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Music video and film director’s BTS plastic surgery slur has Korean fans up in arms

Joseph Kahn, who has worked with pop stars Taylor Swift and Maroon 5 among others, called the K-pop band out for being a product of plastic surgery, comparing them to Crazy Rich Asians

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 8:33pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 9:13pm

By Dong Sun-hwa

Korean-American music video and film director Joseph Kahn has slammed K-pop titans BTS for being “a product of plastic surgery”.

Kahn, 45, uploaded a photo of BTS on Twitter with the caption: “They all have plastic surgery. They are all wearing lipstick. This is what Crazy Rich Asians actually look like.”

The director, whose Korean name is Ahn Jun-hee, then uploaded another Tweet saying, “Asian Americans: Stop feminising our men. Asians are macho too.”

He once claimed in another post that he loved BTS, but then posted an article from the South China Morning Post with the headline, “South Korean men having plastic surgery to get ‘pretty boy’ looks and macho physiques of their K-pop and K-drama idols.”

Upset fans have accused Kahn of spreading unsubstantiated rumours about BTS and criticised the director for claiming Asians are not “masculine”.

Kahn made his debut as a director in 2004 with the film Talk, and has collaborated with a myriad of pop stars, including Taylor Swift and Maroon 5, for their music videos.

Read the full story at the Korea Times