Monday, November 23, 2009

Tablo’s Brother criticizes Infinity Challenge in New York

This article, I quote it from allkpop, and I've change none of them all I do is copy & paste...

you'll know what i think about this article at the end of the article... so before that read and try to understand the whole thing...

The cast of Korea's favorite TV show, MBC Infinity Challenge, made a visit to New York City not too long ago. The "challenge" was to spread the love of Korean food to New Yorkers by approaching and engaging pedestrians in a one to one conversation, which was somewhat successful. This special episode in the Big Apple was aired over the weekend - however, not everyone was satisfied.

The brother of Tablo, Dave (Lee Sun Min, 37) left a rather harsh criticism toward the Infinity Challenge crew and Korea as a whole on his CyWorld minihompy on the 21st. The post has now been closed, but its screenshot still remains circulating on the net, receiving an enormous amount of hatred from netizens.

NOTE: The translations are not in order as it is a compilation from numerous articles.

"I did have my worries when I heard that the Infinity Challenge members were coming to New York... and I totally felt like dying from the embarrassment while watching.

The internet is being all crazy now, saying how 'our Korean humor worked in New York too'.

They were ignored like dogs on the streets from the New Yorkers for mumbling gibberish and not even being able to speak a word. They were also treated like retards at a pizza place by being thrown a random slice to eat.

Also, street casting?? Internet radio?? The one who calls himself the "Nation's MC" dances like a grasshopper inside a crappy warehouse with a green screen those 20 year old white boys call a 'studio'. Was it just me or did those dumb-looking white boys make him a complete fool? I wonder what those white boys were thinking (Actually never mind. Even if they said it out loud, the Koreans wouldn't have understood). They perhaps thought, 'WHAT THE FUCK ARE THESE RETARDS DOING??'

I know you guys are being 'real' for entertainment, but keep the low-quality comedy in Korea. Please, ok? You guys make millions per year? Did you really have to go overseas and especially the capital of the world, New York City to be bunch of jackasses? MBC sure knows how to put themselves on the top.

To MBC who produced this piece of crap and those crowd of reporters who publicized this shameful event as if it's something we need to be proud of... Of course, this episode is just perfect for those Koreans who think this low-quality comedy is just so funny.

Since when was it so humiliating to be a part of our Korean race?

Get rid of the 'food' and why not tell those New Yorkers with your gibberish that Dokdo1 is our land? You guys act like you can attack Japan any day when you guys are the ones who copy their shit?"

1Dokdo (Liancourt Rocks) is a group of small islets located in the East Sea, currently in a national dispute regarding its sovereignty between Korea and Japan.

"The students leak the questions online and get high scores on their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) to study abroad, but all they do is fool around karaokes and clubs on 32nd Street. They copy the reports from their seniors and get caught by the professors. They can't speak a tiny bit of English, not even a simple phrase. No wonder New Yorkers put down Asians and especially the Koreans.

I wouldn't say anything if they didn't care about English at all. Korea is the number one country in the world who spends the most money on their English education. But all they do is spend a load of money to learn English in the "least developed countries" like the Philippines and even separate from their families for good." .... "

Red = allkpop
Blue = Dave (Tablo brother)
Purple= Me ^^

So now... it's my turn.

What do I think? well I have no choice but to agree with Dave in many ways... I don't know why people take things into chaos about something that is so true. Just because his brother Tablo so he have to make everything nice? I don't think so... the one who became celebrity wasn't him... the one that being chase by reporters and fan wasn't him so why does he have to be so careful about what he think? hmmm well I've been in his shoes too... it's not fun when one of you're family members are celebrity...

He's making a statement which is true enough that it's hard to accept. Seriously, I do think IC are damn funny but it's funny when they do that on Korea... but going outside especially to NY without preparing anything... I mean come on they know well their language barrier... and they should learn more about how NYers people treat asian people ( I don't mean it in a bad way... just be logic... just because some NYers love you doesn't mean the other have the same thought)

So, do you think he need to apology? think again... what he's doing now might be the best things ever done to all Korean out there. Korean really need to try look the way he look and think the way he think.

Hmm... the point is try to open up, accept when it's wrong and try to be linient on something that is so true... this is a basic habit of our... we try to protect our celebrities without knowing that we're ruining them in a good way.

Love doesn't mean we have to protect them, sometimes telling them what is wrong and what is right shows the true love...

And I think it's time for all the Korean celebrities to improves their english... they should be proud with theire language but it would be even great if they can erase the language barrier and let others know that "I'm Korean and I can speak english"...

know what... there is a bunch of comment on YT such as " owh, he speak english...", " wow, I don't know he can speak english that well...", " He's english is poor..." and so on... I don't know how others think but seriuosly when I saw that kind of comment... it make me think and actually I'm thinking with anger... what is this?! do they think Korean that stupid? now let's think again who's going to change that? Dave? I don't know... you tell me...

So, Dave... FIGHTING!!


And here's another article regarding to the issue:


A few hours ago, Tablo's brother Dave (Lee Sun Min, 37)'s created a storm in Korea due to his criticism of the MBC Infinity Challenge members and Korea on his Cyworld, angering readers. After watching this controversy blow up, some of you probably expected an apology. However, Dave instead left a post explaining his anger.

"Was it that fun to read what I wrote about my annoyance to Infinity Challenge: New York episode..? Due to the 16 years of my social life in America, facing prejudice and discrimination, it was very uncomfortable looking at the hosts acting that way on the screen, okay? Not the comments the press makes like 'Korean humor is so funny!' but more like 'What are they?' ... Stuff like that?

You all saw the pizza guy tossing that slice of pizza like he's feeding a dog, right? I'm sorry for getting pissed about it instead of just laughing it away...

The MCs are the best in Korea. However, they are nothing but a bunch of funny and awkward looking Asians in New York. In America, the Asians get treated even more poorly then the Black, Hispanic, and Latino people. Why did they have to choose the obvious concept of 'English-mute Asians'..

If it was for a good cause of introducing our Korean food, why not take a translator who's good at English to make the conversation more interesting and funny?

I got even more furious at the fact that they were MBC, the fact that they were the Infinity Challenge. "

In contrast to the negative response to the earlier blog post, some netizens are agreeing with Dave regarding this matter. Some have posted, "I share the same thoughts as Dave," "If the trip wasn't just to have fun but to spread the word of Korean food, it should've been more prepared," "It is very disappointing." However, the majority still remain angry at Dave for threatening their national pride, arguing, "Why do we have to speak English fluently when we are Koreans?" "There is nothing to be embarrassed about." "

I have nothing to comment... I've put my opinion loud and clear so now it's your turn... what do you think?

The colors still applied... allkpop, Dave & Me

* I'm not a reporter and I'm not writing a news... what I wrote is what I thought and what I thought is not a news...

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