[article/clips] Time and Rain: A Love Story

Cloud cover by: Stephe, Managing Editor ^@@^

Firstly, Rain fans don’t do anything differently in a voting poll than any other fan group (oh, wait… we don’t hack, use bots or voting software to get over, or vote other people down for the hell of it)—we just vote our butts off. That’s all. Secondly, we LOVE Stephen Colbert! Colbert for president! We’re ready for another dance-off! Thirdly, I’ve always wondered if Rain was wearing Gators during that dance-off. Those shoes were smooth like buttah!

The Atlantic Wire 4/5/2011 — by Uri Friedman

Time and Rain: A Love Story

A day after Time launched its annual poll asking readers who should appear in the magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in 2011, the South Korean popstar Rain is dominating, with more than double the votes of the runner-up, Glee star Chris Colfer. It’s something of an annual tradition for his fans as Rain’s finished first or close to first nearly every year since 2007.

In 2009, when Chris Poole (a/k/a “moot”)–the then-21-year-old founder of the online community 4chan.org–won the poll, Time noted that its technical team had detected and addressed attempts to hack the vote, though Poole denied that his followers had tampered with the poll. In fact, as TechCrunch pointed out at the time, 4chan users manipulated the 20 spots after Poole so that the first letter of every name spelled out “Marblecake, also the game” a reference to a 4chan chatroom. (In case you’re wondering, Rain finished just behind the letter E in “game.”)

However, Time appears less concerned about Rain’s uncanny dominance of the magazine’s popularity contest. As Time’s staff writes in Rain’s 2011 profile, “His army of fans helped him stay on top of this poll last year; let’s see if there’s still enough love to keep him on top today.” And as anyone working on the web can tell you: page views are page views.

The unrelenting fan love has inspired some memorable moments over the years. In 2008, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, locked in a duel with Rain for the top in Time’s rankings, engaged in a dance-off with the decidedly more agile and better dressed pop sensation:

In 2009, Time documented Rain’s battle with Poole:

» Rain Vs. Moot

~ by Cloud USA on April 6, 2011.

10 Responses to “[article/clips] Time and Rain: A Love Story”

  1. LOL. I just love it when a Cloud USA article is called “hoity toity.” See: http://thisshineeworld.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/13-k-pop-vs-4chan/

    I just had to go over and tell the writer of this blog post so. So funny.

    Terri :-}

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  2. […] fangirls. You wanna see outrage? Cue the outrage. How about hoity-toity better-than-thou? Here it is. The freakouts are almost as good as the hack. Rain’s fangirls clearly have no real […]

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  3. LOL
    RAIINNN!
    Every single minute of this clip was hilarious.

    ….And Rain just looked luscious in this video.

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  4. ahahah u mean to say * I DON’R THINK SO*
    *FANIT* :p)

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  5. i love watching rain and Mr. Stphen Colbert here it so fun yet harlious esp when he did rain AVOID FROM THE SUN* LMAO… rain feet bruning so fast and he all on his nee with his hand Lol..and again on the Ninja Assassin he when i watch he seem to push it funny but in good way craking me up i very like this guy he truly a good comdeia comic ever so i hope he will do or bring rain back again on this time poll if rain hit number # 1 SPOT
    YA… =u hear i say i wnt u bring rain masssive back 2011 !! Lol..
    ahahahahah SCREAMING!! o_o
    (rain) I DON’T SO??
    mark u word he killing me here his ENGLISH softy sexy OUCH!! fanit* and heear this fanit* again grrrrr rainnnnnnnnnn!

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  6. i always laugh everytime i watched that video. I think JiHoon tried really hard not to laugh. But u could see in his face that he really enjoyed doing this dance off.

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  7. I want this year to be PHENOMENAL for Rain! I want him to really feel our LOVE for him.

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  8. That clip was funny. But in the end Jihoon won Stepen lost to Jihoon.

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