In a sort of ironic way, those points you mention could either drive people towards kpop or away from it depending on how you take it, and how much further you get into Korean culture outside of kpop. For me at first I thought it was sort of flattering but now I find it more stereotypical than anything which makes it harder for me to really enjoy kpop sometimes. A lot of things in kpop concerning black culture is sort of contradictory. I mean they barely even use black people in kpop videos when they are trying to appeal to Americans, so it makes me wonder if they think America is white anyways, and how do I factor into that, do black people even cross their mind when they are trying to broaden their market if they think Westerners are all white. Black culture is whats “in”, it makes money. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are all that inspired by it as they claim, I’m starting to learn that. But then you do have the ones like YoungGuk, Taeyang, Hoya who actually seem sincere about it, but often times don’t really know much about black culture outside of singing, dancing etc so what ends up happening is stereotyping, (if I wear braids, baggy clothes, etc I’m acting black). It’s all sort of confusing. To me just because they like black celebrities doesn’t mean they like black culture and people. It kinda like that saying in America that just because majority of people who go to basketball games are white doesn’t mean they want to be neighbors with black people, something like that can’t remember exactly how it goes. These sort things combined with blackface really turn me off of being a black kpop fan sometimes…I’ll expand on this later but I have work. :/
-JasmineA (currently the second top comment)
THIS!!!! I swear this person always goes in, but I feel the same way and agree with her.