On Feb 1st, an old music clip of Han Jisung rapping resurfaced. In this clip, the rapper said many derogatory phrases such as the N-Word, kkamdoongie, foreign laborer, and he joked about mental health.
“Are you a kkamdoongie foreign laborer, you motherf*cking pig bird”
jisung from skz said the n word + body shaming and xenophobia in a song he made when he was 13, ppl are defending him saying he was immature and trying to clear the tags with park jisung from nct so people are getting confused pic.twitter.com/at30Don4u8
— naomi⁷ (@eclipsenao) February 2, 2021
kkamdoongie is a word used to degrade people with darker skin, and the term foreign laborer is a slur used against Southeast Asians. The N-word is a derogatory slur used to degrade black people/African Americans.
As soon as word got out about Han’s pre-debut clip, fans and POC were shocked and hurt by his words.
WTF WDYM JISUNG SAID THE N WORD HE WAS LITERALLY ONE OF MY BIASES FUVK I CAN'T TRUST ANYONE ANY MORE :-/
— violet blonde soobins gf (@Shampoofairy_) February 1, 2021
Not at people trying to defend him. 🤨Koreans know the N word. They know it’s a bad word and they shouldn’t say it. Don’t try to cover it up saying he said “니가 “ when he didn’t. Hold Han jisung accountable ffs pic.twitter.com/InReA9w2gz
— 💚💚💚 (@hiyoscrown) February 2, 2021
The rapper later posted an apology to Instagram about the current situation.
Hello, this is Stray Kids HAN.
First, the lyrics I wrote around 2013 when I was 13 years old have caused great concern to fans and many others. Without any excuse, this is completely my fault. I sincerely apologize.
I wrote the inappropriate lyrics with only the single thought of wanting to rap during my irresponsible, younger days. I apologize for hurting so many people with the lyrics written without thinking enough.
Due to this incident, I was able to think deeply while reading comments that many had left, as well as the lyrics I wrote in the past.
The reason why I chose to become a singer was so I could express myself through music and connect with many people. Because of this, I feel greatly ashamed of myself for writing such lyrics in the past.
As I fully understand that such behavior cannot be excused simply because of young age, I will reflect upon my actions deeply.
I will always cherish the love and support sent by fans globally and will become someone who stands on stage with a righteous heart.
Once again, I sincerely apologize to all of those who I have scarred due to my past behavior.