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)
- 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.