Check out this recent Korean tv show clip of Brian Joo supposedly imitating an African American woman. I have a few comments to make:
1) Brian Joo is a Jersey boy. He grew up around all kinds of people and I’m sure his friend pool contains a plethora of different races and ethnicities. I highly doubt this imitation was meant to be offensive. I would be more offended if he had grown up in South Korea and had no personal experiences with other people of color and was imitating them purely from what he saw on tv and the media.
2) I’m guessing the person that accused him of this probably isn’t a black woman. I have a feeling that this person probably pictures black women this way, and therefore Brian’s imitation hit close to home to their own perception of black women. Just a thought…
3) I don’t know any black women who act that way. If anything, he acted more like a queen than an African American or black woman.
Bottom line, Brian Joo is alright in my book. Anyone who was offended, though, I’d love to hear from ya!
The more I learn about this guy, the more I like him. You remember him: he’s the Korean American singer who dated a black girl while in school in the States. In the vidclip below, he discusses his struggles training as an entertainer in South Korea, and his latest project: recording a Christian album. And can I just say that a man who recognizes and feeds his spiritual need is extremely attractive!
29-year-old K-pop artist Brian Joo confessed on a South Korean tv show “Best Friend’s Note” that he once dated a black girl while attending school in the U.S. The relationship seemed to be blossoming, until he met the girl’s mother.
According to him, the mother of his girlfriend rudely asked him, “How will you be able to marry my daughter?“, afterwhich, dismissing him from their home. The next day, the girl broke off the relationship, saying “because of my mom, I don’t think we can see each other.” Sad story, eh? Its good to know that BW/AM relationships do exist, but sad to see them end this way.
Many of the articles I read on this particular story claimed that Brian was a victim of racism. Although I understand where they are coming from (in that the relationship was interracial, or shall I say “controversial” to begin with), that’s not quite how I see it. I think the mother was truly concerned about her daughter’s welfare/future, and would have asked the same questions to any young man who was interested in her. Still, I don’t know the mother, and she could very well be racist.
This is very interesting to me, because usually Asians are portrayed as being the racists, and not wanting their children to mix with other races, notably blacks. But I think it just goes to show that everyone, no matter their color, has to open their minds and hearts to the idea of interracial love.