[& GTFO with your 'TL;DR' comments ]
If I had a penny for each time a K-pop fanatic went around dictating how ''Kpop is better than American music since the latter is ALL about sex, drugs and rock & roll'' I would be giving Bill Gates a run for his money.
- If American music was all about sex, drugs and rock & roll why would
SMentcompanies buy songs from Western producers if it was so goddamn inappropriate?
- Furthermore whenever MV's by your oppas & unnies get banned people complain about how 'Koreans are way too conservative' and should 'loosen the hell up' but somehow the tables are turned when people complain about American artists and accuse them of being trashy 'Omg they shouldn't sing about blah blah!' . Hypocrisy at it's finest.
- One must be in severe denial to not acknowledge the contributions Western pop has made to R&B, rock and other genres. If it weren't for Western music... K-pop would not exist. Credit should be given where it's due, so going around debunking American music and it's artists is just plain stupid.
- Your favourite choreos from your idol groups...most likely to have been done by an American choreographer. Your idol's role models in the music scene...most likely to be an American artist like Michael Jackson or Beyonce.
- Last but not the least fans are completely fine when their favourite K-pop groups have sampled music *cough f(x)/SHINee cough* BUT if an American artist samples the same music shit goes down, seems like double standards are becoming a norm in the K-pop universe. Want a beautiful e.g.? Read or reminisce this article posted by allkpop, http://www.allkpop.com/2011/05/michael-mind-sean-kingston-release-adaptation-of-shinees-ready-or-not tl;dr : Sean Kingston decided to an adaptation of the original song by purchasing legal rights etc, the same Finnish song that had been legally brought by our favourite remaker SMent for their bastard child SHINee and look at how mature K-pop fans were about this issue.
If you're looking for more evidence, I'm more than glad to present you with some. Mind you I'm lazy as shit so I didn't screencap the rest of the comments I came across or else this entry would have been flooded with screencaps.
''With this discovery, Shawols immediately began posting angry comments on the video and message boards in English, branding Sean Kingston as a “total failure,” “SHINee copier,” “f***ing s***,” and even “burglar” and “blackdog,” spamming the comments section with plagiarism accusations and hate threats. One fan even remarked, “Bye bye Sean Kingston, when SM finds you ^^ are you ready or not~ you ready or not~ to die ;D.''
Exhibit A :
Talk about irony. Omg y'all we all listen to K-pop because the lyrics are not shallow, derogatory & sexist because you know the lyrics in K-pop are like totally deep and moves us to tears since 90% songs about love from various girl groups who sing about how they become weak in their knees when 'oppar' passes by or winks at them which leads to shit loads of cheesiness and aegyo. Or boy groups/duos who sing about how they want to get 'High High' or how they want to put their 'Hands Up' and shove their drinks around in the ayer like they just don't care, yup we get it.
Oh and talking about sexism...haha did someone forget that SK just like many other Asian countries is comprised of a patriarchal society lead by men? What other reason can there be behind as to why girl groups who have to pull off the cute concept in masses since it's 'the safe option' and would garner attention by their male fanbase who are more than willing to spend since they have some disposable income. These lolita concepts exist for a reason, either you're too naive to acknowledge it or you just don't care.
Exhibit B :
The infamous youtube comments.
In conclusion, there's nothing wrong with liking K-pop more than American music but using stupid excuses to bash American music isn't cool either. Generalizing American music based on a few tracks or one specific genre you hear on the radio or see on TV doesn't make your statement valid at all. Looking for depth in pop music is stupid. Pop music in general is shallow. Listeners of Pop music aren't looking to listen to an album front to back and contemplate the underlying message of the lyrics. They want one easy song that they can pop on and dance to with their girlfriends. So if you want songs that don't make you feel queasy why not experiment with different genres as opposed to restricting yourself with one genre? For all you know you might end up liking or even better loving it.
I know this is a long post and shit but since some of y'all wanted serious articles so consider it a wish granted.
& have a cookie.