The World's Most Controversial K-Pop Group

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K-Pop, or Korean Idol pop music, is a 5 billion dollar industry whose music, fashion, stars and lifestyle have taken the world by storm. But while K-Pop’s fanbase has diversified, most K-Pop idols haven’t - so what happens when white people try and become K-Pop idols themselves?
On this episode of 'MINORITY REPORTS,' VICE sent Lee Adams to Seoul, South Korea to meet EXP Edition, the world’s first non-Korean K-Pop group. The group’s 4 members - Koki Tomlinson, Frankie DaPonte, Hunter Kohl and Šime Košta - believe you don’t need to be Korean in order to do K-Pop. When they debuted, EXP Edition faced a lot of criticism from mostly non-Korean K-Pop fans, who claimed the group was misappropriating Korean culture. EXP Edition maintains this pushback happens to anyone trying to break into a new genre of music - but is the group going too far in their attempt to be K-Pop idols?
We explore the wildly popular world of K-Pop and raise questions of where the line is drawn between cultural appreciation vs cultural appropriation and who should actually draw it.
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19 ก.ค. 2018






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Rai sakamiki
Rai sakamiki 2 วันที่ผ่านมา
I'm not korean, but if I was and I see this group, I would be proud of my country's music industry spreading into other countries. I do not want to offend anyone. For I am just making a statement.
Nicky Hernandez
Nicky Hernandez 2 วันที่ผ่านมา
I really hope one Day Kpop is just music in Korean and not just Koreans making music
SkatingBeforeDating 1
SkatingBeforeDating 1 4 วันที่ผ่านมา
even if it's kpop there's Blackpink's Lisa and GOT7's BamBam who are Thai and there's Twice's Momo who is fully Japanese, Eric Nam is not korean, Henry Lau is also not Korean, GOT7 Jackson Wang is Chinese, and they are all major stars of Kpop so... Kpop is like an industry of music that has been created in Korea, it's not a music industry for Koreans, consisted of Koreans.
Deepti Das
Deepti Das 4 วันที่ผ่านมา
1:01 absolutely, tell everyone whoever is criticizing
Abel Palacios
Abel Palacios 4 วันที่ผ่านมา
Backstreet Boys is and always will be the #1 Boy Band. *micdroped
nina janiczek
nina janiczek 5 วันที่ผ่านมา
they have oli london vibes
Valentina Sandman
Valentina Sandman 5 วันที่ผ่านมา
- I wish them well, it took guts to do what they did. - NOT ALL WESTERN PEOPLE LOOK OLDER THAN THEY ARE. LOL. - I wish the koreaboos would admit they hate them just because they want Korean boys that look 12years old to fetishize. Like there aren't enough already. - Kpop is absolutely NOT "typically Korean", it has a huge western influence. - I've just seen a Kpop video where Korean girls were dressed like French at Versailles with wigs and everything, and nobody commented it was "cultural appropriation".
M Rob
M Rob 7 วันที่ผ่านมา
Bring back minority reports!
Frosty lair
Frosty lair 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
k-pop fans are gonna hate me for this one but k-pop rips off american pop music and american rap style should be called A-Pop because whoever enjoys this crap deserves there A-Hole to get popped
TOSCHE 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
Why don´t they just promote themselves as American Pop band that sings Korean? A-Pop
joli minou
joli minou 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
Oli London should join the group.
joli minou
joli minou 8 วันที่ผ่านมา
Lol omg 🤦🏾‍♀️. I got a lot to say but why argue with strangers on youtube.
Lagimaina Tupua
Lagimaina Tupua 10 วันที่ผ่านมา
Some of the most popular debuted groups have had Korean members scouted from other countries who didn't speak Korean and had to learn. These individuals have preformed and been criticized for the fact that they struggle with the language and pronunciation. Jay Park and 2pm is a great example of this, early in their career he had to leave the group due to controversy over him struggling with learning the language, yet look at where he is now. All this criticism over them being American/white is irrelevant imo as long as they're respectful and sincere. Good on them.
Dana Liu
Dana Liu 10 วันที่ผ่านมา
I think it'll be hard to actually make it in Korea for them because of the language barrier. When I hear someone with a heavy accent Singing in Chinese I also cringe because the language is no longer pleasant to listen to or perhaps just incomprehensible. 🤣 Why do you think sm hired so money chinese guys to break into the chinese industry for exo? Prior to exo they tried breaking in using tvxq and super junior which were both popular of course but the fans always liked their Korean versions more. When exo made the biggest headway at the fasted rate because they could actually communicate with Chinese fans. Now if they sang K-pop style in English instead of just Korean they might actually do better.
sℋε ✩ Aℳℯ✘hƴst
sℋε ✩ Aℳℯ✘hƴst 13 วันที่ผ่านมา
Ok. I personally don't think it's fair because there are idols that train for years, YEARS. To even try and be considered an idol, and that's if they have the aesthetic and appeal! Doesn't matter if they were Korean or half Asian, whatever. This just doesn't work, and their Korean pronunciation isn't great, either. Idk why they got a pass, because Koreans cater to Caucasian people more? Idk it's just weird. They don't fit the aesthetic, and they look middle aged too 🤷🏼‍♀️
C. Music
C. Music 14 วันที่ผ่านมา
The music is kind of lame. In general I mean. In addition to that the guys do not really seem interesting and the styles they are wearing do not suit them at all.
