• asuka07

    I think Chad, parody or not, shows k-pop fans and k-pop artists why they are doomed to failure in the US, this is exactly what k-pop artists who try to debut in the US looks like to americans with their horrible engrish.. and the negatives comments about his poor korean is what a lot of japanese feel about k-pop artists singing in japanese, but k-pop fans excuse this because is their biases

  • Kim Youna

    Loving something and trying to do that thing it is kinda hard.i love music a lot but i know i such at singing so i am realistic.back to this guy.i watched the video and really is this indeeda kpop song?because it;s realy weak,i can hardly hear some korean in it and even the one that i hear is kinda bad,it doesnt have the korean charisma in it,it has only that american thing…i cant explain.and seriously i could have come with way better lyrics than these.so lame.
    and about that ..yes .i do think that rase has to do with it.kpop is only in asia .where did you saw a white or black person in a kpop group?that is very unlikely to happen.

  • http://marisu-dono.livejournal.com/ Marisu

    My mom says it’s reminiscent of Europop in the late 80s and 90s. Remembering bands like Aqua, whom I actually, really liked, I kinda agree with her.

  • http://marisu-dono.livejournal.com/ Marisu

    I can understand if it’s about musicality, but the sheer hate this guy gets from kpop fans sometimes borders on irrational.

  • http://twitter.com/DeniseHuxxtable Thank You Sun God

    The hate this kid gets is so hypocritical. I don’t have the time to write it all down but I especially find it funny when kpop fans call him corny. I enjoy kpop but it’s corny as hell.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/lovetigerfist xnopex

    chad future is fascinating as hell to me and not for his music. haha. has appropriation has hit its full cycle yet?  here you have a white gentleman from the us appropriating pop music from korea who has an industry based on appropriating r&b and rap from black americans. weird cycle!

    honestly if this kid thinks he’s that talented, why not just compete in american pop?  if you have 100K to blow on a music video, you obviously have money to bribe a record exec into releasing your album. plus, because how the entertainment industry works, he has a better chance of breaking abroad if he’s a white guy  (unfortunately) as his privilege affords him the luxury of being deemed ‘global’ (i.e. why everyone on earth knows the beatles or popular american groups but artists from other countries are virtually unknown over here. that’s changing obvs.)

    he’s not a horrible singer and yes i get it, he’s a fan boy but it comes off as some next level arrogance to write some of the crap on his page (bridge between kpop and american pop). really? because companies recruiting americans and canadians for their groups wasn’t enough? who tries to break into another country’s industry and claims that they can do it better than he can? that’s just rude.

    if this is a troll, it has to be the most expensive one yet. i’m glad he’s having fun with it. have a blast, chad. this is your adult space camp. 

    • ThePerpetualWanderer

      “he’s a fan boy but it comes off as some next level arrogance to write some of the crap on his page (bridge between kpop and american pop). really?”  

      I think it’s so obviously a parody. Haven’t you seen what kpop music companies have been writing in the info boxes for their youtube music videos? I love Psy, but see the last line for the description for his gangnam style video: “The album’s weighty title song ‘Gangnam Style’ is composed solely by PSY himself from lyrics to choreography. The song is characterized by its strongly addictive beats and lyrics, and is thus certain to penetrate the foundations of modern philosophy.”

      “and he comes off more sincere and less insulting than those famous bloggers”
      If you mean Simon and Martina at eatyourkimchi, then I beg to differ. They have fun with kpop but hardly in an insulting way.

      • The Musical Commentator

        He’s putting in a good amount of $ in this. i hav the feeling he’s serious

  • ragdolleyes

    I REALLY don’t understand how people see his MV releases as a serious debut.

    The first clip of Hello has the freaking word KPOP displayed cheesily. Damn, honestly people? How is that not a satirical jab at Korean idols?

    If you look through his personal website and even the Youtube description box, it’s obviously a mockery of Kpop. He said he trained for “10 years rapping and in music production.” Obviously Kpop wasn’t around internationally TEN YEARS AGO so how is that not a parody?

    People should do more research instead of passing off ridiculous uninformed comments.

    • http://twitter.com/annakarolinag ★ Anna Karolina

      So because kpop wasn’t international 10 years ago he couldn’t have trained in rapping and music production? He obviously was interested in music production before and then  started getting into kpop later. I truly believe this is more like “inspired by” or “tribute” since he really likes k-pop. I don’t think hi intention was to seem like parody even if it might come off as it.

