Tom Holland Made An Awkward Comment To An Interviewer In South Korea And People Have Mixed Feelings

19 July 2017, 16:51 | Updated: 19 July 2017, 19:16

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

It looks like Tom's innocent comment has annoyed a LOT of people.

The absolute Spider-boi Tom Holland has seemingly found himself in a little bit of hot water over a comment he made to an interviewer in South Korea last week and the internet has mixed feelings about it.

During the press tour for his brand new (and absolutely INCREDIBLE) movie Spiderman: Homecoming, Tom visited a bunch of countries all over the world. He was most recently in South Korea doing bits with his co-star Jacob Batalon. During one of the interviews, he made a comment about the interviewer's (K-Pop singer-songwriter Eric Nam) English speaking skills.

Tom told Eric, who had been interviewing him in English and then translating the conversation into Korean, “You speak great English, though, man. How did you learn English?" Eric then said that he was actually American and he learned Korean when he arrived in South Korea as opposed to the other way around.

You can hear the comment at the 12:50 mark.


The question then prompted many Korean fans who were watching the chat live on Facebook to brand Tom 'insensitive' and even 'racist', which reportedly managed to start trending on Twitter soon after the interview. In fact, his comment managed to annoy quite a few people on the internet who interpreted it as ignorance.





To be fair, it's an incredibly important point to bring up. For many Asian-Americans, or even any American who has a mixed heritage for that matter, the assumption that you're not "American" because you're not white and can speak a different language fluently can be understandably frustrating and infuriating.

But many people also jumped to Tom's defence on the issue, pointing out that the interview itself was being carried out in South Korea and there was almost no chance of Tom knowing that Eric was actually born in America, considering he was translating the interview in fluent Korean too. 


While it has raised a very important point about the issue as a whole, the majority seem to agree that Tom wasn't being racist and if he did come across as ignorant, that it certainly wasn't intentional in any way. But it's always important to remember that while some people may accept comments like that as a compliment, other people may actually find them offensive.


H/T Teen Vogue