Why Are Obsessive K-Pop Fans Getting Involved in U.S. Politics?

Source: National Interest - View Original Article
Published: Jul 12, 2020
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56% Liberal


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  • 1 positive sentiment for LGBT Rights


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97% "It is clear that democracy alone is not the champion of effective pandemic control."
91% "Conceived out of a rejection of mainstream music, stripped-down instrumentally, and highly political with clear anti-establishment lyrics, punk epitomized a culture of politically-engaged youth."
89% "To me, it was often too simple."
88% "Their hashtag activism has generated a trend and, in our current socio-economic climate, being trendy in a world built on algorithmic marketing tools is big business."
80% "Yet, there is correlation between countries that have elected populist leaders (the United States, Brazil, the UK, Italy, and so on) and the failure to effectively deal with the pandemic from early on."
79% "If K-Pop stans can contribute to changes in laws, policy, and employment for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, then fostering political engagement through popular culture is the kind of change we need."
70% "Support, as the K-Pop grop BTS did with its financial contribution to BLM, is the key to the success of this new wave of activism."
60% "My hope is that the same can happen here."
58% "Instead, Trump was greeted with only around 6,200 followers."
50% "A moment when you can virtually signal your position, or non-position."
-60% "K-Pop fans are a global collective, many of them are American."
-61% "It is the fandom that is doing so with a shared collective identity that is saying No."
-71% "The stans are already there."
-81% "Despite this feeling of being uncomfortable due to the methods involved, this kind of strategy has, in some cases, clearly won."
-97% "The fact is that the campaign, rather than using this moment as an excuse for the rally's poor attendance, clearly felt that it was simply impossible for young followers of Korean pop stars to pull this off."

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97% : It is clear that democracy alone is not the champion of effective pandemic control.
91% : Conceived out of a rejection of mainstream music, stripped-down instrumentally, and highly political with clear anti-establishment lyrics, punk epitomized a culture of politically-engaged youth.
89% : To me, it was often too simple.
88% : Their hashtag activism has generated a trend and, in our current socio-economic climate, being trendy in a world built on algorithmic marketing tools is big business.
81% : The widespread exposure brought down the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein.
80% : Yet, there is correlation between countries that have elected populist leaders (the United States, Brazil, the UK, Italy, and so on) and the failure to effectively deal with the pandemic from early on.
79% : If K-Pop stans can contribute to changes in laws, policy, and employment for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups, then fostering political engagement through popular culture is the kind of change we need.
77% : I have always been a bit cynical about the power of the hashtag.
74% : Moreover, some quarters of Trump's following have gone so far as to suggest that this was an orchestrated "foreign" interference in U.S. politics.
74% : The interesting difference between the political anti-establishment of the punk era and the anti-right-wing populism of the K-Pop fans now is that the music is not what is spurring its followers.
74% : It is hoped that as K-Pop fans become "trendy" the music remains unchanged.
73% : A nihilistic mix of radical leftist utopian vision coupled with a shared vision of authenticity -- the punk rocker -- not only was the music the foundation of the fashion, but its lyrics instrumentalized the politics.
70% : "If K-pop fans can contribute to necessary change, then fostering political engagement through popular culture is the kind of thing we need."
70% : Support, as the K-Pop grop BTS did with its financial contribution to BLM, is the key to the success of this new wave of activism.
67% : Unbeknown to Trump, the organizing prowess of K-pop fans -- a diverse and international gathering of young and clearly engaged youth -- formed an army that called to action a social-media ploy to reserve seats at the venue only to not show up.
64% : It just contributed towards an extended list of signatures.
61% : In the mid-1970s, a new music genre emerged.
60% : My hope is that the same can happen here.
58% : Instead, Trump was greeted with only around 6,200 followers.
56% : The so-called "pinkwashing" of LGBT rights for marketing and political strategies that sought only to promote products through a gay-friendly, progressive, and tolerant manner.
55% : "No" to racism and "No" to right-wing populism.
51% : It has changed laws surrounding harassment and assault, brought down barriers to employment and has brought about change in policy (although few would suggest that the battle is over).
50% : They successfully disrupted a "snitching app" that was being used by police in Dallas to seek intelligence on protestors.
50% : With its global success, K-Pop is now speaking truth to power and is beginning to hold authorities to account, with the numbers of followers that have the potential to influence elections.
50% : A moment when you can virtually signal your position, or non-position.
49% : Spurred on by the ongoing Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, they took to social media platforms, spamming conversations against the cause and flooding right-wing American "boogaloo" hashtags with their usual army fandom.
48% : A box-check.
45% : On Saturday, June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America, stepped onto a podium to greet a rally that his aides had predicted would number one million -- although the arena's capacity is a little over 19,000.
42% : I often felt that it didn't do much for the cause.
41% : The venue was nowhere near full.
41% : There can be no question that in spite of the Trump campaign's denial that the prank had affected attendance, the potential is enormous.
41% : K-Pop is not full of political messaging; the music is not calling people to arms.
40% : K-Pop fans are a global collective, many of them are American.
39% : It is the fandom that is doing so with a shared collective identity that is saying "No."
34% : The lyrics do not need to follow the fandom.
32% : Some commentators have boldly suggested that the global response to coronavirus might signal the beginnings of the end of political populism.
29% : The effects should serve as a warning of the power of collective action.
29% : The stans are already there.
22% : What is more, I often felt uncomfortable when political causes -- particularly in cases of equality -- became trendy.
19% : The use of the rainbow flag comes to mind.
19% : Despite this feeling of being uncomfortable due to the methods involved, this kind of strategy has, in some cases, clearly won.
12% : But in reality, they identify with no border, just a collective interest in Korean culture.
12% : The #MeToo movement, for example, has empowered women globally to speak against sexual harassment and abuse.
3% : The fact is that the campaign, rather than using this moment as an excuse for the rally's poor attendance, clearly felt that it was simply impossible for young followers of Korean pop stars to pull this off.

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