#FanEtiquette What You Should NOT Do When Meeting Your K-pop Idol
With his upcoming solo album and activities, it seemed as is he was on his way to surpassing the rest of his bandmates and becoming one of his label, S.
But then came a scandal that seemed to curtail his chances at his goal. In August, it was his own bandmate, Onew, who was accused and found guilty of sexual harassment.
The backlash was brutal. Fans of the band as well as Korean Netizens demanded Onew be removed from the group. Some even lashed out at the entire band, asking for an entire boycott. Whatever the case, pressure and overall dissatisfaction recently started to snowball.
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He wanted to do better but felt like he was lacking talent. Indeed, the pressures of stardom is very real in the South Korean entertainment industry. Not only do stars have to maintain their popularity, they have to fight their way in an extremely crowded field, one where there are hundreds of pop stars at any given moment with thousands of trainees training under dozens of agencies.
And these kids have to deal with this for years. To have to act cute because the audience loves it. You are not your own person. You cannot dictate your own feelings. You are not in control of your body. People see the grand finale and think it looks like an easy life. So you hold it in. Indeed, mental illnesses are a career-ender for many a star, an understandable reason so many hide their struggles altogether as the repercussions are real.
According to Joo Han, the deputy director at the Asian American Federationa non-profit based in NYC, there have been multiple studies pointing how mental illness in Asian communities come with pejorative connotations.
Jessica Pae, a clinical psychologist based out of Denver agrees.
It obviously takes a toll on their mental, emotional and physical well-beings. And we as fans need to acknowledge that these human-beings are flawed, have real emotions, and should be able to readily express them. Something needs to change in the Korean pop system and it starts with the fanbase. Though each of us have our own morals, Americans will set aside their beliefs and opinions to objectively enjoy the music. Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus both had very poor reputations at their prime, but both managed to still pull success from their albums.
Because they just made unique and authentic music. Freedom and independence is prized. Many Kpop idols like the idea that they can take a few risks but still earn respect through their music.
It seems appealing from across the globe just like Kpop seems appealing to the west. Those who want to date and start a family while still making music may find America to be freer. Last, those who want their popularity to last more than a few years may be tempted to break into the American market, hoping they achieve huge success. In Korea, kpop idols are lucky to last after reaching 30 years old. Labels want to give Asians the respect that is long over-do in the west.
All of these things will help Kpop labels get more money in the long run. Kpop artists have to promote themselves differently in the US than they do in Korea. The internet is the perfect way for Kpop labels to reach out to America and promote their artists.
Back to top 4 Fans Are Monstrous Kpop fandoms are monstrous in two different ways: When it comes to supporting idols, fans pour out a lot of money into the genre.
For international fans, shipping costs for purchasing albums can be very expensive. Merchandise is expensive, too. Korean fans have up-front access to merch and do a lot to include outside fandoms when it comes to organizing events. They pour a lot of money into their artists even in Korea!
It seems like a lot of work for some music, but fans do this so that their favorite idols can keep making music. Idols are also very gracious and show a lot of love and thankfulness to fans. Having a fandom name and fan color are common traits of Kpop groups. Korean internet cafes such as Daum and other fan websites helped in promoting the idea that each idol should have a name to call their followers and a color for all of them to wear.
Being humble and gracious is very important in Korea. This is one of the reasons international fans have fallen in love with the genre. Everyone seems to be trying to be polite even as they perform. Fans really do seem to worship idols on the surface. Still, fans can also be the worst people in the world. Still, they influence the course of Kpop and the longevity of idols.
This is why they try hard to appeal to as many people as possible. Still, idols are imperfect humans that have personal lives. Some fans live in such a Kpop bubble, they often forget that their idols have personal lives and are humans. But sometimes the fans can be a little extreme. Their goal is to get as many followers and fans as possible. Fans are very critical and hard on idols because they do expect the best, almost perfection.
These idols do often look really polished and perfect on stage. I guess they give the false impression that they are perfect. Some fans have also invested their egos and money in these groups and want their favorites to tromp out competition. Some even expect idols to perform sick! Having a vacation is associated with laziness. Fan-idol abusive relationships are common and fans hardly feel like they are wrong in this regard. I guess because so many fans buy heavily into the industry, they expect their biases to pay exclusive attention to them and fulfill every wish fans desire.
And with so much attention, the bigger you are, the more people you have to criticize you. Kpop has more fans now; that means more haters, too. This means they will like this group no matter what that group releases just because they may be in love with many other releases or attributes. Sometimes, these same fans will refuse to support other groups, no matter how talented they are.
Usually, each member of a group gets their own fandom A fandom name may not be present unless an artist goes solo. This makes it harder on other members of the group who have a hard time shining. Still, fans will usually support the whole group despite their favorites.
Most Kpop idols are presented that way by their labels and management team. They are all marketed as cute and dorky, even the male idols at times. Romantic songs really bring in the ladies. And Kpop idols are almost always extremely attractive. This is the main marketing strategy of most labels. Knetizens, netizens, or Knetz is the slang word used to describe Korean citizens who use the internet and Korean internet community websites to build or break idols.
Korean fans obviously have a lot of power over K-idols. First off, they are closer to Kpop in proximity. Second, their culture and opinions more directly influence idols because idols have the same values as most all Koreans.
If Knetz like an idol, the idol will stay afloat in their groups. If Knetz dislike an idol, expect that idol to be dropped from the group, no matter how many international fans still exist.KPOP IDOLS VS LUCKY FAN - FUNNY MOMENTS
Some get along great; others are very hard on one another. Much of it has to do with culture clash. Though many international fans like Kpop, their tastes may be different from Knetz based on culture. What westerners will support, for example, may not be supported by Koreans, which affects sales and chart rankings within the country.
