We’ve always dismissed “netizens” as being paranoid, too idealistic, nitpicky, freaky, creepy and ultimately people who have nothing better to do than notice the littlest, even most trivial things from plastic surgery evidence to couple rings—but have we ever once tried to look at things from their perspective?
Lately a lot of disgruntled netizens are coming out with complaints against their “idols.” First there was disappointment with 2PM’s Chansung, who was caught littering in an episode of Wild Bunny. Then there were issues with G-Dragon’s questionable fashion sense—not that he came out wearing something tacky, but he was seen wearing an inappropriate shirt. Again. Then there’s Minzy and Dara’s Care Bear pants that caused quite a stir. Let’s try to look at these issues from both sides, shall we?
My first reaction to the Chansung incident was… “REALLY NOW.” The boy made a mistake, then they made a huge mountain out of a mole hill. It was like they were attacking his whole character based on that one incident. About Minzy and Dara’s Care Bear pants, at first I didn’t get what the fuss was about. Okay so the Care Bears had penises. It wouldn’t mean anything unless you gave a perverse meaning to it, right? It appeared so childish to me as to why netizens reacted as though Minzy and Dara wore something inappropriate, like boob revealing clothes.
With GD’s shirt I was a little iffed out, but hey, it’s GD. He’s done much worse! Besides, he’s an adult, he should be able to wear whatever he wants—it’s his personality from the very start. And isn’t that the whole point of REALITY TV? To show the real side of celebs, or at least a portion (since it’s really not reality) of how they are in real life? I was like, netizens should just get a life, seriously. Give celebs a break for sobbing out loud! Life is already hard enough for them as celebs in the public eye. It’s really sad that they have to bear such pressures and meet expectations that are set TOO high. As audience, we are NOT passive viewers. We have our own minds and we don’t always get influenced by what we see on TV. It’s not like we’re going to be throwing thrash on the streets because Chansung looked cool doing it! We know better. Netizens should look at themselves first before criticizing anyone else. Stars are not perfect, and they aren’t too—so what gives them the right to judge too much?
Netizens’ side: We are “Internet Citizens” after all
Perhaps we should go back to what the word “idol” means to Koreans, or to anyone for that matter. Idols are not just seen as entertainers, but as role models as well. It’s too bad that everything they do is put on a spotlight like they’re on a fishbowl that everyone ogles—but that’s what they signed up for. People not only sing their songs, follow their fashion, hairstyles, imitate their dance steps—their actions and personalities matter too. These celebs have fans with an age range of even as young as 3 years old to 50’s, sometimes older (Rain had a 70-year-old fangranny who attended his concert)! I remember writing a post about this before in my Stardom Craze post HERE. I wrote about how awkward it was for me to watch the “Baby Wondergirls.” Little girls aged 3 to 5 dancing to “Nobody” was cute to some extent but then a little girl spoke about knowing how to do a “sexy dance” then broke out into Jewelry’s “One more time.” Then a little boy danced to Rain’s “Rainism,” singing, “I’m gonna be a bad boy… Imma be a ba-bad boy!”
And we’ve seen this happen so many times before. There’s this episode where pre-teen girls were bumping and grinding to DBSK, the little Wondergirl who had on Yoobin’s leopard print shorts singing “I’m so hot!” It’s just… disturbing. And it’s not just kids on Star King. We don’t know what happens in schools, or what they talk about with friends. It also happens to adults who may be influenced by body image or unrealistic scenarios shown on TV. In short, image is everything. We can’t escape that fact. Physical appearance and outward actions are the first things we see. That is why for celebs whose profession mainly involves a “show” (they are called “TV personalities” after all!), they should more or less be able to draw the line as to what should be shown or what should not. Perhaps the purpose of netizens is not to act as “antis” or “nitpickers”—maybe they are guard dogs who keep things balanced in the glittery world of celebdom. Sometimes we are too blinded by our admiration, so it becomes hard for us to see what really matters.
I personally think there should be a balance. Even freedom of expression has its limits—on BOTH sides, whether they are celebrities or netizens.
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