|Cleo Fagela |||May 04, 2015 08:28 PM EDT|
American celebrity gossip website TMZ was accused of being racist by netizens after releasing a video featuring a segment which covers the arrival of K-Pop girl group EXID in Los Angeles.
According to media reports, in one of its episodes, TMZ covered the arrival of EXID at the LAX and allegedly mocked the girl group members' ability to speak in English during a short interview.
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The segment, which was uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows the TMZ staff members of said show making fun of the interview clip. The clip supposedly featured EXID's member Junghwa speaking in broken English to address the reporter's question.
The segment, which was deemed "culturally ignorant" by some netizens, also reportedly shows one of the staff members imitating Junghwa's English.
"What? If it was a British girl, I would do a British accent," the staff member said.
The release of the video incurred the rage of some netizens who accused TMZ and its staff of making racist comments about EXID, citing that the staff made comments and implications which were uncalled for.
On the other hand, other K-Pop artists also responded negatively regarding the incident with TMZ.
On May 2, f(x) member Amber Liu, who is known to be from LA, took to Twitter to express her disappointment regarding the issue.
"I was gunna stay quiet but I can't. Seriously, @tmz not cool man," Liu posted. "All Americans face palm at your rude and childish actions."
Korean recording artist Roy Kim also tweeted about the issue by sharing Amber's Link and writing, "Amen to this."
2PM's Ok Taecyeon, who was also raised in the U.S., also took to Twitter to criticize the TMZ staff behind the racist comments. He sarcastically expressed his "awe" at those who make fun of people who greet fans in their native language.
He added that those who made fun of EXID do not even realize that the girls can speak fluently in another language
In related news, EXID has just achieved their second win on SBS' "Inkigayo" for their song "Ah Yeah."
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