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I was hoping for peaceful recovery months but I guess not. I also told myself not to post while I am recovering but right now I have to.

Just to start off I’m not going to watch the AMA’s, its not the same reason why I didn’t watch the billboard awards. It’s actually because my second surgery is going to be on the day of the award show… after that I have two more to go.

No I’m not mad that a Korean artist is performing at an American award show. I’m all for Asians getting proper recognition in the western media. Asians only have a few recognized artist like Far East Movement, Bruno Mars, Cassie Ventura, Steve Aoki, Apl.de.ap, Enrique Iglesias, Nicole Scherzinger, Joseph Hahn, and Mike Shinoda. The problem is most of them are mix, if we are just going off of full Asians it would just be: Far East Movement, Steve Aoki, and Joseph Hahn,,, that’s only three.

Here is my issue, fans of bts are treating this like its a new thing and that they are going to go somewhere in America. Granted, it is at the AMA’s but it is a smaller award show and foreign artist have performed on that stage before. I have also been to the Microsoft Theater three times and the stage is quite small. BTS is just echoing Psy, so its nothing new. And kpop being on American TV is nothing new either. Also, Epik High was the first kpop group to be asked to perform at Coachella that’s also a major achievement

Here is a list for the bts fans that think bts is the first ever kpop group to do X, Y and Z in western media: 

  1. Rain on The Colbert Report 
  2. Rain on ABC
  3. Rain’s Pepsi Commercial with Christina Aguilera
  4. Rain at the MTV Movie Awards
  5. Wonder Girls on The Wendy Williams Show 
  6. Bigbang at the EMA’s + Red Carpet Interview
  7. SNSD on Live With Kelly
  8. SNSD on The Late Show With David Letterman
  9. Psy on Ellen
  10. Psy on Jimmy Kimmel
  11. Psy on American Idol
  12. Psy at the American Music Awards 
  13. Psy at the Billboard Music Awards
  14. G Dragon’s billboard interview
  15. G Dragon being interview by Fuse
  16. Tablo on BBC
  17. 2ne1 on ANTM
  18. 2ne1 on the Bachelor
  19. BTOB on ANTM
  20. Jay Park on ANTM
  21. Epik High at Coachella
  22. Epik High’s billboard interview
  23. Kris Wu at the Grammy’s
  24. Taeyang on Noisey 
  25. CL on James Corden

There is probably way more but I’m sure you get the point. Kpop songs have been featured many times in American Shows too. Like I said, I’m not mad at bts going to perform at the AMA’s to get a stage at the AMA’s is not from being invited but from companies and artist basically buying their time on stage. I am angry over because if their fans. There fans are dragging down other groups because of this. It’s really sad that they feel the need to try to seek “western” validation to be okay with being their fan. They went on to say how mnet hates bts just because of the voting thing so bts is going to the AMA’s… the AMA performers are planned months and months in advance, it was probably being planned out about 6 months ago. There fans are also saying that they are mainstream and they are going to be in western media and all that stuff. Lesser known artist/foreign artist have performed multiple times at the AMA’s… it didn’t destroy their carrier but it didn’t help it either. Now they did say that they want to perform on an American stage but that doesn’t mean they want to be in the western media or are looking for western validation. They have stated that they are doing this for their fans, not just American but their fans everywhere though… a lot of their American fans think its just for them… okay… They also said that they don’t want to be part of western media, multiple times… performing at the AMA’s doesn’t equate to being in the western media. On top of that they have also said they are just doing this to represent Koreans and their country. They want absolutely no US debut and they said they don’t have any plans on making an English version or making English songs. I have yet to see that much effort coming from them to speak English too.

So listen… them performing at the AMA’s does not mean they are looking for western validation, want to be part of western media, want to do work in the US, or anything like that. If Asians were represented well in western media and there was enough fans to guarantee a successful American debut I’m sure BTS would have done that along time ago… along with a bunch of kpop groups.

Kpop is to manufactured to even make it big here. Americans are covering kpop and kpop groups because its different from what we have here but its not for America as a whole. Even though you have the groups that make there own music and write there own lyrics at the end of the day they are still manufactured by there companies they are told when to make an album, what to look like, what to do, when to do it, how to do it, etc…

Also, in a way I’m a little happy that mnet cut of the voting right now. I know that BTS fans are saying that’s because mnet hates them if anything mnet actually hates bigbang…all YG artist for that matter. I do believe that mnet caught on to everything, to the multiple accounts coming from the same ip address and wifi network. I was on twitter and actually saw fans complain that mnet gave them a warning about the ip address thing. If BTS looses any of the categories I think the fans should be the ones to blame. They caused an unwanted and uncalled for fanwar with exo, they did extreme mass voting and they were going around saying that Exo doesn’t deserve AOTY. I’m no where near being an Exo-L… the last song I heard from exo was wolf but for someone to say an group doesn’t deserve to win is kind of disrespectful especially if you are going off of your feeling toward the group. I only listen to about four kpop groups and I don’t care for a lot of groups but I’m not going to go out of my way just to send hate to that group are say they don’t deserve something. Any artist that puts effort into what they do deserves something for there hard work and achievements. No I’m not saying to give every kpop group a “you tried” award, I’m saying that just because you don’t like the group doesn’t mean that they don’t have a right to win an award that your favorite group was nominated for.

Remember… you the fans represent your group. Starting fanwars, making hate speeches, being overly demanding, trying to top other groups by bragging about your groups achievements is not a good look for the fans. I even had a friend that I took to the wings concert with me since I had an extra ticket and she even told me that she stayed away from BTS since there fans are crazy. That’s how most artist get judged… based on fans behaviors. I wish the bts fans would just go back to how they were in 2014-2015.

The pain is starting to comeback and I’m getting sleepy so I’m done with my rant.


Come join us this year in the NYC Philippines Independence Day Parade on Madison Ave!

When: Sunday, June 1, 2014; 12pm the parade starts and 2pm for the stage performances.
Where: 23rd-38 St. and Madison Ave for the parade and Madison Square Park for the stage performances.
Admission: Free

Every year the NYC Philippines Independence Day Parade showcases local and international cultural groups, clubs, activist groups, pageants, and celebrities. This years theme is “Triumphs of the Pilipin@: Pride of the Philippines.” The parade is one of the largest Philippines Independence Day event in the United States attracting from around 100,000 people from the New York Tri-State area, Pennsylvania, California, Canada, and the Philippines.

Leading the parade are PIDCI President Fe Martinez; Philippine Consulate General New York, led by Consul General Mario L. De Leon Jr., who also acts as an honorary adviser to PIDCI; Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Luis Cuisia; Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran Cabactulan; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lorna Schofield; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Besides the parade there is a street fair, vendors, and stage performances from various groups and celebrities. Among the guests this year is Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Apl. de. Ap from the Black Eyed Peas, womens boxing champion and mixed martial artist Ana Julaton aka “The Hurricane”, Ogie Alcasid, Kulintronica, and many more. Also in the lineup as always are live performances and dances from performers from some of the well known festivals of the Philippines such as Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival, Cebu City’s Sinulog, and Kalibo, Aklan’s Ati-Atihan.

I will be attending the parade as usual walking around taking pictures of the various groups, dancers, and performers, and as usual I will be posting some of those pictures on the blog. For those attending the parade either to watch, perform, or to march, I hope to see you there and have fun!