But thank God, they did focus on an issue that is very important to me: The treatment of Sand People.
Being “made [into] a girlfriend,” while utterly disrespectful, is one of the more benign things Sand People have to deal with–more often it’s having their castles destroyed by small children and/or waves. And don’t get me started on the treatment of Snow People. I mean, get an eyeful of this horror, posted by an animal activist no less!
Anyway, one thing that people have noticed is that the sentiment, “Yeah, Seven Seasons–sue these clowns!” has suddenly turned into a bunch of Korean Tweets asking for “feedback”–which should ring a bell for anyone who witnessed the whole Let’s Boycott Block B stage. I would not be surprised if the people doing the “feedback” requests this time around weren’t the same people doing the “feedback” requests last time–attacking the members under the guise of “defending” them from their label is not a new tactic here.
I also would not be shocked if these people were also the same people who got upset about Block B doing activities abroad, P.O having a hot lady in his video, Zico joking about Nicki Minaj’s ass, U-Kwon posting pictures of his dogs, and now Jaehyo’s sand girlfriend. The common theme of these campaigns always seems to be punishing the members for their “infidelity”–whether it be with non-Korean fans, actual girlfriends, random celebrities, models in videos, or you know, big piles of damp beach sand. It’s no secret that some of these people used to run fan Web sites and Twitter accounts. Obviously, it’s great when people are willing to help out, but it’s a lot less great when they’re helping out with the expectation that they will get paid back, especially when that repayment is expected to come in the form of marriage and eternal devotion.
(You might wonder what kind of people would expect that from Block B, given how open they are about dating. And think we now know the answer: extremely crazy people.)
In any case, we’ve been through this many (many many many) times before. These hate and harassment campaigns tend to be organized by a relatively small number of people who make use of sock-puppet accounts and the like; as a result they don’t tend to have much of an impact unless some actual gatekeeper, like a label, freaks out.
Speaking of labels, will Seven Seasons take these people to court? The thing is, they’ve done it before, and I can tell you from experience that lawyers are very expensive and whatever satisfaction you get out of using them tends to evaporate after you get the bill. Jaehyo may be annoyed, but the money would be coming out of his pocket as well, so he and his label may simply not think it’s worth it to force a bunch of people (who are likely either very young or suffering from significant mental problems) to undertake community service. Or they may think it is. The thing is, fans won’t be picking up the cost, so their input isn’t really meaningful here. No matter how often they request “feedback.”
Question: Is “feedback” the new “Notice Me, Senpai”?
ETA: Jaehyo has started following the hate accounts! Oh, I love that man….