Super Junior member Yesung tweeted a photo of himself on April 30 dressed up as X-Men’s Nick Fury, but fans’ reaction appears to be divided, someeven asserting it’s an issue of blackface.
The Super Junior members recently drew attention at the Incheon International Airport for dressing up as superheroes, but Yesung’s recent tweet of a photo, in which he is seen with his face painted brown, has been receiving criticism.
Yesung included with the photo, the message, “Everyone, congratulations on your return. Colonel Nick Fury (Yesung)…”
It appears Yesung, who was not with the other members, wanted to join in on the dress-up fun, as indicated by Eunhyuk’s tweet in response to the photo, writing, “ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Ah, hyung you needed to be there ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ,”
But some seem to think he took it too far.
While some fans have brushed off the photo as humorous, others have commented that the photo is offensive and racist.
Considering the fact that an Asian American fraternity (Lambda Theta Delta) recently came under fire nationwide for producing a blackface music video, Yesung′s photo is getting considerably less negative attention, perhaps because many Koreans are unaware of the history and negative connotation of blackface.
Did Yesung simply want to join in on Super Junior′s fun, or did he take it too far?
Photo credit: Yesung’s Twitter