Just a few days ago, ENHYPEN’s Heeseung landed in hot water as some believed he said the N word while singing to SZA’s ‘Love Galore’. The people were torn. Some demanded that he be held accountable while others believed that in fact he had not said the word. Many believed that it was the work of trolls to pull the group down and began wearing the hashtag #PROTECTENHYPEN. Others said they should wait for group company HYBE to release a statement. However, the statement published by HYBE sparked a different kind of protest and set #PROTECTBLACKENGENES on trend.
Some fans expected HYBE to clear up the situation and let everyone know whether Heeseung actually said it or not. When the ENHYPEN member spoke up, many expected HYBE to educate the idol on the issue and apologize. In the past, idols who appropriated or did something insensitive would apologize and take responsibility for their actions. Engenes expected Heeseung to do the same if he was guilty. HYBE has also mentioned many times that they would be fair and respectful to their worldwide fans. Unfortunately, her decision on the matter wasn’t something fans expected.
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HYBE’s statement leads to #PROTECTBLACKENGENES
Instead of clarifying, HYBE distracted the subject. They released a statement saying they would take legal action against those who participated in “malicious activity”. Engenes was shocked by the statement. Racism towards POC and Black fans still exists and they believed this should not have been ignored by the company. When trolls targeted black fans as being too “sensitive”, many other fans took to Twitter to #PROTECTBLACKENGENES trending, showed their anger, and asked HYBE to acknowledge the controversy. Many believed it would ruin the rookie company’s reputation, adding that it would have been better if the company actually cleared the matter up.
On the release of HYBE’s statement, a fan tweeted, “Hybe / Belift is actually amazing because they literally allow more racists to hate blacks instead of apologizing or really explaining the downfall of Enha.” Another explained why blacks Fans were angry at all: “Music shouldn’t be so deep that black fans get hatred for everything they do. In opting for this kpop stuff versus decent human morals and principles, you will have to reassess everything you stand for. # SCOOTER BLADE. “Meanwhile, some HYBE are still calling for the appropriate action to be taken:” We are urging @BELIFTLAB to take appropriate steps to resolve the issue regarding the alleged use of a bow on EP. 4 by Enhypens EN-CORE and take immediate action to protect ENGENES from malicious and racist posts circulating on Weverse. ”Another fan explained why HYBE should deal with the matter:“ Engenes please email belift for a comment to ( [email protected] ) we have to try. “
Music shouldn’t be so deep that black fans get hatred for everything they do. In opting for this kpop stuff versus decent human morals and principles, you will have to reassess everything you stand for. #PROTECTBLACKENGENES https://t.co/dwd12bXYHt
– 🐙🦄🦕🦎🦋 (@ MARIZ0L_) June 30, 2021
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