Joe Budden called out for assuming K-Pop group BTS is from China

7 April 2022, 10:56

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The media personality has been labelled 'racist' and 'xenophobic' following his shocking comments about K-Pop group BTS.

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Joe Budden has been called out on social media after wrongly assuming that the Korean boy band BTS is from China.

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During a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, the 41-year-old media personality said that he “hates” BTS for no reason, and incorrectly said that they’re from China.

Joe Budden has been labelled 'racist' and 'xenophobic' following his comments about BTS
Joe Budden has been labelled 'racist' and 'xenophobic' following his comments about BTS. Picture: Getty

Budden said: “I hate them BTS n****s,” Budden said. “Do I need a reason? I hate them n****s. I don’t have to divulge my reason to you, I just hate them n****s.”

The former rapper continued: “I don’t wanna hear that s***, I don’t wanna see them dance moves, I don’t wanna see you come down in the sky in a little umbrella,” he said as he referred to BTS Oscars performance on Sunday (Apr 3).

He did not stop there. Budden further went on to criticise the band's performance, saying: “I don’t wanna see [you]... come from the audience and link up like Voltron and do all of the 98 Degrees moves. I don’t wanna see none of this s***.”

“I know they big, I know it’s China, I don’t wanna see it,” Budden said, to which his co-host Parks Vallely told him they’re Korean. “I don’t want to see Korean-Sync.”

BTS is a K-Pop boy band from South Korea.
BTS is a K-Pop boy band from South Korea. Picture: Getty

The 'Pump It Up' rapper was heavily criticised on social media, being called out for his "racist" and "xenophobic" comments.

One fan wrote: “Did Joe Budden really just say BTS was from China? Man if you’re gonna go after someone at least do your homework first,” one fan wrote.

Joe Budden states he will not be 'bullied' out of his music opinion.
Joe Budden states he will not be 'bullied' out of his music opinion. Picture: Twitter

Another fan wrote: "Just heard the Joe Budden podcast clip of him hating BTS. Just say you are racist and xenophobic, alot quicker than claiming you hate them but "don't need to have a reason". Shut the f**k up. They are more successful than you will ever be. Continue to be jealous"

A third Twitter user added: "We don’t give a f**k if Joe Budden doesn’t like BTS, but ya need to realize the man is being racist towards them. Joe is irrelevant he needs to focus on that podcast of him"

See other fan reactions below.

Taking to Twitter, Budden responded to the criticism, writing: “Like ima get bullied outta my music opinion lol.”

The podcast host also replied to a fan who called him out for assuming that BTS is from China.

Joe Budden calls BTS' music 'assembly belt pop'
Joe Budden calls BTS' music 'assembly belt pop'. Picture: Twitter

“Why do men always bother us with their unwanted (racist) stupid opinions? You said you hated them for no reason and you called them Chinese how is that a music opinion.” the fan wrote on Twitter.

Budden responded, writing: “Oh stop it, I made a mistake and was corrected… and then played a White boy band lol Foh.”

Many fans have taken to social media to call out the rapper and hold him accountable for his comments.

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