Alyz 15 วันที่ผ่านมา
yeah but lisa and tzuyu aren’t korean and they still do kpop so i don’t understand their problem
Domagoj Recc
Domagoj Recc 15 วันที่ผ่านมา
Onaj derpe je rvat? Esam sw zato borio devesprve
Your Mom
Your Mom 16 วันที่ผ่านมา
I don’t understand kpop means people singing in Korean not you have to be Korean in order for kpop.
THWB 16 วันที่ผ่านมา
Dan Rodrigues
Dan Rodrigues 16 วันที่ผ่านมา
Aren't there more important stories that Vice could have published instead of wasting their(our) time with this unnecessary crap?
O.G. 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
"It happened with jazz and hip-hop" .....bruh . do not compare K pop, to hip-hop and jazz, there is no compression ..... I respect the hard work and admire it, but this k pop is just not for me, I cannot understand anything about it.
O.G. 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
"It happened with jazz and hip-hop" .....bruh . do not compare K pop, to hip-hop and jazz, there is no compression ..... I respect the hard work and admire it, but this k pop is just not for me, I cannot understand anything about it.
O.G. 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
"It happened with jazz and hip-hop" .....bruh . do not compare K pop, to hip-hop and jazz, there is no compression ..... I respect the hard work and admire it, but this k pop is just not for me, I cannot understand anything about it.
O.G. 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
"It happened with jazz and hip-hop" .....bruh . do not compare K pop, to hip-hop and jazz, there is no compression ..... I respect the hard work and admire it, but this k pop is just not for me, I cannot understand anything about it.
Ortal Kaufman
Ortal Kaufman 17 วันที่ผ่านมา
They look like Dads
Osazi Al Khaliq
Osazi Al Khaliq 18 วันที่ผ่านมา
This comment section sounds ignorant. How they look and their age isn't the point. The point is that they are being black mailed out of the Korean music industry and are receiving death threat because they are white. This is a racial and cultural issue.
mato paz
mato paz 18 วันที่ผ่านมา
Kpop sluts
Aaron Atkins Comedy
Aaron Atkins Comedy 19 วันที่ผ่านมา
It's only fucked up in the context of western culture because white guys have historically had everything culturally. But remeber that this is for an eastern market, where white people are a novelty and actually under represented. I think they should be able to do it, but i'm sure as shit not listening to a note of it!
Kieran De guzman
Kieran De guzman 20 วันที่ผ่านมา
I feel like if koki was younger he would be more popular
Dan Smulders
Dan Smulders 20 วันที่ผ่านมา
how many of these dudes have seen a vagina that wasn't their mothers? I'm going with zero
TTV ClxmpzyFN
TTV ClxmpzyFN 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
Its not cause they're white it's cause their music is not good
bonn sarawood
bonn sarawood 21 วันที่ผ่านมา
0:26 looks like Ten what the hell
richard stanley
richard stanley 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
to all those complaining about white people culturally appropriating need take off those jeans and sneakers and start wearing your own native garb. this goes both ways
richard stanley
richard stanley 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
i would imagine if freud where to psychoanalyze the white liberal and other westerners who "love k pop" and are upset that these guys aren't korean, he would come to obvious conclusion that most of them just like k pop to make themselves feel special and these guy's being white might bring the genre mainstream in the usa and they won't be the "cool people" who know about something underground. i also think the white fans are jealous these goofy gay white guys are doing something they wish they could. classic player hating bullshht
Tata Noodle soup
Tata Noodle soup 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
That’s bs cuz Jackson wang isn’t Korean or Lisa or bam bam or ten I can keep going to
Maryam Ahmed
Maryam Ahmed 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
I don’t care that much about them but thinking of them makes me CRINGE 😬
Darrian Emerson
Darrian Emerson 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
They'll learn your culture and claim it as their own.
ghostwolf1100 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
nah I just personally don’t like white men
sharissa kim
sharissa kim 23 วันที่ผ่านมา
Bunch of dads no kinky pun intended
Shmendan 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
I am not a fan of k-pop but wow does vice like destroying cultures and homogenizing them
DEV XONE XXR SCORP 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
Excuse me that is totally black mailing thing to them. If they have talent of doing it no one shoud even try to stop them
oh sheet
oh sheet 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
People only agree with Asians being in kpop so in theory only one of the members won’t get hate for being in kpop since he’s actually Asian
dracopalidine 24 วันที่ผ่านมา
It really seems like "cultural appropriation" is such an American centrist idea. What gives American's the idea they need to protect other groups other than I wholly agree an orientalist centered world view.
richard stanley
richard stanley 22 วันที่ผ่านมา
i think you're right. it's really a ridiculous concept. imagine white people getting mad because everyone else is wearing jeans and sneakers. "cultural appropriation" is nothing more than admiration for a culture, how is that a bad thing?
