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Boston Globe under fire for using slain Asians’ image in op-ed on whether Asians benefit from ‘whiteness’

  • The Boston Globe has come under fire for using an image that features Asian victims of violence in an op-ed that questions whether Asians are victims of racism or beneficiaries of white privilege.
  • The newspaper originally published a cover image of anti-affirmative action protesters, but the author of the article, Natasha Warikoo, asked to have it changed.
  • It’s unclear who exactly chose the replacement, which now shows illustrated portraits of the late Michelle Go, Vicha Ratanapakdee and other Asian victims of violence.
  • Designer Jonathan D. Chang, who illustrated the portraits, was among those who criticized the cover choice, writing “What the f*ck?”
  • Others took offense directly to Warikoo’s writing, with one accusing her of being racist herself.

The Boston Globe has come under fire for using an image that features Asian victims of violence — with the late Michelle Go at the center — in an opinion piece that questions whether Asians are victims of racism or beneficiaries of white privilege.

The newspaper originally published a cover image of anti-affirmative action protesters to go with the story. However, the author of the article, Natasha Warikoo, asked to have it replaced because it was “precisely the kind of simplistic thinking I was arguing against.”

Netflix’s ‘Narco Saints’ sparks controversy for casting Taiwanese actor as gang leader, portraying Suriname as ‘narco state’

  • Chinese social media users accused South Korean Netflix series “Narco Saints” of insulting Chinese people after casting Taiwanese actor Chang Chen as a gang leader.
  • South Korean social media users participated in online discussions by pointing out the rising cases of piracy in China as the country has no access to Netflix.
  • Suriname, which is where the series takes place, expressed plans to take legal action against “Narco Saints” producers for portraying the South American country as a “narco state.”
  • “Suriname no longer has the image that emerges in the series or no longer participates in these kinds of practices," Foreign Minister Albert Ramdin said in a statement on Sept. 12. “Whether the practices presented... are true or false, it's creating a negative perception. The whole world sees these things, so this is not good.”

Netflix’s hit South Korean crime thriller “Narco Saints” has sparked online controversy for casting a Taiwanese actor as a gang leader and for portraying South American country Suriname as a “narco state.”

Chinese social media users claimed it is insulting that “Narco Saints” cast Taiwanese actor Chang Chen as a gang leader who is not afraid to chop off traitors’ feet and hands.

China health chief warns against ‘skin-to-skin contact with foreigners’ amid first case of monkeypox

  • Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced on Weibo on Saturday that China now has one case of monkeypox after it “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Wu listed five recommendations in his Weibo post, with the first one igniting controversy on the social media platform.
  • “To prevent possible monkeypox infection and as part of our healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that 1) you do not have direct skin-to-skin contact with foreigners,” he wrote.
  • “This is a bit like when the pandemic began, when some people overseas avoided any Chinese people they saw out of fear," one user commented, criticizing Wu’s message. “I don't believe these two things have any scientific basis, they are too broad and will exacerbate public panic."
  • "When the pandemic first began, some of our foreign friends stood up and used our own platforms to tell everybody, 'Chinese people are not the virus,'" another Weibo user wrote.

A senior Chinese health official recently warned people on social media not to touch foreigners as the country reported its first case of monkeypox.

In a Weibo post on Saturday, Wu Zunyou, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s chief epidemiologist, announced that China now has one case of monkeypox that “slipped through the net” despite tight COVID-19 restrictions.

Le Sserafim fans accuse Japanese show of sexism and harassment toward Sakura and Kazuha

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  • South Korean netizens were up in arms over a Japanese TV host’s alleged inappropriate questions for Le Sserafim members Sakura and Kazuha.
  • The Japanese artists, who made their debut with the K-pop girl group on May 2, were subjected to the questioning when they appeared on the variety show “Zero Ichi” in July.
  • One of the show’s hosts reportedly first asked Sakura and Kazuha, “How much does it cost to stay at a luxury hotel for a night?”
  • When the members replied that they didn’t know, the host responded with: “You probably went there with your boyfriend. Why are you pretending like you don’t know?”
  • The interview ignited controversy after it resurfaced on the Korean platform Nate‘s popular community board Pann on Sept. 15.

A Japanese TV show host sparked outrage in South Korea for allegedly subjecting Le Sserafim members Sakura and Kazuha to inappropriate questions during an interview. 

The Japanese artists, who made their debut with the K-pop girl group on May 2, appeared on the variety show “Zero Ichi” in July to promote their first extended play (EP), “Fearless.”

‘Jeopardy!’ fans in uproar after host Ken Jennings allows one contestant correction but denies another

“Jeopardy!” host Ken Jennings sparked controversy by allowing reigning champion Luigi de Guzman to correct his answer during Wednesday night’s episode. 

In the “Cons” category, where every answer had to start with “cons,” de Guzman was first to answer a question about a painting. The clue was: “Here’s a typical 19th-century landscape by this British painter.”

