Jay Park, Hoody, Ugly Duck, Cha Cha Malone respond to Cakeshop owner’s accusations

Jay Park has been accused of cultural appropriation. No, not for the stuff you might be thinking but for allegedly “appropriating” an underground club. This is according to Samuel Swanson, the co-owner and director of Cakeshop, an “underground” club in Itaewon (that everybody knows of).

In a now-private video, Swanson explains his beef with Jay.

“For instance, you can see a pop star in a club, in an underground club, for sure, and if somebody sees it and writes about it, this is like the most internet savvy population on Earth, and they write about it, once it happens, the club gets hot, and it’s not a bad thing, it’s kind of good, it gets people that might not be into clubs there. So you can see how it crosses over in a good way as well. But it can be bad. For example, I’m going to call it out right now, I don’t care. But Jay Park jumped on a Boiler Room over it, Jay Park is a Korean Pop Star. He jumped on a Boiler Room at Cakeshop. It’s cultural appropriation, he’s never played in Cakeshop, he never comes. He’s totally trying to appropriate things that someone else has created and use it for his own benefit. So it’s very dangerous. K-Pop in that sense, and people [that are like] oh I don’t like [K-Pop], fuck K-Pop but actually it could be really destructive you know, forced too, we don’t have the same interests, completely different interests. You know, when I was talking about like the counter to the Gangnam thing, it is also the counter to the K-Pop thing which is a lot of the good producers they kind of sell out to K-Pop. And they don’t even try to find their own voice. So I feel like if we can create a scene, that’s like sustainable, where people can make a living and then they don’t have to sell out to K-Pop. Because that’s whats happening all the time.”

What the fuck this has to do with the concept of cultural appropriation is beyond me. Complaining about “appropriation” of an underground club is about as valid as whining about people “appropriating” daddy culture.

That is, of course, aside from the fact that Swanson is just wrong, since Jay has been there a bunch to support his friends/artists.

And that type of bullshit has led to him, Hoody, Ugly Duck, and Cha Cha Malone to respond.

So Some guy ( Im assuming hes the kid who got drunk and threw a drink on me behind my back and from what im told is one of the owners of cakeshop) is saying how I've never played at Cakeshop and Im appropriating and trying ride "Cakeshops Wave." First off I've gone there numerous times to help my homies out cause they asked me for a favor or just wanted me to perform spontaneously ( dumbfoundead, hoody) and even on the boiler room night Jenny from the shop asked Ugly Duck if me and him could perform during her set and Ugly Duck asked me for a favor so I was helping him out. I could care less about Cakeshop lol. Second off if u think im Bad for the culture you need to get your facts straight. Ive put in work for this culture and for ppl in this culture all over the world starting from bboys to djs to rappers and ect. I get saluted by the OGs and The up and coming youth from all over the world you think i give a fuck about Cakeshop? Lol You and the ppl over there are feelin yourselves a lil too much fam lol trust me i dont need cakeshop to solidify me or to make me "look cool" and like u said " im never there " lol your right cause i only go when homies asks for favors. I go to henz club buddy check ur facts before u go bumping your gums. this aint ur territory. Give credit where credit is due and if u too cocky to do that at least respect ppl as human beings #케익샵이모라구 😂😂 #AOMG #누가이거해석해서제대로된글을올려줬으면해 #핸즈클럽이짱이지 #followthemovement

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케잌샵은 내가 음악을 시작한지 얼마 되지도 않았을 때 부터 매주 자연스레 드나들던 베뉴였다. 그들과 함께하는 디제이들과 그들이 기획하는 파티 들이 항상 내게 멋진 바이브를 주었기 때문이다. 케잌샵에서 수많은 국내외 실력있는 뮤지션들과 만나 알게되었고 그곳에서 많은 재미있는 계획들이 탄생하곤 했다. 케잌샵은 그렇게 내 지난 음악생활을 돌이켜 봤을때 기억 속 풍경에서 꽤나 자주 등장하는 곳이었다. 굉장히 좋은 이미지로! 허나 지난 여름, 그곳에서는 불미스러운 일이 하나 있었고 그 사건은 내게 엄청난 실망을 안겨주었다. 내가 그 사건의 당사자는 아니다. 하지만 그 일의 피해자는 나와 가깝고 내가 따르고 존경하는 사람이기 때문에 화가 나지 않을 수 없었다. 사실 나는 그런 아주 무례한, 상식을 벗어난 행동을 한 그 사람이 그 날의 행동을 후회하길 바랬다. 술에 취해 잘못 나온 행동이길 바랬고 또 그래야만 했다. 누가 맨정신에 그런행동을? 하지만 오늘 저 영상을 보니, 그는 진심에서 우러나 그 행동을 했다는 걸 알았다. 그는 심지어 뭔가 잘못 알아도 한참 잘못 알고있다. 더군다나 본인의 명백한 잘못에 대해 피해자에게 사과를 하지도 않았는데 저렇게 영상 안에서 자기만의 생각에 갇혀 이상한 이야기를 하고있다. 너무나 실망스럽다. 내가 여태 가지고 있던 케잌샵에 대한 좋은 기억과 리스펙이 모두 사라져 버렸다.

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“Cakeshop was a venue I went to frequently every week since I started [doing] music. The DJs and the parties they hosted always gave me a good vibe. I met countless talented musicians from both in and outside of Korea and many awesome projects came to life at this place. Looking back through my music career, Cakeshop was a place that frequently appeared as the setting of many of my memories as a very fond place. But last summer an unfortunate event happened there that sorely disappointed me. I was not the victim but the victim was someone close to me, someone I follow and respect and that made me furious. But I hoped that the incomprehensible, rude action of the culprit was the result of one too many drinks and that the one responsible regret his actions sorely. It had to be a mistake, who could do such a thing with a clear head? But after seeing that video I know that the action came from deep inside of his heart. He is so sorely wrong in his thoughts and he is so trapped within his own thoughts that the the things he was saying in the video was so twisted. He never even apologized for what he did when he was clearly in the wrong. I am so disappointed, every bit of respect and fondness that I held for Cake Shop just vanished.”

“You threw your drink at us while we were performing when we were invited to do a show. And you laughed. All my friends saw it but you didn’t apologize, even indirectly. I let it go thinking that you were drunk and out of consideration for everyone that was around us. You are out of your mind…I hope you make a lot of money~”

This is how you expose somebody.

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