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K-Pop fans are roasting this all American ‘K-Pop’ group EXP edition

If you’re a K-Pop fan and you haven’t heard of this, there’s an all American K-Pop group who call themselves EXP edition. Yep, all of them are American but they’re really into K-Pop. They even talk in Korean and sing Korean songs.

While none of the members are Korean, nor can they speak Korean fluently, EXP edition actively refer to themselves as a K-Pop group with the tagline “Born in NY, made in Seoul.” The group is composed of Koki Tomlinson, Frankie DaPonte, Hunter Kohl, Šime Košta, who all moved from the United States to South Korea in order to learn the language and record their debut album.

Upon their debut and the release of their “Feel Like This” music video, some people are, well, not too happy about it.

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Some are saying that just because they can sing and talk in Korean, doesn’t make them a K-Pop group.




Others are calling them out for cultural appropriation and telling them to just stick with being “A-Pop” or American Pop.





When K-Pop entertainment site Allkpop tweeted about them, people are finding it hard to accept them as a K-Pop group when the “K is missing in K-Pop”.




For some, the issue isn’t them being American or that they need to be Korean to be considered a K-Pop group. It’s just that their songs and them singing in Korean can’t be qualified as K-Pop.

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EXP edition: Annyeonghaseyo, we’re K-Pop…

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