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K-Pop Fans Angered As NCT’s Johnny Faces Racism At The 2022 Met Gala

by Victoria Marian Belmis / May 03, 2022 10:45 AM EDT
NCT's Johnny

NCTzens' (NCT's fandom) initial excitement quickly turned into disgust as Johnny faced racism at the Met Ball.

Previously, NCT's Johnny predicted that he would be a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute's 2022 Met Gala (aka the Met Ball) in 2019. 

His prediction turned into a reality as he now joins EXO's Lay, PSY, Rain, and Super Junior's Siwon as the fifth male K-Pop idol to grace the prestigious event. But instead of seamlessly celebrating his achievement, Johnny was unfortunately attacked with racism.

As expected, NCT's Johnny arrived at The 2022 Met Gala with style and class. Seeing this, the paparazzi asked the K-Pop idol to pose for them. As the event was noisy due to the huge crowd, it was impossible to hear what people were saying. But unlike his peers, one paparazzi showed his impatience in a tasteless manner.

Initially asking NCT's Johnny to face him to get a shot, a certain member of the paparazzi became upset when the K-Pop idol failed to hear his request. The paparazzi initially remarked, "Johnny Suh, over here! On this side, please!"

After NCT's Johnny failed to follow his directions, the paparazzi muttered "He doesn't understand a word I'm saying" alongside a cuss. Assuming that NCT's Johnny was not following his direction because he did not understand was a horrible display of racism, given the fact that Johnny is fluent in English as the K-Pop idol is from Chicago.

As expected, videos regarding the racist remark went viral on both Twitter and TikTok. Notably, the original poster of the clip was able to identify the paparazzi as Erwyn Diaz. 

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Fans were not happy at the display of racism NCT's Johnny faced at the Met Gala. But hopefully, the K-Pop idol was able to meet fans and other celebrities which in turn made his appearance worth it.

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