Kangnam can be a bit of a goofy guy when it comes to variety shows, but his latest comments have been negatively received.
On the October 22 episode of My Ugly Duckling, Kangnam and H.O.T's Tony Ahn visited Ghanaian TV personality Sam Okyere, where they caught up and had a chat about a variety of topics.
During their chat, Sam mentioned that he was super busy when he last visited Ghana, to which Kangnam asked if he was a celebrity there. After Sam replied that he does things like interviews and appearances, Kangnam followed up by asking "Are there televisions in Ghana?"
Tony Ahn tried to move the conversation along by saying "Of course there are televisions in Ghana," but Kangnam proceeded to ask Sam things such as whether Ghana also had broadcasting stations, clubs, and subways. To Sam's credit, he took the questions in like a champ and explained that cities in Ghana are like Seoul before throwing in a joke that he has to go to zoos to see a lion as well.
While the conversation was generally quite lighthearted and not serious, viewers weren't particularly happy with Kangnam's comments, saying that he was rude towards Sam and Ghana:
- "Isn't he rude? He's joking but also looking down on his country.."
- "This is not the first time Kangnam made insensitive remarks. He's so rude"
- "No manners at all."
In response to all the criticism over his comments, Kangnam has since posted up an apology on his Instagram in which he explained that he was trying to be funny and said some things that he shouldn't have before apologising to Sam and 9MUSES' Kyungri.
The apology to Kyungri refers to the unsavoury comments he made towards her during their appearance on Law of the Jungle a few months in which he said some pretty aggressive things.
Here's a translation of Kangnam's apology:
“In trying to be funny on TV, I was too greedy and said things I shouldn’t have. I have realized that I caused disappointment and discomfort to many people through my careless words and ignorance and apologized right away to Kyungri and Sam.
I am still awkward at writing Korean and thought about what to do in case my sincerity did not come through in a message and disappoint people even further, but with the help of an agency staff member, I am writing what I have to say. I want to express my sincerest apologies to Kyungri and Sam once again and I apologize to and am grateful for the viewers who have took me to task for what I have done wrong and taught me better.
I should have taken responsibility as a broadcaster and shown a discreet side of myself, but I was unable to and I am ashamed and regretful. I will reflect and learn so that I do not make these kind of mistakes again and act and think more carefully. Once again, I am sincerely sorry to everyone who felt uncomfortable through my carelessness.”
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