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Korea rapper apologizes for 'faggot' lyric

Label says the anti-gay slur was ‘used in a musical sense'

Korea rapper apologizes for 'faggot' lyric

Korean rapper Zico has apologized for using a homophobic slur in his debut solo single, which topped several digital music charts on the day of its release (7 November).

The member of boyband Block B rhymes several lines of Tough Cookie in English, including the last line of the following lyrics:

‘Rappers these days don’t have the skills so they all have a snapback fetish, You’re such a faggot bitch’

After a backlash from Kpop fans, Zico, 22, issued an apology through his record label Seven Seasons.

‘We were not looking down on homosexuals,’ a representative of the agency said in a statement translated by the KpopStarz website.

‘The song was used in a musical sense. If we had known exactly that the word has the meaning of looking down on homosexuals, we would not have used it.

‘Zico does not have any bias or negative feelings towards homosexuals and holds respect for them. We would like to apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable.’

Netizens also noticed a Confederate flag on the sleeve of his jacket in the music video. The flag of the slave states during the American Civil War is a symbol of racism and often used by the Ku Klux Klan.

However, some Kpop fans, who are notoriously loyal, defended Zico, saying the rapper cannot speak English and was just copying US hip-hop.

His biography on the Block B website reads, ‘Zico is considered something of a bad boy in South Korea, although by American hip-hop standards, he’s pretty tame.’

Watch the video for Tough Cookie below (‘faggot’ lyric comes at 2:58):


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