  • http://twitter.com/NyNy_x Nyasha

    I don’t think it’s bad he wants to debut but I do take this as a joke as I did with Heart2Heart XD

  • Ditu3ka

    More and more comments I read about this topic (mostly not on SB), more and more it screams “it´s not so much about K-pop, his music or Korean pronunciation anymore but about his race” and it scares me.

  • http://twitter.com/AraBrgs Aranza Burgos

    I think the problem it’s about the race too, sadly.
    If you look at the mv, he’s doing what a lot of kpop idols do in their mv’s there’s nothing new, nothing special, but there is something in the video or him i don’t know, that looks ridiculous, but why does he look like that??? If he’s doing something that another people do….. the video looks like a parody, but why it looks like that ON HIM and not in an asian idol?? ….i don’t know the answer, but i think is obviously because of his race….

  • sytycd02

    That was really bad. I don’t care that he’s white, its his horrible singing that I’m bothered by.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001541095852 Princess Howard

    He could probably make it, if there was more Korean. I agree, the hook was catchy. But… that was it… His race might be what’s making some people skeptical. Sad to say, but… His Korean ability might not even be the case. Remember Lee Michelle? That half Black, half Korean girl on that show? She spoke fluent Korean and sang like an angel, but… they voted her off. What does that tell you?

    • layler16

      I hated when that happend she should have won but korea is becoming a little less homogenous, but becouse the CF thing has got so much attention it could bring people to think more in the idea of non asians in kpop, not a lot but maby just one of two in a kpop group or sompthing.

    • The Musical Commentator

      She got recruited by JYP~!!!!! YAYAYAYAY~!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6301206 Terry Tiu

    i also agree that this guy looks ridiculous… also this whole “justin bieber contacts PSY” thing is ridiculous too because PSY is awesome and he has already been around for a few years long before bieber even made his debut.  i dislike how biebers people are jumping on this gangnam style “fad” and i really think it would ruin his image.  PSY is not some one off spectacle, he went to Berklee college of music and speaks fluent english and i bet you if there was some kind of collaboration, PSY would not be equally respected as bieber and i hate see that happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

      Beiber’s respected?
      When did this happen? LOL

  • examplesample

    ” It’s not comparable because Chad Future is performing within a K-Pop framework.” Bullshit, kpop is western framework, get real. I’m not particularly a CF fan or anything but this song and video is no worse than 60% of the new kpop groups coming out every damn weekend. Kpop groups who sing in bad english are just as bad as this guy, let’s be for real. This song is like a more hectic version of Cross Gene – La-Di Da-Di, replete with bad English.

  • taestits

    This article did exactly what I was hoping it wasn’t going to do: it tried to make me feel sorry for the white person, as most declarations of “racism” against white people seem to go. There have been many artists of color who aren’t Asian to come before Chad who have tried to make it into the K-Pop industry (Natalie White who wasn’t necessarily trying to become an idol, but was held up by some fans as someone who could have become a prominent figure in the industry, being one of them) and have mostly been ignored more than likely for being some shade of brown. Chad, if he improves his Korean and manages to sign with the right people, will more than likely make it because he is white. And the only thing that the K-Pop world could love more than white skin and big eyes is an idol who naturally has all those features (because it’s white features that are held up as beautiful there).

    • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

      This is what confuses me. I have several friends in Korea who are teaching. They tell me that they have many good friends there but they deal with racism on a daily basis.
      And yes, it’s mostly from older people, but a few young as well. What I don’t get is why they embrace concepts but not the people. I really do not get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23406411 보행자김

    I hope you had permission for the pictures you used.  They were from David’s person Facebook and were obtained with his permission.  Just because you did a Google search doesn’t mean you had permission.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4K65R6NLPCPSPFJDZTHOHJUD6U amarizj


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4K65R6NLPCPSPFJDZTHOHJUD6U amarizj

    It just kinda makes me sad that people are so skeptical about race when it comes to kpop….im like 5 different races, so where the heck would that leave me? no where haha. I agree totally with the people who think that if Kpop wants to become mainstream, then they have to also have non-asians at least in groups…..I mean check this out, no offense to asian people, really, i love you guys, but here in America, asian people aren’t really how do i say this….looked up to?…..admired…envied?…liked?….i mean at least in southern America….You say there are stereotypes for black and white people there? well hows this for a stereotype…GO DO MY MATH HOMEWORK!!…..Not pleasant right? soooo to all the people out there who criticize this guy because he is white, and is working hard to become what he admires, and break a SOCIAL barrier, does not mean he needs to be put down because he is not asian…..and yes i know his korean is bad, but as many other people have said, look at other kpop star’s english…and they want to become mainstream? How much crap do you think they would get from Americans if the heard them pronounce the “R’s” like “L’s”??? a whole bunch, so please haters put yourself in his (and other non asians who would LOVE to be a kpop idol) recognize that he has worked his ass off, and even has tried to learn another language (which is not that easy) so he can fulfill his dream


