I’ve been in this fandom for quite some time now and one thing what I used to find amusing was different reactions to shows and events from Korean fans and International fans. However, as years go by, we get more and more connected, and with 2PM’s comeback I find myself slightly disturbed at how similar Korean and international fans react to the same things. And I don’t know why it is so. Because for one, Koreans tend to overreact most of the time, I’ve learned that the hard way. I’m sometimes called “Cold Woman from the North” by Korean fans, because I don’t throw a fit at every single scandal or comment there is.
So here I am left wondering, what is it that makes the rest of you share the same feelings as the Korean fans? Do you really think/feel that way? Or are you influenced by the comments you see on Twitter/Tumblr made by a few random people who are lucky enough to understand the language? Do you speak Korean? Did you understand everything that went on Radio Star? Do you watch the show regularly?
My advice would be, sit back, take a deep breath and relax. I’m not saying you should forgive Radio Star writers or you should like the program. If you hate it, it’s your choice. But do you know why you hate it?
Radio Star is a variety show that ALWAYS disses its guests. They grab each word you say, and throw it back at you, and it’s funny, but if you can’t handle it, don’t go to Radio Star. I was actually wondering whether Chansung had in mind Radio Star when he tweeted about society satire earlier today, but then I figured that Radio Star was filmed last week, and I was just over-analyzing things, which is always bad when it comes to fandom. You overanalyze things – you get paranoid.
Next, Radio Star is being written and filmed for GENERAL public. I know it’s a bad example, but blaming Radio Star for pulling back old issues is like blaming EatYourKimchi for not reviewing your oppa properly. They don’t care. They do their job. And I’ve gotta say, they do their job quite well. I’ve read comments that from a general public’s point of view today’s episode with 2PM was one of the funniest they’ve seen in a while. And since you’re asking for my opinion, here it is:
I don’t think their image will be ruined because of this program. Also, when you ask for my opinion, you have to remember that although I do understand the Korean fans’ sentiment I SELDOM share it, because I perceive my fandom in a slightly different way. After all, I am not Korean.
To be honest, I laughed almost throughout the entire show. It was hilarious. Sure, they did get dissed and what not, but that’s the core segment of the show, and you can’t escape that. It’s not like they don’t know where they are going when they guest at Radio Star. Also, I think it takes courage to come up and talk about the issues of the past up front. Khun didn’t seem too flustered about it, and I respect him for it.
Not to mention that my Twitter timeline was full of rage comments about how come they ask Minjun about plastic surgery and so on – that segment wasn’t even that big. It was just a random question. Besides, plastic surgery is viewed quite differently in Korea, so I’m not going to delve into that. Although I did find the question slightly awkward, I didn’t think it was rude. It’s Radio Star.
However, I did find the last segment of the show about their first loves absolutely BORING. Although my Korean timeline was crying blood saying that Radio Star is giving crap to them all over again, I was like: meh. My Korean timeline and I have one thing in common – we’re not interested in their love lives. However, while most of my Korean friends are having fits and seizures whenever they talk about it, I just find it really boring. Because honestly, IT IS BORING. It’s their own personal memories, their own feelings, and I have no wish to pry. So I don’t know, maybe Radio Star viewers like watching stuff like that.
All in all, I liked this Radio Star episode despite several small glitches. My two cents – the next time you see Korean timeline going bonkers, stop for a second and hold your judgment before you see the thing for yourselves (or wait for subs). That’s why I was waiting until midnight to watch Radio Star, so I could answer these questions. I’ve known long enough that I can’t trust biased judgments from Korean fans. They simply love 2PM too much.
Everything’s fine. As a few final lines from Radio Star said…
Kyuhyun: Khun-ah, I’m sorry. What is alcohol to Nichkhun?
Jongshin: So from now on alcohol is really your enemy? You won’t drink anymore?
Nichkhun: Well… You have to love your enemy too.
XD All is good, peeps.