People has a lot of preconceived notions about K-pop. But such generalizations only lead to one being blissfully ignorant of the gem under all that fluff.
But I’m not here to share my fangirl ramblings about it (I’m saving that for another time). What I wanted to share is this very well written article about a K-pop group that I am supporting: BTS. It is objective, impartial and by a writer who researched the boys and looked at them through fresh eyes (unlike me and my biased colored lenses).
It is quite lengthy but truly a very insightful read for fans and non-fans alike. Take a peek at the post in the link below.
Here’s a part of the article:
K-pop also frequently exoticizes the Black Rap image. Idols may dress in the “black rapper” style, affect a “blaccent,” and mimic notable rapper mannerisms.
In short, K-pop has both a credibility issue, as well as a sensitivity issue. Can K-pop fix these two problems and get firmly on the road towards American domination? It seems like if there’s any group to do it, BTS is definitely most prepared for the task. Through a trial-by-fire in the form of a reality show three years ago, BTS has gained the knowledge necessary to possibly become the first K-pop group to go beyond mimicry, and to instead develop a brand that openly and honestly respects its black musical forefathers and foremothers. This could go a long way towards winning over black America, and by extension, the rest of the country.
Of all K-pop groups, BTS most understands the racial hurdles they face in trying to cross over into the American music scene. They understand, for example, how members of the Asian diaspora in America face myriad stereotypes while trying to make it big in the music industry.
via Respect Must be Earned: BTS’ Journey Towards Gaining its Stripes in Black America by Monique Jones