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2QNVRK6D23LPQZ4J3J7AY4FVI shyla

    i hate him. :/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2QNVRK6D23LPQZ4J3J7AY4FVI shyla

    he ruined everything. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2QNVRK6D23LPQZ4J3J7AY4FVI shyla


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I2QNVRK6D23LPQZ4J3J7AY4FVI shyla


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000152942896 Aliyah Adel

     To be honest with you, he just kind of creeps me out. I’m sorry, but he doesn’t even have that much talent, he was found after remaking Bad Boy by Big Bang and not even remaking the singing parts, just translating the rap parts into English and rapping it quite poorly mixed with the high quality vid of him walking around during sunset. Why do people pay so much attention to someone like him and then completely disregard people like Michelle Lee?
    To foreigners in Kpop, I say Hoorah hoorah but seriously, Chad Future is a bad example

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001544273772 Hadia L Kladd

    I like him :) Hes cute, even if he’s white <3

  • http://twitter.com/andieatscandy Andrea Piccardo

    honestly, its not that hes white. I would love to see other races in kpop. but he looks extremely cocky and desperate. heart2heart was BEYOND HORRIBLE, and he looks like his attitude is “oh america thinks i suck… let me spend money and make fun of what i see in kpop and put in some horrible rapping in “korean” and then ill just be famous here”…. it was very badly done. for me its not his race, its just him in general….

  • theskyewu

    I think it’s his attitude (in the video) and the fact his Korean sucks.  I think he forgets that most Korean artists also have a sizable chunk of uncle and noona fans in addition to their young fanbase.  I can barely make out some of the Korean lines he sings and to an older person listening, the English definitely sounds like jibberish.
    The debut video’s attitude seems disrespectful, seeing as his Korean isn’t that good.  If he sounded (or was) fluent, the attitude wouldn’t be so bad.
    I think his debut would have been better if he’d worked a different attitude angle and sung /most/ of the song in fluent-sounding Korean.  It’s not a terrible debut song (very catchy indeed), but it does sound like the Korean lyrics were an afterthought.

  • Guest

    He’d make it in Korea the day Hollywood supports a male Asian singer :P
    case closed

    • Gaya_SB

      But what about the power dynamic between South Korea and the US?

      • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

        What about it? If S. Korea doesn’t like it, tell U.S. to leave. (Yeah, I know, wishful thinking. I’m one against the Imperialistic tendencies of my government.)

        • Bc

          absolutely. but US always seem to me a silent bully, so….

    • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

      Far East Movement.

  • The Musical Commentator

    He’ll make it in Korea the day Hollywood supports a male Asian singer :P
    case closed

    • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

      Bruno Mars.

      • The Musical Commentator

        lol cuz Bruno Mars DEFINITELY looks like an E Asian

        • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

          So even though he IS from East Asia, because he doesn’t meet your criteria for being “real” he’s not?
          Racist much?

          • The Musical Commentator

            Heavens no. he does not meet the American “chink” criteria. And not many people will know that he is in fact Asian until they are informed.
            when was the last time you saw a decent role for an E Asian man in a hollywood movie?

  • NerdSwag

    I genuinely appreciate his attempts to make it into the Kpop market. It’s nice to see as an international fan, but the song is just really bad.

  • Ty

    I like the chorus even though the song as a whole could use some work.

  • carielle

    I could care less if a non asian is debuting and trying their hand at kpop but atleast be decent in the basics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Russgus Russ Wilkinson

    It’s very simple. If KPop artists and their fans wish to break into the international market, they are going to have to become a LOT less bigoted in their tastes. After all, you’re asking us to welcome you into our sphere, why is it expecting too much for you to do the same?

    • Timea B

      Problem is, K-pop stars want to break the international market barriers being K-pop stars. Not by switching genres. Chad Future wants to simply be a K-pop star. Yeah why not, we may ask, it’s a genre. Sure. But this genre still owns a LOT to cultural backgound. Asian cultural background. K-pop is not merely about the music, like pop music gnerally is. You can do pop without having to emphasize you are Finnish, or Spanish or Uzbeg. But K-pop is essentially incorporating Korean/Asian cultural aspects. It’s a package of visuals, culture, and sound. it’s not just sound. Chad Future lacks the cultural background. He may have the sound similar to K-pop and desperately trying to make his visuals match too, but he lacks the Asian cultural elements. And it shows. He simply TRIES to act like a K-pop artist when he is not actually “K”. It’s like the Michael jackson imitators. They might be freakishly good in imitating Jacko, they still won’t be Michael Jackson.

