This is something that I wanted to mention to everyone. This exact moment out of this entire interview. (If no one knows of this interview, they were talking about hairstyles and Key pointed out her hairstyle and she was like “I like pink.” But he wasn’t talking about color. He’s had crazy colors. We all know he was bashing her hairstyle.) He was definitely speaking in English when it was directed at her and it was very short and to the point. He is literally laughing at the fact that she misunderstood what he was actually implying. Everyone at this part was literally just wanting to get the fuck out of there. Jonghyun wanted to roll his eyes so far to the back of his head that it looked like something from a horror film. Taemin didn’t really ‘understand’ what was happening. And I mean in the sense of why they were there. Minho was keeping professionalism and kudo’s to him, but EYK also forgot that Onew is also completely fluent in English. Everything that she was saying made him even more irritable than he already was. And the fact that she wasn’t speaking in Korean entirely, but spoke the language of ‘koreaboo’ clearly made him even more irritated. Also the fact that she didn’t even give them a choice whether or not to speak English for their fans was rude of her; even more so when she shoved the mic (basically) in his face after clearly hearing him say ‘no’ just goes to show how much they don’t give two shits if kpop idol’s speak English or not. It’s either do or do with them and that it’s only a matter of discussion when they feel it needs to be judged and critiqued by two people that are no longer English teachers.
“We almost just quit and left because of how nasty netizens are. Like we’ve grown a lot thicker skin now, but it’s something that’s very difficult to get used to.” - Simon
Lately there’s been a lot of animosity directed at EatYourKimchi, especially here on Tumblr. People are being misled into thinking that Simon and Martina are bad people and that all they do is rag on idols. I made this gifset because I wanted to remind the kpop fandom of some of the things that EatYourKimchi has said that many people seem to have forgotten. They do love kpop. They do respect idols even though they joke about them. Making fun of things is not all of what they do, but that is what the kpop fandom seems to believe nowadays. Stop focusing on the few mistakes that they’ve made, and remember everything else they’ve done: they are not bad people. They are a fun, lighthearted and beautiful couple that have enhanced many experiences in the kpop fandom. Even if they have not done so for you, they have made thousands of people laugh with their carefree spirit. Many people love them, and I just wish that people would stop making others feel bad for doing so. “Why take pride in NOT liking something? That’s silly!” –Simon and Martina
I admit, I enjoyed EYK videos when I was first getting into kpop, they helped me get into a lot of bands.
But I grew up and moved on after I saw how problematic and shitty they and their jokes are. It’s not that I’m a hater, I simply got educated and matured enough to realize they’re horrible, ignorant, and unfunny people.
And in all honestly, if you refuse to acknowledge the problems they’re contributing to and continue to support and defend them despite the lack of respect they treat idols, South Korea, their fans, and themselves with, then you’re just as bad.
As a long time fan of Eatyourkimchi, there are a few things I have to say;
If you watch Simon and Martina’s video with the intent of learning everything there is to know from people who were born and raised in Korea and know everything about Korean culture, then it’s pretty much your fault when you’re disappointed. I have NEVER once heard Simon or Martina say that they’re experts on Korean culture or language (unless done in a joking manner). In fact, at the beginning of the majority of their TL;DRs they will say “This is simply what we’ve learned from our experience and from speaking with our Korean friends” which does not equate to being the standard or norm everywhere in Korea.
Secondly, EATYOURKIMCHI IS NOT A KPOP CHANNEL. This is something people clearly do not understand. It is a channel about two Canadian expats who happen to live in Korea. Kpop Music Mondays did not start until about two years after they started their channel. If you watch EYK for just the KPOP, well then you’ll probably be disappointed in this regard as well. They are not going to talk about KPOP all the time, and when they do, they are going to voice their own opinions. You do not have to agree (I myself have disagreed with countless things they have said) but the point is that it is their opinion. I personally started watching more for seeing the basics of living in Korea (how to pay bills, navigate my way through the subway system, different options for ways to find a teaching job in Korea, etc.) and the reviews on KPOP I felt were just a bonus.
Third and finally, if you find something they do or say to be offensive or to be wrongly informed, the way you deal with it is NOT by throwing anger and blind hate their way. Instead of saying “Wow, how about you two white racist pieces of s**t go and kill yourselves” all you have to say is “I feel like when you guys said/did this it came off offensively” and then give your reasons why. If you really find them that awful, all you have to do is unsubscribe. Literally. That’s it. If, however, you are like me, and you actually want to help Simon, Martina, SooZee and Leigh build a better more awesome EYK, then you respond in the latter way. I’m sorry, but if you come at me about something I did wrong with anger and threats, I’m not going to respond nicely to you either.
TL;DR EYK is not a kpop channel and it’s not National Geographic. It’s about two Canadian expats simply sharing their experiences of living in Korea and their opinions on various media.If you hate EYK so much, then don’t support them. Don’t watch the videos. Don’t read the blog posts. There’s no point in continuing to do something that only makes you upset.