I noticed that the reactions from K-netizens in that post the other day about Gong Yoo‘s dating habits, or lack thereof, was very telling of the type of people who actually comment on K-entertainment articles in Korea.
1. [+445, -20] Thank you, oppa
2. [+282, -14] I can’t believe these words after what happened with Ji Sub oppa…
3. [+245, -15] I’m only in my mid twenties and I’m numb…
4. [+18, -2] He’ll say this and randomly come out with a girlfriend… They’re all like that
5. [+16, -1] Oppa, don’t be like So Ji Sub oppa…
I mean, just look at those fucking comments.
Do you really believe the alleged So Ji Sub & After School‘s Jooyeon‘s relationship is that serious in Korea? Course not, but fans will FLOOD the comments and go insane about it, sort of like what AKP is or what NB is slowly becoming.
As Netizen Buzz has pointed out before, netizen reactions do not generally represent all of Korea, especially in K-pop related articles. Because despite what delulu fans think, their oppars/unnirs are not relevant with most of Korea, with a few exceptions. As such, most people commenting on these articles tend to be those interested in the first place, and as you surely know from reading international fanboards, that means they’re more prone to being insane.
Of course, that doesn’t take away from the amusement of making fun of them, same as it doesn’t to mock insane international fans, but I couldn’t have found a better entertainment-related example of the point I wanted to articulate than this reaction to Gong Yoo’s dating life. In other words, the comments about levels and what not certainly exist within our pop world, but generally don’t reflect anywhere else, because it’s the crazies that have created these tiers to begin with.
Clearly the celebs themselves don’t buy into it, so use it for your own amusement … but not much else.