Stray Kids‘s Bang Chan was spotted with a new hairstyle and no one was happy about it. His blond hair was cornrowed back and finished off with a bandanna. But, the cornrows were what rubbed everyone the wrong way.
Fans were quick to defend Bang Chan, claiming that his stylist was responsible for the poor choice in hairstyle.
don't EVER blame chan for his hair, it's his stylists' fault. stays knew he respects everyone, he mentioned it in 3racha song "cause i represent and i show respect to all people and the whole world". he also showed how he much respects maori culture so you can see my point.
— CB97 🗝 3RACHA (@chanknots) April 18, 2019
Bang Chan has showed in the past that he’s respectful of other cultures, so it’s totally possible that he wouldn’t have allowed such a faux-pas if he’d known about it.
Bang Chan’s cornrows are the latest example of a long-standing issue in the K-Pop industry: cultural appropriation. The history of braids, cornrows, and dreads in African (particularly African-American) culture is a long and complicated one, and one that often intersects with racial discrimination. Among other things, what makes this more than “just a hairstyle” is the fact that people of African descent continue to be discriminated against for donning hairstyles like cornrows while people from the dominant culture (e.g. white Americans, or in this case Koreans) are considered cool or edgy when they do it and can profit from this image. And this is why so many fans are upset.
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its just a hairstyle and doesn't mean anything he just accepted the hairstyle done by the stylists he is just a new artist so he can‘t decide anything so plz stop scold him its not his fault peace pic.twitter.com/cPgbRLzJFS
— 찬스온찬 (@CHANCEONCHAN) April 18, 2019
Many fans have decided that the best thing for Bang Chan to do is to deliver an apology to those he’d hurt and take the incident as a learning experience not only for him but the rest of Stray Kids as well.
black stays deserve an apology and an explanation. all of the members deserve to be able to educate themselves and to learn from their mistakes. please don’t let your love for someone make you look past that, cause this does need to be addressed by chan.
— ash 🗝 3RACHA LOCKDOWN (@straysos) April 18, 2019
Fans are clearly upset by it, but it’s a very important lesson to learn in furthering their success as a global group. And true to his accepting nature, Bang Chan will soon address the issue.
I asked my friend to tell Chan about his hairstyle. Chan said he will talk about it on vlive 😭 I love Chan so much 😭❤️
— ㅈ (@haetbitskz) April 18, 2019