One of Jackfroot’s mission is to become a prime source for delivering current news. Recently, we received word about Jenny Hyun, 27, a songwriter/recording artist, who caused a lot of controversy with her racist rants against African Americans on Twitter. Hyun, who is said to be from South Korea and part of girl groups SNSD and Chocolat, made a malicious comment to boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for saying an inappropriate judgment on the same social networking site when Mayweather dissed NBA star Jeremy Lin. This was not the first for him to come out with a racist slur, berating boxing champ Manny Pacman’s race, stature, and culture back in 2010, via a Ustream video. Mayweather called him a “little yellow chump” and also told Pacquiao to “make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice”. Racism directed at Asians is just as alarming as racism directed at any other minority groups.
Thereâ€™s no doubt that social networking is an online platform that has made the world a more open and connected place. It also makes it a lot easier to transmit this disease of racism. When Mayweather openly made a questionable racist remark on Lin, it immediately caught media attention, followed by a disturbing racial slur from Jenny Hyun. It seems this sickness has spread in forms of social media by one racist remark to another. I was not so much up on my toes with this article because, as a writer and as a netizen who is active on social networking sites, I would like to exercise–what has now become a rare thing–social media responsibility. I wanted to make sure I took proper time to give it some careful thought–given that it is a sensitive matter.
According to the latest post on Jenny Hyun’s blog:
ON HYUN: Jenny Hyun has been admitted to a hospital today. She is a paranoid schizophrenic and has been battling mental illness, a debilitating disease for many years.
Friends and family of Jenny want to extend their sincere apology for any harmful statements made verbally or via the web that Jenny has made while she was in the height of a psychosis episode. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time for her.
ON MAYWEATHER: After getting a lot of heated criticism from the tweet, UFC president Dana White and Filmmaker Spike Lee called him out on his bigoted attacks against Lin, Mayweather quickly responded via Twitter:
“I’m speaking my mind on behalf of other NBA players. They are programmed to be politically correct and will be penalized if they speak up.”
Being a public figure and a celebrity at that, makes for an even bigger responsibility. When a decision to put yourself out there and comfortably express those unkind, inconsiderate words such as advocating a genocide of a whole race or even just bashing another athlete’s limelight to get a shine of your own, sends out far-reaching repercussions for the whole world. Opinions and perception will remain, as we all have the free will to do so, but let us exercise that free will into a larger mindset of things. There will always be the good and the bad from different races, but if we subtract hatred and add tolerance, kindness and respect by then, this world would have multiplied into a better place. We could only hope that one day this racial awareness is a learned behavior and that we ourselves are capable of better. What we say and do–does not represent the entire race, we respectfully represent ourselves.
Authored by Mitch Layno