With KPop continuing to grow exponentially each year in its fanbase, it’s unfortunately not surprising that we are hearing of more and more instances where fans were unable to control themselves and behaved in an inappropriate manner.
While this is also saddening it is the price we must pay for the growth of this amazing musical culture.
Well we here at KMusic thought maybe there was a little something we could do about this situation; pooling our vast experience and age *cough* we have decided to offer some pointers, a guide if you will, to appropriate fan behavior. Each week we will look at different aspects, reactions or concepts surrounding KPop and help the fans understand and learn what is and isn’t acceptable behavior.
Weather you are just finding KPop or have been a fan for years, sometimes there are things that need to be explained. It could be a cultural thing, an age thing or maybe just an experience thing but as a fan there are some truths that you need to accept and swallow as soon as possible.
This may sound harsh but we don’t want you want to end up seeing a therapist about your unrealistic relationship with this amazing creature across the ocean from you so we’re trying to help.
**editor’s note: I am a believer that everyone has a chance with the person of their dreams so this is not to say that there’s any reason you won’t ULTIMATELY end up with that gorgeous creature**
This is a guide to help both the fans and the idols who have to interact with said fans. We’re not experts, heck we all slip up from time to time but these are the things we try to live by.
Gonna start us off nice and easy and hopefully with one that the majority of fans should have already realized, but well we know that’s not the case.
What you see is not always what you get!
Sounds pretty straight forward and fairly common sense, right? Unfortunately a lot of fans seem to suffer from a case of “rose-tinted glasses”. Oppa is not that perfect beast that is in front of the camera, sorry. Unnie is not always the nicest girl in the room. I know it’s hard to swallow. What we are presented 90% of the time in regards to our idols on broadcasts and in concert is a perfectly rehearsed persona that their company has decided is what we get to see.
I would say if we, as fans, got to really know our favorite idols, we might actually be very disappointed.
Now it’s not a 100% the case and it’s a good chance the persona we are presented is pretty close to their own, or we would have more idol actors. Of course you also have idols like Heechul and Jay Park who really don’t care what people think and are probably a 110% themselves.
It’s when unfortunate situations like EXO‘s Kris and Luhans lawsuit’s against SM Entertainment and more recently Tao‘s lawsuit or C.A.P from Teen Top claiming if he had a daughter that he would ‘beat her, and not let her go outside‘ and too many more misspoke comments that provide a deeper look into an idols true personality to list.
Situations like 2PM‘s Nickhun‘s dunk driving accident and Daniel from DMTN‘s marijuana scandal also make fans realize that their idols are human and make mistakes too. I know, blasphemy!
It may not be the reality you want but it’s the reality your faced with. Just because everyone seems to get along on-screen, preach one thing, act a certain way or only do certain things does not mean when there is no cameras around, their hanging with their school chums or family that is how they act.
Brace yourselves ladies and gents to be at some point in your fan career faced with the unexpected reality of your idol being imperfect. I hope when you are finally forced to confront this that like a good healthy-minded fan you already were aware of your “heart’s desire” being an imperfect being.
Edited by: LeighDarling