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First f(x)'s Amber, 2PM's Taecyeon, EXID's label and now K-pop veteran G.O.D's Park Joon Hyung have all come forward condemning TMZ's coverage of girl group EXID arriving in LA.
On May 5, G.O.D's Park Joon Hyung posted on both his Twitter and Instagram, "Wow... I just heard of this news about TMZ and their unacceptable uneducated behaviour towards Exids members! When someone goes to another country and that person tries their very best to say that they are happy to be there in a foreign language... they should be welcomed...NOT mocked... This unacceptable behaviour by tmz not only degrades themselves and shows how shallow and ignorant one can be but also is like spitting on their own faces and the country that they represent... one should always think before speaking and at least reverse roles and think how they would feel if that role was reversed... I think a public apology is needed...BBBAAAMMM~!!! #god #fangod #tmzUneducated #Exid #tmzExid #TMZ #ignorance"
EXID's label stated its position via a phone call with Star News. They said, "We saw what happened. We're very angry that they would make fun of Koreans' way of talking and their tone. This is not something to laugh about. It is a clear case of racism. We are going to go through Korean media in America to contact TMZ and demand a response."
2PM Taecyeon’s also exclaimed his disgust via Twitter. He said, “When they make fun of a person’s accent do they not realize that said person is able to fluently speak another language? ㅋㅋㅋ The mentality behind making fun of someone who greeted fans in their own language is just wow…”
f(x)'s Amber was of course the first K-pop star to react, she tweeted, "I was gunna stay quiet but i cant. Seriously, @tmz not cool man. All Americans face palm at your rude and childish actions."
Here is a recording of TMZ's broadcast and commentary on EXID.