Youtube held their first Music Awards this weekend, resulting in South Korean girl group Girls Generation winning big with ‘Video of the Year’
The winning video was for the song ‘I Got a Boy,’ an incredibly popular dance song that swept through the internet at the beginning of 2013. As of this posting, the video has nearly 75 million views.
Member Tiffany of the girl group attended the event to speak for the other members and accept the award. Her speech was very humble, expressing gratitude to the group’s fans and her fellow group members for helping them get to where they are today.
Girls Generation beat out the likes of Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato for the award. Needless to say, the fans of the other nominees were not pleased.
Twitter feeds were flooded with racist comments against Girls Generation and Asians in general, despite the fact that the group won the award based on a view count nearly triple the amount of the other nominees.
Reactions included jokes about rice, Chinese food, mentions of the group being from both China and Japan, many uses of the phrase “ching chang chong,” as well as attacks on Tiffany herself, telling her to “go back to her own country.”
It is to be noted that Tiffany was born and raised in the United States. Her acceptance speech was spoken in fluent English.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened, and it will likely not be the last. There have been similar reactions to Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ as well as Super Junior’s nomination at the 2012 MTV European Music Awards.
With Youtube and the Internet opening the world up to a wide variety of media from different areas of the world, it would be wise for many people to ditch the ignorance and keep up.