Korean Netizens’ Criticism Of Pinay TikToker Bella Poarch Sparks #CancelKorea Backlash
BELLA POARCH – Korean netizens’ criticism of Filipina social media influencer Bella Poarch sparked #cancelkorea backlash.
Filipina Tiktok star Bella Poarch is a popular social media influencer. She has over 16.1 million followers on Tiktok and 2 million followers on Instagram.
Bella has received criticism from Korean netizens after she uploaded a video of herself on Tiktok flaunting the tattoo on her arm that incorporates Japan’s Rising Sun flag. Her post triggered backlash from Knetz.
Based on a report from Koreaboo, the rising sun flag is associated with Japanese imperialism and the country’s actions in World War II. They symbol remains offensive to the people in South Korea due to Imperial Japan’s handling of Korea while it is under colonial rule.
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The hashtag #cancelkorea is currently trending on Twitter because Knetz criticized Bella Poarch for her tattoo. It offended them and pointed out why it is problematic.
The Pinay Tiktoker already apologized to them and told them that she will remove it or cover it to correct her mistake. “I will have the tattoo removed or do cover up. I did not know the history behind this tattoo and I will educate others about it,” she said.
Although some Knetz expressed their feelings respectfully, others attacked the Filipina Tiktoker with racial slurs. Some of them even belittled Pinoys in their comments.
In response to what Korean netizen have done, Filipino netizens trended the hashtag #cancelkorea to defend their homeland. Some shared their own personal experiences with discrimination in South Korea.
K-pop fans are also upset and saddened by the recent event. As much as they love their songs, they are putting their love for their country and fellow Pinoy.
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