K-Pop Fansite Goes Viral For Somehow Whitewashing A White Music Artist
Fansites are certainly one of the most controversial figures in the K-Pop fan community. They are dedicated fans that often travel to their favorite K-Pop idols’ events and concerts to take the best HD photos and videos of them.
Some are sasaengs (stalker fans) that sneak their camera gear into venues, but some fansites are also in partnership with the idol’s company.
The sasaengs have certainly given fansites a bad reputation. But regardless of the stalker-like behavior of some fansites, many international K-Pop fans also dislike how often Korean fansites “whitewash” their idols.
Fansites are known to lighten the complexion of idols by cooling color temperature and/or increasing exposure, which often results in unnatural and even ghostly appearances.
International K-Pop fans are disappointed when an idol’s natural complexion is disregarded, removing their melanin to fit someone else’s beauty standards.
Yet, K-Pop idols are not the only music artists that fansites have whitewashed.
A P1Harmony fansite, honeywater, recently went viral for whitewashing another artist… That was already White.
이름 새로 지은 기념으로 라이브 할래 아니면
틱톡 챌린지 찍어서 올릴래 pic.twitter.com/8jcR0w5Y5k
— 꿀물🍪 (@p1h_honeywater) April 13, 2023
British pop trio New Hope Club, composed of Reece Bibby, Blake Richardson, and George Smith, has returned to South Korea again. They recently collaborated with P1Harmony for the digital single “Super Chic.”
New Hope Club X P1Harmony Digital Single [Super Chic] Out Now🖤
➕ https://t.co/Ole6fVZ54V#NewHopeClub #NHC #P1Harmony #피원하모니 #P1H #Super_Chic pic.twitter.com/5NXd8icpDO
— P1Harmony official (@P1H_official) April 21, 2023
While New Hope Club was in South Korea, honeywater captured some cute photos of Reece Bibby. He blew a kiss to fans!
나 키스 받음 pic.twitter.com/6mL26UCYQl
— 꿀물🍪 (@p1h_honeywater) April 24, 2023
i received a kiss
— @ p1h_honeywater/Twitter
A day later, honeywater shared the edited HD photos of Reece. And there was an obvious difference from the unedited versions.
#뉴호프클럽 #NewHopeClub #ReeceBibby pic.twitter.com/dJ4eZ77m6c
— 꿀물🍪 (@p1h_honeywater) April 25, 2023
The tweet soon went viral for the wrong reasons. International K-Pop fans called out the fansite for “whitewashing a white man” in the quote-tweets.
THEY WHITEWASHED A WHITE MAN ?.$/ https://t.co/Sr3OxJC0vX
— َ (@cixqrl) April 26, 2023
never in my life did i think i would see a white man get whitewashed but here we are..! https://t.co/ABui3drKGx
— dearest maxi 💌 APRONGSUNG !! (@hangronan) April 27, 2023
WHAT DID YALL DO TO HIM??? https://t.co/EDrt2VwZU5 pic.twitter.com/slg1EyvPIZ
— angel ~ #1 little mermaid stan (@cleg_aina32) April 26, 2023
Netizens were in disbelief that someone could make him paler than he already was. Many said he looked more like a vampire or ghost now.
Woah, he starts to look like Casper the ghost at this point! https://t.co/N1wt9oWbUz pic.twitter.com/e7pRq6reYU
— Zara Kayangan⁷ 🏴 (@ZaraKayangan_) April 27, 2023
this isn't whitewashing this is ghostwashing https://t.co/G3BVvFy0Tz
— eli¹², psyche & the bluebeard's wife (@anubissera) April 26, 2023
new twilight reebot https://t.co/kIVnLARkym
— 𝐫𝐞𝐧 ☁️ 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗻 – TAEMIN IS BACK! (@renwennie) April 26, 2023
Oh my god…. pic.twitter.com/HS1Buxep6v https://t.co/ZMh3XNULcq
— yoimiyas (@rosieent) April 26, 2023
I've had enough of it https://t.co/13iCcjlui8 pic.twitter.com/VbNLmBqRFB
— ❖lili⁷🪞+ (@hypetokkimin) April 27, 2023
Previously, New Hope Club went viral for their “ending fairy” moments. So, they’ve just about gotten the entire K-Pop idol treatment now. Read more below.
British Pop Group New Hope Club Visit A K-Pop Music Show And Get Their Own “Ending Fairy” Moments