Pop music from Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan is becoming increasingly popular on the world stage.Japan, the world’s second-largest music market, is known for its “wacky” and entertaining music videos, while K-pop is riding the government-funded Korean Wave and crashing on the cultural shores of greater Asia and beyond.
Then a new act, they were the subject of rumors and hate based on their perceived arrogance.
Many fans of the boy bands TVXQ, SS501, and Super Junior hated Girls’ Generation for encroaching on “their boys,” and a boycott was organized during the concert.
But behind the clean-faced and beautiful men and women singing and dancing to sophisticated pop tunes (usually written by Scandinavians, funnily enough), is there a well of darkness and horror? fans, or “private fans,” are generally females between the ages of 13 and 22 whose obsessions with their favorite pop idols reach unhealthy levels.
One overzealous fan of 2PM’s Taecyeon sent him a letter written in her own menstrual blood, reading: fans either installed or hacked into cameras in his apartment complex’s parking lot, posting voyeuristic photos of his comings and goings online.
Tablo was left shell-shocked and suffering from stage fright, a testament to his Kafkaesque encounter with the howling Internet hate mob.