Netizens Call Out NCT DREAM’s Jisung For Allegedly Making “Colorist” Remark About Haechan

Fans point out that this is not the first time.

NCT DREAM‘s Jisung has recently come under fire for allegedly making “colorist” remarks about his fellow member, Haechan.

NCT DREAM’s Jisung | @1077power/Instagram

Fans were disappointed when the behind-the-scenes vlog of the group’s trip to Germany was uploaded, and Jisung was seen making a comment about Haechan’s skin. Many fans found the comment to be unnecessary and offensive, as it had a negative implication about Haechan’s darker skin tone.

NCT DREAM’s Haechan | @1077power/Instagram

Jisung and Chenle filmed themselves walking around the city of Frankfurt, where they had gone to perform at the mega K-Pop concert, KPop.Flex. They stopped at a restaurant to have lunch and the subject of skin color came up when Chenle mentioned that what they had ordered “makes you paler.”

He said he’d been eating it since childhood, which is why he is so pale. Jisung then joked, “I should buy eight of these.”

NCT DREAM’s Chenle and Jisung (off-camera) | NCT DREAM/YouTube 

Some moments after that, Jisung joked again, this time saying, ‘”Do you think Haechan will become pale if he eats this?” Chenle answered “No.

Jisung’s comment took many fans by surprise with many calling it out as thoughtlessness.

It has received a lot of mixed reactions among NCTzens who feel that the “colorist” remark was not only totally uncalled for…

…but that it was also more than one too many from Jisung, who has reportedly made similar remarks about Haechan in the past, including making derogative comments about Haechan’s weight.

Many netizens have pointed out that since Jisung is an adult now, it is past the point that he starts taking responsibility for his actions — particularly since this isn’t the first such comment he’s made.

Yet many also feel that it’s important that this isn’t used as an excuse to send hate his way, as it ultimately won’t fix the real problem.

This is especially because, as netizens have also pointed out, Jisung is not alone in this. The footage that the members filmed had to have been approved before undergoing the editing process, and yet the comment was still included in the final upload.

This means that not only was Jisung unaware of the negative implications of his words but so was seemingly everyone else who worked on the video. Otherwise, the comment would have likely been cut.

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Jisung’s controversy speaks to the larger issue of colorism in Korea. Earlier this year, BoA and aespa‘s Karina were similarly under fire for allegedly making a ‘colorist’ comment about Girls’ Generation‘s HyoyeonNetflix Korea also had to officially address the “colorism controversy” that arose from its hit reality show, Single’s Inferno, after some of the male contestants praised female contestant Shin Ji Yeon‘s white skin.

| Netflix Korea

As such, netizens feel that it’s important that Korean entertainment companies start being more actively mindful of issues such as these. If K-Pop idols (and other entertainers) were formally educated about colorism, racism, misogyny, and cultural appropriation, then controversies such as Jisung’s, Netflix Korea’s, and many others would be easily avoided.

Not only that, but it would help idols and Korean entertainers to connect more closely and much more respectfully with their global audience.

For the full clip from NCT DREAM’s Germany vlog, check out the link below.

Source: YouTube