One would think that if an idol group member was driven to so much emotional shock and pain that they were admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with stress induced mental trauma (reports say a minor type of schizophrenia), that even the most hardcore of netizens would back the fuck off.
Yeah … about that.
Is anyone actually surprised to hear that it’s exactly the opposite? Netizens have kicked their hatred up a notch after hearing about P.O.‘s diagnosis, and have teamed up with the media in claiming that Brand New Stardom and Block B fans are making up the death threats and suicide petitions being made about the group in order to gain sympathy.
Anyone that gives a shit about rookie groups could tell you that Brand New Stardom is the weakest and poorest company out of all of the boy group debuts (remember Cho PD almost taking out loans?). Additionally, they are the least experienced with marketing and the media.
Would they seriously admit the youngest member of the group into a hospital for psychiatric help as a media ploy? Doubtful. Even if they wanted to, there’s no way they are smart enough to pull it off effectively.
So just how bad are the netizen comments?
Well, you can see for yourself.
These are a few comments that have been compiled by fans and netizens to prove that there were indeed death threats being made, regardless of what the media is trying to sway the public to believe.
“For doing their interview like that, Block B and their fans should all just jump off a cliff.”
“Who cares about him shaving his head, they’re better off just killing themselves. No one will know when they die anyway because they’re such nobodies.”
“Every morning I check to see if Block B committed suicide. No news yet…”
“Go jump off the Han River. Nah… don’t do that, they’ll pollute the river then.”
“I’ll donate $6 to funeral services if the leader commits suicide.”
“Get your smelly asses out of my screen, you trash. I’ll stick a gas tank up your hole.”
“Let’s rip their bodies up and send it to Thailand as our apology.”
“If they’re really sorry, they shouldn’t show it by shaving their heads but by shaving their brains with a chain saw.”
Sorry conspiracy theorists, there’s no gimmicks or media manipulation there.
I think it’s safe to say that it’s not Block B that’s humiliating the nation, but rather the netizens, who are ironically doing it for them.
How many international fans even had a significant reaction to Block B’s interview? Yes, I can understand Thailand was upset, but the reaction otherwise doesn’t seem to be severe. Yet their continued apologies, brought on by the continued hate from the netizens, has gotten back to international fans, and it’s not going over well with most of them. It’s rare that netizens from other fandoms will come over and show sympathy for what’s going on, but that’s exactly what is happening, which should clue you in to the insanity of the situation.
What will it take for netizens to realize that they’re doing more damage to Korea than Block B did? I guess we’ll never know, especially since shit like this cycles over and over again each year, like with Tablo and Tajinyo.