2NE1’s CL sparked controversy once more after her recent interview gathered criticism for her generalized comment about women.
In the September issue of PAPER Magazine, a fashion publication based in New York, CL graced the cover with fashion designer Jeremy Scott for Moschino. However, as the singer was interviewed for the issue, netizens criticized her hasty generalisation of Asian women, highlighting them as basic and safe.
The answer was a response to the question if Korea was a major force in luxury. To this, CL was quoted saying, “I think a lot of the young kids right now are looking for something new,and they want to look different. Especially girls, and this is why I’m trying to come out here — to set an example of an Asian girl. A lot of Asian girls love being basic because it’s safe,” and added that, “But the thing is, a lot of my fans are those girls, and they want to be bolder, but there’s no one they could look up to and be like, It’s OK to be that way. There’s no one out here who will do that, and I feel like I have done enough for Asia and changed a lot of girls. Even if it’s a phone case, they try.”
Another part of the interview that further sparked controversy was her statement saying, “Girls in Asia are very obedient, shy, timid, quiet,” before ending it as, “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. Being special is a luxury, and I don’t think we have that. Yet.”
The statement was part of the full interview included in the September 2015 issue of PAPER featuring Jeremy Scott.
Meanwhile, CL continues preparations of her American solo debut as she joins “Mad Decent’s Block Party” tour in California, United States.