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Learn More About TWICE’s Members Who Involved With Cultural Appropriation

TWICE is known as the popular girl group under JYP Entertainment, and most K-Pop fans will know their successful career path since they debuted in 2015 and their many achievements in their work. However, TWICE has also been involved in several problems, one of which is cultural appropriation.

In this article, there is a piece of information about TWICE’s cultural appropriation that involved some of the members. They’re doing this by accident and don’t know this will lead to misunderstandings among many people from different cultures and countries. Without waiting any longer, let’s find out more about it in the article below!

TWICE’s Jihyo Did Native American Cultural Appropriation

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TWICE, celebrating 3 years of their debut, held a fan meeting titled “ONCE HALLOWEEN”.

The members went all out by cosplaying as characters in horror films, from Jeongyeon, who became Kaonashi, to Dahyun, who became Annabelle. Meanwhile, Sana attracted much attention by cosplaying as the Red Queen.

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Jihyo wore an Indian costume and introduced herself by calling herself Indian Jihyo. The 1997-born singer looks beautiful wearing a dress, coat, and hair in two braids.

However, Jihyo’s appearance reaped a strong reaction from international netters. The singer of “The Feels” was accused of being racist because she was dressed like a local Indian tribe, let alone calling herself the Indian Jihyo.

Fans argued that Jihyo cosplayed as Princess Mononoke or was dressed as Pocahontas. However, netters said that Jihyo’s costume was not similar to Princess Mononoke and Pocahontas.

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“We have to clear things up. Jihyo never calls herself Princess Mononoke. She introduces herself as Indian Jihyo. She’s dressed up as a local (Indian) tribe. She does Indian war chants. She intended to wear that costume. Jihyo is responsible. Don’t defend her,” the netter commented.

“Other members were praised for their costume choices, but when Jihyo was criticized, suddenly everything became the stylist’s fault. She needs to be educated,” another netter said.

TWICE’s Chaeyoung, Momo, and Tzuyu Having Corn Rows

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TWICE’s Chaeyoung, Momo, and Tzuyu have worn corn rows several times. Those who wore typical of Africa are often referred to as ‘cultural appropriation or not respecting black culture.

According to netizens on Twitter, white people who often dress up to follow black culture just want to look different and cool. Cornrows are the traditional hairstyle and are small braids that are very close to the scalp.

TWICE’s Momo Saying The ‘N-Word

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TWICE’s Momo has also been involved in cultural appropriation, but it wasn’t done intentionally. A fan noticed that she sang the part, “If you a lame N, you ain’t makin’ no noise”.

The clip above shows her dancing and singing skills while still being a contestant on JYP’s ‘Sixteen’. Even though it’s just a little sneak peek of her video, it’s not a big problem because it doesn’t get too much response.

TWICE’s Tzuyu Waved The Taiwanese Flag On Korean Show

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Tzuyu once received criticism from the Chinese community for trivial actions. This TWICE member raised the Taiwan flag to show her nationality while appearing on “My Little Television”.

The issue of Tzuyu’s citizenship has been in the spotlight by Chinese netizens because she is from Taiwan. The reason is, that China and Taiwan are still arguing about the recognition of their territory, so this issue is a susceptible matter.

As a result, Chinese netizens were noisy when they saw Tzuyu being promoted as a member from Taiwan for a career in Korea.

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JYP Entertainment then confirmed that what Tzuyu did was a complete misunderstanding. “She is only 16 years old, not an age where she can act for political reasons,” the agency said.

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Seeing Tzuyu’s incident, many international fans felt sorry for her. Until now, China still considers Taiwan part of its territory, not an independent country. It has long had its own government, it is still a debate whether Taiwan is a separate country from China.

Tzuyu’s apology has succeeded in making fans even more worried and sorry. The reason is, in the video, the maknae of TWICE looks very sad and seems to want to cry.

“Tzuyu looks scared there, she also seems to want to cry,”

“She looks like she wants to cry when she apologizes. Why should she apologize, she’s not wrong, in my opinion,” a netizen said.


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