  • rSlip

    White boy doing him! LET HIM BE A KPOP STAR. WE HAVE CRYSTAL KAY IN JAPAN. Although she’s not fully black, she’s still like … different in Japan lol. This goes for that black guy too but… this is Korea we’re talking about.. if you want to get technical, Lady T/Tasha/Yoon Mi Rae is part black. And I’m sure there’s some part white KPOP stars as well. I love how everyone is getting international and what not, most of you people are hating because you’re just a Koreaboo who wishes they could sing in Korean, in Korea and be popular. If ya’ll don’t GTFOH.

  • rSlip

    Damn, let him be great!

  • Kid

    Just like I criticize kpop idols who try to debut in america, and think it will be a huge success, I’m gonna criticize this guy. If he wants to be a singer, then why doesn’t he just debut in America? Where he’s from?? I laugh at fans who think their oppas and unnies are gonna make it huge in America, and I’m laughin at Chad Future if he thinks he’s gonna make it huge in Korea.

    [His supporters have asked the valid question, “Would people accept his music if it were coming from a Korean artist?” We can’t really know the answer to that but perhaps he can be part of a significant shift that can make K-Pop “truly international.”]

    Uuumm if he was Korean, this song would still be bad, just with less english and better korean. But would people be willing to accept it as kpop? Yes because hw would be korean.
    The only thing that makes kpop international, is that it has enough fans all over the world for there to be kpop concerts in places aside from Asia.

    [There’s an entire discussion in there about what makes K-Pop, K-Pop. Is it language? Presentation? Actually being Korean?]

    What makes kpop, kpop is that fact that Korean (and in some cases Chinese (and Taiwanese I think??)) are making their own music. Yeah they sometimes get the help of a popular foreigner, but that foreigner is usually an international person, great at what they do. If a white american starts making pop music, then its american pop.

    Why are people trying to get famous in other places anyway? If you want to be a singer, start in where you’re from, then if you make it big there, take on the rest, not the other way arond.

  • chloe

    rather than this being kpop.. it feels like american music with korean in it.. == really not good korean in it.. well to me it sounds flowing but unnatural..? uhm.. i think this guy really understimates kpop.. idols work.. wait. i mean TRAIN for years YEARS to debut and he thinks he can make it if he has cool background dancers <- level 0 dancing and dance with them.. <- level -1 dancing.. and a REALLY awkward club scene where everyone stands around doing nothing, than he go doctor get reality check. now please. i mean come on… i know you probably have been singing ever since you could say dada but.. if thats how you're going to make it in kpop. you are no where near close. NO WHERE NEAR CLOSE. do not underestimate the effort they put in.. if you are going to go into kpop. dont make it half-assed. just by putting korean lyrics in the song doesnt make it korean music. i can tell the sound of kpop by the feel and sound of the music.. and honestly this isnt very close. and also.. he needs to get new hair.

  • Timea B

    I think the problem is that most people like K-pop because it is different. It comes froma different culture, it has Korean cultural annotations, for example calling people oippa or unnie is a cultural thing in korea, it’s not a K-pop thing. K-pop comes in a package of Korean cultural aspects, tidbits, particularities only attributable to Korea. Yes bands may have Chinese or American Korean or Thai members but they are Asian in features, share a similar Asian cultural background that is still exotic and have no problems blending in with the Korean members. Chad Future looks odd in K-pop make-up. I just saw “Rock The World”, his new release and he was completely made up in a way K-pop male stars are, with eyeliner and stuff. And man, he was ugly as hell. Makeup that looks perfectly good on Asian skin and enhances their features looks ridiculos on Chad. Looks artificial. Not belonging.

    Those who are familiar with Eastern European culture will probably remember the times when the Germans made “Western” movies about Winnetou, the great Indian American leader, and he was played by a Yugoslavian guy named Gojko Mitic. Now I have the same feeling watching Chad when I was waching Mitic trying to be a native American Indian. Whatever wig they put on him, he did not belong, and Chad also does not belong. Simply because he lacks the Korean/Asian cultural background that all other K-pop stars share in a way or other.

    • Bc

      exactly my same thoughts.

  • Jazzie Nicole Green

    I dunno. I mean there’s always going to be negative sides to anything really. Chad has potential, you have to admit. No he’s not the best, but if all Kpop songs were translated to english but still with the same singers, it probably would be getting the same amount of criticism.

