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Funny, but then serious

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This was mentioned in the comments over on Asian Junkie, and the ending especially made me laugh out loud.

I’m actually a little confused by who, exactly, is angry at him for liking BTS, because at first I thought it was BTS haters, but listening to it carefully, I think it’s BTS fans who don’t like the fact that he likes the group? Or maybe something else–I can’t really follow the logic, and I’m not sure I want to.

But the video brings up something I’ve seen expressed before by the dumber K-Pop SJWs: The notion that you can’t be racist to white people. Another variation is that you can’t be racist if you’re not white–which is an especially exciting idea for the Korean fetishists, because (News Flash!) it turns out that Koreans! are! not! white!

Of course all that’s silly, anybody can be racist to anybody. (On the other hand, it annoys me when white Americans encounter racism and act like it’s some incredibly significant event–you know, because they’ve never experienced it before! Everybody deals with racism, and it’s always unpleasant, but if you’re white in the United States, at the end of the day you’re still one-fifth as likely to be incarcerated as a Black American and your family has, on average, ten times the wealth of a Black family. Have a sense of proportion.)

My main annoyance with this notion, however, is that it is the massive dumbing-down (by some massively stupid SJWs) of a very important idea: That there is individual racism and institutional racism, and that these are two forms of racism that present very differently.

Individual racism is what probably jumps to mind when you think of racism–slurs, denying someone employment because of their race, etc. A person might deny that they’re racist, but they’re lying and they know it–they are knowingly acting in a way specifically designed to hurt people of certain races.

Institutional racism doesn’t necessarily look like racism at all, and the people who are actually enforcing it may not hold racist beliefs, or even have the slightest idea that they’re promoting racism!

Say that you are a police officer–a proud African-American police officer, even. You are assigned to an African-American neighborhood, where you go right to work, issuing summonses, arresting criminals, and generally doing your darnedest to enforce the law.

Eventually a study comes out showing that Blacks in the city where you work are far more likely than whites to be arrested for the crimes that whites commit much more often.

Oh, shit! What happened?

No one is patrolling the white neighborhoods. The only time the police show up there is if somebody calls them up and asks them to.

All that hard work you’ve been doing? Whoops! Sorry! You are part of the problem!

If you ask your supervisors why you (and every other police officer) were assigned to an African-American neighborhood and not a white one, they will pull out records pointing out that crime (as measured by all those arrests you made) in your assigned neighborhood is high. Crime–as indicated by arrests–in the white neighborhoods that are never patrolled by police is low. Your “race blind” supervisors were concentrating police resources in high-crime areas, without much thought as to how those areas came to be defined as “high-crime” to begin with.

Institutional racism is almost always “race blind,” which actually makes it a lot more difficult to weed out than if your police department was headed by some Bull Connor type who couldn’t go five minutes without bragging about all he has done for the cause of white supremacy.

And that’s just one way institutional racism can operate. The vast majority of civil rights activists in the United States have come to accept the idea that combating every incident of individual racism, no matter how trivial, should not be nearly as high a priority as identifying and rectifying institutional racism, which tends to impact many more people more significantly. Because whites in the United States still control a disproportionate amount of money and power, and because historically racism was quite acceptable in the United States, institutional racism typically benefits whites–even though it’s supposed to be doing something else, like fighting crime, preserving property values, or preventing voter fraud.

Or preventing people from voting for Obama.

Saying that you can’t be racist to someone who is white is the idiot’s version of this. It’s taking the ideas that 1. individual racism aimed at whites isn’t so significant that it deserves to be a huge policy focus, and 2. institutional racism in the United States does not target whites, and then passing it through a brain that struggles to comprehend those new 280-character Tweets.

Here’s a particular nuance that I think it’s important to pay attention to: Institutional racism benefits whoever has the power. In the United States, those people happen to be whites who speak English.

In other countries?

This is why the “Koreans can’t be racist because they’re not white!” thing is so extraordinarily stupid. Not only can Koreans be individual racists, but Korea is 96% Korean. Of course Korean institutions are going to be designed to benefit Koreans.

If a non-Korean can’t fill out a government form because their name has more than three syllables, well, to me, that’s a pretty close cousin to institutional racism. These forms were probably not designed to exclude non-Koreans and damage their interests–in all likelihood, nobody thought about non-Koreans at all. “Language blind”!

It’s not just Korea, either. Lots of countries have weird insider/outsider institutional crap, like hereditary positions, ethnic or religious segregation, and strict restrictions on citizenship. Adopting the dumb American SJW mentality that institutional racism in every place in the world is exactly like it is in the United States contributes to the mentality that racism, bigotry, and discrimination are problems only in the United States.

