On April 19, SBS posted clips of the 188th episode of Comedy Hunter on YouTube. However, one clip in particular received more attention.
The video, which featured the segment Legend Match (tentative title), contained a description that said Hong Hyun Hees failed makeup – How are we expected to bear it? In the sketch, Hong Hyun Hee plays a character who is preparing for a comedian performance test despite her fathers disapproval. When her mother brings her out to see him, Hong Hyun Hee appears in blackface. While previous episodes of the sketch usually feature the comedienne wearing silly outfits such as a cyclops costume, this weeks segment shocked international fans for its portrayal.
In response, international viewers took to Twitter and YouTube to express their thoughts:
take down this disturbing and blatantly racist skit @SBSNOW and issue an apology to the communities you offended. this will not go unnoticed pic.twitter.com/hoTwAC8OZY
Lmao what is @SBSNOW playing to????? Yall have the fastest internet in the world and dont know whats a blackface? Delete this pic.twitter.com/WOEwIOaY9z
엔조 (@deleteitugly) April 19, 2017
@vaileavalentine @krystalsolo @jonghyun @SBSNOW LikeSK is consuming these stereotypes from the west and creating their own. They are perpetuating these narratives. There is no excuse.
cai (@owlbees) April 20, 2017
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Korean entertainment has portrayed blackface. It remains to be seen whether the international outrage will push SBS to make an official statement or an apology.
Thanks to Duizhang_jjigae for the tip!