Sbs Airs Offensive Comedy Sketch Featuring A Character In Blackface

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SBS Airs Offensive Comedy Sketch Featuring a Character in Blackface
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SBS Airs Offensive Comedy Sketch Featuring a Character in Blackface

SBS has garnered backlash from international fans and the international POC community after airing and uploading a skit containing blackface.

On April 19, SBS aired a deplorably offensive skit from their gag show, Laughing Legend Match, that is outrageous and unacceptable and has garnered a great deal of criticism.

In the skit, the main character, named Hyunhee, argues with her father about her dreams of becoming a comedian while dressed in her audition costume. Hyunhees costume comprises blackface, a cheetah-print top, a grass skirt made of cabbage, and cornrows topped with a feathered headdress.

SBS Removes Offensive Sketch Featuring Blackface Following Public Outcry
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SBS Removes Offensive Sketch Featuring Blackface Following Public Outcry

SBS has deleted the controversial video clip and apologized for airing the offensive comedy sketch of a character in blackface.

The SBS program Laughing Legend Match garnered backlash from international fans and media alike for uploading a skit containing blackface.

“I am deeply sorry about the contents of the sketch and I apologize for the inconvenience to the viewers. The clip was removed immediately. We will pay more attention to avoid such incidents in our future production process.”

SBS Comedy Show Under Fire For Incorporating Blackface Into Sketch
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SBS Comedy Show Under Fire For Incorporating Blackface Into Sketch

On April 19, SBS posted clips of the 188th episode of Comedy Hunter on YouTube. However, one clip in particular received more attention.

The video, which featured the segment Legend Match (tentative title), contained a description that said Hong Hyun Hees failed makeup – How are we expected to bear it? In the sketch, Hong Hyun Hee plays a character who is preparing for a comedian performance test despite her fathers disapproval. When her mother brings her out to see him, Hong Hyun Hee appears in blackface. While previous episodes of the sketch usually feature the comedienne wearing silly outfits such as a cyclops costume, this weeks segment shocked international fans for its portrayal.

International fans demand apology from SBS for Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit
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International fans demand apology from SBS for Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit

SBS comedy show 'People Searching For Laughter' has upset many international fans for allowing blackface during a skit.

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On the April 19 broadcast, comedian Hong Hyun Hee took part in a comedy skit. She played the daughter of the family who's an aspired comedian.

Hong Hyun Hee appears on stage with comical makeup with braids, exaggerated lipstick, and dark skin. Many international fans have pointed out that her makeup is racist blackface. Additionally, people feel there is cultural appropriation since she wore a Native American headdress as well.

SBS responds to the criticism regarding Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit
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SBS responds to the criticism regarding Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit

SBS has responded to the controversy regarding comedian Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit on 'People Searching For Laughter'.

Following the April 20 broadcast, many international viewers issued complaints stating that Hong Hyun Hee's blackface was greatly offensive and racist.

In response to the criticism, SBS officially apologized, stating, "We apologize for not going over the content more carefully and causing concerns to many viewers. We immediately deleted the video online. We will make sure such an issue does not occur again in the future."