So apparently Bruce Vanderveer is supposed to be relevant or something, even though he’s not very Google-able, attempts to get more information on him generally lead to K-pop news sites first, and the dude barely has more followers than I do.
Whatever though, he’s getting play on the news recently from the K-pop fandom because he said that JYJ‘s Junsu reminds him of Michael Jackson.
Yes, that one.
I’m not writing this because I dislike Junsu or anything, as I actually enjoyed “Tarantallegra“, but Michael Jackson wasn’t doing shit like this in broken Korean:
So yeah, just pump the brakes.
Anyway, JYJ fans are in the comments section at various sites defending what Vanderveer said, arguing with stuff along the lines of, “Well he just said ‘reminded’, he didn’t say he was gonna be like him!”
While true, it’s still fucking stupid. It’s about as asinine as comparing random people you don’t like with Adolf Hitler. Citing both serve the same purpose, to draw attention, which leads to my point.
When quotes like these get out, both the person quoted and the person spoken about get covered. K-pop companies and K-pop media do this all the time, especially as it relates to America, with K-pop stars being compared to legends or the best of the best. I’ve said this many times before, but that constant need for companies and media to hype up K-pop to unattainable levels is counterproductive to their actual success in America. While that point doesn’t need to be rehashed, what I still don’t get is why fans don’t recognize that the person giving the ridiculous quote benefits the most from saying ridiculously off-the-wall crap about their fave.
In other words, why doesn’t any fandom call these random nobodies out for their attempts to use their biases to become relevant?
These dumb comparisons don’t help Junsu’s profile in America. What they do is effectively massage the egos of people who are already fans of him, but the inflammatory nature of them are more likely to alienate or make him a punchline to the regular American music fan. On the other hand, it does help Vanderveer a whole lot. Just look at the news coverage it’s getting, the followers he’s gaining, and the recognition he’s generating.
My point is basically that: JYJ & Junsu >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Random Nobody Americans In The Music Industry
So why suck at their teet? Fuck them.
These irrelevant no-name producers, mixers, choreographers, dancers, and whatever else are the ones that have everything to gain from doing crap like this. They absolutely benefit and take advantage of the thirst of the media and fans for ridiculous comparisons and praises. It’s a way of manipulating them to get their names out and to garner new fans, and people either don’t realize it or don’t care and I don’t understand why.
I’ve always heaped blame on the media and fandoms for covering these dumb comparisons, but at what point do we begin to see that for the people being quoted, it’s about self-promotion more than anything else? Again, fandoms need to understand that this isn’t about their bias, nor is it HELPING their bias become more loved, it’s about the person saying whatever shit he or she can to use your bias and get their name out.
Hilariously enough, they actually get support for doing so.