[Hi there! So, in the original version of this post, I ripped into two people for something they were saying on a forum that I felt was not founded on fact. I used to be a reporter, and the quality of K-Pop coverage is really, really terrible, and it that’s been upsetting me for a while now. So I went off about it. But the thing is, the two people involved were not professional journalists or anything of the sort–they were just two people having a talk online.
And I was vaguely aware at the time that it’s not really right to treat civilians like soldiers, so I didn’t link back, and I blotted out their names. However, other people on that forum figured out what was going on, and linked to here with a great big HOLY MOSES LOOK AT THIS LADY LOSING HER SHIT!!!
And the two people who I ripped into saw it and were upset by it, as they had every right to be.
So, I would like to apologize to them for any hurt or embarrassment I caused. It was inappropriate of me to treat your conversation as though it were something that appeared as a feature in a publication.
But what about those poor souls who came over here seeking invective? Will no one think of them?!?
Sure…here’s the rest of the angry, angry post, which is about something that did appear as a feature in a publication!]
EXAMPLE B OF HOW TO LIE LIKE YOU ARE TELLING THE TRUTH: KNOWING LESS THAN NOTHING FOR FUN AND (MOST IMPORTANT) PROFIT
Oh, wait, you thought this was over?
Let’s spare a very special fuck you for the eternally-deserving for-profit “news” site AllKPop, which posted a less-than worthless original opinion piece about a week ago. It contained this gem about Bastarz’ “Conduct Zero” video:
Although the teaser that they released had some touchy scenes in it, the group avoided controversy by cutting out all the parts with the half-naked Geishas.
Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. Haaaaaah.
One the realities of being a reporter at a newspaper is the, in most cases, the people who write what appears on the Op-Ed page of the same newspaper won’t actually bother to read what you have painstakingly reported and written for the News page. Instead, they usually pull some completely uninformed opinion out of their ass.
Which is why I, like many current and former journalists, don’t read opinion pieces–I can provide myself with my own thoughtless, knee-jerk opinions, thank you very much.
But what is so very special about this particular opinion piece is that the person obviously did read the English-language K-Pop news, and is about as well-informed as one might expect as a result.
And I’m saying this not only because HalfNakedGeishaGate was not even remotely a real scandal in Japan or Korea, but because Bastarz did not actually avoid controversy with the “Conduct Zero” video.
Having a 19+ video? YES, thoroughly uninformed AllKpop opinion piece writer, THAT DOES COUNT AS CONTROVERSY IN KOREA.
Instead focusing on the half-naked Geishas because some dumbfucks on Pann told them to, the Korean government and media focused on half-naked women and the blood and gore that appear in the final video. And they found that “touchy”! So much so that not only did the video get a 19+ rating, but there was actually some critical Korean media coverage of Bastarz that focused on Seven Seasons’ handling of the 19+ video on YouTube! (Seven Seasons: Uh, you know that the Korean law doesn’t apply to international sites? You don’t care? Uhhh . . . I guess we’ll classify it as “adults only” on YouTube. Happy now?)
So, yeah–way to have your finger on the pulse of the Korean gestalt there, opinion writer! Telling readers that Thing A was SO VERY controversial, and completely missing the fact that Thing B actually generated controversy and had consequences! You might have contemplated the question of why one must register as an adult on YouTube in order to watch the “Conduct Zero” video, but that would involve thinking, so fuck that.