“Good Morning America” Under Fire For “Disrespecting” ENHYPEN On Live TV

Fans are calling for the show to do better.

Popular American morning show Good Morning America is currently under fire for what many consider to be disrespectful actions towards ENHYPEN.

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Earlier this year, ENHYPEN appeared in the animated Pinkfong film Baby Shark’s Big Movie, voicing a K-Pop band. In addition to their film appearance, the group also released a track for the movie titled “Keep Swimmin’ Through.”

As part of the film’s promotions, the group were invited to attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City as guests on the Baby Shark float, where they went viral for their performance of “Baby Shark.”

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Fans were left even more excited when it was announced that ENHYPEN would appear on Good Morning America, the most-watched morning program in the US.

Unfortunately, multiple moments during the broadcast have left fans feeling angered for the group.

Before their performance on the broadcast, the group were interviewed by two of ABC’s reporters, Juju Chang and Sam Champion. After host Juju Chang briefly introduced the group, she mispronounced ENHYPEN, calling them “ipen.

During the interview, the group were asked about their US tour and appearing in the Baby Shark film, with Jake and Jay answering, though the latter’s microphone did not work.

At one point, Juju Chang, who is Korean-American, remarks that their “English is so much better than my Korean.”

Juju Chang then says the group’s name incorrectly again while introducing their song, calling them “enpen” this time.

In addition to poor camera work during the show, The Good Morning America X account also incorrectly talked about the group when posting a now-deleted interview clip, mistakenly calling their new album Orange Blood, “Blood Orange.”

An ongoing complaint many K-Pop fans have had with Western media coverage of groups is the lack of research that seems to take place. On more than one occasion, television programs have incorrectly reported basic facts about groups that could be found doing a browser search.

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Juju Chang’s comment about Jay and Jake’s English speaking skills also has been called a microaggression. Microaggressions are defined as “a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group, such as a racial or ethnic minority.

Jay and Jake both grew up in English-speaking countries and the implications of the phrase “your English is so good” are seen as racist or ignorant by some.

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Fans expressed their disappointment in how ENHYPEN’s Good Morning America debut was handled and have called out the show for its actions.

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