It’s not that TMZ was anything but trashy originally but their recent actions towards “Parasite” cast are a new low.
The American celebrity gossip site TMZ is being heavily criticized for their rude remarks towards “Parasite” cast and for mistaking A.C.E For BTS.
Kpop columnist Jeff Benjamin shared a clip of TMZ’s coverage of the Oscars and specifically “Parasite,” their cameramen caught up with the cast as they exited a place and began asking them questions in English, the cast couldn’t answer back and the team at TMZ began to make fun of their English speaking skills.
To make matters worse, they claimed that they have spotted BTS members as well which couldn’t be further from the truth since the Kpop group they spotted was A.C.E who performed at the “Parasite” afterparty celebration.
TMZ called them translators and when asked for a comment in English, members Byeongkwan and Jun replied back in Korean. Check out the controversial video below:
So disrespectful in so many ways. This isn’t @TMZ‘s first racist incident with Asian people, even specifically with K-pop stars.
Also, as if artists like BTS and A.C.E have nothing better to do than translate? So disgraceful. pic.twitter.com/IvdbE5mVr8
— Jeff Benjamin (@Jeff__Benjamin) February 11, 2020
This isn’t TMZ’s first brush towards Kpop and Koreans; they were heavily criticized for making fun of EXID’s English skills back in 2015.
Here are some of fans’ reactions to the video:
I sincerely want to understand how people like TMZ are still in business after EVERYTHING they have done to artists in general not just Korean artists, because it is a true mystery to me
— Wonho’s Angel #FightForWonho (@WithBabyBunny) February 11, 2020
Thanks for calling them out, Jeff! This is indeed downright disrespectful. TMZ has been running their business thru distasteful entertainment for years and this is just so disgusting.
— (@yo_stardust) February 11, 2020
I mean, it’s TMZ, the same trashy peeps who broke the news of Kobe before the police can notify his family. Being ethical and respectful aren’t really their forte. It’s really unfortunate that people can monetize being a-holes.
— See It Call It (@seeitcallit) February 11, 2020
Did they really call the 2 members from ace as 2 members from bts like they purposefully couldn’t make the difference between the two groups? Every single sentence in here is racist af and gets my blood boiling. The disrespect is unacceptable…
— Kaimona 445 Wonho is coming home (@WonDodobebe) February 11, 2020
What do you think of TMZ’s actions?