I always see people arguing about bts and their popularity and how they’re “better than your faves bc they paved the way” and all that but one thing that I think is different with bts compared to other groups is bts’s song dope got featured in a “youtubers react to kpop” video by the fine brothers which gets a lot of views and is obviously watched by more westerners, people thought the song sounded good and the dancing was impressive so they checked out the group, all those people plus the already fans started hyping up bts and constantly tweeted about them in responses to things that had nothing to do with them, people ended up giving the group a listen to stop all the continuous comments, ended up liking them which made the fan base grow even more, bighit saw this rise in popularity and decided to go with it. When most companies debut a group, they’re only focusing on promotions in Korea, China and Japan so don’t try as hard to promote their groups in countries outside Asia, it just so happened that bts had this tiny bit of help from the fine brothers that got them a tiny bit more popularity in the us and other countries. I’m not trying to bash on BTS, they’re the group that got me into kpop and I still love them dearly but as far as most companies go, they only care about countries in Asia so that’s why other groups aren’t as well known. Just because other groups aren’t as popular in the us doesn’t mean they’re not good and it’s not a bad thing that bts has the popularity that they have and it’s also not a bad thing to Stan multiple groups and support them.
When talking to a former friend about Jooheon, I called him “Honey” which she really didn’t like. She felt like it’s disrespectful for me, and other fans to not take the time to learn his name and say it properly. But first of all, he literally changed his name to JooHoney to make it easier to pronounce since many fans were having trouble, and second of all, I’m sorry but I just can’t pronounce “heon” the proper way.. like, my voice and mouth just lack that ability. Not to mention, Honey is a very cute and sweet name, and I highly doubt he’d be pressed at me taking off the “Joo” and just calling him Honey. I’m tired of fans getting mad on idols behalf. You guys don’t know them or what they’re thinking or feeling, so don’t pretend to.
No hate, but some idols’ teeth are so scary in how perfect they are. It’s just a bit too much especially when the teeth are seem really big. It’s just so unnatural. Some examples are Joy, Jisoo, Momo, and sometimes GG Taeyeon. I just wish they didn’t have to have such obvious fake teeth (I think they’re fake), it’s just so unnatural that everytime they smile, it takes me a while to get over their teeth. I wish such a trivial thing didn’t bother me, but it’s also upsetting that idols life is strongly based on perfection. Having small teeth or teeth are a bit crooked isn’t that a terrible thing.
I felt so uncomfortable watching Twice’s Fancy stage when I saw the kind of outfits the girls had to wear. Some of them were in shorts, but some of them were in really small dresses, and I just don’t understand who thought that was a good idea. Like I’m not that familiar with them, and I only watched the staged because I’d come across a fancam for one of them. And I felt so bad for this one girl in a very short red dress who constantly had to pull her dress down while she danced. I’d definitely not against female idols wearing short and revealing clothing, on or off stage. And I know she had shorts under, but man, even her shorts were short; I actually wondered if they were under there, and then her dress went up so high on her thigh I could see them. It’s just such an impractical outfit for a stage like that. They either need to use double sided tape, or make the dresses a few inches longer. If they’re tight, they’re ride up anyways, but if they’re flared it’ll at least be easier to move in.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand why ARMY hype up their rap line the way they do. They really genuinely think they’re the best in Kpop and almost get offended when people say otherwise. And I guess by Kpop standards they’re really good, but does Kpop even have standards when it comes to rap? I mean the rapper in a lot of groups is usually the person who isn’t good enough to be a main dancer or a lead vocal. If it’s the fact that their rappers rap quickly (which doesn’t make a rap good btw), well TOP/Wooseok can do that. If it’s that they also write their own lyrics sometimes, Mark Lee does too. If it’s about sentimental lyrics, Taeyong does that too. And if it’s about contributing to production of songs, well there’s Changbin for that. Like I really don’t think they’re bringing anything new or interesting to the table. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with thinking they’re the best, but a lot of them really do act like it’s a crime if you disagree.
I really like what Mark Lee said in one of 127’s American interviews. He said that although it’s handy and useful to be able for the group to communicate in English, at the end of the day, they’re a Kpop group, and they’re not trying to change or be anything they’re not to please anyone. I thought that was very important for him to say. Even though as a fandom we sometimes like to clown Mark for his entire existence, he’s very smart, and he’s very thoughtful. What he said needs to be heard and understand not just by NCTzens who always want the members speaking in English or to stop doing “weird” concepts, but by other Kpop fans who always want their faves to speak English or make English songs. It’s also refreshing to see a group acknowledge that they love and enjoy being in America but it’s not their main or biggest goal as artists. Especially when it seems like American domination is something a lot of people want for their favourite Korean groups.
Its very hypocritical that Western fans expect idols who were born and raised in Korea (or other parts of asaia) to be aware of Western Culture but when it comes to Western fans getting to know basic things about Korean culture besides the dating culture then its just none ot their buissnes.
It’s a shame that Wendy ended up doing those horrible impressions because with her talent she could’ve easily become one of the most popular female idols of her generation.
I’m going to need sf9’s chani to stop taking roles like That™ because my heart can’t take it. His role in Signal left me a mess, Click My Heart lulled me into a false sense of happiness only to tear it away, and more recently his role in SKY Castle (real talk though, he is such a talented actor, I’m so proud of him)
as a fellow black woman, i think a lot (not all, and sometimes it is justified!) of fellow black k-pop fans overreact to situations and are too quick to yell out “anti-blackness” when there is no such thing going on, and end up making things a much bigger deal than they are. i’ve seen it happen a lot on this blog lately, and i’m kinda done overall with people yelling racism/anti-blackness over every little thing. this is mostly directed toward other fans rather than idols.