Friday, February 15, 2013
Jay Park shakes off fangirl antis
I think it's safe to assume we all know the story with Jay Park. His whole controversy and getting the boot from 2PM has many elements involved, enough that to this day fangirls will still give conflicting reports and interpretations. Some stick by him, but there are also a good number of people who just want to hate him. I know Koreans can be really unreasonable with the grudge-keeping if you've in any way insulted the nation, but I have also seen enough similar scandals and scandal recoveries to know that people eventually stop giving a shit.
Therefore, it is interesting seeing Jay still apparently catching shit form people. Sure, he's not the best rapper, but he's a lot better than most idol rappers, and he seems to be a really hard working guy and dances really well. It seems like if someone wants to hate on him, it goes a bit further than some nationalistic grudge. It seems like... competitive hatred. Yes, I'm pretty sure no guy would give half a shit about what Jay is doing, but fangirls would have plenty of reasons and ongoing passions to keep it up. I think there is more to it, as well.
You see, Jay didn't just leave a popular boyband. He kind of threw off all the ridiculous false persona that is demanded of boyband members. He doesn't want to be some flower boy who is always gentlemanly and giving only the purest and most devoted of affections. Granted, we all know that act is bullshit, especially with 2PM, but Jay here wants to do what they can't openly do: Say it. He talks about doing what he wants, being who he wants, saying what he wants, fucking who he wants, and still being successful anyway. Is there anything that would boil fangirl blood more than this?
For that reason, I just wanted to bring up this track and say that I salute you and wish you well, Jay Park. I especially like that part at the end about buying your parents a house. Honestly, who can hate on that? It's an irrefutably honorable use of one's wealth and properly filial as expected of a good Korean guy. If he can say fuck your ridiculous standards and still pull that off, that's pretty damn swag if you ask me. Maybe he doesn't completely fit in with the realest of hiphop bros, but he's got enough talent and style to be relevant and, as least with this song, is making a career out of telling hater fangirls to STFU. In that sense, we need more Jay Parks in the world.