Big Bang idol G-Dragon has found himself in the middle of a new controversy after posting a photo of himself with a black painted face.
The Instagram snap — which the 24-year-old shared with his 1.3 million followers last night, July 30 — has been bombarded with comments from outraged fans, begging him to remove the potentially offensive image.
It’s believed that his post was a message of “support” for murdered American teenager Trayvon Martin, whose iconic hoodie photo has been recreated by artists like Frank Ocean, Diddy and Swizz Beatz.
“This just looks like a blackface joke,” wrote one user. “What was he thinking,” expressed another. The photo has even made it on to mainstream US websites, including Spin and the LA Times, who labelled the photo “unfathomably insensitive”.
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However, fans defending the artist’s actions have also hit back, with comments ranging from “It’s just a [beauty] face mask” to “it is completely unacceptable to call him a racist”.
While the photo continues to garner attention (and likes – which currently stand at 98,000), G-Dragon and his label remain silent. IdolWow! has reached out to YG Entertainment for comment.
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