GOT7 members gathered together to send their New Years Greetings to their fans. In the middle of the video (around 3:00 mark), BamBam began talking about JB in a rap-like manner.
After watching the video, netizens from around the world began accusing BamBam of saying the “n-word”, a racially offensive word.
bambam said the n word… wow. he's cancelled 💀
— i know my face but i don't know my named (@bluedadi7) December 31, 2018
Bambam said the n word…. we starting 2019 with throwing all the problematic idols to the trash
— aly (@ksjsmuse) December 31, 2018
bambam said the n word again? even after the incident before? silence
— ellie (@taeshyung) December 31, 2018
I did NOT just heard BamBam say the N word during GOT7 Vlive………
— | RKTA | (@rosektadolphe) December 31, 2018
As the accusations grew wider, BamBam personally took to Twitter to clarify that he didn’t say anything wrong. It was all misinterpretation.
Come on is 2019 guys~
What did i do wrong??
Let me breathe
Give some respect
If u don’t understand 100% then stop acting like u know things okay?
— BamBam (@BamBam1A) January 2, 2019
The live video was re-uploaded with subtitles. The Korean subtitles clearly wrote that he called JB “neulguhsseo (old)”. Due to his pronunciation and his emphasis to make it sound rap-like, it appears the netizens misunderstood his word.
The English subtitle also wrote that BamBam called JB “old” and not the n-word.
iGOT7s quickly fired at the haters, claiming that they were overreacting to something that never even happened.
Don't touch my bambam,he didn't wrong,he just joking with JB,if you don't know what the mean,don't say anything like a idiot.#WeLoveYouBambam
— Soberloner (@Soberloner1) January 2, 2019
Please leave bambam alone guys ❤️ he is such an inspiration to me and to see such hatred for a simple misunderstanding is so heartbreaking 💔 A korean word 늙어쓰 or neulgeoss which means he was saying jb is old which would tie into the joking around. #Bambam #GOT7 #got7 pic.twitter.com/xuoXao0z2h
— 🎀Kittykatt🎀 (@lLOVELEEFELIX) December 31, 2018
— Keren Rivero (@kerenrivero16) January 2, 2019
cancelling bambam for thinking he said the n word when he just said “jb is old”
IT’S A BABYE pic.twitter.com/xYFV7VGZRY
— present: got7 are kings 💚 (@forgot7ss) January 1, 2019
This isn’t the first time BamBam was accused of being racially inappropriate. He was bashed on for imitating a famous pose from the movie “Black Panther”.
Here’s to a stress-free year for BamBam in 2019!