Ok so I wasn’t gonna bring this up earlier because I’m not actually planning on engaging with them but I just want to note also that yinyin1 likes to talk about Korea like they know what Korea is like. Like saying “Mental illnesses are very real but you act like we’re supposed to pretend they do not exist. It’s important to bring these topics up in the media, especially in Korea.“ And I’m wouldn’t be surprised if they said that “Korea is so homophobic” or something like that when they were talking about not assuming Yoongi’s sexuality or w/e.
Those are some pretty massive generalizations to make, and I don’t think that someone who’s not Korean should really be making them, especially since I’ve seen Korean bloggers say that non-Koreans making those statement is really offensive because they’re way oversimplified and basically erase the queer community/people advocating for better mental health services in Korea.
So, I went to check to see if yinyin1 is Korean, because if so, it’s not my place as a white American to disagree with what they say about Korea. But like, I go to their about page and find that they’re Lithuanian (and ethnically German-Jewish/French/Russian/Mongolian, none of which are Korean). BUT, they are “STUDYING EAST ASIAN CULTURES AND LANGUAGES WITH A MAJOR IN SOUTH KOREA AND MINOR IN JAPAN.“ Well, there you have it. Non-Korean who thinks they can talk about Korean culture and use it to justify idols’ and fans’ offensive behavior because they are “majoring in Korea” (what the actual fuck does that even mean?). Funny then, that on the same page, it says that they only speak basic Korean and Japanese. But you know, basically a Korea/Japan expert.
There is a really fucked up trend of non-Koreans making these oversimplified, generalizations about Korean culture, but only when it comes to excusing their faves. Funny how that works. They also tend to ignore the fact that actual Korean bloggers often say that what they’re doing is really fucked up. And yet, people continue to reblog these things and be like “OH, it’s justified now! That’s just the way Korea is!” Non-Korean people like yinyin1 or me (or a lot of the apologists who reblogged yinyin1′s post) shouldn’t be making those generalizations in general, because no matter how much we’ve studied, we don’t’ have the perspective necessary to contribute to a discussion about Korean cultural norms as they relate to ableism/homophobia/colorism/etc and we certainly have no place using these oversimplified generalizations about “Korean culture” to be justifying the shitty things that happen in the kpop fandom.
Before people reblog that shit, at least check the source to make sure that your main justification for colorism/ableism/homophobia from kpop idols or fans being ok isn’t from some random European who is “majoring in Korea.”
thunderpunching in case you wanted more details/the link to their about page, this is what I was talking about in my tags.