Sbs Responds To The Criticism Regarding Hong Hyun Hees Blackface Comedy Skit

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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."

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.

Sam Okyere expresses anger and disappointment towards Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit
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Sam Okyere expresses anger and disappointment towards Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit

TV personality Sam Okyerespoke his mind about the recent controversy regarding Hong Hyun Hee and her blackface comedy skit on SBS'People Searching For Laughter'.

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On April 24, Sam Okyere expressed anger and disappointment via Instagram. He stated,

"Black face in 2014. I just want to say this is NOT acceptable!!!!! We are not for comic purposes. This should stop now!!!!! I'm highly disappointed. NO MORE BLACKFACE!!! Or any sort of discrimination against any group or race.

Sam Hammington calls comedian Hong Hyun Hee pathetic and embarrassing for her blackface skit
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Sam Hammington calls comedian Hong Hyun Hee pathetic and embarrassing for her blackface skit

Sam Hammington openly criticized Hong Hyun Hee for her blackface skit on SBS 'People Searching For Laughter'.

Hong Hyun Hee's blackface comedy skit was met with great criticism from viewers following its broadcast on April 20.

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Among the angered viewers was Sam Hammington. The Australian comedian called out Hong Hyun Hee on social media and stated, "Hong Hyun Hee appeared on 'People Searching For Laughter' disguised as a black person... So pathetic! How long are they going to continue this nonsensical act? Is it funny to make fun of a race? I'm embarrassed as a person who used to go on comedy programs!"

Comedienne Hong Hyun Hee Directly Responds To Sam Hammingtons Comment About Blackface Controversy
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Comedienne Hong Hyun Hee Directly Responds To Sam Hammingtons Comment About Blackface Controversy

In response to Sam Hammingtons angry post regarding the recent blackface skit on SBSs Comedy Hunter, comedienne Hong Hyun Hee shared some of her own thoughts on the situation.

On April 21, Hong Hyun Hee, who appeared as the main character of the controversial skit, posted a message on her Facebook, saying, Sam HammingtonI was going to say this to you through text, but I decided to post this online because you said things in a problematic way. You made a generalization that I was belittling African Americans just by the way I dressed up, but that means [silly] characters like Young Gu and Maeng Gu would be making fun of autistic children. There also used to be a Korean comedy act called Dark Performance that received love for a really long time. Was that making fun of African Americans as well?