Music label turns to English professors to defend sexual lyrics in New Jeans’ ‘Cookie’

  • HYBE subsidiary label ADOR (All Doors One Room) released a lengthy statement on Saturday denying allegations of sexualized lyrics in girl group NewJeans’ new song “Cookie.” 
  • The lyrics include lines such as “Looking at my cookie, do you ever smell it different? Taste it, what’s with a bite, isn’t enough?” and “Made a little cookie, baked it just for you but you know that it ain't for free, made a little cookie, it’s too soft, can't stop thinking about it.”
  • ADOR claimed listeners are projecting their own cultural contexts and interpreting harmless lyrics.
  • Their vision for “Cookie” purportedly “revolves around the paired idea of burning CDs and baking cookies, which share the same conceptual verb in Korean.”
  • While the members of NewJeans are between the international ages of 14 and 18 and are minors under Korean law, ADOR has pointed out that other girl and boy groups have debuted with members of similar ages. 

HYBE subsidiary label ADOR issued a lengthy statement on Saturday refuting accusations of inappropriate lyrics in girl group NewJeans’ “Cookie.”

The new song is featured on NewJeans’ debut EP which was released on Aug. 1.

Korean entertainment CEO allegedly forced female trainees to send him risqué photos every week

  • An investigation has been launched into Lee Sul, the CEO of South Korean entertainment agency LPA Entertainment, who allegedly forced female trainees to send photos of themselves solely in their underwear every week.
  • A complaint filed in June stated that Lee collected “body check” photos every Tuesday from April to June.
  • The CEO allegedly demanded front, back and side photos of the trainees.
  • Police reportedly confiscated the CEO’s office last month and are forensically analyzing his computer and phone.

South Korean police are investigating the CEO of South Korean entertainment agency LPA Entertainment for allegedly forcing female trainees send photos of themselves wearing only their underwear every week.

A complaint filed in June stated that Lee Sul demanded female trainees send him “body check” photos every Tuesday from April through June. The women were allegedly required to take front, back and side photos.

Girls’ Generation ‘Forever 1’ MV director apologizes for Tokyo DisneySea plagiarism accusations

  • Shin Hee-won, the director of Girls’ Generation’s “Forever 1” music video, apologized in an Instagram post on Sunday after being accused of copying Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th anniversary emblem for a set prop.
  • “After being commissioned for this music video, I was involved in not only the planning and directing process but also the selecting the smallest props,” Shin wrote in Korean. “Considering that, I am ashamed and sorry that I borrowed a design without permission."
  • The backlash started after Japanese fans took to Twitter to point out the similarities between the controversial prop and the Tokyo DisneySea emblem.
  • Twitter user @Kabosun3 shared a side-by-side image comparing the two highlighting identical details such as the circular design and the font used for the number 15.
  • The music video was released alongside the South Korean girl group’s seventh full-length album of the same name to mark their 15th anniversary on Aug. 5.

Shin Hee-won, the director of Girls’ Generation’s recently released music video, has issued an apology after Japanese fans accused him of copying the design of Tokyo DisneySea’s 15th anniversary emblem for a set prop.

On Aug. 5, Girls’ Generation marked their 15th anniversary with their comeback album “Forever 1,” led by the title track of the same name.

Fans show support for ‘Single’s Inferno’ star Ji-a on TikTok with trend showing off fake designer products

  • “Single’s Inferno” star Song Ji-a came under fire this month after netizens found that many of the designer items she wore on the show and were made out to be authentic were in fact not. 
  • Fans on TikTok have shown their support for her in a trend that has them sharing some of their own fake products. 

Song Ji-a, an influencer who recently starred in the Netflix hit Korean reality show “Single’s Inferno,” posted an apology online following backlash she received for toting around counterfeit designer goods; however on TikTok, it seems that fans have stuck by her side in a trend that has them showing off their own fake products in response to her “cancellation.” 

TikToker @milktea.meg posted a video last week showcasing a pair of her fake designer boots that would have been originally priced at over $500 if genuine. 

‘Am I not Chinese?’: Model pushes back against criticism of her ‘slanted eyes’

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A Chinese model at the center of an ongoing controversy about beauty standards and Western stereotypes in China has clapped back at critics taking a jab at her “slanted eyes.” 

Driving the news: The model, who goes by the professional name Cai Niang Niang, appeared in a 2019 ad for a local snack brand called Three Squirrels. Photos from that campaign recently resurfaced on Chinese social media, drawing criticism for its supposed negative portrayal of Chinese women.

Tucker Carlson guest: Military doesn’t need women or gays, just men who want ‘throne of Chinese skulls’

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After appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” conservative radio talk show host Jesse Kelly is now under fire for controversial comments deemed by critics as racist, sexist and homophobic.

How it started: Carlson took a swing at Adm. Christopher Grady, who was appointed vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Dec. 17. Carlson addressed Grady’s claim that he would “value working with the military’s gender advisors if confirmed,” according to Rolling Stone.

Rapper NLE Choppa sparks outrage for stepping on Asian man on new album cover

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Memphis-based rapper NLE Choppa has come under fire after portraying an Asian man as a dangerous person on the cover of “Drop Sh*t,” his latest album under Warner Records.

The rundown: On the album cover of “Drop Sh*t,”  NLE Choppa and his “family” can be seen stepping on an Asian man in front of their holiday-themed home. The title track comes with a music video that provides more context: the man is apparently an armed interloper.