Stray Kids’ Han Jisung apologizes for using racial slur in song he wrote as a teen: 'I feel greatly ashamed'

'Without any excuse, this is completely my fault. I sincerely apologize,' the 20-year-old posted a handwritten note on Instagram


                            Stray Kids’ Han Jisung apologizes for using racial slur in song he wrote as a teen: 'I feel greatly ashamed'
Jisung soon took to Stray Kids' Instagram account and shared a handwritten apology letter (Han Jisung/Instagram)

South Korean boy band Stray Kids’ member Han Jisung has attracted a lot of attention on the internet lately - because of all the wrong reasons. The 20-year-old’s past lyrics, which he wrote as a teenager, resurfaced on the internet and contained racial slurs. The lyrics shared by a user on Twitter goes, “You are — foreign worker, you a motherfu--in pig a--hole.” The words of the song were also disrespectful towards people with mental disabilities. However, when the internet asked the young man to re-educate himself and to apologize, he did not take long. Jisung soon took to Stray Kids' Instagram account and shared a handwritten apology letter - both in Korean and English. The note stated, “Hello, this is Stray Kids HAN. First, the lyrics I wrote around 2013 when I was 13 years old have caused great concern to fans and many others. Without any excuse, this is completely my fault. I sincerely apologize. I wrote the inappropriate lyrics with only the single thought of wanting to rap during my irresponsible, younger days. I apologize for hurting so many people with the lyrics written without thinking enough.

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“Due to this incident, I was able to think deeply while reading comments that many had left, as well as the lyrics I wrote in the past. The reason why I chose to become a singer was so I could express myself through music and connect with many people. Because of this, I feel greatly ashamed of myself for writing such lyrics in the past. As I fully understand that such behavior cannot be excused simply because of young age, I will reflect upon my actions deeply.” He concluded the apology by saying, “I will always cherish the love and support sent by fans globally and will become someone who stands on stage with a righteous heart. Once again, I sincerely apologize to all of those who I have scarred due to my past behavior.”

Boy band Stray Kids performs on stage during the 8th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards on January 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea (Getty Images)

After Jisung’s apology, a lot of people sent him supportive messages. One such user commented, “KNOW THAT I AM PROUD OF YOUR MUSIC.” Another one wrote, “I LOVE YOU FOREVER.” The third one said, “WE LOVE YOU JISUNG”, while the fourth added: “Love you hani.” Several of his fans also showed their love to him on Twitter as one tweeted, “We all agree, Han Jisung best boy. He admit his mistake and my respect to him goes. It takes so much courage to admit that sin. But I believe true Stays will continue supporting him. Han Jisung, iloveyouuu. You did great bubba.”



 

The second fan said, “Han Jisung you are amazing! Always remember that you wil always be loved! We are so proud of you and we will always be here for you! Han Jisung you are the best!#YouMakeStrayKidsStay #HAN #Jisungbestboy.” “i'm so proud at you for what you did our jisun. you absolutely did what is right and you're so brave for that !! always remember that stays are always by your side. always be strong han<3 we love u always quokka !! han jisung best boy ^^,” the third user added.



 

 



 

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