As we all know, Jae has reactivated his Twitter and we’re all happy that he’s done so. From My Day to random strangers, we all enjoy his tweets and the humor he puts into them. Besides the comedy and hashtags, Jae is known for being super interactive with his fans and replying to our tweets whenever he can. But as always, with any rise of popularity will come with a rise of negativity and hatred as well.
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of blatantly rude and disrespectful comments towards Jae. Yes Jae is very laid back,chill, and funny, but that doesn’t give you any rights to address him like he’s your bestfriend or something. We all still have our boundaries as a fan and everyone needs to understand what those boundaries are. Asking extremely personal questions like “Who has the ‘longest’ among the members?” and “Are you still a virgin” yes i’ve seen both of these are NOT in any way appropriate to be asking him. Saying things like “we don’t care” when he’s expressing his feelings or constantly complaining about him not noticing you isn’t acceptable either.
I’m not trying to be some peace-keeping law maker but I think certain mannerisms should just be common sense? But apparently for some people it’s not so here’s a little DO and DON’T list for things to say/do on Jae’s Twitter
ask about his day/how he’s feeling
ask questions you’re curious about (appropriate ones)
send in positivity/motivation
send memes yo
send fan art / fan videos
(or say nothing at all)
spam him with “nOTicE mE!!!1!1″ type comments
ask about his/members sexuality & sex life
send links to nsfw fanfiction…
start arguments in his replies
make rude replies for attention
Bonus: Call Day6 an idol band/boygroup (they aren’t)
I think this about sums everything up. Feel free to add on if I missed anything. Just remember to have to respect and common decency yall.
I’m a black K-pop fan who has predominately stayed quiet whenever an idol did something problematic because I usually have drastically different opinions on the matters. But now I’m just annoyed. So I’m going to list out a few things that I see as relevant to the issue.
Not only Africans traditionally wear dreadlocks.
There are historical records of dreadlocks from every continent.
The earliest depictions of dreadlocks is from Ancient Greece.
Dreadlocks were worn in early Christian, Islamic, and some Buddhist practices and are still worn by some of the Hindu and Rastafarian faiths.
The hairstyle symbolizes something different in every culture that uses it.
It’s even different in each part of Africa.
Some wear it for religious reasons and some don’t.
Are you going to tear down the Africans that don’t wear then with a certain significance?
Meanings of things change over time.
Some of the black people outside of Africa that do wear it don’t even know some or any of the historical or religious connotations.
Is it okay for them to wear it then?
I live in the states and I have cousins that wear it because it’s an easy style to manage with their natural hair, and I have some cousins that wear it because of their chosen religion.
Yes there has been cultural discrimination targeted towards the hairstyle and the people who wore it.
But is Jackson doing that?
He’s simply wearing a hairstyle he admires in an ad for soda.
Appropriation isn’t always negative like a lot of people want it to be.
The passing on, merging, and sharing of cultural aspects is inevitable with globalization.
And a lot cultures love teaching others about their lifestyles.
Some things were stolen from cultures and some things weren’t.
A lot of the things we use and depend on today were appropriated and adapted into our everyday lifestyles.
And a lot of people don’t know the religious or historical values of the stuff they wear, use, or say.
Because it’s not taught to them.
So you have to teach them.
But people won’t learn if you come at them sideways.
Some people are going after Jackson talking about “you’re disgusting”, “you’re trash for doing this”, “you’re this”, “you’re that”.
So I see why he said what he said.
Cuz he gets this kinda crap on the regular and he’s just freaking tired.
So if you’re really an advocate of cultural appropriation then stop listening to K-pop.
Because the last time I checked it was in Korean and that’s a traditional language that belongs to an entire nation of people.
But you and I both can explain all the reasons why that would be bullshit.
And if you haven’t already figured out, I’m black and don’t give a crap that he’s wearing dreads in the ad. I still like him and I’m still gonna buy his music.
So, a while ago I had this discussion with a fellow Trekkie about how canon K/S exactly is. When I brought up the Motion Picture Novel and the scene where Spock thinks of Jim as his T’hy’la, his final argument was (apart from the infamous footnote) that the word never actually made it into the series or movie franchise, and, therefore, couldn’t have been that much of importance.
But since I will fight anyone over this matter I thoroughly thought about this discussion, because he had a point. I mean the book still stands, but why didn’t Roddenberry or anyone else include the word? It seemed to be important enough and it became famous in the fandom almost immediately after it’s creation.
It took me a while, but then I re-watched WoK and the penny finally dropped.
Spock never used Vulcan Vocabulary with his captain (well duh, I know, but hear me out), because as far as we know Jim doesn’t understand Vulcan.
And what is more: T’hy’la isn’t exactly a simple word. Due to it’s emotional intonation it’s probably a word derived from high Vulcan and it doesn’t even have a proper Standard translation. It is therefore loosely translated as: “Friend, Brother, Lover” since the word itself incompasses all three of them, but in Standard it’s untranslatable, because there is no comparism. (We, read: the fandom, translate it as soulmate, since this is probably very close. But this was never made official.)
So yeah, no point in confessing feelings that reach this deep to someone who wouldn’t understand the proper vocab, got it.
That doesn’t mean that Spock never made Jim clear what he was to him. As I said, it took me some time, but I finally realized that Spock DOES use the word, he even says it directly to Jim. He just uses the Standard translation.
1. Superior officer = Brother (in arms)
3. I am yours = Lover
I could kick myself for not realizing this sooner. HE ACTUALLY DOES SAY IT! I mean, of course I’ve known since forever, that they love each other, but that Spock actually uses “T’hy’la” in the franchise is news to me.
This means exactly two things: that I am incredibly stupid sometimes (how many times did I watch this movie? 10?) AND that I can rub this under everyone’s noses.