Being A K-Pop Fan - How Far Is Too Far? [An Opinion]
By Staff Writer | August 12, 2013 12:57 AM EDT
Everyone is a fan of something - whether it is a sports team, TV show, or a muscian, we have all had our moments of obsession that other non-fans find it difficult to relate to.
K-Pop fans are some of the most unique fans in the world. So unique that viral media blog site BuzzFeed recently posted an article about all the amazing things that go along with being a K-Pop fan - fan chants, rice donations, YouTube reaction videos and the like.
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For starters, there are the millions of fans around the world that are devoted to Korean idol singers without the ability to understand most of the things they say or sing about.
There are the fangirls and boys who line their walls with pictures and posters and attend as many concerts and events as possible.
Then there are the overzealous fans who sometimes get a little out of hand, who get themselves arrested or banned from venues or physically hurt other fans and bystanders (and, unfortunately, sometimes the idols themselves).
There are stalker fans who follow the stars around and sometimes sneak into places they shouldn't just to catch an inside glimpse (not recommended, by the way).
There are all the devoted fans who send gifts to their idols - lunches or birthday cakes, stuffed animals, and so on.
There are also the online fans (and their sometimes relentless counterparts, the antis) who stay updated on social media and start blogs full of pictures and updates. They also painstakingly translate tweets and posts to other languages for even more fans to enjoy.
Then there are the fans who just like the music, who religiously buy singles and albums and fill their iPods with the catchy tunes that get them through the day.
No matter what kind of fan you are, it does require you to give something up - whether it is your time, your money, or in extreme cases, your sanity.
But how far is too far in the realm of K-Pop fans?
Do you find yourself arguing with members of other fandoms? Do you get outraged if there is any sort of negative press about your favorite idol (even if he or she is clearly in the wrong)? Do you leave nasty posts on message boards or in online communities about rival K-Pop groups?
You're going too far.
Do you pull all-nighters scouring the internet for news, pictures, and leaked songs? Do you write offensive fanfics or spend hours berating people in online communities?
You're going too far.
Have you taken a part-time job solely to pay for your fan activites? Have you taken out a loan or spent thousands of dollars sending gifts to your favorite K-Pop idols? Have you paid someone to help you follow your idols around?
You're going too far.
Have your actions affected your life or the lives of the performers in any sort of negative way?
Take a step back and ask yourselves what kind of behavior K-Pop singers would want to see from their fans.
Buying their music legally? Yes. Going to concerts and enjoying the experience with other fans? Yes. Tweeting about the great new song you just heard? Yes. Writing encouraging messages on fan pages? Yes. Being a part of a fandom that has a good reputation for pleasant behavior and positive interactions? Definitely.
So please, let's all be a little more civil. Let's enjoy the entertainment and welcome other fandoms and be mindful of their feelings.
And most of all, let's make our idols proud of their fans. Let's give them a reason to boast about how great their fans are. Let's make them really mean it when they thank us for the support.
In the end it is only going to lead to better music, more envigorating performances, and a much better atmosphere for all K-Pop idols and their fans.
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