In a recent video titled “How Much Fun Can You Have with 10,000 Yen in Korea?” posted on the YouTube channel “Tteokbokki Samurai” run by a Korean and Japanese duo, the two visited Seoul’s Myeong-dong district and enjoyed street food and shopping for clothes and cosmetics.
However, the controversy arose when they visited a cosmetics store. The pair inserted an eyebrow pencil into their nostrils and made jokes, saying “Here, here” to test it out. Although they did not leave the pencil in their noses for an extended period, they continued to test the makeup on their hands after using it on their noses.
After the video received backlash, the scene was edited out without an apology. However, the video can still be found on platforms such as TikTok, where they are seen testing the eyebrow pencil inappropriately.
One netizen who watched the video commented, “The testers they put in their noses could be used by tourists and customers. This is really horrible.”
The “Tteokbokki Samurai” channel has been producing content targeting Japanese audiences since they live in Korea, including videos titled “How Famous is Otani Shohei in Korea?” and “Why Koreans Don’t Listen to K-Pop Idol Music.” However, some of their videos also contain “hate” content that triggers anti-Japanese sentiment, such as “Everything I Learned from Anti-Japanese Education as a Korean” and “I’m Sharing Everything the Anti-Japanese Taxi Driver in Korea Said Because It Was So Extreme.”