Justin Bieber was recently spotted wearing a brand that K-pop stars wear, so there were only two logical reactions to that:
1) Flip out on Justin Bieber for trying to infiltrate/leech off of K-pop.
2) Claim Justin Bieber was influenced by K-pop.
Superstar Justin Bieber is receiving attention for being seen sporting accessories that were made popular by K-pop idols from Korean luxury brand, MCM.
MCM isn’t a Korean brand. It’s a German brand with a Korean CEO that still uses a German designer. It’s not like Justin Bieber was using Skin Food or something.
The photos show Justin Bieber comfortably wearing black and red training wear with a white MCM Stark backpack to match. Bieber was also seen wearing a camel colored backpack of the same brand along with his yellow hat and pink headphones. The backpacks retail for around $900 USD to $1200 USD.
MCM stated, “Justin Bieber is just one of the Hollywood stars who wear our apparel. It is worn at official events as well as for everyday wear.”
Numerous Korean idol group members along with Korean athletes made these items popular as they have rocked MCM’s accessories many times as part of their airport fashion.
So the connection that is trying to be made here is that the Hallyu Wave has even spread to influence America’s top idol.
The problem is that it’s like saying that SNSD endorses Intel, and since Eminem has a computer that uses Intel, SNSD has therefore left an indelible mark on the hip-hop map.
You’re welcome, Korean media, I just gave you your next news story.
Of course, the mouth-breathing sheep in the comments section at allkpop not only ate up the connection between K-pop and Bieber, but then got pissed at Bieber for daring to try to steal off K-pop’s fame.
Yes, whatever will he do without the approval of K-pop fans?
I’ve said this before, but I will never understand the hatred K-pop fans have for him, especially considering that he’s basically in the same category. He’s complete with the “swag coach”, the made-for-TV personality, and all that other nonsense. A manufactured star with passable talent meant to appeal to tweens and make the companies that own him gobs of money … sound familiar?
Most K-pop fans are basically hipster Beliebers anyway (“Do you listen to K-pop? Nah, you’ve probably never heard of it.“), so their comments regarding him effectively spray their own vitriol back on themselves like they were pissing upwind or something.
Exactly how far gone from logical thinking do you have to be?
It’s something I’d prefer not to find out.