like Vietnamese people” – Eminem
🙄 ppl need to shut up lmao.
— Knowbody (@crisiscrazy) July 17, 2018
Jay-Z – Regrets pic.twitter.com/t4YkOluWcN
— Call J.G. Wentworth 877-CASH NOW 🇳🇬 (@Julius_Ceazar) July 17, 2018
Lost in my thoughts so my eyes be Asian -J.Cole
— November29VideoComingSoon (@MrJamesATJ) July 18, 2018
Moreover, many found it hard to understand why Koreans were upset and went as far as to call the artist racist.
People wanna cry about anything
— Zack Hale (@ZacharyHa1e) July 18, 2018
Why does he need to defend the lyric?
— Sam (@Sam_Ingles) July 18, 2018
My eyes looking Chinese, what’s the big deal 😂🤷🏼♂️
— Hunter (@huntmanburger) July 17, 2018
Based off this imma start calling feminism over people pointing out pregnant women
— 🐉🅃🄰🅈-🄹🐉 (@Tay_J100) July 17, 2018
Meanwhile, Korean netizens were not happy and continued to criticize the artist for being ignorant.
- “Do you think you’re at the position to racially discriminate against others?”
- “Black people tend to lash out on Asians for the discrimination they receive from white people.”
- “I believe African-Americans should disappear along with racial discrimination.”
- “African-Americans discriminate against Asians the most when we visit America.”
- “Says a black drug addict.”
- “He’s not an artist…”
- “He looks more like the one that should be discriminated.”
- “My eyes are bigger than yours!”
Many international netizens have been sympathizing with the arguments of the Korean netizens as well.
If someone said "nose looking black" or something, everyone would be angry and their career would be over
— Devon (@devonmonster_) July 18, 2018
You having friends of one race or culture that make up 0.01% of the population of that race, that don't have a problem with what you said/wrote doesn't mean that it will be taken lightly as a whole. A line like that isn't necessary.
— Musical Boricua 🌹 ~ DY, BTS, WCAR ~ TØPISBACK (@MyLove_OfMusic) July 18, 2018
The feature of the epicanthic fold is predominant to East Asians and yes that includes Korean, but there is a difference between my statement and an offhand unnecessary lyric in a song that refers to them in a callous manner such as that. Wiz man, just think before you rap.
— 🌈 (@lovemyselfwill) July 18, 2018
😞ignorant people wont know their mistake and stay ignorant
— armyxsone (@armyxsone1) July 18, 2018