Korean-American rapper Jay Park has apologised to his Muslim fans again for using the "worship me like Allah" line in his lyrics in the remix of "MUKBANG!" after sparking outrage on social media.
"As I read the comments (not the hateful ones but the ones who are actually trying to educate on why it's offensive), I see that I used a word some are willing to die behind in my lyrics. It's not my place to use something that means so much to Muslim people in my rap lyrics freely. I apologise to all my Muslim fans", he wrote on Twitter.
The rapper has faced much flak from his fans, especially Muslim, for what they described as offensive and disrespectful lyrics, after he compared himself to Allah.
Calling all muslim to dislike jay park new song. It's clearly humiliating Allah . pic.twitter.com/R0iO6hAPBG— 알리아🐧 (@aliaakyle) May 27, 2021
"Jaw drop, I can never fall off— 𝖒𝖚𝖑𝖙𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖓⁷cₕᵢₚ (@disynia) May 27, 2021
Worship mе like Allah
Get it done like wallah
Season it like Salt Bae
Sauce dripping off them bows"
WOW JAY PARK I DIDN'T KNOW U COULD GO THIS FAR, DIRESPECT OTHER RELIGION IM SORRY YALL HAVE TO CANCEL THIS MAN NOW pic.twitter.com/QpsRevtqXA
Wtf is this ??this made me really angry ! How the hell jay park is comparing himself to Allah ( god) pic.twitter.com/OkAM23Pmer— alina.･✿ (@chimclover_) May 27, 2021
Tw // islamophobic— Lia⁷ (@yerinkth) May 27, 2021
The fact that jay park also wrote this song just shows how disrespectful he is ,, when will these artists stop using islamic things for their aesthetics and hv a basic decency for our religion ? Its too normalized and got swept under the rug everytime :( pic.twitter.com/yyfuPIsyFP
Following the backlash, Jay Park issued his first apology, which has since been deleted. He claimed the "lyrics were never meant to be offensive or disrespectful", adding that his fans "are out of pocket" for accusing him of "dragging a religion" and being racist.
Even though the tweet has been removed, screenshots can still be found on Twitter.
You “humbly” apologize. Oh no, no. I don’t even have to read what you typed out. There’s no way this is genuine if you said this in the same day. pic.twitter.com/VUjTlxSABS— AliWaz🌻777 (@AcidEW75) May 27, 2021
The initial apology triggered more criticism from fans, ultimately leading Park to admit that he "didn't see the problem" at first.
While some have eventually forgiven the artist and heaped praise on him for releasing a "sincere" apology, others are still discontent with him and keep spamming his Twitter account with calls to delete the song or change the lyrics.
Thank you Jay to actually look at our perspective and give your sincere apology. I hope you will learn something from the situation and be a better person in the future🙏— ØHMAINO (@OHMAINO1) May 27, 2021
Thanks for ths apologize ... Thanks for trying to understand... 🙏— Munghuman (@munghuman) May 28, 2021
Taken down the song will be a wise act to do..
The verse is not acceptable, Jay...
And hope you understand tht i say it not for or with hate
The 34-year-old rapper has, meanwhile, thanked his fans for understanding and helping him realise how upsetting his comparison could be.
I see where yall comin from now. Thanks to those who were kind enough to explain. Love ❤️🙏— JAY BUM PARK (@JAYBUMAOM) May 27, 2021