    I support Chad. And I think that if he becomes successful over in Korea then that gives more chances of international fans to make their dreams come true of joining the Kpop community. As well as maybe some Korean boys/girls dreams of making it big in America. Who knows.

  • Asn00

    Chad is not doing Kpop. Kpop is already Westernized and strongly
    influenced by American music. So there is nothing to brake the barrier
    between American pop and Kpop. Because pop music is pop music. It’s only
    Kpop because it’s pop music from Korea in Korean language. American pop
    and Kpop are NOT two different music genres. And Chad can’t even speak
    Korean. So it’s simply Pop music not Kpop. If Beyonce would sing two
    words in Korean does that make it Kpop. No!! For me it doesn’t matter if
    he is white/yellow/black/red/purple. He at least should have the talent. But he doesn’t have any rap skills
    what so ever. But that’s my opinion. And Kpop is already spreading in
    America and other countries by other Kpop artists doing world tours like
    Big Bang not because of Chad. So there is none contribution by Chad
    entering the Kpop world what so ever! ….. And most people fell in love with Kpop also because of the language and culture. Now people are nagging because there are no Western singers in Kpop and saying: “we need more Western people in Kpop”. And then people call it racist if
    others disagree… whuuut now?! T_T They should look up racist in the
    dictionary. ~It’s Kpop because it’s pop music from Korea. If they don’t
    like about the fact that there are only Asians, WHY LISTEN TO ASIAN MUSIC??? Oh the
    logic! >_>

  • Luisa Hizu Pianigiani

    I’ll be honest. I’m against kpop trying to debut in America and I don’t like Chad Future’s attempt to get into kpop. Obviously, he can do what he wants, but I’m not forced to like it. And yeah, I admit it, I like kpop for hot asian guys too, is it that bad? Chad Future is a bad singer, he can’t dance and his looks are meh, I’m sorry.
    If this is a parody, then ok, I have nothing to say (even if a parody should be at least a bit funny, right? o.o). Anyway, I had no idea who he was until today, so I guess he’s not making much impact. Oh well, if he’s having fun… good for him.
    I’d just like kpop to remain mainly korean. I like kpop and not western pop for a reason -.-.
    I like the training the idols have to go through, the effort, the passion that overcomes all the insecurities.
    This is my opinion, I won’t change it to look more tolerant, good or kind. That’s it.

  • Bc

    The fact that US is a diverse country in terms of citizens, yet asian Americans have very difficult time breaking into the entertainment industry, makes it seem logical that kpop only welcomes Asian and Koreans. Sure you can name a few asian actors like Lucy Liu, Ken Watanabe (and I can only think of one prominent young asian actress, Jamie Chung), but how many of them gets really big budget or diverse roles. They’re more like the token asian in the film who gets all the roles that require an asian, because hollywood isn’t interested in scouting out or promoting new talented asian actors. It had even taken African Americans a long time for them to break into the industry in terms of getting good lead roles, and even so, how many AA big names you can name in films in comparison to white eurapean descent actors? It’s proven in studies that being an American of an ethnicity other than white eurapean have way harder time breaking into the entertainment industry. And for music industry, Asians are even more rare. And what makes it worst, without an excuse, is that Americans are multiethnic in terms of race. Go to most of the streets in the states and you see Asians, Latinos, African Americans, Indians in a lot of the places. But what do you see playing in most big budget hollywood films as the hero? White eurapean. So tell me which is the more racist and biased in terms of acceptance. Korea is not a perfect country, and there are flaws and problems, but it’s largely homogenous, so it kind of seems normal for having Asians in kpop. But most of the comments seem to be criticisizing one (Korea) and not the other. You can say that kpop is ridiculous or corny, but your opinion is subjective, and I see lots of US pop music ridiculous as well. And that is subjective as well.
    As for kpop breaking into j pop market, at least they try to sing in japanese, albeit not the best always. But Taiwan, china, Korea and Japan do share certain similarity in culture wise, so naturally a more easier chance for a Chinese or korean or japanese artist trying to break into the respective markets. Isn’t it just the same for a British actor trying to get into hollywood, it’s easier for them than an actor of asian, or another ethnicity that isn’t caucasian, to break into the industry.
    The kpop artists work very hard to perform, but that mentality where because one is caucasian and don’t have to learn the language, or go through equally difficult training, and expect the korean industry to just roll a red carpet, comes off pretty presumptuous as well. And criticizing one country industry and ignoring another’s, seems pretty unfair as well.