No, Jamaica hasn’t banned K-pop music
The claim: Jamaica has banned K-pop music
An image of the boy band BTS, one of popular K-pop groups, is used to perpetuate a misrepresentation made on a satirical website.
“Jamaica becomes first country to make K-Pop illegal,” reads a screenshot posted on Instagram.
The June 6 post racked up over 369,000 likes. When USA TODAY contacted Wasted, the meme account that posted the post, the account said it knew the claim was fabricated.
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“It’s just a satirical meme that’s been around for years. No idea the source,” Wasted said.
The article is from 2018 and should not be taken seriously. Jamaica has not banned K-pop music.
The screenshot shows the satire
The article featured in the Instagram post of June 6 was published by 8Satire, a satirical website, in August 2018. But some Instagram users didn’t seem to know because the website name was not visible on the post.
This is an example of what you might call “stolen satire,” meaning that stories originally written and presented as satire are reposted in a way that makes them look like real news. This tactic misled some Instagram users who viewed the post.
“Shoutout to Jamaica,” commented one user.
Others seemed to be in the game.
“Fun fact: it’s actually wrong,” commented another user.
8Satire described itself as a “satire and humor website” with “real crazy news that often sounds too good to be true”.
The invented article says that, “after several months of discussion,” the Jamaican government decided to ban K-pop music following its rise in popularity.
BuzzFeed News demystified the article in 2018, citing a since-deleted tweet from a spokesperson for the Jamaican prime minister.
“This is not true !!!!!” said Robert Nesta Morgan, then prime minister’s communications director Andrew Holness.
USA TODAY has contacted the Jamaican Prime Minister’s office for comment.
Our rating: False
The claim that Jamaica has banned K-pop music is FALSE, based on our research. The Instagram post features a screenshot of a headline from a satirical site, although it is not presented as such in the post. The invented article has been circulating since at least 2018, when a spokesperson for the Jamaican prime minister debunked it in a tweet.
Our sources of fact-checking:
- Wasted, June 6 Instagram post
- The Los Angeles Film School, accessed June 13, A brief history of K-pop
- Recording Academy, May 15, 2017, Why is the popularity of K-pop exploding in the United States?
- National public radio, July 13, 2020, Start Here: Your Guide to Getting Into K-Pop
- BuzzFeed News, August 25, 2018, No, Jamaica has not made Korean pop music illegal
- Reuters, June 8, Fact Check-Jamaica Didn’t Ban K-Pop
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