Korean netizens are reaching out with love to Filipinos after days of tension and heated debates about racism.
It all began on September 5, when Filipina TikToker Bella Poarch received backlash from Korean netizens for a tattoo that incorporates Japan’s Rising Sun flag.
I apologize to Koreans because 6 months ago I got a tattoo of the red sun with 16 rays. At that time, I didn’t know the history. But when I found out, I immediately had it covered and scheduled for removal. I am ashamed of myself for not doing my research. I sincerely apologize.
— Bella Poarch (@bellapoarch) September 6, 2020
Although she apologized and promised to remove the tattoo, malicious commenters seized the opportunity to insult Bella Poarch and Filipinos everywhere with racist comments.
Outraged netizens responded by trending #CancelKorea and related hashtags on Twitter to draw attention to the relationship between South Korea and the Philippines and the discrimination they face.
#cancelkorea We, Filipinos, have been fan of you guys. We adore your cultures, your musics and your talents. In return, you're just going to treat us like garbages? We don't deserve this type of treatment. ☹️
— CuteAndSmollButTerribol🔥 (@BeginnerMeh) September 8, 2020
#cancelkorea it was 2018 when i last visited seoul. it was a 5-day trip and NOT A SINGLE DAY WE DIDN'T ENCOUNTER A RUDE KOREAN. every night we went back to the hotel, even though we're happy, there's that little sting in the heart. sometimes i want to go back, sometimes i don't. pic.twitter.com/O2JxY3bPd2
— arki 🌙 (@sehunsilog) September 8, 2020
Toxic koreans be calling us Filipinos 'Uneducated' when they're the ones who needed to leave their country and hire some tutors just to learn English, meanwhile here in the Philippines, even a 5 year old kid can speak fluent English just by watching Peppa Pig.#cancelkorea pic.twitter.com/3prErf9GxP
— Kyle Nava (@KyleNava6) September 9, 2020
Now, Korean netizens are apologizing to Filipinos with the hashtag #SorryToFilipinos. They want everyone who was hurt by the malicious comments to know that those netizens don’t represent all Koreans.
I'm so sorry as a Korean. Please note that it was only a small number of young Koreans who said violent things to the Philippines. I'm sorry, Philippines. We love Philippines. The Philippines is such a wonderful country. #SorryToFilipinos pic.twitter.com/phj9nk3R4T
— 규리 (@l_loveyou_all) September 10, 2020
— WHITE_SHADOW (@WHITESH61939599) September 10, 2020
I've been in the Philippines for two or three years, but I haven't seen any bad They were all good people, and they greeted me when I met them, and they were really nice without a word. But I am embarrassed and upset that Koreans who know nothing
— 예서 (@chaeyoungahsa) September 10, 2020
Now, both sides are hoping to leave this controversy in the past and move forward together with love and respect.
— 야곱 (@SayasaJacob) September 10, 2020