American radio hosts have come under fire for rude and racists remarks they made towards EXO‘s Lay and NCT 127 during a recent broadcast.
On February 22, the hosts of 106.1 KISS FM played the new song “Let’s Shut Up & Dance” by Jason Derulo, Lay, and NCT 127. While fans have been incredibly proud of the first part of the epic Michael Jackson tribute project, they weren’t very happy with how the radio show introduced the song or the artists involved.
“You’re boy Jason Derulo has new music out. We’re going to love the new one it’s called ‘Let’s Shut Up & Dance’.”
— Host 1
Besides the fact that they introduced the song as Jason Derulo’s with no mention of the other artists involved, the hosts went on to confuse NCT 127 and Lay with BTS and consistently referred to them as BTS through most of the song.
“BTS on this thing!”
— Host 1
When it was finally mentioned by another host that they were not, in fact, BTS, one host made a comment that they were some “random Asian guys dancing” before someone else wrongly called them “NC 127”.
“So it was just some random group of Asian guys dancing? We just got excited for nothing.”
— Host 2
A sound clip from the program quickly made its way online and fans were not happy to hear what they did.
@1061KISSFMDFW As radio hosts, you should know who the artists you’re playing are and to be respectful towards them. Apologize to NCT, the fandom, BTS and Lay. They’re NCT 127. Not random dancing Asian boys or NC 127. NCT is beyond that. They’re not BTS. #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE pic.twitter.com/odXDvGrOGN
— CHECK MY PINNED (@oursevenwings) February 23, 2019
NCTzens, EXO-Ls, ARMY, and many more fans have been sharing their disapproval and calling the hosts out not only for their racist comments but also for a lack of professionalism over the situation.
What KISSFM did to the collab work of NCT127, Jason Derulo and EXO Lay is ridiculous. This one just makes me really sad a lot not just because the DJs were being racists to the artists. This collab is for tribute of Michael Jackson. #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE
— J 🍑 (@withJxhn) February 24, 2019
no.1 called nct BTS, no.2 called them, “nc127”, no.3 laughed about it disgustingly, no.4 called them “random Asian group dancing”, no.5 they said they got “excited for no reason”. Yall are blatantly xenophobic and natural selection is coming for you idiots. #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE pic.twitter.com/6iGmIc2cbF
— teataeyong☕️ (@sistertaeyong) February 24, 2019
I do not consider this as the proper way to introduce an artist nor a song. This is extremely rude, not just to the artists but also to their fans. Random asian boys? Well I'm pretty sure that NCT and Lay is way more popular than u guys #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE
— 이오_윈윈의 삥꾸베레모 (@juliaYoon7) February 24, 2019
Soon the #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE hashtag began to trend worldwide with fans demanding an apology from the hosts and station.
That was painful to listen to. I feel really bad an American station did this.😔 I'm looking forward to your next move, because obviously the artist's names are next to the song and you can all read…or might have read the hype articles about the collab? No?👎#KISSFM_APOLOGIZE pic.twitter.com/jFDjF1jkje
— 앤디 프라트(Andy Pratt)🐦🇺🇸 (@AndyPratt81) February 23, 2019
Did you mention Lay ?? Or you racist ass thought that he's in bts or in "NC 127" ? HE WORKED HARD TOO, THEY ALL WORKED HARD FOR IT AND YOU ARE JUST BEING RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL. #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE
— BLESS ME AH-CHOO (@NesyWow) February 23, 2019
so you think any asian group is bts that means you don't need to recognise their faces just because you don't want to be bothered cause they're asian artists !!
disrespectful for both groups nct and bts and every asian group
and you better apologise to THEM #KISSFM_APOLOGIZE
— ＜（＠￣︶￣＠）＞ (@namarucandy) February 22, 2019
One brave fan even called up the station asking for an apology to which they were told the issue would be mentioned on Monday’s show.
Currently, fans are still waiting for any kind of statement from the station and their hosts. In the meantime, they have continued trending the hashtag and plan on doing so until the apology has been made.