Exmortis 999
Exmortis 999 25 วันที่ผ่านมา
In America and England there is boybands from 90's that are still active... So what's the difference?
isabella.exe_hastoppedworking _
isabella.exe_hastoppedworking _ 25 วันที่ผ่านมา
I have no problem with an american kpop group but I have to say their songs suck
Darth Maul
Darth Maul 25 วันที่ผ่านมา
Non Asians gatekeeping asian things. What a joke. Everyone's a hater.
Keo Kurai
Keo Kurai 25 วันที่ผ่านมา
Ok, if you want to be a kpop idol you need to play by their rules. 1. they all have to be good looking(yes thats shallow but in kpop thats just how it is) 2. Needs to be a singer, rapper, dancer, and a visual (at least 1) 3. Usually they need to be under 23 to debut...because if not they are seen as too old. 4. need to have full albums and title track mvs and the song needs to be choreographed 5. Must train for minimum 2 years (im not sure on that one but need to train for some period of time)
The other Asian Guy
The other Asian Guy 26 วันที่ผ่านมา
Okay. I might be late to this but let me try to analyze why people are hating on them and then state my own opinion about the critics. The appearance, I don't think it's about the age they look like. To me they look like 25 year old Americans. However people say they look like 40. But that's mostly because of their masculine features, due to their Western heritage. And if you compare them to other "pure" K-pop bands, the other Kpop bands are more feminine. And those feminine bands have established that aesthetic of feminine masculinity. But this band however does not have the feminine facial features. And thus doesn't compliment to said aesthetic. And that's why they feel out of place for most critics. They feel cringe because they're not getting the aesthetic they are used to seeing. I am sure it's not only because of their pronounciation, because they have been practicing a lot the past years. Their personality? Come on. They're one of the most vanilla guys I have ever seen. And I don't think there's a huge difference between the other Kpop bands personality wise. That means, to me it seems like the critics are ignorant and are not willing to see a change, thus they keep being gate keeping assholes. Do you agree with me or not? I'd like to hear your thoughts either way.
The other Asian Guy
The other Asian Guy 26 วันที่ผ่านมา
I forgot his name. But that guy's chin is the most masculine vanilla one I have ever seen
Yes :
Yes : 27 วันที่ผ่านมา
If they wanted to become singers why didn’t they just do it in America? That’s what I don’t understand, they just did it for a social experiment.
Nonsense 27 วันที่ผ่านมา
Lol they lipsink their performance
Venus Xiong
Venus Xiong 27 วันที่ผ่านมา
The thing is it’s not kpop
K. Marina Rei
K. Marina Rei 28 วันที่ผ่านมา
I think that non asians can be in the Kpop industry if they: have interest in korean culture/language, are someway musically talented, are not scandalous or racist. And I hope they would be in groups and they would be treated the same as asian idols/trainees
Forcing Google+ Makes Me Feel Better About the Spying
Forcing Google+ Makes Me Feel Better About the Spying 28 วันที่ผ่านมา
Haters: These guys aren't authentic. K-Pop: An Industry
LuminanceSnow 29 วันที่ผ่านมา
They just look too old tbh lol
Smüth Opheliac
Smüth Opheliac 29 วันที่ผ่านมา
I don’t see what’s wrong with them tbh, I don’t like kpop but there shouldn’t be a problem with some Americans singing pop in Korean. They aren’t ugly either so what’s up?
K. Marina Rei
K. Marina Rei 28 วันที่ผ่านมา
I think that because they aren't the rational kpop artists and their korean pronunciation isn't the best
ThomasDongTV 29 วันที่ผ่านมา
Why do White people have to go to Korea to be a singer instead of USA is just weird
Shiina Shihua Kuang
Shiina Shihua Kuang หลายเดือนก่อน
I think it would do them GOOD if they changed their stylist, for hair, wardrobe and makeup. Because the style of looks they’re giving this group isn’t looking right and it’s pretty much screwing up things for them. I feel like since the men here look a bit older, it would help if they were styled in more mature outfits to suit the image
Shoshiko หลายเดือนก่อน
I mean goodluck to them but boy groups are 95% aesthetic and 5% talent sooooooooo. If I'm not visually enthralled what's the point.
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