K-pop and I have a long history together. Believe it or not, I was once very much enthralled by the whole scene. Even with my current cynical views on Korean pop music, I will certainly admit that the industry gets it right sometimes, providing for some very entertaining and innovative listening experiences.
My attitude towards the K-pop scene now? Well, it’s a different story than it was before, thanks mainly to a group I label: K-Pop Supremacists.
Now I consider myself an intelligent and logical individual, so given the appropriate evidence, I come to my own conclusions, which sadly is more than can be said about K-Pop Supremacists, a group that sadly seems to grow by the day.
You know what I’m talking about, because even K-pop fans grow annoyed with the legions of the delusional from time to time, right? K-Pop Supremacists are the fans that will defend their oppars and unnirs to their fucking graves (and probably beyond). They’re the ones that will go tit for tat with you in every argument, touting how K-pop is so fucking innovative, different, and great. They’re the ones that will cringe when you turn on the radio to listen to the latest Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Adele, or Eminem song.
You know what? Fuck ‘em.
I don’t know if it’s because of K-pop’s “increasing influence” around the world or because I’ve just starting being more observant, but it seems to me that there’s a lot more of these K-Nazis around these days.
I cannot tell you how many times I have instantly regretted asking someone I’ve just met what type of music they listen to. When the answer is “K-Pop”, the conversation almost always instantly precipitates into the following generic mold:
A: “So, what kind of music do you listen to?”
A: “Oh, cool, I listen to some K-pop. Anything else?”
B: “No, just K-pop.”
A: “Really, no American music at all?”
B: “Of course not. American music is all trash. Too much about getting drunk, high, and laid. K-pop is so much better! The artists are more talented, and they are passionate about their music, and…”
Honestly, I have stopped trying to reason with people like this. I usually just stop listening and try desperately to change the subject away from how SNSD‘s YoonA is so talented and works so fucking hard all the time, or about how that scrawny douchebag Jay Park is soooooooooo hot, or about how the Wonder Girls have become a world-fucking-wide phenomenon.
The fact of the matter is, there is no reasoning with these people, because like all other radical cult groups, they are firmly rooted in the delusional belief that they are 100% right. What’s even more discouraging is the insistence that they are somehow more “cultured” and “open-minded” merely because they listen to non-Western music. The pure level of hypocrisy and bigotry is astounding.
So please, please, please, while you enjoy your K-pop, don’t become one of these assholes. Don’t become a … K-Pop Supremacist.