Why Eatyourkimchi is Offensive (Updated)


White and English-speaking Privilege/Ethnocentrism

  • Refuse to try to improve their Korean despite living in Korea because “they don’t need to,” claim that the main reason non-Korean speakers learn Korean is to find a Korean significant other, and romanticize the fact that they refuse to improve their Korean.
  • Also claim that they don’t need to learn the language because they "show respect to Korea" by making their gross videos about how weird Korea is
  • Despite the fact that they don’t care to improve their Korean beyond what they need to get by, they rate idols’ English and mispronounce idols’ names (also something that has happened more than once)
  • They only have one actual Korean person working with them as a translator and personal assistant, and they don’t even write her name the same way consistently; they alternatively refer to her as Soo Zoo, SooZee and Soozee throughout their website.
  • In their recurring WANK segment, they compete to see who can find the best “engrish”




  • Played a game with other youtubers that they called Gender Bender, where they showed them pictures of kpop idols and make them guess their gender (and then made fun of how feminine the men looked and how masculine the women looked)

Anti-Semitism (maybe not overt, but offensive language/jokes)

Mocking/Disrespecting Idols

Mocking/Disrespecting Fans


  • Despite saying that they aren’t experts on Korean culture, make videos about Korean culture and cast judgement on it without actually deferring to actual Korean people
  • Called Eric Mun of Shinhwa a pedophile for appearing in a Teen Top mv

A few good critical posts about EYK (first three from owning-my-truth, last from jalmotaesseo)

And this isn’t even everything; this is just a list of the most egregious things they have done and the first links that I found. But if you read any of their blog posts or watch any of their videos, you will find a sense of privilege, entitlement and lack of respect for the Korean culture that they are profiting off their misrepresentation of, in addition to casual racism, misogyny, slut-shaming and ableist language. 

If I missed anything or you have any additional examples or sources, please message me and let me know. If you support EYK and see nothing wrong with the things they have done, please save yourself the trouble of sending me anon hate and just unfollow me.

Friendly reminder that Eat Your Kimchi/Simon & Martina have

  • called Eric Mun of Shinhwa a paedophile for appearing in a Teen Top music video
  • tagged one of their videos with “Hyuna is a stripper”
  • continued to rate English in KPop songs despite how blatantly racist and disgusting that is
  • attempted to justify their using the word “ghetto”
  • been generally racist and unapologetic for it
  • continually said kpop groups’ names wrong despite being asked to stop and say the names correctly
  • solicited money from a bunch of teenagers to buy a studio to make these problematic videos in, a studio which seems more like their own personal fun house than a workplace tbh
  • lived in Korea since 2008? and refused to learn more Korean than they need “to get by”.
  • openly slut shamed Hyuna and tried to mask it with “she dances the same all the time we’re not slut shaming we’re just bored”.

it’s been said that it’s possible they are mispronouncing Korean words very badly on purpose, but to what end nobody knows.

also, this is their reaction to criticism.

They are generally just shitty human beings and a really fantastic example of white people being terrible in a foreign country.

anonymous asked:

I don't get it? Why does everyone hate eat your kimchi? Please explain! I'm so lost!!

  • They bash idol groups even though they make money out of their fandoms and even build their studio out of donations.

  • They call idols names one example is when they called Hyuna slutty.
  • Have lived in South Korea for what? 6 years? Know only basic korean and then have the guts to rate idols english. 

  • They never care to do proper research yet talk as if they know everything about groups, korean culture and norms. 

  • Call kpop fans names. That being their latest tweet:

  • I saw on twitter that Simon ranted about BTS’s leaders stage name "Rap Monster" because he is apparently a true hip hoper and that name is an embarrassment for hip hop. I’m sorry but if he really was a fan of hip hop he’ll know how common “embarrassing” names like Rap Monster are and I’m not even a fan of hip hop. Just to name some 50 cent, Pitbull, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, Snopp Dogg etc. 

  • They made a rant video about Teen Top’s music video and song “No more perfume on you” going on and on how bad cheating is, making Teen Top seem like the biggest jerks ever when they had no say in the production of the song and music video whatsoever. While they praised Gary's music video “Shower Later” that showcased females as objects and was sexist as fuck.

  • They bashed B.A.P for crying in their mv’s and called them “bitch ass pussies”. I can’t understand why someone would bash HUMANS for trying to portray the feelings and emotions of their songs not to mention they used a female body part as a swearword. Just beyond what I can deal with.

  • I’m not going to watch this video again but if I remember it right it’s the video they called B.A.P pussies in and fooled people that wanted to watch the video for BTOB by including them in the title but then decide to not include them in the video because it didn’t fit their standards. They could’ve just not mention or had BTOB involved from the start but they HAD TO make fun of them and make fools out of their fans. 

  • They also respond very rudely to criticism or just block people. They obviously know what they doing and saying without the fake ignorance and stupidity they tend to fall back to when situations get sticky.  

  • I remember also that they once wanted to make fun of fanfics that resulted with people deleting or putting their fanfics private out of fear. 

  • Oh I also remember how they called people boring and plain for not having a similar style as them. 

This is just a few reasons why kpop fans don’t like them and hate them. 


tbh i just really dont like eyk and there’s a lot more i could/was going to say but yeah i just want this part on my tumbly for easy referencing 


“We almost just quit and left because of how nasty netizens are. Like we’ve grown a lot thicker skin now, but it’s something that’s very difficult to get used to.”  - Simon

Lately there’s been a lot of animosity directed at EatYourKimchi, especially here on Tumblr. People are being misled into thinking that Simon and Martina are bad people and that all they do is rag on idols. I made this gifset because I wanted to remind the kpop fandom of some of the things that EatYourKimchi has said that many people seem to have forgotten. They do love kpop. They do respect idols even though they joke about them. Making fun of things is not all of what they do, but that is what the kpop fandom seems to believe nowadays. Stop focusing on the few mistakes that they’ve made, and remember everything else they’ve done: they are not bad people. They are a fun, lighthearted and beautiful couple that have enhanced many experiences in the kpop fandom. Even if they have not done so for you, they have made thousands of people laugh with their carefree spirit. Many people love them, and I just wish that people would stop making others feel bad for doing so. “Why take pride in NOT liking something? That’s silly!” –Simon and Martina

Simon and Martina, fighting!


Korean Phrases: Ordering at a Restaurant by sweetandtasty

hey look guys a fantastic alternative to eyk by a actual korean

not only does she teach about language but food and shopping in korea. she also speaks about kpop in some of her kwow wendsdays specials 

this is a true representation of korean culture as presented by a korean please support her efforts Professor Oh deserves more notice!