Chilean TV station apologizes for controversial BTS parody sketch


Chilean television station Mega has apologized after facing backlash to a controversial parody sketch about K-pop boy band BTS.

The skit was part of a comedy program titled Mi Barrio, where actors parody the popular South Korean group. The skit, which mocked Korean accents and joked about the COVID-19 pandemic, drew widespread reactions on social media, with users calling it to be “racist” and “xenophobic.”

On April 13, the network posted an apology on Twitter, saying it “wanted to[s] to show our absolute empathy with those who might have felt affected by the section and we beg your pardon ”, translated by Korea’s time.

“Our intention has never been to offend, insult or harm a community. We will continue to move, learn and listen, steadfast with our intention: to bring entertainment to families, ”he added.

Neither BTS nor their agency responded to Mega’s comedy sketch or recent statement.

After the skit aired on April 10, fans of the group – otherwise known as ARMY – took to social media to express their frustration with the show’s racist feelings. They started using the hashtag #ElRacismoNoEsComedia, which means “Racism is not a comedy,” on Twitter to shed light on the situation and have filed formal complaints with the Chilean National Television Council.

This incident comes just weeks after BTS released its own statement denouncing anti-Asian racism, where they recalled their own experiences in which they sometimes felt “helpless.” “We endured cursing for no reason and made fun of our appearance. We were even asked why Asians speak English.

Collectible card company Topps last month withdrew its Garbage Pail Kids sticker card depicting BTS with bruised faces over accusations of racism. This controversy arose after the shooting in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16 that claimed the lives of six Asian people.

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