Racism certainly is a problem in the United States, but guess what? We look for it. Institutional racism flourishes precisely in those situations where nobody (well, you know, nobody who matters) thinks it exists at all.

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Oh, boy

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It’s been, well, interesting to watch people flip out about the news that Zico will be appearing at a Korean hip-hop festival with Migos.

Part of what’s interesting is that this just isn’t big news in the Korea media. It’s a hip-hop festival. Zico is a hip-hop artist. No one is shocked that he’s going to be there. Even the fact that he’s replacing Yuk Ji Dam after her mess wasn’t actually a big story.

But this got reported as a collaboration, which…might be kind of a stretch. As far as I can see (granted, it’s not like I’m fluent in Korean, so I could be missing something), Zico and Migos are just appearing at the same festival, and some of the Korean outlets are hyping it up. Even if Zico and Migos are actually collaborating, there’s nothing to indicate that it would be anything more than this one festival.

But lo! English-speaking K-Pop fans must! make! this! about! who! deserves! it! which is so fucking bizarre–I’d assume that any popular hip-hop artist deserves to perform at a hip-hop festival, but I am kind of simple that way. It’s especially weird in this case, because you would think that any SJW worth their salt would just throw up their hands at this one–has Zico been more offensive to Black people than Migos has to Asians? Is one somehow more homophobic than the other?

Your move, Offset!

But, of course, that assumes that SJWs are actually interested in, you know, social justice, which is rarely the case. This seems a lot more like people trying to prevent Zico from getting anything that remotely appears to be prestige in the U.S. market. That prestige apparently is reserved for one and only one K-Pop group. Even if they use the N word and make colorist jokes. The magic of problematic!

This isn’t helping my SJW trust issues any

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WHY are so many people talking about U-Kwon’s “dreads”?

It’s people who like them; it’s people who don’t. Here is an ENTIRE THREAD objecting to “purple dreads [and] cultural appropriation,” and there’s plenty more out there (most of which I’ve blocked already, because there is only so much stupidity that I can cope with).

In all honesty, if you cannot tell the difference between dreadlocks and BRAIDS (called BRAIDS because the hair is, yes, BRAIDED), then you have absolutely zero credibility. How can you possibly weigh in on a issue that you obviously know nothing–I mean NOTHINGabout?

I don’t pretend to be an expert on Black hair, but come on–I don’t remember ever not being able to tell dreads from braids, and I’m white! It’s like someone trying to weigh in on some issue between Korea and Japan, and they’re Donald Trump they think both countries are a part of China or something.

I’m willing to acknowledge some gray area between dreads and twists (in no small part because people will often insist that what look like dreads are really twists–dreads are sometimes associated with stoners, so “twists” are more professional, even when they’re basically just very neat dreadlocks). I freely admit that when I first saw this:

it took me a second look to realize that these were braids and not some kind of threadlock or something. But you don’t look at this texture:

and think “dreads” if you’ve ever actually seen dreadlocks.

Which means that the people objecting to the “dreads” never have.

And that’s what makes me really skeptical that most of the people objecting to this are people who dislike the whole conflation of Black culture and hip-hop concept that is common in K-Pop. For every person offering plausible logic and the remotest semblance of knowledge, there’s this whole slew of people saying nothing more than, “This hair is ugly, messy, shitty, and thuggish” (…gee, I wonder what makes a hairstyle “thuggish”?), or complaining about the cultural appropriation of a hairstyle that they cannot identify with any accuracy (which is kind of hilarious, really, but still), or being outraged because Koreans are doing something other than pop or because someone hired Black people again.

Now of course, I’m white, and because I’m older and grew up in a racist part of the country, I can be a little paranoid. But the Keep Blacks Out of K-Pop crowd certainly does exist, and of course there’s the fine old assy tradition of classifying behavior by a group you don’t like as “problematic” in hopes of generating scandal. In my opinion, someone complaining about “dreads” when no dreads are to be seen is a person who deserves to have a little suspicion cast their way.

This is why it’s called a FOREIGN country

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Of course the news that Zico will be appearing on one of Taeyang’s songs has lead to some discussion over whether or not Zico deserves such an honor, given his defective character. (Yes. You would perhaps expect Big Bang fans not to play this game, but . . . welcome to K-Pop.)

The specific context isn’t important, though–I want to talk about one particular exchange because it is something that I’ve seen happen repeatedly whenever Zico’s sins are under discussion.

