Netizens Debate About Jay Park Repping S. Korean Flag On His Way To Japan
Netizens have recently been debating about hip-hop R&B artist Jay Park for repping the South Korean flag while on his way to Japan..
To give a little perspective, the reason why netizens have been happy about this is because of the current political tension between Japan and South Korea. Many South Koreans are currently boycotting all products that benefits Japan. The two nations are currently in a trade war after Japan reportedly wiped South Korea off of their white list of countries that have minimum trade restrictions.
But the show must go on for Jay Park who recently headed to Haneda for his schedules.
Below is a photo of him wearing a Nike Sportswear cap with the South Korean flag embroidered on it.
Below are some of the comments left by K-netizens who don’t seem to understand that Jay Park is still ethnically Korean and is proud to show it, despite his status as a US citizen. In fact, some of them event brought up an off-topic subject about military service, criticizing him for, according to them, “not even having served in the military”.
“An American on his way to Japan but repping the S. Korean flag lol.”
“? Why is an American cosplaying as a Korean?”
There have been more negative comments accusing Jay Park of pretending to be a Korean who “is a man of sense”, whatever that is supposed to mean right?
“A foreigner pretending to be a man of sense.”
It is unfortunate to see that there are still South Koreans who continue to alienate Korean-Americans based on citizenship, while it was quite clear that Jay Park wanted to make a statement that he is proud of South Korea and show his support for the country, especially to Japan that has been a political enemy for several years throughout history.
However, what is fortunate is that there have also been netizens who clearly had positive and open minds, showing that they were well-cultured.
“Even our own country’s celebrities are constantly trying to appease Japanese people in fear of not being able to promote in Japan. The fact that this guy actually did what he did is brave, there are lots of people criticizing him for being a black haired foreigner but let’s give him due credit!”
“I love you.”
Hopefully, there will be less South Koreans who feel butt-hurt about seeing other ethnically Korean people holding foreign citizenships and not having served in the country’s mandatory military service in the future.
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