Ask Asian Junkie gets a question on MAMA today and expands the topic to Korean music awards, in general.
So I have this weird conspiratorial feeling about MAMA. The voting system has no logic and the registration is easily manipulated. This award is considered one of the most prestigious awards or some shit and I have my doubts that it’s worth that label.
Well … yeah.
I don’t think this is conspiracy theory territory at all, really. For years and years, all of the Korean music awards, sans maybe the Golden Disk Awards, have been accused of bias. Basically, the thing was that if you showed up, you would get an award. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t get shit. Naturally, this led to some pretty loltastic results, which didn’t get put past fans. As such, I feel as though it’s been common knowledge for a while now.
At the end of the day, who decides what’s credible and what’s not? Whether it gets respect, right? Well … MAMA doesn’t get much.
Yesterday, I saw an article come up about actual artists that attended the MAMA complaining about how they were mistreated and how MAMA gave preference to other artists.
A few minutes later, Mnet came out with their own statement trying to clarify the complaints saying that the traffic in Hong Kong was to blame for everything that went wrong.
That’s fine and all but when I came home a few hours later and checked my tabs, Mnet had apparently requested for the first article to be deleted and taken off Nate. Not cool AT ALL.
Although it’s gone now, the replies were similar to what’s in the second article. People basically complaining about how MAMA is a useless ceremony.
2. [+113, -34] MAMA is just a ceremony for SM and YG because they’re both close with CJ and CJ actors. They try to make it seem all important by including all of Asia but we see right through them and that crap won’t work with us.
All of the netizen reaction to whatever MAMA does is basically carryover from the fact that they have been biased for years, and you’ll see the same for the other awards events.
Again, it’s not really a conspiracy theory as much as it’s simply reality.
To their credit though, looking at the MAMA results in 2012, they seem to have started to give awards to those who skipped performing there, but the issue with destroying your credibility from the start like MAMA did is that even if you do take steps towards becoming legitimate, nobody is going to believe you, and I would argue that’s completely understandable skepticism.
Fool me once…
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