Filipino Boyband Sparks Outrage After Tweeting ‘Hello Negros!’, But Here’s the Thing…

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A Filipino boyband has sparked some unintentional fuss online after tweeting “Hello, Negros,” which references the name of an island in the Philippines.

SB19, the first Filipino idol group promoted by a Korean entertainment company, recently held a concert in the scenic province of Negros, which is part of the Visayas region.

 

Initially called Buglas, the Spanish conquerors re-named the island Negros in 1565 in reference to the dark-skinned Ati people, one of several aboriginal Negrito ethnic groups living throughout Southeast Asia.

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Kanlaon Volcano Negros Occidental, Philippines

When SB19 announced the start of their “In Your Zone” tour on Twitter last Saturday (December 21), the boys ignited a bit of confusion among those unfamiliar with Philippine geography.

Among Filipinos, the tweet came without any fanfare and the concert was reportedly a success.

 

Other people on Twitter have different opinions on the matter as some assumed the boyband members were using a racial slur in their announcement.

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Thankfully, fans quickly explained how the statement was not racist at all.

 

 

There were those who still thought using the word was ill-advised as it can offend Westerners.

In response, some Filipino Twitter users pointed out the absurdity of adjusting language just to cater to Western ears.

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Eventually, it did not take long for the online exchange to become a learning experience for many.

 

Featured image via SB19

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