First, some SJW comes up with a list of what he has done that is bad. I’m going to screenshot this one, because (quite possibly for the first time) it is factually accurate. These are things Zico actually has done–most other lists include a lot of fanciful inventions to make him look racist, sexist, or homophobic:

And the other person replies, Oh, but Zico got dragged by K-netz for all that.

That’s a pretty typical reply, regardless of the accuracy of the “Zico is racist/sexist/homophobic” list–whatever it was, K-netz dragged him for it!

But here’s the thing: Zico got dragged by K-netz for none of that. All that stuff upset American fans, but not Korean fans.

Would you like to see the list of things Zico has been dragged by K-netz for?

  • Dating Seolhyun
  • The Thailand scandal
  • Another member of his group wearing clothing with Japanese writing on it during a Korean Independence Day celebration (happy Korean Independence Day, by the way)
  • Kissing a man on Saturday Night Live
  • The rice-pizza scandal

Notice a gap there? No concern about racism; no concern about sexism; no concern about homophobia (quite the contrary, in fact). Case in point: The American controversy over racism and homophobia in “Tough Cookie” was SO big . . . it resulted in a couple of Pann posts explaining to Koreans that it existed. (Kissing a man? Government sanction of the show. No lie.)

Korea is 96% Korean. The use of American slurs or anything that requires knowledge of American history doesn’t have a huge impact there, because Koreans (including the Koreans who do these things) don’t understand–that is not an excuse, that is a fact. This is why you have really weird shit, like Koreans doing the minstrel Michol character, and then saying it wasn’t racist because they didn’t make him that dark.

None of that is the same as saying that Koreans are not capable of understanding that something is offensive and why (and then apologizing, and then having those apologies left off those SJW lists). But it does mean that education is required. It’s simply unrealistic to expect Koreans to have the same intuitive knowledge of what is offensive to Americans that Americans have (just like an American isn’t likely to have the same intuitive knowledge of what is offensive to Kore–Jesus Christ! Did you just give your money to that store clerk with one hand!?).

Education does work though, which I think is something these K-Pop SJWs like to ignore, because then they’ll have nothing to post about. (Other than, you know, shit that actually matters–but that stuff is scary and hard.Show Me the Money never even used to bleep the N-word out of raps; now it’s widely understood among Korean rappers that it’s better to avoid the use of that word (even though they’re not white). It’s an uphill climb, of course: Why would you expect anything else, especially given Korea’s demographics? Korea is a country with a 96% rate of ethnic homogeny trying to remake itself into a multicultural society–that’s not going to happen without a few (more than a few) hiccups.

I just really hate this shit

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OK,  I guess we’ll start with the neutral bit: Mwave reported that Wiz Khalifa will perform with Zico, Crush, and Dean at the MAMAs. You would think that that would be reliable, considering that Mwave and the MAMAs are both run by Mnet, but there doesn’t seem to be anything out there in the Korean news saying who, specifically, Khalifa will be performing with. So . . . maybe not.

Then we’ll jump to something unrelated but funny, because we’re all going to need a laugh in a minute here.

And then back to our depressing subject matter: So, the reason that the Khalifa story came up is that hip-hop and R&B has become more popular in Korea, and as a result, you’re seeing a bevy of Korean/American musical collaborations where many of the American musicians are African American. There’s Khalifa and Timbaland at the MAMAs, there’s Tablo and Eric Nam doing a song with Gallant, and there’s the potential collaboration between Rap Monster and Wale.

And, as night follows day, you’re seeing stuff like this:

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I have a very hard time reading this kind of thing and not feeling like it fits quite nicely into the “keep Black people out of K-Pop” category.

Before you ask, yes, I did see all the “Get that white bitch out of that Bastarz video!” bullshit (and of course a lot of nastiness gets aimed at non-Korean Asians as well). But to me, that kind of thing is sooo painfully transparent and pathetic (“I AM AN INSECURE ASSHOLE!!! WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE OTHER GIRLS AND NOT ME!?!”) that it’s not usually worth remarking on.

What bothers me about the “keep Blacks out!” crap is how much misdirection there is–it’s always about laying the racism on somebody else. I mean, if you can’t distinguish between Wale and the hundreds of millions of other Black people on this planet, and because of Wale’s race, you can’t understand why he might be well-placed to help BTS, then it’s not exactly the fans who are the racist ones, right?

But the hypocritical finger-pointing just goes on. Are you a Korean musician? Do you pay African Americans to be in your hip-hop video? You’re racist! Do you take photos with Black fans? You’re racist! Do you braid your hair? You’re racist! Do you admire certain musicians who happen to be African American? FETISHIST!!!

