just some commentary on the situation:
1. yes, i do think this is something to be upset about. its always been something to be upset about. i know that there’s clarification of the meaning/intent behind the translation that i think has sparked a lot of this discourse, but to me that doesn’t erase the connotations of another ill-mannered joke, one of very many that have been made. this isn’t a new thing, this isn’t an isolated incident, this has been happening since day one of the group’s existence. it’s a pattern. i understand the cultural difference but i don’t think that changes the fact that the comments and jokes that they make are very, very hurtful, and very, very wrong in many ways, and i’m angry and disappointed and upset that this is continual, repetitive behavior.
2. this isn’t something we should just handwave away, or try to justify by saying ‘but they’re friends/but they love him/but he says the same kinds of things.’ i really, really don’t think that’s the point here — the fact of the matter is that these are shitty colorist remarks they’re making, whether they mean it in jest or in a ‘good natured’ way or not doesn’t matter because they shouldn’t be saying these things in the first place because they’re wrong. and i think we’ve all noticed by now that hakyeon is not nearly as comfortable or easy-going about any of this as some of us like to believe he is. this is an issue. it’s something to be aware of and something we should be talking about. no one is saying you automatically have to hate every group member that isn’t hakyeon, and no one is literally saying hakyeon is a saint and a bastion of purity, but we shouldn’t be reaching to justify these comments or behaviors, we should be recognizing how and why they’re wrong. good people are still perfectly capable of saying bad things.
3. that still doesn’t make it okay to start attacking the other members and leaving them harmful and threatening messages in turn. there is a way to go about letting them know that the things that they say are wrong, and it isn’t through threats and violence. directly contacting them on twitter, trying to write to the company itself, taking steps to raise awareness are, i think, the best that we can do. combating this issue through harmful means solves absolutely nothing, but we shouldn’t DO nothing.
4. that being said, if people are uncomfortable and upset to the point that they choose to stop supporting the group and feel better leaving the fandom, LET THEM. i understand where they’re coming from. there is only so much a person can take before it’s too much. that is their decision, it’s not up to any of us to tell them whether or not it’s a good one to make.