The way that some Korean fans treat KPOP idols’ products has made international fans angry.
Recently, a photo of Wanna One’s albums thrown away as trash was shared on SNS. To be more specific, a fan of the group had spent a large amount of money on their albums; however, it was not to enjoy their music, but to collect the members’ postcards, which frustrated a lot of international fans.
It is not the first time this kind of incident has happened. Red Velvet’s Irene used to have her postcards torn apart, her photos burnt and was boycotted by some male fans for reading a book about feminism.
A while ago, when Twice member Mina was rumored to be dating GOT7’s Bam Bam, an aggressive fanboy had crossed her face out of the group’s photo, burned her pictures and even sent her death threats.
There is also the case of Korean fans breaking the group’s CDs and ripping their photos, after some SNSD members announced that they were leaving the group.
In the KPOP world, there is always a big difference between Korean fans and international fans. Since they are closer to the idols, Korean fans can approach them much more easily by coming to concerts, fan meetings or university festivals or watching idols performing live; it is a breeze to them. Furthermore, to buy an album, they can just go to a random CD store, which exists all over the country.
On the contrary, to meet their idols, international fans have to wait for their world tours, culture exchanges or other big events. To buy an album, they have to order through a website or a fanpage and wait for months. If the order period is over, it is even harder to purchase a KPOP album.
Moreover, albums, postcards or photos are the result of the idols’ hard work and practice. Therefore, they deserve to be appreciated.