There’s a blog on Tumblr that I’ve noticed called K-Pop Meets Black Women. I liked it for reasons that I’ll get into in a minute, but today someone posted a really upsetting and quite shocking account about how she as a Black K-Pop fan has been treated by other fans. I mean, obviously I knew that Black K-Pop fans get a certain scrutiny that others do not, but WOW.
The whole underlying message is “You don’t belong here,” which (PSA time!) I hope everyone realizes is straight-up bullshit. I guess the little fig leaf for people pulling this kind of shit is that they think it’s not them being racist assholes, it’s Super Junior (or whatever K-Pop group that really didn’t ask to get dragged into this) being racist assholes. I’m sure they even delude themselves into thinking that they’re actually doing Black K-Pop fans–not to mention Koreans!–a favor by explaining that ALL Koreans are backwards horrible hate-filled racist douchebags who have never seen a Black person before in all their lives and will automatically react to Black fans with revulsion and disgust.
They’re very Up With People, you can tell.
I don’t recall seeing any disgust or revulsion at the two Block B concerts I was at, but maybe I’m just not sensitive enough.
Or maybe those people are full of shit.
I do think that part of the motivation is the whole weird crazy fangirl thing of attacking absolutely anyone who could possibly be “competition” for “their” idol. It’s this kind of thing, sent even further ’round the bend with the addition of a large helping of racism. And I’m sure just like with Infinite and the cougar, there’s that fear that if an idol likes a woman who doesn’t look like a particular fangirl, then he won’t like that fangirl.
Which he won’t, but that’s because she’s hateful and insecure, and anyone with a lick of sense avoids her like the plague.
Like they say: Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes straight to the bone.
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Anyway, back in a more innocent phase of my life–i.e. yesterday, or even this morning–I was liking that blog because I felt like it served as a counter to another set of dubious and offensive assumptions: Namely, that if you interact with foreigners, they will do horrible, horrible things to you.
You see that all kinds of places. For example, before I went to Peru, I went poking around the U.S. State Department’s Web site looking for things to frighten me into staying home.
That wasn’t actually why I was there, but that was the effect of reading it–honestly, I think the State Department’s secret mission is to encourage domestic tourism by informing Americans that if they go elsewhere, they will die horribly.
I was getting nervous (I had my elderly mother to think of!), but eventually I came across an “advisory” about how some people went on a boat tour of the Amazon River, and their boat was boarded and held up by a group of gunmen. So, the State Department told me, if I chose to go on a boat tour of the Amazon, I should try to make sure that gunmen didn’t board and rob it.
For the record, I live in a state with very lax gun laws, in the United States, a country with very lax gun laws. You know where I’m most likely to get held up by gunmen? IN MY OWN HOME.
Screw it, I decided. If I’m going to be held up by gunmen, I’m at least going to do it someplace cool.
And lo and behold, Peru was fine! It’s not like every last person was OK, but the percentage of people who were not OK there was certainly no higher there than it is here.
This kind of FUD gets thrown about with particular enthusiasm toward women. Don’t go here! They treat women like crap! Don’t go there! They’ll rape you! Stay at home, where that kind of thing never happens!
They’ll even tell women to not go hiking and camping! Why not? Because (get this) BEARS will be attracted to your menses and EAT YOU.
Of course. Because when there are no foreigners handy to threaten you with, there are always BEARS.
Do you know how I spent my teen years? Menstruating about BEAR COUNTRY with my sister and mother. Did we see many bears? Yes. Did they eat us? Strangely enough, no.
Maybe they just didn’t like white women. Maybe they were racist, foreign BEARS.