Jun 11, 2010  •  In Art/Design, Funny, Korean, Sports

Faux Korean World Cup Shirt (Hilariously) Promotes Stereotypes

Yesterday, J sent me a link to an online t-shirt store with a note that read, “Thought you might appreciate the design.”

from left to right: England, USA, Brazil

As you can see, each shirt has printed the names of the players who will be participating in the World Cup for that particular country.

I did appreciate the bold and simple design (thanks, hubby!) and was fully intent on blogging about it today…

Then the post took on a new spin as I came across an article in Korean Beacon this morning.

Apparently, someone has taken it upon themselves to Photoshop a Korean shirt in this style, with a comical twist:

I’m sure someone would find this offensive, but I — as a Korean — don’t. I think it’s a hoot!

I’m only sad that my last name didn’t make the cut. But alas, it is not a very common Korean surname, with only 1.5% of the Korean population bearing the name. (Random trivia: if I meet another Korean with the same last name as me, there is a 1/3 chance that we’re related!)

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5 Responses to “Faux Korean World Cup Shirt (Hilariously) Promotes Stereotypes”

  1. birdie says:

    that is a hilarious twist on that design. but i don’t think it’s a stereotype that most koreans have the same last name. i think it’s more of a fact. according to wikipedia, 45% of koreans bear the family name Kim, Lee, or Park.

  2. Geek in Heels says:

    @birdie — You’re absolutely correct! However, I have been getting a lot of comments lately from people who nitpick at EVERYTHING that I thought I might as well label it a stereotype. 😉

  3. Peggy says:

    I am Korean as well and think that shirt is hilarious! I would buy it in a second!

  4. mindy says:


  5. nancy says:

    hahaha love this!

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