Overseas fans

 Apparently, not us.

I have to do it, I have to state my opinion on it, because I’m in a really b*tchy mood today. Who can guess whose fault is this? (hint 1: it starts with S and ends with S, that spells SS… No? Still nothing? OK, hint 2: between SS there is only one letter left^^).
I read on KBS global that Korean stars are neglecting their Korean fans in favor of overseas fans.
Definition of overseas: Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines. Good.
I have no idea why actually this topic been brought to the attention when the author (not mentioned) is focused only on Asian fans. It’s a domestic market anyway.
Because from my point of view it looks slightly different.

“A person in the entertainment business said, “Overseas activities usually are so-called money-making opportunities, more so than here in Korea. More than that, to keep their popularity overseas, they have to have more chances to see their fans in foreign countries, so they cannot help focusing on overseas activities.””

 I understand the Korean point of view, I mean the Korean fans. They want to see their idols and they can’t. What a pity. Sorry, but if you are alert enough or have incredible luck, you can bump ito someone while buying a toothpaste in a drugstore. Plus, netizens are a bunch of frustrated, mad, stupid people who, hidden behind their screens, write hideous messages on the websites and troll everywhere where they can. So no wonder that Korean fans are seen as less dependable as those foreign ones, who just are happy to see their idols from afar.
Example? Sure, I was told that during Beethoven Virus days, Keunsuk was called an unattractive, fat, ugly guy. Because he looked… omo, like a guy! Korean fans demand from their idols to be photoshop-beautiful, plastic beautiful. If one can’t do it, they eat him alive. Naturally, some other countries are not that obsessed with outside beauty and show true support.
Enough on it. Still, this is Asia.
I’m disgusted with Keunsuk now. I really am.
But what’s more infuriates me that WE are being neglected. We, fans from other parts of the world than Asia. Are we supposed to do not have a word on the entertainment world? We are treated like we don’t exist. Our opinions do not exist. So, sorry, our money does not exist as well?
   I’m sorry I have to disappoint you all, agencies and broadcast companies, but we DO exist. And we want to have a say in it. We have our opinions. World now became one house with lots of rooms, but still, connected and being a one entity. Why we do not have rights to state our opinions? Why we are not the target of Korean/Asian entertainment? Why we have to download our dramas instead of watching them? Why are you making everything harder for us?
  Korean and Asian fans have the first say in their idols behavior, looks and entourage. It looks like only they are important. Our opinions can be dismissed easily: “well those Westerners fans” (yes, I saw that statements few times) which indicates we are somewhat lesser than mighty Asian opinion. This short statement shows both idols and flocks of their followers are unaware of the world. If so, don’t even try to make an international star out of someone because you will fail. You will fail because of misunderstandings.
What does it mean that we are Westerners? Does that mean we have no taste? Does that mean we have no right to state our opinions? Does that mean we can be overlooked? Ignored?
I don’t like to be ignored, not in the case that I’m involved with. When I decided to immerse myself in Asian entertainment, I was at that time no longer any hormonally unstable teenager. I wasn’t someone who saw the first Asian man and started to squirm. No, I spent half of my life with Asian culture, so don’t put any sh*t on my like I don’t know the countries and their cultures I speak about. I do.
And I used the word “decided”, yes, because it wasn’t an emotional turn. It was just a decision. Being fed up with Hollywod crap, overintellectualized European crappy movies, I decided to follow Asian entertainment. Not movies, because I’ve been watching Asian movies ever since, even before my love for Korean language started.
   That is why I’m so p*ssed off. Because there is a big halo around Hallyu stars neglecting their Korean fans, and no one touched the topic of outside-Asia fans. Dammit, we exist, and we are not dumb.
We want to be a part of it. We are a part of it, and therefore I can’t put up with all the idiocy I see in fear of being called Westerner and bias
I will bash what needs to be bashed and I will praise what deserves to be praised.
Some may say that I’m throwing a tantrum because of nothing. Sure, for someone it can be a trifle matter. Not for me, not for my fellow friends from D-Addicts who have to put up with all the dumbness out there. We are supportive, but are no flock of sheep. We have our own opinions. We have brains and we know how to use them.
And we are b*tches from the deepest hell. Don’t ever cross our path if you are a fangirl.

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2 Responses to Overseas fans

  1. Vasia says:

    I completely agree. They enjoy our money when we buy stuff online from their series and movies (should I start with all the Death Note movies I bought or the YAB DC DVD and poster I payed around 150 euros to get?), but they don't accept our opinion.

