[TerriKR][hellokpop] Noona roundtable #2: K-pop fandoms–the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Hellokpop 11/19/2013 — by Xiaolong


Noona roundtable #2: K-pop fandoms–the good, the bad, and the ugly 

Here we are again, Hellokpop’s Noonas (Terri, CeeFu, Nini and Xiaolong) gathered around the roundtable once more to talk about a topic we feel is important for anyone listening to K-pop: the not-so-simple yet fascinating world of fandoms, the dark secrets of sasaengs, and the impact these issues have had on all of us as K-pop fans.

Check out the previous roundtable about K-pop male groups!



Xiaolong:  What do you think about K-fandoms in general?  What’s the good, the bad, and the ugly?

Terri: In general, K-fandoms are a great place to visit. Would I want to live there all the time? No. One of the wonderful elements of K-fandoms, though, is that they have introduced me to a culture I might not have explored so thoroughly in the past. And I’ve met some terrific people there.

CeeFu: I think that depending on how you interact with the fandoms.  Overall, it’s a great experience, but there are certain expressions of the fandom that generate some of the problems we often hear about. Fandoms also can be great when you are a new fan looking for information, or videos.

Nini: K-fandoms are both beautiful and tragic. Their loyalty and love are second to none in the music world, but their behavior can sometimes be classified as both neurotic and criminal. This generalization also depends on the level of interaction you have with a specific fandom, but overall it is an adequate representation of a K-pop fandom’s duality. Each fan is an individual, but the mob mentality, the need to go with the flow, can take over quickly in a fandom. Even when the way to go is most definitely the wrong path, fans sometimes still follow it without thinking…

» You can read this Noona roundtable in its entirety and add your two cents on the Hellokpop news portal HERE. Great discussion!

~ by Cloud USA on November 20, 2013.

3 Responses to “[TerriKR][hellokpop] Noona roundtable #2: K-pop fandoms–the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

  1. Wow, awesome round table. Wish I could participate in something like that, but I don’t follow K-Pop to the degree that the other noonas do. I agree with everything that was stated.

    Good lord, I knew some K-Pop fans were “off their rockers” but I truly had no idea to what degree……seriously! It’s REAL DEEP. Honestly, it’s enough to make any artist want to seek another profession altogether.

    It’s a damned good thing that at least in the U.S. there are laws that are in place to protect people (not just entertainers) from nut cases. Are all laws on the books here perfect? In a word….No. However, it is UNDERSTOOD in the U.S. that there is a definite line that shall not be crossed. Cross said line and one of two things will happen to you. (1) Get sued and/or jailed and also be prosecuted to the Fullest extent of the law OR (2) Get a resounding @ss kicking / beat down / knock upside the head / slapped silly…repeatedly (*These all work brilliantly as well*). You will get “dressed down.” You don’t get to stalk over here and not be taken to task.

    Bottom line, you will be made to think twice, maybe three or four times more before attempting to do some foolishness in the name of being a “fan.” Stalking is against the law over here and much of the K-Pop fandom is indeed that…..stalking. I agree with noona Nini. Most of us fans (especially we older fans) would make great friends to the celeb, but it will never happen because it’s pretty close to impossible to “weed out” the psychos.

    Unfortunately, I think Korea will only get tougher with its stalking laws if/when something tragic happens. In the U.S., it took what happened to young actress Rebecca Shaeffer to make people go….Woah. I would hate to see that happen in K-Pop, but it’s getting SCARY close to that becoming a unfortunate reality. When your entire day revolves around a celebrity and not the loved ones in YOUR everyday life, clearly there is a mental disconnect. Very interesting/thought provoking round table Terri!


    • BiAlamode,

      Thank you. I’m very glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun and I was honored to be asked to participate.

      I tell you, the stalking is crazy over there. And it’s just getting worse. Just last night there was another story involving Block B’s Zico, who was asking sasaeng fans to stop prank calling his cell phone. http://mwave.interest.me/enewsworld/en/article/50993. I mean how the heck are they getting his number in the first place? Yikes. Scary.

      I agree. Something needs to be done before something horrible happens to one of these stars. Why does it need to even get that far? I don’t understand.

      Terri :-}


      • It’s funny, the very thing that makes the relationship between pop stars and their fans in Korea unique is also what breeds the crazies.

        I still think it’s an awesome thing this idea of the “fan meets” when celebs actually meet with their core fan base. That’s one thing (among many others) that drew me to Bi in the beginning of my Cloud journey. Fan meets are unheard of here in the U.S. I thought the actual “interaction” between the star and their fans like regular peeps (so to speak) was awesome. Unfortunately, it gives the mentally unstable fan the same opportunity to be within close proximity of the celeb as well.

        On the other hand, I’m like damn these chicks got skills. I’m thinking the same thing as you Terri. How the heck do they find out hotel room numbers, private cell numbers, where celebs non-famous relatives live, etc.? Also, the biggest question of all…..why the hell would you want to work that hard? I get the obvious reasons, BUT you will ultimately look like a psycho.


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