Member Han of Stray Kids recently came under fire after clips of him rapping from 2013 resurfaced recently and included controversial lyrics.
In a post on the group’s official Instagram, Han made an apology in Korean through a handwritten letter, translated to English on the post.
Hello, this is Stray Kids HAN. First, the lyrics I wrote around 2013 when I was 13 years old have caused great concern to fans and many others. Without any excuse, this is completely my fault. I sincerely apologize. I wrote the inappropriate lyrics with only the single thought of wanting to rap during my irresponsible, younger days. I apologize for hurting so many people with the lyrics written without thinking enough. Due to this incident, I was able to think deeply while reading comments that many had left, as well as the lyrics I wrote in the past. The reason why I chose to become a singer was so I could express myself through music and connect with many people. Because of this, I feel greatly ashamed of myself for writing such lyrics in the past. As I fully understand that such behavior cannot be excused simply because of young age, I will reflect upon my actions deeply. I will always cherish the love and support sent by fans globally and will become someone who stands on stage with a righteous heart. Once again, I sincerely apologize to all of those who I have scarred due to my past behavior.
So basically, he says he was trying to be an edgy teen rapper, though he won’t use age as an excuse.
While I don’t think it’s fair to anybody who is offended by this to just write the incident off, I do think the apology did about as much can do for some horrible rap he wrote at 13. It doesn’t excuse what he wrote and said, and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug with people going around acting indignant that somebody could have an issue with this, but I also think it’s worth having some awareness of his age and that especially in teenage years people change drastically over an eight-year timespan. Of course it was never good, but unless he still shows signs of having those beliefs now, it doesn’t seem like something that’s unfixable through an apology.