A television presenter for “Good Day LA” on KTTV was ridiculed online for her controversial comment about one of the members of K-pop group NCT 127, Mark Lee, who is originally from Vancouver, Canada.
“Your english is awesome , I love it”
I mean he’s from Canada , what is he supposed to speak , moose? pic.twitter.com/goGiN4FDmR
— leaf 🌱 (@haspuwu) October 9, 2018
The controversial moment happened last week when the members of K-pop group NCT 127, which means Neo Culture Technology and the 127 marks as the longitude coordinate of Seoul, South Korea, dropped by as guests in “Good Day L.A.”
At the later part of the interview, Vanessa Borge, seemingly out of nowhere, made a comment about Lee being from Canada, AsAm News reported.
Things, however, started to become a bit awkward when Lee answered that he is from Vancouver, and Borge responded, “Very cool, your English is awesome, I love it.” Watch the last part of the interview below.
Not everyone seemed to find the offense in what happened, apparently, but the user who posted this short clip social media, @haspuwu, explained that: “It’s more than just ‘well they speak French, I don’t find this offensive.’ Being told ‘Your English is good’ when you grew up in an English speaking country or any scenario. Is NOT a compliment. Don’t do that and look dumb.”
Now to move on to the tweet. It’s more than just “well they speak French, I don’t find this offensive”. Being told “Your English is good” when you grew up in a English speaking country or any scenario. Is NOT a compliment. Don’t do that and look dumb.
— leaf 🌱 (@haspuwu) October 11, 2018
Some other comments mirrored the same sentiment that @hapuwu shared.
Some people are that way when they see non-white people speak another language “that they’re supposed to speak” well….
Like “wow you’re asian, it’s so weird you can speak the language of the country you lived in your whole life so well, I’m amazed, chin-chongs good” 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️
— lau🍚(ㄹㄹ) (@bloodyminhoe) October 10, 2018
But most of them just simply ridiculed her for the controversial comment.
Always. I communicate with moose every day
— Magical Girl Kong (#BeanShine4Us) (@Lithium012) October 9, 2018
as a Canadian myself, I can confirm we do in fact speak moose 🗿
— Tas. 💋🎶💜 #TheFirstScene (@WithLoveTas143) October 10, 2018
Well some if us Canadians speak polar bear and still others speak beaver. But the most common language is Sorry, so I guess it’s easy to make a mistake…
— 7X70times (@7X70times) October 11, 2018
— kayla¹²⁷ (@bangchanning) October 13, 2018
No he is supposed to speak poutine
— multifandom_bish (@kpopinfatass) October 10, 2018
he’s supposed to speak maple syrup 🤯
— caspian¹²⁷ % johnten au 🖇️ (@yootaeyangz) October 10, 2018
Imagine if he was from Quebec and spoke French more fluently instead of English. She would’ve been so shook
— 🇨🇦🇰🇷[17’s JEN MISSES BTS 😭😭]🌻🌻🌻˚ · ✧ * ˚ (@je_venteen) October 10, 2018
Canada has two official languages: French and English. According to a report, about 60% of the population in Canada speaks English while 22% speaks French. Most French-speaking people in the country live in Quebec as the province considers it their official language.
Featured image via YouTube / * peachwatermelon