When Big Bang won Worldwide Act, when Girls Generation (SNSD) got on the front page of youtube, when Wonder Girls debuted in America*, negative comments flooded the wall. “Who the hell are they?” “Are they even famous?” “Why are they here?” How ignorant.
First of all, you’re on the internet. Go google them up.
Second of all, how disrespectful can you be? And it’s obvious it’s because they’re Asian. “Who are these Chinese groups?” Some people need to retake geography and realize China isn’t the only Asian country. Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, Cambodian—they’re not all “the same.”
Open your mind and shut your mouth, because k-pop is gradually taking over the world. I’m not much of a fan as I used to be a year ago. But because they’re finally getting recognition, people spouting racist, ignorant, and disrespectful comments are inevitable. Just because you’re hearing of them just now doesn’t mean they were not popular elsewhere.
K-pop (and J-pop, C-pop) fans, don’t worry about haters putting down your artists/groups. You know yourselves how strong the fanbase is. As long as you’re dedicated and support them, you will be one step ahead of the haters (they have much to learn). ;) just keep supporting your artist, help them take over the world—their faces everywhere— just to piss those haters off (trolol). Anyway, I’m glad to see how many foreign fans these artists have.
It just pisses me off to see someone listening to only mainstream music and put down some artist they never even gave a chance.
(* also, congrats on the comeback, girls!)
On October 7th, Johnny & Associates Inc. announced that two NEWS members, Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo, withdrew from the group on the same day. Yamashita will pursue his solo activities, and Nishikido will focus on his activities in Kanjani∞. Consequently, NEWS will continue their activities with four members: Koyama Keiichiro, Kato Shigeaki, Masuda Takahisa, and Tegoshi Yuya.
Yamashita commented, “It will be a challenge all on my own from now on. There may be inconvenient or hard things which I have never felt before, however, I would like to strive in every project with the precious experiences that I received with NEWS.”
Koyama, who will stay in NEWS, expressed positively, “Although we will be going on different paths, the four members of NEWS will continue the legacy of the eight years we walked together.”
Nishikido, who belonged to both Kanjani∞ and NEWS, revealed that the reason behind his withdrawal was that his schedule adjustments for both groups didn’t work well. He said, “Please continue to support this new NEWS with Koyama, Kato, Masuda, and Tegoshi.”