As an ex girl groups only fan, I feel that there’s more negativity among their fans than boy groups’. They easily put down other girl groups and boy groups in order to praise their favs, and there’s more fights over who’s the better group. Not to mention claiming that a person is misogynistic if they don’t agree with what they’re saying. I know not everyone is like that, but it’s a behavior I’ve seen way too much and it’s really, really annoying.
It’s funny when certain fandoms try to defend the toxicity of their fandom by saying stuff like “some bad apples don’t represent the entire fandom” because the full original phrase is “one bad apple spoils the whole bin/barrel/bunch.” Like if you’re gonna be all “not all ____!”, at least use a phrase that doesn’t originally mean “yes one bad apple DOES spoil the whole bunch.“
As much as people hate stan Twitter, what we can’t deny is that some really good jokes and memes are born there. My favourite one is kpop fans making cute video edits of their favourite idols with the song “still into you” playing in the background. They’re so adorable, I don’t want the trend to die.
No group has to change their concept just because you personally don’t like it. If Twice, Blackpink, Momoland, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, Lovelyz or Weki Meki come out with the same song thirty times remixed then that’s fine as long as they enjoy it and their fandom enjoys it. You are by no means the one paying their bills so let them do whatever they want. Yes, it’s great to diversify your concept occasionally but no one needs to do it.
I find it ridiculous when people decide they hate a song purely based on the music video/choreography/outfits
When I first got into Kpop I was really surprised to see how many fan discussions completely revolve around the looks of group members. I’m always shocked to see people saying “X member looks so good!” as their main reasoning behind certain comebacks being “legendary”, without even mentioning anything about the music. I wish there was more focus on actual songs.
No matter how someone feels about idols dating, leaving them be its the right thing to do and I agree with condemning/calling out fans that act immature and leave hate comments, but if there is one thing I don’t like is how other fans (esp i-fans) thinks it’s okay to make what are probably young girls feel stupid for being hurt when their attachment for their idols was being exploited in the 1st place. Clowning those that leave a fandom when idols themselves participated themselves in it for $.
People who say stuff like “so-and-so are just as bad as their company for not speaking out and standing up for their co-members/labelmates” obviously have never held a job before.
I feel like Kpop fans are so used to their favourite idols being disrespected in the West, that any little thing that happens to them over there, they take offense. When interviewers, or other non hardcore MX fans call Jooheon “Honey” I see people taking offense b/c they assume they just don’t try to learn his name as if Jooheon didn’t change his stage name. When a server messed up 1 of 4 orders Jisung (NCT) had made when he was in America, many fans felt like it was an act of racism because Jisung’s English was very clear, as if servers (anywhere in the world) don’t be getting orders wrong all the damn time. Like sometimes it’s just not that deep and I wish some kpop fans wouldn’t take certain things so seriously all the time.
Something western fans need to understand is that, unless a group does tours in the west, western fans don’t really bring in much money, or at least not even close to what korean fans do. western fans don’t buy 500 copies of an album and don’t follow the group to every single concert. Watching a mv over and over again isn’t going to do anything to help the groups. There’s no real point for most agencies to try to promote heavily in the west because they know the success bts has is a one-off