WINNER‘s Jinwoo is currently under fire for some people claim to be cultural appropriation, specifically of the black culture.
In a now-deleted video that was originally uploaded to fellow WINNER member Lee Seunghoon‘s Instagram story, Jinwoo could be seen wearing a black wig with cornrows, and saying “Skrrt”, which is an ad-lib often used by rappers in their songs.
jinwoo… oh my god no pic.twitter.com/kune2s9CLD
— chan˚* ❀ (@cosmichaii) March 26, 2020
In the video, Jinwoo could be seen playing with the wig, and his staff members in the background were also laughing at his actions.
However, some fans are expressing their disappointment in Jinwoo for wearing a wig that has a cultural value, the way he is saying “Skrrt”, which is more often used by people of color, and both his and Seunghoon’s inappropriate reaction, uploading the video to social media.
not only is he wearing that raggedy mop to resemble dreadlocks jinwoo is also mocking us … this man is beyond cancelled !! to think he was my bias 😓 pic.twitter.com/RzEp55buc9
— x ◡̈ (@bxmdii) March 26, 2020
JINWOO THIS IS SO RUDE AND GROSS U DONT JUST IMITATE A RACE ???????? I hate it here pic.twitter.com/qCa46fLkXF
— ahtzy 🌱 (@bwabiewonnie) March 26, 2020
What is it about black culture that’s so funny to Koreans? I’ll never get it. pic.twitter.com/ToJqOFWfO0
— 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝓎 (@steponmejennie) March 26, 2020
Jinwoo is my bias in winner…I’m so disappointed ugh I really trusted him like than hun
— 💫cláudia (@clauCloudDiary) March 26, 2020
We defended them. Stuck our whole neck out for these bums only for them to come right back with this. I just…. no thoughts, head empty pic.twitter.com/zmqnwdOgSs
— 🦋𝓝𝓲𝓬𝓸𝓵𝓮¹²⁷🦋 (@joppingho3) March 26, 2020
Others are also calling for Jinwoo and Seunghoon, who uploaded the video, to recognize their mistakes and apologize.
— 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐈 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮⁴ (@donsnim) March 26, 2020
I am T3T. Jinwoo did a mistake…and hopefully he notices it UnU but I am feeling disappointed but also super anxious, cause the last few weeks….there has been more hate on winner by two fandoms so its been hard…and this comeback is before jinwoo enlists and I hope he just
— Sweet_Destiny (@xSweet_Destinyx) March 26, 2020
So hoon post video of Jinwoo wear dread hair and made fun of black rapper (racist and cultural appropriation) i mean this is so upsetting and they need to release apologize and statement for this
— 𝕳𝖆𝖟𝖊𝖑 (@arrogantrif) March 26, 2020
Very disappointed with what just happened. This is a mistake and wont not pass unnoticed!!! They are all grown up man and need to learn from it. Hope Jinwoo/WINNER admit and apologize about it.
with that being said i will not tolerate any kind of hate against any member.
— jinwoo low quality (@jinwoolq) March 26, 2020
Neither Jinwoo, Seunghoon, nor YG Entertainment have released a statement about this incident yet.