Some are so dazzled by Korean pop that they forget that Korea is a country all its own with its own laws and ways of living. International fans may find them to be petty in comparison to other fandoms around the world. Mutually, some netizens dislike when international fans criticize their culture and wish they would respect the fact that Kpop is a Korean art first and foremost.
Knetz Explain Why They Dislike International Fans Some Knetz are so hard on international fans that they make it difficult for them to get invited on music shows the shows that usually promote the artists, more on this later. Of course, the music shows themselves are selective when it comes to who they choose… International fans are equally hard on Knetz.
Whenever there is a scandal or whenever a song bombs on the charts, international fans are quick to criticize fans who live in Korea. But Korean fans feel that international fans always try to decide what is right for their industries, when their industries have been doing fine without international inclusion.
Knetizen is a word hardly used positively by international fans when describing Korean fans. But in Korea, these matters are taken seriously. Suddenly, Knetz and international fans will unite against that individual. Yes, studies have shown that many Kpop fans are of college age and up.
This is why many labels are now starting to debut their groups much later and this helps older groups continue their success even after 30!
As Kpopstarz pointed out: Though most of the material was originally marketed to tweens and teens, the last generation that fell in love with Kpop have grown up with their favorite idols and have gotten into the newer idols. Most of the fanbase consists of females. The content of Kpop is usually created to appeal to them.
Males make up a smaller portion, but they exist. The girl groups have attracted a large number of males overseas. The differences in the way Korean fans support their favorite artists and the way international fans support them comes down to how each fandom looks at Kpop. These differing views affect the way artists are supported. Korean variety shows can make artists even bigger and Korean fans watch these shows firsthand.
They know that whoever they support in their country will become a major idol and they know competition is fierce to get into the Kpop world. Still, who is worthy of that attention may be baffling to international fans at times…More on this subject will come in the following sections.
Despite the differences, fans can come together when it matters most. While both fandoms can be monstrous, they all help in keeping Kpop a global deal.
The biggest music programs are not to be confused with variety shows or other music programs that promote artists. No, these music shows are a much bigger deal. First off, most of them have voting ceremonies.
These voting ceremonies contribute to the overall prestige of an idol group or soloist. These music shows mostly show performances, are hosted by other idols, and, at the end, give out trophies and other rewards for winners. The performances on these shows are really just for show. Music chart rankings, physical albums sales, digital album sales, search engine results, Youtube views, overall popularity based on previous albums or promotions, broadcasting views, votes both online and on music shows, among other things.
You see why they are a big deal? No matter what fans say, these shows decide the success of debuts and comebacks. They mean a lot to the idols as well as the fans. The main music shows are M! Countdown, Inkigayo, Music Bank, Show! Music Core, and Show Champion. The Show is also climbing up there. Some of these shows are bigger than major awards shows though the Melon awards are known to be a big deal!
This is why fans invest so much in the promotion of their favorite idols. Each of these shows have their own ranking: Being one of the older shows, they have changed their criteria over the years. Just in the past four years, they have been changing.
They go back and forth with their ranking system. Here is what it last looked like: As you can tell, most of the rankings are predetermined before the shows even begin. That might be part of the reason rankings have changed or shows have completely gotten rid of the ranking system… These music shows have come under fire on several occasions. There is a lot of controversy regarding them. It got so bad, Inkigayo got rid of their ranking system in only to bring it back the following year. Music Core has also been back and forth with their ranking system, taking it out and bringing it back in again.
Kpop artists made tons more money back then than they do now. In fact, all pop artists made more money around the world because people actually bought hard copy albums. They capitalized and promoted the ones they already had. Music Bank and Inkigayo were the only two that really existed back in ! Countdown came in when I really got into the genre. The shows are basically a popularity contest.
There is a certain pride that comes from winning these awards, even if the idols remain humble about it. The system is political.
First off, being a part of a fanclub gives you automatic prestige with these shows. This is the one thing that bothers me about these shows. Trying to get into these music shows to see your favorite idols is very difficult.
To get a ticket faster, you must be a fanclub member. Tickets are distributed to fanclub members who have the most merchandise. What does this mean? This is another reason why adult fans have more power and influence in the Kpop world, as well as rich little princes and princesses. Money is power in this case. This also means that the same people who have always gotten tickets will more than likely continue to get tickets unless they stop supporting the group, meet their match with someone who can hurry and purchase as many items, or lose their income.
They choose fans with the most merchandise because during broadcasting they want to show the fans with the products on live television. This is why fans pour so much money into these idols and also why pride has been invested in it as well.
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On the flip side, they are rewarding those who show the most support. It is good for business because it encourages fans to buy things. This is why hard copies are still relatively sold in Korea though streaming may also be important for getting in these shows. International fans will have an even harder time getting into these music shows.
Everything is in Korean, so reading everything could be a challenge. Brush up on your Korean! Some fanclubs require fans to have both the physical copy and proof of downloading in order to get invited to the music shows.
After all, these music programs rank idols based on these sales. So, most times, international fans are left out of the loop. Many fans can purchase hard copies and merchandise, but the expenses are ten times more for international fans than for Korean fans.
Shipping and taxes eat international fans alive. Still, some international fans try to buy what they can. They especially look forward to global tours where they can buy merchandise in their own backyards!
But this makes music shows very exclusive to well-paid Koreans. After they get in all the Kpop fans who have purchased merch, they bring in those who are a part of the fanclub which is verified with a membership card.
After that, everyone else is welcome to stand in line after the main tickets have been distributed.