Korean netizens are outraged that foreign idol fans are “unwhitewashing” official pictures of idols by producing darker photos in an attempt to show their “real” skin tone.
The above is an edited version of BTS‘s Jungkook, and below is the originally released photo.
There are thousands of pictures being retouched by foreign fans because they believe the pictures are not representative of the idols’ natural skin tones.
Koreans are angry because they claim the reproduced pictures portray the members with a darker skin tone than they actually have.
The image below is an especially noticeable instance.
Korean netizens are accusing foreign fans of using photos with yellow-tinted lighting to portray their supposed “real” skin tone.
“Pictures that have a yellow light above [the idol] are being called ones with a natural skin tone.” — Korean OP
“They are calling the occasional gloomy picture their ‘real’ skin tone.” — OP
Some foreigners are also mocking Korean beauty standards.
Korean netizens claim it’s discriminatory and racist to “un-whitewash” idols’ photos based on what foreigners think is their natural color… and foreign fans claim the idols are perfect just the way they are, so the photos shouldnt have been whitened in the first place.
“Koreans are white. It’s prejudiced and racist to say Northwest Asians are yellow and dark-skinned. These people are ignorant.” — Korean netizen
“I think they’re really on the edge of racism. Asian in the eyes of these people = yellow or dirty. They’re biased every time and always make a mess of it.” — Korean netizen
“You can’t tell me that you like the BTS which looks like ghosts on some pictures more than the BTS with their natural skin color, I mean THEY’RE SO BEAUTIFUL AND THEIR SKIN COLOR MAKES THEM MORE BEAUTIFUL. After seeing these pictures I decided to save and post only not whitewashed pictures when it’s possible.” — Foreign netizen
“We do not tolerate racism, colorism, whitewashing, or other hateful behavior.” — Moderators of “Melaninup” Tumblr site (which produces edited photos)
But some foreign netizens are acknowledging problems with editing photos of the idols.
“I think some of the non-whitewashed photos are darker than their normal skin colors? Some people re-edit the whitewashed pictures, making them a lot more tan than they originally are.” — Foreign netizen