    They know we want to watch, have the money to make it happen, but don't do it cause we're not dumb enough fangirls to swallow all the crap they might want to give us along with the good. And of course, we're called pirates and criminals cause we download asian series and movies.

    You'd think that they'd be friggin' honored that so many people from abroad (as in, not East Asia) take the time to watch and appreciate their works and we don't even get to voice one opinion? Thanks a lot! What a way to thank us for loving Asian entertainment so strongly.

    It's their financial policy mistake not to provide foreign-audience-friendly DVDs and that's fine if they don't want you, but the bottomline is, we still watch their stuff and we still have a right to have our voice heard when we devote so many fansites and good money to buy stuff all the way from there.

    Trust me, Koreans, they're not stiving to please ALL foreign fans. Just East Asian ones. If you think you have it bad, how do you think WE feel?
    Also, if people like Keun Suk (the way he is now) really did give a damn about worldwide success, they wouldn't act and look the way he does right now. You can bet, he doesn't even consider the existence of “westerners”.

    As for Korean fans, well, blame your netizens, as Ethlenn says. If you call a healthy young man a potato and ugly and make him reach such a desperate state that he has to deny his own sex and step all over his pride as a man, an artist and a person to please you, you can't then complain why you aren't exactly his favorite people.

    If you think you can block the fair critique of overseas fans, completely ignore and disrespect us and our devotion to your industry and then one day go “Here! Buy this! Adore this idol!” and be obeyed, you really are socially blind.

    And if you think all westerners are blonde dumb Paris Hilton-like chicks who aren't worthy of having an opinion just as good as local people, just cause they're not “our kind”, then I say, you need to be more aware of the world around you and I also say it's funny. Cause from here, that's how we see your young people, since fangirls and netizens are all that we can see from here.

    Xenophobia is not the best trait if you want and already HAVE global attention and are in the global market. Maybe the scary and b*tchy westerners who like the things you produce (most of them) could be something good for your country and not just boogeymen, ready to eat you all alive?

    I for one, will praise the good with all my might and passion and, with the same might and passion, critisize the bad. If you have a problem with honesty and uneducated and blind love is all you need, then you can just tell your celebs to focus on Korean netizens and fangirls cause we're not interested.

    If alienating foreign fans even more and just retreating further and further in the safety of your own bubble when so many people worldwide are ready to accept and praise you for the things worth praising, is really what you want, what can I say. Not a smart business move.

  2. Ethlenn says:

    Exactly. I see no specific products targeted at Western fans (if we are still keeping that name, to fangirls it comes in handy as an insult, but I'm proud of my heritage!), we have to be careful in buying DVDs cause most of them are blocked outside ASEAN. Why not to make DVD region-free, able to be played around the world? So that I won't have to check million times just to be sure the setbox I pay loads of money for won't play on my DVD/PC/whatever.

    It pisses me off even more because sometimes actors don't have a word in in. Maybe they would like to go to Europe for a fanmeeting or just to hang around, but they are exploited on domestic ground (Asia). Plus, their agencies gives a damn about western fans. Their official, semi-oficial, fan-websites are not even translated to English! OK, I'm fine with that but how many people in Europe know Korean or Japanese?
    This is neglecting the huge market.

    And I want to say one more thing. Europe is tired. Europe is old and tired and when it looks at Asia it sees a source of youth. But when it will take a closer look, it will see also a fountain of stupidity. Disappointed again, Europe will cease to look.

    Korean entertainment has the potential to break into European market, not with sh*tty girl groups, and pop mash, but with serious, hardworking artists.
    Why Mother was awarded all around? Why Poetry? Why Kim Ki Duk? Because they showed that Korea has something to offer.
    But it looks like now, this country wants to offer only gender-confused numbnuts, crappy groups, and plastic dolls as idols.
    Why Lee Byung Hun is promoted that hard? He's not the best actor out there and even Koreans find him a jerk.

    If in the next 5 years no one worth admiring emerges, I won't cry. Those I follow are young still, and most of all, apart from enormous talent they have, they are not obsessed nor with popularity, nor with looks.

    But if Korea wants to be seen differently than just a land of plastic, agencies have to change their “production” methods, plus they have to open on western countries. And not only US. Europe, people, Europe! Damn, I would cross whole continent just for a meeting. And I bet all my friends from D-A would do the same.
    But a meeting with a serious actor, not a Gaysha The Sparkle.

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