BTS Jungkook‘s new collaboration single “3D” featuring American rapper Jack Harlow is out now.
While it was highly anticipated, the song has been met with mixed reactions, primarily due to Jack Harlow’s verses.
i have never physically recoiled from a bts song the way i did when i heard jack harlow’s verse
— rayna⁷ (@nycnamjoon) September 29, 2023
jack harlows verse pic.twitter.com/wd33XLXl63
— jimin slime bouncy⁷ (@kikikittyoon) September 29, 2023
that feat was a miss for me ngl
— Lenika Cruz is on book lea(V)e (@lenikacruz) September 29, 2023
ARMYs were caught off guard the moment Jack Harlow’s verse began as it included Jungkook’s name. Some thought it was fire, while others thought it was weird and cringe.
I’m on my Jung Kook, take a chick off one look
And when they get took, they don’t ever get untook (What?)
When I seen that body, you would think it was a dead body
The way I told my boys, “Come look”
I used to take girls up to Stony Brook
And steal they hearts like some crook, true story
Now when I hold somebody’s hand, it’s a new story
— Jack Harlow, “3D”
JACK HARLOW’s “i’m on my jungkook, take a chick off one look” OMGGG!!! pic.twitter.com/ta3yMcKwM6
— moni⁷ (ꪜ) 𖠌 (@taeisthv) September 29, 2023
“i’m on my jungkook take a chick off one look” pic.twitter.com/OcbjNLXuQV
— emily⁷ (@DlS_3ASE) September 29, 2023
“I’m on my jungkook” what does that mean jack
— tay (tae)⁷ ³ᵈ (@kimgayism) September 29, 2023
Still, this was the least concerning of all Jack Harlow’s lines.
In one of Jack Harlow’s verses, he talks about the number of women he has because “one girl is too boring.” He says, “Now you wh*ring,” but he is talking to himself. Still, this rubbed people the wrong way because even if he isn’t referring to the women as wh*res, having multiple women (with even a long line behind him in the MV) felt objectifying to many women listeners.
I had one girl (One girl), too boring
Two girls (Two girls), that was cool for me
Three girls, damn, dude’s horny
Four girls, okay, now you whorin’
(Hey, hey, hey) Hey, I’m loose
I done put these shrooms to good use
I done put my city on my back
And the world know my name, I’m the truth
— Jack Harlow, “3D”
“I had one girl too boring
Two girls, that was cool for me
Three girls, damn dude’s horny
Four girls, okay now you wh0ring”
THIS PART TOOK ME OUT pic.twitter.com/Wrrk8iI7j0
— K⁷ ʟᴀʏᴏ(ꪜ)ᴇʀ (@tksovers) September 29, 2023
The line that has sparked the most controversy is the line before this in which Harlow says, “All my ABGs get cute for me.”
Some listeners were confused about what “ABG” meant. So, they looked it up, and Google defined it as “Arterial Blood Gas,” so they were even more puzzled by this.
I like the song, but the other guy lines? A big no no for me. Just saying pic.twitter.com/OxC5syDFpv
— mhax⁷ ¹⁰ (slow) (@CRIScake__) September 29, 2023
Just found out ABG is not arterial blood gas
— littlemeowida⁷ ⟭⟬ ⟬⟭ ∞ ʟᴀʏᴏ(ꪜ)ᴇʀ (@littlemeowidaD2) September 29, 2023
Yet, Asian listeners were well aware of its true meaning in the song’s context. It is an acronym for “Asian Baby Girl.”
Many found Jack Harlow’s use of “ABG” problematic, calling it derogatory and offensive. They pointed out its historic origins and how it shouldn’t be used lightly.
abgs are southeast asian gangsters and it’s origins are derogatory/classist it does not mean hot asian girl
— madele ˚₊· ͟͟͞͞➳❥ ‧͙⁺˚*･༓☾ (@madeleboo) September 29, 2023
Jack using the derogatory term “ABG” in the main version is VERY problematic…
Term info: pic.twitter.com/oFZCW5QIvY
— Rachel Amalia (@RachelAmalia1) September 29, 2023
Some defended the “ABG” term, saying that it’s now been reclaimed, and many find pride in self-identifying it. So, they were not offended by it.
do i need to give my two cents on abg too like its an aesthetic that a lot of southeast asian girls (like me) have reclaimed as a way of going against the stereotypical “submissive and obedient” expectations society always has towards asian girls
— 3D (@koomilkk) September 29, 2023
Still, most had issues with it, especially as it came from a White man’s mouth. Also, no actual “Asian Baby Girls” were featured in the music video. So, it felt odd to include such a lyric.
that abg line kinda irked me…like u a white man saying that on an asian man’s song that’s not…
— mylo is celebrating joonie (@JIMINSPOGOSTICK) September 29, 2023
no bc who tf was jack harlow calling abg when there was not a damn asian girl in that vid pic.twitter.com/qEd5SGI0af
— dani⁷ is missing jungkook in 3D (@likesbangtan) September 29, 2023
many an ABG was uttered… but nary an ABG was seen pic.twitter.com/InayJtV4lF
— momo rest (@guacamomole) September 29, 2023
he must be singing about jungkook being the ABG cause I didn’t see any Asians in that lineup from the MV lmaooooooooo pic.twitter.com/Uo4304N66b
— trinh ⁷ ⟭⟬ (@trinhers) September 29, 2023
A lot of people were uncomfortable about both the “ABG” and “dead body” lines, so much so that they just didn’t like Harlow’s verses at all. So, there are ARMYs who are opting to listen to the Alternate version of “3D.”
also jacks “dead body” and “abg” lines caught me off guard
— army film club (@0613frames) September 29, 2023
tbh I don’t really like Jack’s part
1 girl is boring & he insinuates he uses wh0res sounded like your stereotypical western male celeb not for mee, sorry
I really love Jungkook’s parts though I prefer this alternate version pic.twitter.com/hBBZN6IwKa
— ♡ ³ᴰStefanie⁷ ♬♡ (@StefanieBe_) September 29, 2023
are we hyping up a white man rapping about abg’s and dead bodies and body counts??? really?? https://t.co/zwd28mGLPg pic.twitter.com/VUlz8to0Gy
— manu (@jugkookies) September 29, 2023
On the other hand, ARMYs had nothing but praise for Jungkook. While they felt Jack Harlow’s lines were objectifying toward women, they appreciated that Jungkook’s lyrics emphasized the importance of consent.
the sexiest line in this song is actually jungkook’s “so if you’re ready and if you’ll let me” CUZ CONSENT!!! IS!!! SEXY!!!!
— jin thee stallion in a skirt ³ᴰ (@herwithluv) September 29, 2023
“so if you’re ready (and if you’ll let me)” jungkook knows consent is SEXY
— lex⁷ (@prodK0YA) September 29, 2023
like jungkooks part was NOT objectifying, none of what he said was objectifying, BUT JACKS VERSE talking abt having multiple women like theyre fucking collectibles and using terms like ABG and telling the boys to “come look” like are yall fucking dense or what??
— alli⁷ (@eyeamtiredf) September 29, 2023
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