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NY Times reviewer calls KPop “squint-inducing”

The producers of the new Broadway play KPop are demanding a formal apology from the New York Times after what they called the “casual racism” of reviewer Jesse Green.

In his review, Green called Jiyoun Chang’s lighting design “squint-inducing” and said non-Korean speaking play-goers won’t be able to enjoy the show.

Producers Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes penned a letter to New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger and Theater Editor Nicole Herrington calling the review “insensitive and, frankly, offensive,” reported Playbill.

“To be clear, we respect Mr. Green’s right to be critical of the show. What we are asking you to address is the cultural insensitivity, underlying ignorance of and distaste for K-pop as a genre, and what comes across as casual racism in his review. That this would be the case in The New York Times is, frankly, astonishing.

The letter followed comments made by the cast addressing Green’s critique and his description of the play’s lighting as “squint-inducing.”

Fellow cast member Abraham Lim added his thoughts on Instagram saying “If you are not an Asian American that has been made fun of for their squinty eyes or their slanty eyes, I’m sorry, I don’t want to hear from you right now. You can take a seat.”

To date, neither the NY Times or Green have responded to the request for an apology nor have they commented on the controversy.

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