I have moved back to the US, and I’m therefore a lot more removed from the kpop world, and responding to all of this fandom drama with a lot less angst than I would have a year ago.
but let me just say
Obviously, no one is blaming international exo fans for what has happened recently, whether that be with the SW4 ticketing or Minho fans being banned from the music show (because Exo fans–who are notorious for breaking music show rules–got caught taking pictures, and said they were Minho fans, causing Shawols to get banned from broadcasts).
But please, stop acting like Shawols don’t have a right to be angry with Exo fans.
This is not the first time something like this has happened. Or the second. Or the third. Exo fans have a very bad reputation, and it is very well earned. No one is saying that liking Exo makes you evil (I watched the Call Me Baby MV like 10 times yesterday. Lay looks soooo good omg. I like Exo), but the reality is that Exo has one of the most toxic, crazy fandoms in the kpop universe. Just because YOU are not toxic and crazy doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Just because you really love Exo and think they deserve a better fandom doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Exo’s fandom has a lot of bad apples in it. That’s the reality, and Korean Exo fans continue to make their reputation worse and worse.
If anyone on here has been personally attacked for liking Exo, I’m sorry, you don’t deserve that.
But please stop whining about your fandom’s reputation being damaged or “Not ALL Exo-L” because you’re really missing the point. The point is that some Exo fans have a long, well-documented history of acting like fucking crazy people and actively working against other fandoms. And like it or not, that affects your reputation as a fandom, just like the actions of individual shawols affects ours. (Shawols, for instance, are developing a reputation of being really chill UNTIL WE FEEL LIKE WE OR ARE BOYS HAVE BEEN WRONGED AND THEN WE WILL COME AT YOU LIKE A TIDAL WAVE MOTHER FUCKER YOU’RE GOING DOWN).<–This reputation for overreacting is not necessarily representative of me, personally. But that’s the reputation of my fandom. *shrugs*
If you hate constantly being accused of crazy shit, then join a fandom with a better reputation. If you’re committed to Exo, then buckle up for the ride because some crazy people in your fandom are probably going to continue to piss people off for years to come. Deal with it.