A K-Pop music group is in hot water after impersonating Bruno Mars – in blackface.
Earlier this month, Mamamoo, a Korean girl group, dressed as the Puerto Rican-Filipino superstar and his backup dancers in a performance of "Uptown Funk" during a concert in Seoul. All four of the singers painted their faces to appear darker.
As can be imagined, there was immediate backlash, with fans criticizing the group's display of racism.
"I don't think Mamamoo can recover their image. The incident will haunt them,” noted one fan.
I don't think Mamamoo can recover their image. The incident will haunt them.
— intanadia9698 (@intanadia9698) March 6, 2017
That doesn't mean the girls didn't try. The day following their performance, Mamamoo apologized for their parody.
"We are extremely sorry for our insensitive actions and use of blackface in our video while portraying Bruno Mars. There is no excuse for what we did and there are not enough words to explain how regretful we are. We are heartbroken to have hurt our international K-Pop fans so deeply. We love and care so much for all people of every race, sexuality, religion, and gender. We love all our fans and are so sorry to have hurt our fans in the black community. We understand now why our actions were wrong and we never meant to do harm with our video,” they wrote in a Facebook post.
The women continued: “We were extremely ignorant of blackface and did not understand the implications of our actions. We will be taking time to understand more about our international fans to ensure this never happens again. We hope that you will help to educate us on these and other issues so that we can become better people and better artists. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention and allowing us to right the wrongs that we have done.”
Followers, however, were not satisfied, with many noting that this isn't the first time the group has been racially offensive.
— Danielle (@daniellejs14) March 4, 2017
Mars has not responded to the bigoted spoof