The G-Dragon blackface picture he posted on Instagram is causing a bit of a clusterfuck, and due to articles being written in major publications in the West, YG Entertainment decided that they needed to give a shit and gave a response to SPIN.
You may remember G-Dragon’s recent selca that brought him quite a bit of mixed reactions from the international audience, even gaining attention on media outlets like SPIN magazine and LA Times, which suggested the selca may be a poorly carried out tribute to Trayvon Martin.
Yeah, I never got this angle from the start. Just seemed stupid as hell, but SPIN started it, so I guess it was just put out there.
The photo spurred quite a debate on the idol’s Instagram, where it was originally posted, with fans arguing with one another about whether the idol had intentionally ‘blackfaced’ himself or whether it was just a dark colored facial mask.
In response to the controversy brewing, YG Entertainment reached out to SPIN to clarify the matter at hand, stating that this was all just a big misunderstanding.
The reps said,
“GD was simply wearing different face paint colors and this is a huge misunderstanding. The face paint is only a color variation for his album cover which includes black, white, and red. It is in no way meant to be a political or racial statement… It’s being derived by a simple photo shoot where GD was using different face paint colors for his upcoming album.”
Of course, lol.
1) It’s sort of progress that they got reps to actually acknowledge the existence of: 1) international netizens 2) blackface.
2) It’s an awful convenient excuse. As I said before, I guess we’ll find out what the truth behind this actually was sooner than later.
In the meantime, G-Dragon was still a dumbshit, as I said before. I didn’t label him immediately racist because of this, as nobody really knew what the hell it was all about, but certainly this was ill-advised.
I avoid posting pictures of myself in situations like this (native headdress, blackface, ‘retard’ poses, whatever), just because it’s fucking stupid and offensive (and I’m old enough to see that being ‘edgy’ is actually lame as fuck), so a celebrity that’s constantly under scrutiny like him should absolutely know better. It was just dumb, regardless of what the outcome ends up being.
Furthermore, I don’t get why people are giving him and his company the benefit of the doubt. If this was a first-time thing, then yeah, I understand. But this is a constant issue, and G-Dragon himself has done it before for “artistic” purposes (Andre 3000/Vogue), so it’s a TAD harder to give him a pass.