SHINee‘s Key and Taemin recently came under fire for making colorist comments on Minho‘s skin tone.
In the latest SHINee.ing episode, Key and Taemin comment on how Minho’s skin tone becomes darker after outdoor activities. Many fans found these comments to have negative implications about Minho’s skin tone.
While discussing potentially making golfing content, Taemin suddenly says that after playing golf, all he can see of Minho are his eyes and teeth. This comment implies that Minho has become “too dark” for anything to be seen of his body.
After laughing, Key asks Minho, “why did you get so tanned,” and says something similar to what Taemin previously said.
Fans were surprised by the two other members’ comments coming out of the blue and expressed their disappointment over their words.
Minho you are BEAUTIFUL. Korea needs to get its shit together and understand that EVERY race has various skin tones. The colorism comments are inappropriate and it's disappointing to see Taemin and Key talk like that about Minho. It's 2023… this is ridiculous https://t.co/602pNvHqcE
— Rolyn롤린 💎✨️ (@justrolyn) September 26, 2023
I’m so sorry but can we stop talking about his tan skin every single time he breathes!!!!????? all he said he wants to play golf with the members and all of the sudden it’s about his skin color and what been said isn’t nice too he had to laugh it off for the recording..
it might… pic.twitter.com/y85WJbHACV
— 💌 (@its5HINee) September 26, 2023
Fans also pointed out that this is not the first time comments about Minho’s skin tone have been made, and it should not be something that happens at their age.
it’s been YEARS with those jokes about minho’s skin tone and actually it’s getting annoying and offensive. i love shinee but when they say stupid ass shit then they deserve to be pointed out and yell stupid at them. because they were dumb. at their age they can do better
— biblically accurate onew (@meusconceptions) September 26, 2023
While fans have taken steps to try to inform Key and Taemin that this was not right, beauty standards in Korea often praise pale skin. As pointed out, when NCT‘s Jisung commented about Haechan‘s skin, SM’s staff that worked on the video didn’t find issues with the video.
This shows how systematic the problem is, with people even risking their health to take injections to become lighter-skinned
Fans have shown appreciation for Minho’s skin tone online and love that he also loves it!
minho beautiful tan skin color appreciation tweet ♡ pic.twitter.com/dmwder7dNN
— 📂 (@shineefilms) September 26, 2023
that fact that one of the things that striked me the most was minho looking fine as hell with his tan in madrid. thankfully, he's not insecure about that bc damnnnn they sure don't mind their business when it comes to ppl's skin/appearance
— ᥫ᭡ hskt 🐝 (@90sdora) September 26, 2023
choi minho, you are the most handsome, always. my heart beats faster for you when you’re all tan and golden brown and delicious, TBF!!!! everything about you is beautiful pic.twitter.com/MrXbm5P3Rj
— 🍀☘️ ray | i ⭕ u (@8kyeom) September 26, 2023
You can check out the episode below.