“Chicken Noodle Soup”, a new song by BTS‘s J-Hope and Becky G, is getting lots of love from fans, but its music video has raised some concerns about cultural appropriation.



For most of the video, J-Hope rocks blonde-highlighted hair worn loose and parted down the middle: a style reminiscent of ’90s boy bands. Toward the end, however, his locks are rolled into gel twists that resemble dreadlocks.


Both fans and the general public began voicing their concerns about J-Hope’s ‘do when these promo photos came out, just ahead of the MV’s release. Many of these concerns rose from K-Pop history of appropriating black culture through fashion.




Some fans came to J-Hope’s defense by pointing out that his hair is gelled, not styled into true dreadlocks.


Others, however, called out J-Hope’s defenders for being “hypocritical”.


J-Hope’s critics say that J-Hope has indeed appropriated black culture, and some have gone so far as to call him “racist”.


Moreover, they feel that J-Hope needs to be educated on the matter and held accountable for his choices.


Watch the music video here: