K-pop in the U.S Are You For It?

I’m gonna be straight forward about this and wonder if Korean pop fans fully support the ideal. I get a sense of fear and passiveness when K-pop fans hear or speak about their artists going state side.(did article about this a while back) I don’t blame them for feeling this way. Lets just face it America has a habit of ignoring and flat-out bastardizing foreign music and its musicians. Although K-pop groups like Big Bang and 2ne1 are trying to bridge the gap. Either featuring large amount of foreigners in their music videos or releasing English tracks. Using Youtube as their catalyst  to show their form of artistry and spark the interest of foreigners.

There is a huge problem about Asia introducing foreigners into their music videos. RACE (Americans can’t help it) Take the most recent and controversial video G-Dragon and TOP’s “High High”

Many fans were alone excited about GDTOP collaboration album. In the music video it only show Caucasians and Asians partying. Granted in Asia there isn’t a lot of Africans or African-Americans hanging around. That is the main reason why you don’t see them in “High High.”Most Africans are working to professional class individuals are very few….very few in numbers. They don’t live up to the stereotypical point of view of western white culture has portray them to be. In other words seen as ordinary people who are living normal lives.  Wouldn’t make great partying buddies in an MV that is about over indulgence. Yet many Black K-pop fans are confuse and feel left out.  In American MVs  showing different ethnicity together is normal. Because the United States is made up of different ethnicity of people.  Snoop Dogg “I Wanna Rock”  is a mixture of different people partying together. Even Far East Movement did a cameo. As Quest Crew are the primary dancers who are all Asian.

YG has shown Black and Asian relations before just not always the most positive. Take Stony Skunk “Boomdi Boomdi” feature Asian males with Black females (Jamaican women).

Reminder this was shot in Jamaica so it makes perfect sense.When “Boomdi Boomdi” single hit #2 on Billboard hip hop/r&b charts in 2007. YG quickly revamp the video with computer animation and eliminating Kush, Skull only. Most likely to avoid negative feed back or racial tension. Even though  “Boomdi Boomdi” the first version original context  is about partying. The way Black females are portrayed in the MV can cause quite a stir for westerners. Lets be real only reason why it would be controversial because its Asian men dancing with sexy Black women. No different from any other hip hop video. But because Kush and Skull are Asian makes it 1o x’s more controversial.

In se7en’s MV “I Know” featuring Teddy Park  has Black male dancers. No different from Snoop Dogg “I Wanna Rock” having Asian male dancers.

In an older YG video former singer Lexy “Tears” features Africans but as tribal. This video was shot in Africa most likely South Africa.

If you figure it out Africans and African-Americans are seen as two different cultural identities. African culture is more traditional, conservative  and is consider unique because of their indigenous customs still prevalent. The negative is that African people are viewed as poor,uneducated and suffer European colonization oppression. While African-Americans in hip hop view them as free-spirited and party influence. The negative African-American men are seen as scary thugs and women portray as objects of sexual lust.

Whites in Asian MV aren’t portrayed in a negative way but bare little cultural importance. Pretty much like any other model in a music video and seen as a novelty items like G-Dragon and TOP “Knock Out”

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K-pop isn’t politically correct nor does it want to be. The more K-pop uses Youtube as it catalyst gives foreign media the opportunity to place them under a microscope. Americans forget the situation we are in is totally different from our Asian cousins across the pond.They come from homogeneous base nations were 90%-99% of their nation will be one ethnicity and heritage. Despite America being a melting pop everyone is categorize by race and ethnic background. Which can determine if a person will be successful or fail.

No wonder why both Korean and Korean Americans fans might be biting their nails. When a K-pop groups goes state side your pretty much sending them to be slaughter by wolves. This doesn’t stop Wonder Girls from teaming up with Claude Kelly (who is Black) or 2ne1 with Wil.I.Am (who is Black). Maybe the success of Far East Movement is proof that my generation is trying to shed the ugliness of our parents racial driven pass and present. With one generic  pop electronic beat at a time.

This makes me wonder for non-Asian K-pop fans, are we listening to their music because its Korean or because you really like it?

Maybe this is why racial comments and concerns among non-Asian especially those non-white and female are popping up more.Is  K-pop whiting it self off to be more accepted or are they using them because of convenience? Are K-pop artists  teaming up with Black producers because they are more prevalent in American pop culture and business or because they wanna make good music? Will American except Korean foreigners and their bad engrish ? So many question arise when I think about K-pop and west starting to merge. Even though in J-pop you have happas who are half black or white in their music scene. Maybe it’s that old belief Koreans are extremely hateful towards Blacks and only accept whites?

Music should just be about music but once you give it a face, a scene, a language  and try to mix it up with others who differ becomes more discriminatory. I want K-pop to come state side and have foreigners in their MVs for all the right reasons. Not for white or Black cultural acceptance. I want fans to support because they love the music and respect the people who make it. K-pop fans not only can be divided by their favorite group but also ethnic race. I don’t want the mood of K-pop foreign fans turn into whites vs Blacks and Koreans trying to regulate by saying “we like you all  STFU.”  For heaven sakes kids lets keep K-pop pure of the racial scrutiny Americans are so infamous for. Maintain our support for K-pop equally among all types of fans.

So do you agree with me?


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