Netizens are still trying to find whatever angle they can use to hate on T-ara, but their disdain for them must stop with digging up inane shit to find faults with, as the ratings for “Five Fingers” are plummeting while viewership of “Sexy Love” is booming.
When the video hit the airwaves, many netizens expressed the familiarity of T-ara’s concept, bringing up the Wonder Girls and Girls’ Generation. They commented that T-ara’s black outfits and silver boots had the same cyber-like feel as the Wonder Girls’ in their music video for “Like Money.” Towards the second half of the video, the girls are seen wearing different colorful outfits while they express a doll-like charm through their facial expressions and stiff body movements. Many compared this to Girls’ Generation’s doll concept for their extremely popular music video “Gee.”
You know what’s awesome about this? Their hatred for T-ara can get them to subconsciously admit shit that they would deny to the death under normal circumstances.
“Yeah, but K-pop is derivative just like J-pop and all pop music, really.”
“FUCK THAT! K-POP IS ORIGINAL! UNLIKE DIRTY JAP MONKEY MUSIC AND SLUTTY VIOLENT DIRTY YANKEE SHIT!”
T-error Drugged Reaction
“FUCKING RIGHT! LOOK AT THOSE T-ARA BITCH SLUT WHORES COPYING EVERYTHING SNSD & WONDER GIRLS DO! THEY COPY EVERYTHING!”
I’m just grateful that this T-ara shit has got them to own up to it, even if they don’t know it yet.
Of course, the international fandom isn’t immune to rampant stupidity either, as they flipped the fuck out with joy when the drama “Five Fingers” saw a rise in viewer ratings after it was announced that Eunjung would be replaced by some irrelevant chick.
According to the AGB Nielson, the third episode of ‘Five Fingers’ that aired on the 25th, recorded 14.1%, which is a 1.4% increase since last week. The pilot episode aired on the 18th recorded a rating of 11.2% while the second episode saw its numbers jump to 12.7%.
It is not certain whether the increase in ratings is due to the controversy around the replacement of Eunjung or the building story line of the drama itself. However, in the end, despite the dispute, the drama is off to a strong start at already over 14% with its third episode.
On the other hand, MBC‘s ‘May Queen‘, ‘Five Fingers’ competitor, recorded 11.3% for the pilot episode, 10.8% for the second episode, and 12% for the third, putting ‘Five Fingers’ into the lead.
Of course, it would have been prudent if they would have at least waited until the next day ratings were released before they started to declare the “FUCK EUNJUNG” movement (or whatever) a success, because … uh … well you have a look and tell me what changed after August 25th.
Then there’s the fact that T-ara’s newest release (which even I thought was shitty timed), “Sexy Love“, is seeing a boost in viewership, not a regression.
In the last 24 hours, T-ara released the teaser, drama version, dance version, making-of version of “Sexy Love,” as well as the ballad music video for “Day and Night.” Since their release at midnight on September 3, all of those videos attracted slightly over two million views on YouTube and Gom TV.
Reminds me of Howard Stern:
Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes. The average Howard Stern fan listens for – are you ready for this? – an hour and twenty minutes.
Pig Vomit: How can that be?
Researcher: Answer most commonly given? “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
Pig Vomit: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Pig Vomit: But… if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer? “I want to see what he’ll say next.”
So haters, way to validate everything Kim Kwang Soo and Core Contents Media have done to manipulate the situation. You guys are goddamn geniuses.
All of that brings me to my main point, which is of course that Internet furor is so fucking overrated, especially when it pertains to the angst of a bunch of tweens regarding pop music controversies.
We’ve already seen evidence of this before when a T-ara anti-cafe of 300,000 or whatever could only muster a 20-person protest at Core Contents Media headquarters in real life and had to eventually cancel because their parents wouldn’t let them outside due to fear of embarrassment. So it’s not like it’s anything new even pertaining to this specific case.
Welcome to the generation of “Click Activism“, where we’ll all read about some shit, be outraged, click “Like” on Facebook or “Retweet” on Twitter, and then never do anything about it ever again. It’s bad enough of a phenomenon when it involves adults and there are actual important issues at stake, but mix in the K-pop fandom and disposable music and the level of meaningful impact probably couldn’t get any lower.