2NE1 member CL might have been a hot topic among K-pop fans for the past few months due to her recent U.S. debut, but lately, she seemed to have gotten into a sticky situation among Asian fans and people back home.

With all eyes on the Korean singer, who recently dropped her American single “Dr Pepper (a collaboration with Diplo, RiFF RAFF and OG MACO), it’s no surprise that all it took was one wrong move or comment for people to pounce on her. For CL, this came in the form of a remark made during an interview with PAPER, where she appeared on the cover with designer Jeremy Scott.

“A lot of Asian girls love being basic because it’s safe,” she said in the interview. “Girls in Asia are very obedient, shy, timid, quiet, but I can tell that it’s changing, and I want them to be stronger and tell them that it’s OK to be different.”

While the underlying message is quite motivational, everyone can’t help but frown over her description of Asian girls.

Was it lost in translation? Most probably not, considering the fact that the interview was conducted in English, and CL – who attended international school in various countries when she was younger – is very fluent in the language.

This controversy came hot on the heels of her shade at a model who indirectly insulted her looks. After her fans bombarded the model with criticisms on Instagram, the latter had to issue an apology. CL then uploaded a photo with the hashtag #icouldmakeahaterfamousyah.


That’s some major shade going on, sista. And we can’t say we hate the sass.

Images: CL’s Instagram, YouTube