K-Pop Singer Accused Of Cultural Appropriation After Dancing To Punjabi Song, Tenders Apology

Stories of cultural appropriation from various sectors have often made rounds, much to the distress of the ethnic groups whose culture is being appropriated. For instance, celebrity Kim Kardashian wearing traditional Indian maang tikka and gold bangles, or a Delhi store selling tribal print as a ‘tribal Nagaland costume’ online.

As per a report in News18, K-Pop idol Lee Sun Mi, who is popularly known by her stage name Sunmi, is the latest to come under fire. She, along with two other dancers have been accused of “mocking” Indian culture in a recent TikTok video, which has now been taken down.

In the video, the dancers can be seen making hand gestures, rolling their eyes, and bobbing their heads to the popular Daler Mehndi song ‘Tunak Tunak Tun’, while Sunmi giggles on. Check out the video below:-

Needless to say, Desi Twitter was not impressed. Here’s what they had to say:-


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Soon after the incident blew up, Sunmi and the dancers took responsibility and posted an apology for their fans, alongside acknowledging their ignorance. Find the posts below:-

We hope that celebrities make it a point to use their platforms in an informed manner, and more people are encouraged to learn and respect other cultures. What do you think?

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