We’re having a bit of a Korean K-Pop press vs. English-language K-Pop press divide over the whole Zico dissing his haters story, and I though I’d get into that for a bit.
For starters, I wanted to point out that, although there were English translations coming out on Twitter within a few hours of the performance, the English-language K-Pop press didn’t touch it until almost a day had gone by.
Why not? Because the Korean K-Pop press didn’t touch it until almost a day had gone by, so yeah–the English-language sites are always piggybacking off the Korean, uh, “reporting.”
But why didn’t the Korean K-Pop press cover it when it happened? Well, given their work ethic, I’m going to assume that’s because Zico didn’t Tweet or Instagram it, so they actually had to look something up online or something.
In contrast, today Jun Hyun Moo did Instagram this:
and it got just about as many stories–in the Korean K-Pop press.
So, if you’re wondering again if this sort of thing is representative of the Korean public at large, the answer is still NO. These are a minority of crazy people, and lo and behold, they persevere in their craziness despite the problems it causes them in Korean society.
Indeed, given how this was pretty much a nothing story in Korea but a HUGE story in the international K-Pop media, I think international fans could stand to ponder a bit about who, exactly, are the people who are abnormally obsessed with K-Pop idols’ private lives?
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Another thing that I’ve seen some international fans adopt is the Korean hater line that, if only the couple didn’t do _____, they wouldn’t be receiving all this hate.
For starters, the notion that there’s aaaalllllllllllll this hate out there coming from everybody in Korea has pretty much been debunked given the exposure of organized hate campaigns undertaken by small numbers of people. There’s a reason that most of these hate campaigns come to nothing!
But the other thing is that this is a very, very common line adopted by abusers: If only you would pick up your room, I wouldn’t have to hit you with my belt. If only you weren’t so pretty, I wouldn’t have to follow you around everywhere you go. If only you didn’t act so gay, I wouldn’t have to attack you with a baseball bat.
It’s not Korean culture, and it’s not K-Pop culture: It’s a bullshit excuse concocted by abusive people who don’t want to take responsibility for their own actions.
And there’s not something celebrities can do to avoid this, because the problem is with the haters, not the couple. I mean, I keep seeing Zico/Seolhyun compared to Choiza/Sulli, in spite of the fact that Sulli is still being very actively hated upon. And now people are throwing U-Kwon/Sunhye into the mix–really? Are they supposed to be a couple that hasn’t had these problems? Honestly, Choiza/Sulli and U-Kwon/Sunhye have had enough hate thrown at them to fuel a pogrom–and it doesn’t matter what they do.
People who hate can always find a reason–always. Think about it: Why the fuck should a couple worry about how complete strangers judge the appearance of their relationship? Why is that the most important thing? A relationship is not a performance, and the opinion of outsiders really should not mean much.