International fans have become completely heated due to a recent advertisment for ‘Pepsi’ involving GOT7 member Jackson Wang. The bothersome image (which is shown above) is sparking international controversy due to Jackson donning dreadlocks. Many fans feel it is negative culture appropriation and another mockery of black culture coming from Koreans, yet again. After witnessing the outrage from fans for himself, Jackson replied via Instagram with the following message, ” I don’t think I’m the only one doing this and if people are gonna point fingers at this, so be it…haters gon hate. I have all my respect and love for all RACE. But if you think this whole thing is disrespecting or mock a race, I’m really sorry but you are on the wrong page. I made this decision because I was too in love with the culture. No matter if it’s music wise, people, background or anything, and I truly respect it with my heart. It’s a complete misunderstanding. ”
Many fans are responding both negatively and positively to his comments. The advertisement sparked up enough controversy that even American artist Ben Baller commented on the hot issue stating, ” I am a supporter 10000% behind black lives matter. But a Korean kid wearing a Jamaican hair style ain’t that deep to create this kinda drama – Non Asian Kpop fans have to be some of the lowest IQ humans on earth. I’m dead serious. I’m sad for them.” Even his statements on the issue are pushing some buttons for fans. However people may view this situation, we hope Jackson can overcome this problem smoothly and professionally alongside his fans as well.