Of course, if you’re an African American musician, you’re also racist! You have no respect for Korean musicians! You’re just going to Korea for money and/or sex. Plus you take drugs. (People who aren’t Black, in contrast, are never motivated by money, sex, or controlled substances. Especially not if they are celebrities.)

Gee, wouldn’t there be so much less racism–wouldn’t it all just be so much less problematicif all those pesky Black people just . . . stayed out of K-Pop? Went away? Evaporated altogether?

Or you know, maybe you could get that stick out of your ass and try to enjoy the music? Just a thought. . . .

ETA: OK, given the botched collaboration between Taeyeon and Khalifa, and the appalling response of some Taeyeon fans, I have to point out how stupid and counterproductive the racist shit is. African Americans are a more than $1 trillion market, plus they are younger than the average American and therefore have a disproportionate impact on U.S. popular culture.

If you think you are doing a K-Pop idol a favor by locking them out of a $1 trillion market, plus making it far less likely that they will be able to access the even larger mass American market, please please PLEASE wake up.

Things I have learned from SJWs today

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  1. Koreans should never hire African Americans. This is a deeply racist practice that must be stopped. (Brought to you courtesy of the people who think that Korean musicians should never take pictures of themselves with African-American fans.)
  2. If you see a hip-hop music video, and you object to a visual element in the video, the person who only produced the music for the video and had nothing to do with directing the video is to blame.
  3. People who write hip-hop music, no matter how successfully or for how long, know nothing about hip-hop and should stop now.

Your queries: Answered! (Plus bonus hot guys!)

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For whatever reason, I’ve gotten a slew of fairly entertaining search queries recently both here and at BlockB.com (along with the more-frequent “korean gay,” “zico racist,” and “kim kardashian bare ass”), so I thought I’d take a crack at answering some of these burning questions.

Does Taeil have tattoos?

Holy sweet mother of God, YES. There was a time when some of them were not real; that time has long since passed. Watching Taeil these past two years has been like watching a garden grow: His tattoos have spread from his shoulders down his arms to his hands, plus he’s getting more and more on his legs. He’s getting them joined up and having more-elaborate tattoos tattooed over his simpler ones–indeed, it is fair at this point to say that even Taeil’s tattoos have tattoos.

Taeil: Liking tattoos, big time.

Picture of Zico with girls.

The important thing to remember each and every time you see a picture of Zico with a girl is that he is dating that girl. This MUST be true, and there are NO exceptions.

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You might think that that’s a hell of a lot of people to be dating all at once, but Zico and I are just very into polyamory (and effective time management)!

What does “I deep inside of you; I can’t get over” mean?

If you are a native English speaker conversant in 1970s American slang, it means (brace yourself), “My penis is fully inserted into your vagina; I cannot reach sexual climax.”

What were they trying to say? My understanding is that this is a translation of a Korean idiom, and that in Korean, to be deep inside a person means that you are obsessed with them and cannot think about anything else. So it was meant to mean, “I think about you all the time; I can’t move on” or something along those lines.

Translating idioms: Always perilous.

Do Americans think Asians are pretty?

It depends on the American (who may also be Asian), and it depends on the Asian (who may also be American).

Speaking for myself, I have always been very ecumenical in my tastes (with regard to race; with gender, not so much). So there are Asian men who I think are pretty (this will focus on East Asian men; trust me, I can do this with South Asian men or pretty much whatever kind of men you throw at me):

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I used to get so pissed when Archie was not on CSI.

There are Asian men who I think are handsome rather than pretty:

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Your plastic surgeon has much to answer for.

There are Asian men who I think are neither handsome nor pretty, but are attractive to me nonetheless:

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Because he’s funny.

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I…I don’t know why!

And there are Asian men I think are ugly and unattractive. No pictures–I’m getting soft–but I will admit that, although I think he’s an excellent actor and have enjoyed many of his performances, strictly from a looks perspective I never got the big deal over Daniel Dae Kim.

What you need to be careful of are people who think that all Asians are pretty. That typically means that the person is a fetishist who is in love with an idea of what Asian people are like. The main issue with any kind of fetishist is that their idea of what [XXX] people are like usually runs along the lines of “Someone who will have sex with me and support me financially forever even though I am a worthless bastard with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.”

I hope that helps! And thank you for the opportunity to post lots of pictures of hot guys–I don’t usually do that sort of thing, and I’m beginning to understand why Kpopalypse does so many posts about boobs.