Korean-American singer Eric Nam has taken to social media platform X to address the recent controversy surrounding his Instagram activity and the cancellation of his Malaysia concert.
Earlier this month, Instagram users noticed that Nam had liked an Instagram post by political strategist Jordan C Brown that condemned Hamas’ attack on Israel and said that Jewish people were “hurting and fearful” – “given the thousands of years of persecution of (Jewish people)”.
Nam’s liking of the post received backlash from those who claimed that Brown’s post ignored the plight of the Palestinian community.
On Oct 27, Nam announced the concert dates of his upcoming House On A Hill world tour and users noted that he had removed the Kuala Lumpur stop which was previously scheduled for Feb 24, 2024. It’s prompted speculation about the reason.On Oct 30, Nam addressed both the cancellation and the controversy surrounding his Instagram like.
In a post on X, Nam wrote that his liking of the post was a “reaction to waking up to devastating news as someone who has always been pro-human, pro-peace, and for love and equality for all”.
He added that the reason for the cancellation of his Kuala Lumpur concert was due to threats made against him.
“Out of an abundance of caution for my team and my fans, I made the difficult decision to cancel the show,” he said.Nam added: “My heart is broken for the Palestinian and Israeli families that have been ripped apart by violence and are facing unimaginable loss. Nothing I say can be enough when there is so much pain and suffering, but I am praying every day that there is peace and safety for everyone soon.”
With the cancellation of Nam’s Kuala Lumpur concert, his Asian stops will now be limited to Bangkok, Singapore, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo.