• Alixana_Tigana

    Why are there no comments on this article?
    Because this is a fucking good article. I personally have no thoughts on Chad and his efforts, but damn, did I love this article. Props to you Salima!

    • https://twitter.com/#!/LimaCake LimaCake

      aww thanks *tears up*
      -salima

  • http://www.facebook.com/taraterrrific Tara Carroway

    I think my only issue is that he’s an outsider trying to come in with a bad song. If he had released something with substance then he probably wouldn’t be receiving so much hate. We, as kpop fans, don’t need or want someone to come into kpop without adding anything to it; that’s how I feel about rookie groups as well. Basically his attempt makes it seem as if he is looking down on kpop, and we don’t like it. Teddy Riley did the same thing when he worked with Rania and SNSD (he wised up about kpop while working with EXO) and both of those endeavors were very much unwelcomed. If you’re going to break into kpop, as a foreigner or rookie, I recommend having talent and something fresh to bring the table. 

    • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

      Funny thing is, Koreans didn’t come up Kpop. The ideas were taken from American pop which does have a long history in it. I don’t see how you hardcore fans get off by thinking Kpop is a special & different genre, when it’s basically a poor copy-cat.

      “I recommend having talent and something fresh to bring the table”…did you really just write that? Kpop is highly repetitive and hardly anything is fresh. And please don’t even mention talent….because Yoona, Sohee, Hara and etc. says otherwise

  • aaangelala

    Poor chad.

  • http://twitter.com/J4joker101 Greggors

    I feel like I wouldn’t mind some of the stuff he puts out if he didn’t say his name constantly in his songs. Plus the only part of the song I found catchy was the singing not the rapping and the singing wasn’t done by him. 

  • haiitsvi

    I’ve been waiting for SB to write an article on Chad Future! He is just so perplexing. I can’t understand what his motive is!

    My point of view is this. I don’t like when Kpop fans try to make it into the Kpop industry especially if you aren’t Asian because it’s a totally different culture. 

    It’s hard to reason that fine line. We can’t make an excuse that he’s not Korean because plenty of other Kpop idols aren’t (Amber, Victoria, Nichkhun, etc.) But he’s not even Asian and hasn’t lived in Korea or other Asian country. His exposure to the culture is limited.

    But you can continue to make music, if that’s what you want to do in life. Just make it in the language that is easiest to convey your message and the rest will work itself out because music has no language barrier as all international Kpop fans know.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

      Asian cultures aren’t really all the same, and if you take someone like Amber, she is Chinese and American; What did she know about Korean culture before she got into it unless she studied it, same with Jay Park, he’s Korean yeah but he had to learn about Korean culture and the language when he became a kpop star, he didn’t know anything before then. Amber and Jay are in the same position as anyone else going into another culture asian or not …so what it boils down to is the way someone looks/their racial background and no offense but I find that rather prejudice.

      Other than that I don’t really care much for this guy….I’ll expand on this later but Im late for work so…to be continued…lol

      • haiitsvi

        But still, growing up in an Asian-American household has a little bit of the culture retained. And while all Asian cultures aren’t the same they are much more similar than a culture that is completely not Asian.

    • examplesample

       How do you know what his cultural exposure is? From what I heard he’s American, which automatically makes him more exposed and possibly more familiar with Asian culture than someone from say… Sudan. For all you know he could have Asians in his family.

      • haiitsvi

        True, I don’t know that, but it’s not likely. I’m just making assumptions based on what I read.

        This is kind of old news now though, and I don’t think he’s made much of a splash, much like SNSD’s “debut” in America.

  • http://twitter.com/suimanstudio Ana

    Sometimes I feel like being the last person on Earth who considers music entertainment and listens to whatever if it entertains me…

    From my perspective Chad could sing in broken Arabic, I wouldn’t care. Hello is something I can party to and there is nothing more for me to think about. 

    Korean idol music shouldn’t be taken seriously just because companies and the Korean government wants people to take it seriously. I rarely hear REAL moving and message caring ( or critical ) lyrics from idol entertainers – not to mention even if there is a deep thought behind lyrics, unless it’s something limited to Korean culture and society I can listen to the same message from every second global R&B singer…

    David has done enough with his life already, I allow him to play around as a Kpop idol…I don’t see the point feeling anyways towards his attempt – nor can’t I understand why the international fans act overprotective of a culture they are not even part of. Even Korean-Americans have little to no right in matters of South Korea. The only people who I would allow outrage and negativity towards Chad are actual South Korean citizens. 

  • whirlypop

    Firstly, he needs to go to a better salon.
    Second, this really is not working.
    Last, good luck to him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1636225260 Joyce Shadowkiller Ting

    I think he’s trying to show Kpop artists who try to break the American music market (and their fans) what it feels like to be rejected just because they’re from a different culture and can’t speak the language well. I got a feeling it’s like that

    • Lolwhatagain

      It probably would make sense, wasn’t he produced by the same people who made Big Bang, 2NE1 and American pop (as I read in description). In that case those people should now how to pick up the best points out of the American and Korean pop. But this Chad Future is definitely  fail.

      I don’t think it’s because he’s white. Sounds like the author says that being white in Korea is a shame, but I don’t think so since they are also adore pale skin (but I’m not Korean so I don’t know). 
      But why do Koreans should listen to this bad version of k-pop if they’ve already had a good one? And why do they should listen to American Korean pop if they can simply turn on songs by American singers? What’s the point? It’s just this guy is not here and not there either.

  • Winter Rose

    what about kpop idols that sing terrible broken japanese while promoting in japan? fans support them so much even though a good deal of them who debut there barely know the language. its also amusing to me when fans call him a “wannabe” for singing in korean while kpop artists are trying to debut in america.

    your criticism of heart2heart is funny to me when kpop boy bands also have terrible styling choices and in some cases do have corny/bad lyrics (which most international fans don’t bother to look up anyways so its not like they would know). this guy obviously likes kpop but i don’t think he’s actually taking his singing career seriously, he’s mostly trying to entertain people/have fun and making jokes out of some aspects of kpop (“i go by the name of chad future….” part was totally a reference to CL’s part in Fire and the teaser thing you mentioned). i think the cockiness of the song was referring to how korean media over-hypes their idols as more popular around the world or how some kpop idols take themselves too seriously.

    honestly anyone who doesn’t admit that this is the same quality as most kpop songs, and even better than some kpop songs, doesn’t know kpop well enough or is just being biased. we all know if this guy was some hot korean guy, most kpop fans would be all over him (an example of this would be the reaction to his bad boy cover or fans opinion of justin bieber and 1D when its basically the exact same shit). yeah the song did suck but obviously people don’t listen to kpop idols for the quality music anyways.

    • Alice

       heart2heart makes me want to slit my wrists. Please, you have to admit that it was horrible.

      • Winter Rose

        i’m not implying i seriously think it was good, but it has a lot in common with kpop idol music. which was my point.

        • inxomnia

          I agree with you. Honestly, so much about KPOP is turning me off. But, yes there are the rare groups who do keep me hanging on. 

          • Winter Rose

            yeah i don’t really take kpop too seriously and that’s not all i listen to anyways.

          • Asn00

            You don’t take Kpop seriously? Why is that? Those artists work hard for years before they even can debut. There are a lot of Artists that write and produce their own music. Do you people only know the Cute Korean pop? Because Kpop is very Varied with different music genres. Hip-hop groups from the underground that became idols like BTS. They write and produce their music and worked together with great Korean rap artists. Then there are bands that play their own instruments also composed their own music like CN BLUE. Henry form super junior composed his own Classical Piano piece. Also there are amazing ballad singers like Ailee and K.Will. Now tell me again that Kpop is music that someone can not take seriously. Because i can’t take Chad’s music seriously. Because he got no rap skills what so ever. His music is cheap! Don’t compare those Kpop artists with Chad. Because he is not on the same level.

      • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

        If they were all korean would you feel exactly the same?

        • Alice

           Yeah I probably would. Even though I have my bias groups in K-pop if they come out with something horrible I’m not going to say I like it. For example I love JYJ but ayy girl was really WTF. 

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

          I doubt it. The bad hair, the cornyness. Heart2heart was kpop in English. It looked like Teen Top’s supaluv. And I’ve got nothing against Teen Top.

    • http://twitter.com/suimanstudio Ana

      I’m glad our comments share the same amount of likes. In a way I think we needed Chad Future to appear because it shows intensely how biased and close-minded a great part of the Kpop fan base actually is. 
      There were scandals – just recently the issue with T-ara – however all could be linked to bad journalism on the sides of both Korean and Western Kpop news sites. In this case there is nothing else to blame for the harsh reactions but the biased nature of some Kpoppers. 

      As you mentioned the song itself is on the level of a mainstream Kpop hit. It’s up to ones taste whether the singing and rap seem appealing however I tend to not set my expectations high when pop music is involved. Hip hop and rapping have become extremely mainstream and now used on every occasion possible to make songs sound ‘cool’ and ‘swag’. Actual rap artists’ skills – regardless of country – are far from even the best rappers in Pop anyways…

      As for the Korean lines in Hello; I don’t want to hurt feelings but East-Asia is one hell of a country that disrespect English grammar. International fans consider the usage of English as a way to appeal to the international audience while truthfully it’s something Asian kids think of as “cool” and “hip”. 
      From stationary to coffee shop signs, English gibberish is plastered across South Korea. They don’t care about proper grammar or meaning, it’s simply “cool” to have English on/in things – including lyrics. 

      I don’t really understand why English speaking fans let bad grammar slip so easily from idols. It seems many are actually more protective of Korean culture than their own. More than once I saw comments stating how the entirety of the US music market sucks which makes me raise eyebrows, since Kpop rides on the global popularity of US fads – from electro to shuffling…
      Biased fans speak of “modesty” and “cuteness” of idols yet Kpop is probably one of the most sexists industries ever. Blindfolded they fail to realize how both men and women ( who am I kidding, boys and girls ) are exploited and made into “objects of desire”. 

      At least by David I know he’s “not fake”. He’s making the rules, is in control over his career. I don’t know him so I can’t know of his intentions but I’m quite sure he takes real interest in Kpop as an entertaining phenomena. As Chad Future he does nothing but entertain himself and those who find interest in his project…Also I’m sure a lot of idols would enjoy Hello as well partly because it has a humorous take on idol cliches…

      • Winter Rose

        i agree with everything you said and your other comment on this artcle. yes exactly, the hypocrisy of kpop fans when talking about this guy is hilarious.

        i find it funny how seoulbeats is claiming the mv looks like a tacky parody when its probably better than or the same quality as a lot of kpop mvs. and claiming that his “cockiness” is a problem in this mv when kpop artists do the same thing (2ne1’s i am the best and can’t nobody). its just a concept/attitude that’s supposed to be for fun. oh and the part where they say chad taking a genre (kpop) and claiming as his is offensive when kpop artists and korean media do the same thing with western music =/

        lol the english thing is so true, my friend got a calendar from japan (or korea…i forgot) that had such terrible english that i was actually crying from laughing so hard. my korean friend got me stuff from korea which had pretty weird english too.

        yes, kpop has obviously always been so influenced from western music. the funny thing is while international fans are hating on these american artists, most kpop idols have stated many times that they look up to these artists and cover their songs frequently and want to be them. and fans are so rude when an american artists even tries to praise kpop. like recently nelly furtado said she wanted to collaborate with kpop artists and she likes TOP from bigbang and fans were like “oh she’s just bringing up kpop because she’s irrelevant.” sure she’s not popular anymore but she had huge hit songs in the past and she’s still more relevant in america than kpop artists. recently i’ve seen fans complaining that they don’t want kpop to debut in america because the american industry will “ruin” or “corrupt” them as if kpop doesn’t sell sex SO MUCH.

        anyone who says the american industry is all crap compared to kpop needs to stop being delusional.

      • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

        You’re so awesome 

      • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

        You’re so awesome 

      • Bc

        Since when was English the official language of Korea? Do you expect the US to suddenly be excellent in speaking other language and have all the signs up right if it was done by Americans who know nothing but English? You sound pretty unfair right there, because which country singer doesn’t add some English lyrics in there? Jpop does that too, and you expect them to have perfect english pronunciation when they speak Japanese their whole life? At least jpop or kpop remains in their own respective market so that’s fine.

        And who are we kidding ourselves if we think the US isn’t equally, if not, worst,guilty for exploiting these young actors or actresses, or even singers. The states music have become so sexualized I just see that everywhere. And many started out as very young artists as well, before eventually turning into some kind of stripper like image. You want to talk about sexualizing in kpop, look at the US industry first.

    • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

      Truth

    • Asn00

      Wow i read a lot of nonsense in your comment. You say Kpop singers are bad in English. They are Korean artists not American artists. So that’s not even comparable, because Chad Future is performing within a K-Pop framework. K-Pop is Korean Pop. That dude calls his music Kpop and he’s “rapping” in English. He should at least sing in Korean before calling his music Korean pop.
      Some Kpop songs have a few English lines, do we consider it as American
      pop? no right? I’m not into his music. And i never will be. His rap
      skills are pretty lame, So i just can’t take his music seriously. I’m
      not a hater, nor bashing him personally. I’m only stating my opinion
      about his music!

      And If you listen to American music these days, the only thing your hear is about sex and sexual abuse, money or hate. I could cite hundreds from the survey saying that they turned to K-pop because they got tired of the over-the-top sexuality and violence in Western music. I’m not one of those young teenage fans that are biased. I grew up with old school music and today’s American music is SAD!

      And quality of most Kpop songs? You only listen to the bubbly cute kpop?
      Because then you don’t know NOTHING about Kpop. Kpop music is very
      varied and have a lot of talented artists and different music genres. Because Kpop is a mix of pop, hip-hop, r&b, dance etc.! ~Like BTS. They where
      underground rappers before and became idols. They write and even produce
      their own music and rap about stuff that matter. Like being a student
      in korea, about the pressure and the wrong doings of Korean society. Or Junhyung wrote and produced all songs and he’s been recognized as a composing idol. Henry from Suju writes his own music and even composed a Classical Piano Piece. That’s what music should be about. Don’t even compare those artists with Chad. And of course there also Kpop artists that are also crap. But don’t put every Kpop group in one box and say that they all have the same quality. Because that is the biggest bullsh*it. You call this the same quality as Chad? You better check your ears then … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AihN7uMa__I

      And people get on my nerves that they want to have more Western people in Kpop. Why listen to ASIAN music then? It’s understandable that people are getting defensive about this matter. They fell in love with Kpop also because of the language and Korean culture.

    • Bc

      Bad or corny is subjective. So telling people to admit what is subjective to you, is pretty presumptuous and arragont.
      And sure if he was a hot Korean guy, it’ll make sense for him to even be called kpop because he’s Korean. And not some white American guy.
      And you act like pop music here in the states ain’t so ridiculous as well, and ain’t all about looks department as well. Sure not all singers are good looking in the US, but they sure concern about looks as well, and even race apparently, since I barely see any big name singers in the states that are Asian American.

  • Issydv

    I wish people that can’t rap would stop.  Saying a bunch of words fast or aggressively isn’t rapping. Other than that, I don’t really care about this.

    • http://www.greenteagraffiti.com Jangta

      Agreed 100%. I feel that rap has been misunderstood by most people, as well as the mainstream media. It’s great that you brought this up, as most people “rap”, but do not understand the meaning, nor flow of the genre.

      Like you said, people feel that rap is anyone jumbling words fast enough that many people can’t even understand the lyrics. Rap (and hip-hop), in its simpliest form, has two main elements: a theme that the rapper raps about and a background beat. Thus, rap can actually be slow or fast.

      Hopefully, we can get more singers that not only apprciate rap, but also take the time to understand the genre. Those rappers that learn the trade I, as well as many others, can respect.

    • Winter Rose

       um tell that to the majority of kpop idol rapper out there. especially CL of 2ne1 lol.

      • Issydv

         Just to be clear, I do think the majority of idol “rappers” are terrible and haven’t any business introducing themselves as such.  That said, I do still like some idol groups despite it.  I just ignore that bit of the song. 

        • Winter Rose

          yeah i don’t know why almost every company seems to think every group needs a “rapper” anyways.

  • http://chocobox101.blogspot.com/ chocopies:)

    …………………………………………………………………..Lol. Chad Future? (that name is so weird…)

    • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

      And Kpop groups have better?…..

      • http://chocobox101.blogspot.com/ chocopies:)

        Lol no, there are some pretty ridiculous k-pop group names out there..A-JAX being a good example.

      • The Musical Commentator

        There’s the good and the bad. Chad Future is a bad

  • GracefulCassieShapley

    I always find it ironic with how some kpop fans can be so ambivalent with their opinions on kpop and the west. One moment they are excited when their bias group get’s attention from the western audience. Then the next moment, they are complaining how racist America is (“which is why Kpop is having such a tough time”.) While all in the same token, they frown and mock certain non-asian artists who show an interest in the Korean market. 

    His debut for sure wasn’t the greatest and I can’t judge his Korean because I don’t know much myself. However, if he wants to make it in Korea, I don’t see why not. Granted, he could have made more of an effort, or else he would be seen as another rookie….only he is white (which will garner more of a negative response.) 

  • Clearlife

    Oh dear. I dunno how negative my comment is going to be but here goes. (I might even be contradicting myself) 

    First of all, what kinda name is Chad Future. If he’s going to go for a stage name… please choose something cool. Chad is just a terrible stage name (if it’s the name parent’s named, then I won’t judge).
    I really don’t get his mind. I understand he loves Kpop but still trying to get a grip on how he wants to be the bridge between SK and the USA music wise. I mean in order to do something like that, there needs to be a reputation built. A reputation from both sides. He has non in SK and hardly a strong one in the US. I really don’t get why he’s doing this. He could have debut this song (with out the Korean) in the US and gain some fans first to get recognition (if he does gain fans with this song). He can use the Kpop aesthetic in the music video and the common sound used in Kpop music for the song, but still keep everything in English. Then slowly he can add a Korean verse (the chorus is nice) and/or maybe do a collab with an SK idol (if any are willing, I doubt any would though). That’s how I believe it should be done. Not starting in between both. 
    I’ll use some imagery here. He wants to be the bridge that connects the two (and throughout the world yeah?) but I feel like he’s starting right in the middle (right in the pacific ocean). To build a bridge one needs to start on land. He doesn’t have a good foundation in my opinion. He wants to be the future and the next generation in music but he’s kinda like… starting out of nowhere. When I heard about him making a new genre and calling it American Korean Pop.. I just couldn’t. I dunno.

    Now about the song. 
    Parts sung by Jeremy – I like. It’s catchy, the adlibs are great.
    The rest – No. The rap is terrible and, I dunno the music is just weird. Doesn’t appeal to me. If it works for you then I’m happy for you. Even if this song was in all English I’d still only like it when Jeremy sings. And that’s not enough for me. 
    Okay…The music video…hmm… well he’s got the aesthetic correct. The set works and is correct and like Kpop. But then there is his image and his look. Does it work? No. Hell no. The make up doesn’t work, the facial expressions doesn’t (that might be a personal thing). That blonde part of his hair should be burnt (literally). Dancing is also weird. The only thing I enjoy was the scene with the singer. He made it seem cool. 
    This entire thing gives me this ‘wannabe’ feeling to it. Yes I know Kpop stars get bashed as ‘wannabe’ when they add engrish to their song, but you have to remember that their top priority is to make it big in SK first. So the music writer isn’t really trying to satisfy every kpop listening grammar nazi, they are trying to satisfy the listeners in their own country. If it catches on in other countries then YAY it’s more money and fans. What Chad is doing is trying to satisfy both worlds and honestly… it’s not. Sure people would argue that it is, but you’re the minority. The majority won’t like it. (Someone argued with me about SNSD’s The Boys’s english with this, which I think is different).

    I don’t think he’ll make it big. This is his first song though (Not counting that truly disastrous thing called FacebookOfficial), so maybe he can make the second song better (hoping his images also changes). Still I don’t think he’ll be that good bride between the gap. On his cafe daum (he has one, check out how many fans he has) it says this is a worldwide debut and honestly… No. Just No. This thing he calls American Korean Pop (and claims as his own) is not working. I dunno him personally, but people keep saying he’s a nice guy. Even if he is a nice guy, I’m not going to be supporting this. I don’t think he’s the right guy for it -> based on his debut and background.

    A off topic: Heart2Heart and Facebook Official is sad. It’s SAD! They said it was a parody but I don’t believe it. I believe they were truly serious. But seeing the amount of hate, they ended it. Seeing their goodbye message was so weird. They all sounded serious and then after it all ended, in an interview (recent interview) he said it was a parody. He’s trying to save the embarrassment… nice try. 

    TL;DR -> I don’t like it. I don’t think he’s going to be big. He’ll fail. But if he proves me wrong then fine I’ll accept it.

    Is there anything I should mention or clear out?

  • Alice

    I think if he was actually good looking and didn’t have a 12 year old emo boy haircut he might get a better reception. He just has no swag.

    • LikeXClockwork

       I completely agreed with your statement, then you used the word swag which made me lose all respect for your opinion which is a shame.

  • BishieAddict

    It’s a gimmick…In the jpop word, there’s a girl from England – Beckii Cruel that is making a career out of being white in the jpop world (She started off with youtube dancing clips). From Youtube @ 2008, apparently (according to Wiki) she’s making her full length album right now. I don’t think she’s that popular but she is making a career out of it. 
    Personally, if he was talented enough, he would be singing in the States in English. Shrugs. 

  • mybiasbeatsyourbias

    I honestly don’t see the appeal of a foreigner in kpop period. Just doesn’t make any sense to me what so ever. I rather see a Koreean or other foriegn Asians do kpop. This Chad The Future is way before its time and he doesn’t have the skill. Its just fail attempt to capitalize on a music culture that honestly he doesn’t know about. And this is the main reason why I can’t stand the idea of non-Asian foreigners in kpop.
    Calll me prejudice but I liked it when it was Koreans doing kpop. I like it when I saw Korean Americans. I like it when I saw Chinese members starting to be more in kpop. I like how kpop is having more mixed members like Chocolate who’s members are half Korean and half white. As well Tasha and Michelle Lee who are half black.
    I wish international fans would respect kpop for what it is. Stop changing it into what we want it to be. Let kpop do kpop. Hell let American pop first have Asian stars in it that are native.
    I don’t know how many times I’ve been on YouTube and seen and heard some talented North American Asians and wonder: “why isn’t this person sign?” Its sad Asia the only answer and pickings are slim.
    I’m so against kpop coming to the west. Kpop is hardly diverse music wise and culture wise. Kpop can barely stomach a mixed Asian idol band. They don’t need Chad The Future. They need something like Cross Gene who has Japanese and Korean members.
    I’m not even Asian nor all white. I feel Chad The Future will open pandora’s box of racial acceptance.
    I can’t imagine the response if a black kpop star debut. I’ve read the slaughter when a half Korean and black does from Korean netizens. The only positive Chad is bringing is a diversity that he is willing to represent. That other kpop idols groups are to fearful to have. I still don’t think native kpop fans are ready. Kpop needs to crawl before it walks. People are pushing kpop to fast. Its gonna crash and burn.
    International fans demand to much and place false hope. Kpop for most international fans its a fluke founded on YouTube. I can’t say in a couple years from now I would still be listening to this culture music. So why implement changes that are sociall drastic to a nation that social hasn’t mature? Then have the nerve to call the ignorant for not conforming to my western ways.
    Negative attitudes towards blacks, the foreign=white fiasco in music videos and the image of the white women as a trophy. Blackface incidents to horrible Japanese debuts. The constant debate on who will make it in the west and the flops that cam before. Kpop isn’t fun anymore its becoming a monsters.

    • igbygrl

      Harsh but true…I especially agree with what you wrote in your last paragraph. Kpop in itself is still a fledgling subculture of music. To most people who are not fans of Kpop they think Kpop is nothing more than a niche market like anime and Jpop. It will take another decade or so for Kpop to mature (if it can) to be able to at least appeal in an international mainstream level.

      • BeiSandy

        I personally think Kpop has made it as far as it SHOULD get on an international level with the way technology is now. A LOT of people around the world know about Kpop like the way people know about Anime and Bollywood. Honestly it’s really the Korean companies that put the idea of Kpop needing to be mainstream in our heads but that’s because they are money hungry and there is no money in Korea.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VOBHN5WR2Q3MPYG2DVDKDOB3WU Lili

    what i find so funny is that if a Korean rapped those lines in English, he’d be considered a
    “great rapper” and all the little girls and little boys would be slobbering it up. And all the k idols have an image that isn’t what they are in real life. I don’t like the song, I don’t like the video, but I do seriously think people need to pull that stick out their asses, and quit pretending that kpop is too high and mighty to let this white kid pursue what he wants.

    • The Musical Commentator

      We’re all open to the idea, but Chad needs to do a WAY better job than this. and u probably don’t know this cuz u don’t have any FOB friends, but KPop artists who f-up on english also get ridiculed.
      For songs like Shock by Beast, the english is horrible but is compensated by good rapping, singing, and dancing. However, Chad’s MV has very mediocre rapping, bad korean, and almost non-existent dancing skills. In a nutshell, what Chad Future shows us is unpolished and unrefined. And as a trailblazer, he needs to do twice as much work to be accepted.

      To address why ppl think of kpop as “high and mighty”:
      Idols go under extremely stressful training (dancing, singing, acting, modeling ,language classes, etc everyday, Korean high school [which is hell , and they are required to keep grades up], very little social life, sometimes even hard to see family, stuck in a very competitive environment) which is why a lot of koreans are not inclined to become one. Being an engineer or doctor is easier and more stable. Even as an idol, there are strict regulations on their lives (no dating, dire lack of sleep, constant activity b/c the korean market is smaller, scrutiny from a conservative society, constant training, etc). I believe this is why fans think highly of idols. ;)

  • http://royalcat.wordpress.com/ Linnéa

    Even though this guy’s music might not be the best I still want to applaud his effort to take on the kpop from outside S. Korea. I mean, this is taking fanboying to a whole new level. He’s inspired by kpop, like a lot of us are, and if this is his way of paying tribute to the scene, why not support it – or at least not bash it? People are expressing their love of kpop in all sorts of ways – and other fans appreciate it – why shouldn’t he be able to do hos version of it?

    Music scenes, like all other kinds of art and entertainment, spread, get mixed up in one another and evolve, taking all kinds of expressions along the way. This might be the stumbling start of something new – or it might not. I still think it’s a very nice expression of how kpop is touching a lot of people around the world.

    I wish more people could support the pure happiness involved in being a kpop fan. It’s an amazing and incredibly creative fandom, don’t you think?

    • http://royalcat.wordpress.com/ Linnéa

      What I wanted to say is simply that I wish we all could be a little more understanding and happy about the whole fandom and its expressions. Is it what it is and we could be a lot more relaxed about it.

      • http://the-glamour-guide.blogspot.com/ <3Amy

        Logic! I knew I’d find it eventually!

      • The Musical Commentator

        I very much agree that his efforts are admirable, but couldn’t he do it in a better way? the song sorta sucks

  • http://www.facebook.com/corynn.candace Corynn Smith

    I don’t doubt that David is serious — I just doubt that the people enabling (for lack of better term) are. From what it looks like to me, the song and music video were slapped together out of David’s vision of K-pop from a Western perspective. The Koreans on board with this project (there has to be at lease SOMEONE) didn’t do a great job of tweaking that vision into one that would give him the best chance in the industry. 

    I mean, (IMO) the styling was way off, he needs more Korean lessons, and that music video just needs to go. How could anyone who claims to be on his production team let him present himself like this? It just doesn’t make sense to me. 

    With that in mind, I do feel bad for the guy for the negative attention he’s getting, even if I don’t particularly *like* him. He wanted to be part of K-pop, someone told him that they’d make it happen, and then… this. =/ But who knows – maybe he’ll pull himself together before he fizzles out. And maybe the general discomfort people feel about non-Asians in the Asian music markets will finally ease up. 

  • Ditu3ka

    Hello double standards !!!

  • Cece Jenkiopou

    The thing I don’t understand is why some Kpop fans want to be idols. What is so cool about being a idol? Why is it any different from being an American pop star? Yeah, it’s nice to appreciate the culture and all but. . .it’s called Kpop for a reason. It’s sung in Korean. . .and sung by Asians who speak the language fluently. Why do white, black, spanish people want to be Kpop stars?!

    Fans of idols can be extremely harsh & judgmental; one scandal and they can start petitions for you to kill yourself! The schedules are tightly packed. You have to know at least three languages — Korean, English, and Japanese. You can’t date. You always have to be smiling. And then, there’s the censoring; you can work your butt off for a comeback, be all excited, and then you have to change the whole idea because it’s “harmful to the youth”. I honestly don’t see the appeal in being an idol.

    Chad Future can be a Kpop fan; that’s cool. But what is the point of being an “AK” star? Why can’t he just be an American singer, sing in English, and be a Kpop fan? If it’s being sung by a Caucasian, in for the most part English, made by Americans. . .yeah, I know people are going to say “Well Kpop stars sing in English and try to come over to America!” But Koreans aren’t ready to see a non-Asian person who knows broken Korean try too be a AK popstar. . .and the AK thing is another big problem about all this to be honest. 

    • BeiSandy

      Any international fan who wants to be an idol obviously hasn’t thought it through. I don’t even
      understand how idols want to be idols. Well I have thought that maybe
      it’s the fact that everything is pretty much taken care of for you. No
      worrying about food, clothing, shelter or even education. But any
      international fan is going to have to deal with huge culture shock and
      that fact that Korea is a very xenophobic country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LL4QDJLVFDT2RDIZYBALSE75JE angel29

    Koreans use English so that they can reach a wider group of people.  Now, why does Chad use the Korean language? 

    Anyway, I’m sure the guy is nice and all but I remember one comment Simon Cowell made a few years ago in BGT.  He said, “Do I want a dog meowing?”  In this case, I don’t think I do. Sorry, Chad.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      Simon Cowell is my hero.

      …Well, not really, but how hilarious would it be to watch him critique Kpop? xD

  • severely

    Just because a white artist is trying to break into kpop doesn’t mean they automatically should be lauded and accepted. The song sucks first and foremost. It’s bad by American standards and by Korean standards.

    Once a white artist tries to break into kpop with the same level of effort and talent as, say, Wonder Girls’ “Like Money” then it’d be worth discussing if whether or not their race was a factor in whether kpop fans can buy into him.

    Right now, though, the fact that he isn’t accepted by kpop fans probably has worlds more to do with the sheer level of suck present than his race. We have no reason to look beyond that.

    • norimix1

      I agree with your statement.
      It’s not like Koreans don’t want non Asians in Kpop. I mean one of the biggest breakthrough groups of the year Busker Busker has Brad Moore in their group.
      Also, with the long training process, living away from family + friends thousands of miles away from home, immersing your self into a new culture, food, and language really rules out casual fans of Kpop who wants to make it in the genre.

    • Winter Rose

      WG’s like money was lame XD

  • waynecollections

    I think the whole essence of kpop is the Korean culture and all the implications based from that background. Chad could speak the most legitimate Korean but I still think he’s going to get backlash because kpop is already fixed by -Korean- standards. There’s an Asian/Korean allure to kpop that just stays with the audience who are entrenched in the whole atmosphere and sadly, if any other person who does not fit that mold but want to recreate that allure, it’s close to impossible. 

  • jjjooonnneeelll

    the way kpop fans are reacting to this guy is basically how non-kpop fans react to kpop. the whole thing is pretty even, if you ask me.

    • happy_slip

      lol exactly. A lot of people not exposed to Kpop think that the genre is a dated rip-off of American pop or a less genuine version of Jpop’s craziness and out-of-this-world concepts.

      • asahibeer

        Most people into Kpop like it mainly for the fact it’s being sung in an entirely different language which sounds sort of “cool”, and of course the good looking guys and girls who do endless fanservice and entertainment to further capture fans’ hearts. 

        I just love how riled up Kpop fans are whenever someone reacts negatively to Kpop. 

  • idontknoe

    I don’t know if I’m rascist or if I’m just used to the asianness of kpop, but watching it I was like this kid looks dumb and gay. I realized it was pretty discrimnatory, but I sort of couldn’t help myself. If you look at it, its the same clothes and music video style, but it felt soooooo wrong in soooo many ways. I’m also pretty used to better dancing I guess? I could try and analyze it, but  its too much self reflection.

  • Mika_San123

    International fans tend to think they’re so open-minded for embracing every aspect of the Korean culture, but they don’t even realize that they’ve turned against their own cultures. If a Kpop star dances sexily, she’s hot; if an American celebrity dances sexily, she’s a slut. They’re mindlessly defending everything Korean and hating on everything American. It’s racism, but backwards. The criticism against Chad just SCREAMS double standards.

    1) “Chad’s Korean pronunciation sucks, so he shouldn’t be trying out in the KOREAN music industry.” EXO-M’s Chinese in “What is Love” is just as horrible as Chad’s Korean, so why do international fans adore EXO-M, and why is EXO-M allowed to debut in China then? Why was SJ-M allowed to debut in China? Face it, when they debuted, their “Mandarin” sounded like a whole other language.

    2) “He’s an unoriginal wannabe!” Oh, that’s pretty funny. Like half the kpop idols in the industry aren’t unoriginal wannabes. I’ll concede that his material isn’t particularly great – but frankly, it’s just as good (or as bad) as 75% of all the other kpop songs. How much of kpop is original anyway? I mean, groups tend to just switch between concepts of being “sexy” and “cute”. And please, don’t try to tell me that all the idols who try to act “gangsta” aren’t being wannabe gangsters.

    3) And ludicrousness of the last one just tickles me pink. “Why is everyone calling him ‘oppa’ when he’s not Korean? ‘Oppa’ is for Korean boys only!” This really begs the question: “Then why do international fans, who are also not Korean, get to call their idols ‘oppa’?” I mean, if you’re basing this off the fact that he’s not Korean, the same reasoning should apply to you too. And don’t forget about the fans who all-too willingly scream “Hankyung-oppa”, “Victoria-unnie”, “Amber-unnie”. Why is it perfectly acceptable to call them “unnie” and “oppa” but not Chad Future, when all of them are not Korean? It’s just because he’s not Asian.

    If there were legitimate critiques about the quality of his music, I’d be perfectly willing to let people talk. But it really pisses me off to see bigoted criticisms ripping Chad Future apart because of his RACE.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XF3SERRIGIJXLWTEOKDFOFEJK4 Olivia

      I think you have no idea what you are talking about. You should have put more research into k-pop before writing that comment. Exo-m isnt a group with just korean members. They have two koreans and four chinese members so why arent they aloud to sing in their own language in their own country! The chinese people love exo-m because they are a really good group with great music. Do you even understand mandarin. My mandarin is better than my korean I love exo-m and super junior-m because i can actually understand them. Victoria, Amber and Hankyung are from korean groups and the rest of the members are called unnies and oppas to be respectful so to leave them out would be stupid. Chad speaks english… If American fans dislike Chad do you really think korean will too.

      • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

        I think she(?) has very good points and you are just criticizing one of them because of what seems like fan loyalty. :/

      • asahibeer

        Oh dear…i can’t with the amount of fail.

      • Mika_San123

        The thing with EXO-M is that Chen, a Korean member, tends to get most of the lines because he’s the main vocalist. Although his voice is beautiful and I adore him for trying so hard to learn Mandarin, his Mandarin still sucks at the moment (I can only make out the words 我,爱, and 感觉 in Chen’s lines in “What is Love”). If Chen, along with EXO-M, is allowed to debut in China even though his Mandarin isn’t that good yet, then Chad Future has every right to debut in Korea even though his Korean isn’t that good yet.

        If you’re making the argument that EXO-M can debut in China because some of the members are Chinese, and Chad Future can’t debut in Korea because he’s not Korean, then what about all the Kpop stars who are trying it out in Japan? Going by this logic, what makes it OK for them to debut in Japan if they’re not Japanese?

        As for Victoria, Amber, and Hankyung, if it’s okay to call them “unnie” and “oppa” because they’re Kpop artists, then shouldn’t Chad Future deserve the same respect if he’s trying to debut as a Kpop artist?

        There is no doubt in my mind that a lot of international fans hate Chad Future. My question is, WHY? Is there a legitimate reason for this dislike, or is it just because he’s a Caucasian trying to enter an Asian industry? And because so many of the comments I see on youtube or facebook are making me believe it’s the latter, I can’t help but feel repulsed by these attitudes. Again, I don’t have a problem with people disliking him because of his music; I have a problem with people disliking him because of his race.

        • Jaclyn

          I do agree with you, but in defense of Chen he has gotten much better since his What Is Love days lol In his recent mini performances in Thailand his pronunciation (I thought) was pretty good.

        • Asn00

          He enters Kpop and calls his music Kpop while he is singing in English. At least Chen is singing in Chinese and trying to learn the Language. And how can you even compare Chen with a great strong voice with someone that didn’t even trained and got no rap skills. He got none of it what so ever. Stop comparing! I don’t care if he is white, purple, green, black. He got no talent!

          • Mika_San123

            Wow, this post is old. Nevertheless…

            I will admit I’ve heard Chad Future doing some questionable things, but from what I know, those are just rumors, so setting the possibility of those rumors being true aside, I’d still defend him in terms of race.

            Chad Future sings about half of his lines in Korean, which is about as much as SNSD sings in Japanese in “Bad Girl,” so if their song can be called Jpop, why can’t his be called Kpop? (Am I going to start another wave of angry comments by using SNSD as an example? I like them, I really do, I promise.)

            I also concede your point that Chad Future is not particularly talented, but it’s not so much about him as an individual, but the reasons behind the controversy surrounding him. Do international fans hate him because he’s talentless and arrogant? Or do they hate him solely based on his race? It’s just that when he first debuted, a lot of the hate from international fans was about him being white, which I found surprisingly backwards.

          • Asn00

            lol Half of his lines are not in Korean. He only sings in English. The ones that do sing in Korean are the idols that featuring him in his songs. But most of his songs are covers in English. And he calls it the new future of Kpop. Like C’mon. If you want to do Korean pop .. then do it right! I don’t care if he’s not Asian.

            The difference with Kpop idols is they learn the language. Mostly they translate their Korean lyrics in Japanese or Chinese. In the meanwhile they follow language lessons. They don’t speak it fluent, but at least they speak some basic. The song from SNSD – Badgirl is in Japanese with a few English lines.

            I’m not that ignorant that i hate someone because of his race. I live in a multicultural country and i accept the fact that he’s Western. But not the way how he tries to get into the Kpop industry with some lame English covers.

      • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

        Are you upset?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/XF3SERRIGIJXLWTEOKDFOFEJK4 Olivia

          no, just trying to prove my point that there is  no racism -.-

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

        The only one who has no idea what they’re talking about is you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

        Wow… swing and a miss.

    • http://twitter.com/AresChoco Ares

      This. And the racism, elitism and double standards are absolutely disgusting to watch.

      • Chixue

        The question is: why Mr Chad wants to debut in korea when he can make much more money breaking in his own country of US fuckin A?? is he trying to do what those kpop groups do breakin in Japan market?? only he is tryin for korea instead of Japan? xD

        And also so what if kpop fans finds his attempts at a kpop debut silly?? he is making a huge joke of himself thats why, why try to immitates something that is obviously a copycat product of the American pop boyband of the 90s era, only in korean language and with better uptodate dance choreo and concepts formula, but other than that everything about kpop is nothing new or original, so im actually finding all the trash he is getting justified because he is just asking for shit when he try to so called debut in kpop when his own country has much much more to offer in originality and quality,..LOL..xD

        I bet he will get much better results if he try to immitates BSB or NKOTB, maybe then H2H will be able to accpeted in a more serious way than being a laughing stock like they are now,…LOL…xD

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

          He is ridiculous, and I could not watch the whole video but its not because hes white like I alot of people seem to have a problem with that I don’t want him in kpop and like I said I’ll expand on this in a seperate comment.

          Anyways, although Kpop is alot like American pop music, a lot of kpop fans only like kpop for some reason, maybe hes one of them. maybe he is doing kpop because thats what he likes. Its not always about money and fame. For example, not sayings this is true, but lets say a pop musician makes more than a rock musician should a person who loves rock music give it all up just because he’d make more doing pop? No, because thats not what he likes doing. If someone wants to be in kpop who is an American its probably because thats the type of music they person enjoy and they want to be apart of what they like.

          • The Musical Commentator

            But as a trailblazer, Chad needs talent.

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

      There’s so much truth in this comment. I can’t even…..

  • http://twitter.com/Caaaal Callum

    Is part of a Korean company, aiming for the Korean market? If so it doesn’t matter much what us international kpop fans think, its up to the Koreans.

    I don’t see anything wrong with whites in kpop, i have wanted for a long time for us whites to be in Kpop but he did this wrong. The song shouldve been at least 90% in Korean, and this song/video to me feels not too kpopy… they shouldve made it as kpopy as possible.

  • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

    The fact that his video is so badly done and looks like a parody, makes pll think he is dissing kpop. The word crossed my mind when I was watching his MV. “Poser.`Chad`s facial expressions are indeed bad. He looks like a rich kid who tried to make a kpop video. 

    Plus while his song is not as bad as the facebook official one, Chad is not talented enough to make it. 

    I think he`s having such negative feedback is bc he`s just bad at this. There is a white kid named Yohio who is making Jrock music in Japan. He does not look like he`s trying to be a jrock artist, he actually pulls it off quite well, Most pll take some time to notice that he is not Japanese but white. He has the look and music down pat. Plus he is talented. 

  • Euffie

    This is just my perspective, but personally, I don’t want to see white people in kpop. I feel like theyre invading the genre that Ive enjoyed for so long. I don’t want to see something essentially Korean be overrun by the western world. I live in the western world. I can hear white people sing pop songs whenever I turn on the radio. Kpop was unique for me because it’s in a different language, in a different country, populated by different people, with different values and traditions from mine. By westerners coming in, it takes away the uniqueness and difference that it once had. it would seriously become boring to me if kpop stopped being made with Asians, not even Koreans. Please don’t hate me it’s just the way I feel about it. I’m not even Asian btw.

    • destinyanglin

      The first part of what you said ( “I feel like theyre invading the genre that Ive enjoyed for so long. I don’t want to see something essentially Korean be overrun by the western world. I live in the western world.”) is the same way my mom feels whenever I show her kpop idols (or any asian artists really) rapping or performing hip-hop. I always tell her to stop being so closed minded and just think of it as them appreciating the culture  and music style. I just replied cause it was interesting to see someone (well most people on this Chad scenario) have the flipped version of this opinion.

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

      KPop stars will never “break into” western markets until they get rid of their racial bias. And honestly, until they do, they don’t deserve a place in any other market. I used to really want to see acts like WG, GG, Boa and the like make it here. But after seeing how their fans treat anyone non-Asian, I’m thoroughly disgusted. I like my favs in KPop but I’m really not looking to give anyone else a chance because of this.
      In America I can see Asian. I can also see anything else I wish to. In KPop all you can see is…Kpop.
      Adapt or become extinct. And KPop isn’t adapting.

      • Euffie

        i could see your point if there were not a huge racial bias against asians in the western world already. how many asian musicians/actors are big stars and get work regularly? the west has a much bigger bias agaist asians than they have against the west.

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

          Bruno Mars.
          Maggie Q.
          Jennifer Ushkowitz.
          Alex Wong.
          Masi Oka
          Lucy Liu.
          Far East Movement.
          ….should I go on or have I proven my point?
          On the American pop charts I can see Asian, White, Black, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Indian…pretty much any color under the rainbow. They’re all there and the only requirement for them being there is that they are good.
          On the KPop charts? Non-Korean Asians even have a problem placing unless they are a part of a group that has Koreans in it.
          Don’t get me wrong, I like KPop. But if the fans are serious about seeing them break into the American market, they need to get serious about giving what they want to get ;)

          • Euffie

            Out of the people you named how many are household names and how many work consistently? Not many. Besides that, what charts are you looking at with this diverse group of artists? I seriously doubt you’re being honest here. If you can’t understand my point then your privilege is probably blocking your view. You’re unable to see how difficult it is for minorities in the entertainment industry in the states. I see no problems with the way Korea does things.

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

            ” I see no problems with the way Korea does things.” That would make you racist.
            And as for “household names”? I posted that list off the top of my head. I can do the same for pretty much any race you’d like. As for my “privilege”, exactly what race am I? ;) Seems to me someone’s assuming here.

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

            I see you had the last reply removed. Truth hurt?
            I named those stars right off the top of my head.
            The premise still stands. If S. Koreans are not willing to “permit” any other races into “their” realm, they should not expect a warm welcome in any other.

          • The Musical Commentator

            lol ur acting like S koreans hate everyone other than their race XD
            Chinese, Japanese and Thaimembers are already in kpop fool
            Zhou mi
            Henry
            Joy
            Victoria
            Kangnam

            and Kpop artists also have to study English, Chinese and Japanese, with more emphasis on the last two. And American artists are required to only know…….. English?????

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

            One white guy.
            NO blacks.
            NO hispanics.
            NO Indians.
            And that’s the paradox that confounds me. KPop is based on Western pop music. Not the same, based on. The idols even admit to emulating MJ, Mariah, Whitney, etc…
            And yes, I know they study English. So here’s why I’m confused and more than a little pissed.
            If such the fascination with the culture, why the disdain for the people? And don’t tell me it’s not there. I was watching The Beatles Code today and Tiffany of SNSD was belittled (jokingly of course (rolls eyes)) for “not dating Korean” even though she is American and was IN America at the time of the first BF.
            This is why I keep saying, if you want acceptance from the American market you’re going to have to be willing to give it as well.
            And as long as SM, JYPE, and YM only accept peoples of Asian descent in their audition process, that’s not going to happen. And that’s a shame because there are some truly remarkable performers in KPOP.

          • The Musical Commentator

            Yes, b/c there are TONS of blacks, hispanics, and indians in S Korea XD
            Then i suppose if KPop wants to break into the indian market they HAVE to have an indian person and if they want to break into the Kenyan market they HAVE to have a black person.
            Dude u also have to realize that Korea is homogeneous nation, which means: 1 nationality.
            America is a multiracial nation meant for ppl of all colors, so it shouldn’t be a problem to be successful b/c, guess what, there are also Americans in KPop (Kevin, Jessica, etc)
            Besides, they’re there to focus on music and entertainment, not to create super-racially diverse groups to suit everyone’s needs. Music is music. i suppose they should also recruit a penguin to represent Antarctica lol

          • The Musical Commentator
          • The Musical Commentator

            -_- u do know that America is a multi-racial country. I’d totally understand if something like British pop or J-rock only has British or Japanese members cuz they’re based from a homogeneous nation. no shit K-pop will only have asians.
            Besides, the Beatles were a big hit in the US and the members were all British

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

            I have no problem with the content of the acts that come here. I’m referring to the complete unwillingness of the FANS to accept anyone THERE. My first exposure to KPop was through the WG for that god-awful movie about the Apollo. The movie was lousy but they were incredible.
            It still confuses me how KPop idols can emulate Western pop stars and their fans be so close minded.

          • The Musical Commentator

            What can i say, there are ppl who like the idea and ppl who don’t; that’s life. campaign across the globe if you’re passionate enough

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    …Maybe people don’t like it simply because it’s bad K-pop? 

    Ahem.

    I can definitely see why people don’t like it, though. I don’t now if I’m totally against white or American people in K-pop, because that seems a bit…I dunno, elitist? Racist? But if there’s a Caucasian in K-pop, I want them to be better. Sorry. Also, even though he’s a fan, his video really comes off as a possibly offensive white parody of K-pop. Which is not cool at all and I have a serious problem with.

    That being said, most fans are probably just being so up in arms about it because he’s white. :/

  • norimix1

    Concerning the legitimacy of H2H’s foray into Kpop was in a way debunked by Billboard last year.

    Here’s an excerpt from the Billboard article:

    “The group is managed by Nick Reed with Vendetta Studios. Reed has a long history of making celebrity parody videos seen from his website, often with Bass making appearances — like this karaoke version of the Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (Dirty Bit).”

    Which leads us to… The verdict is still out on whether the group is intended as a parody. No official statement has been given, despite an already released mini-album and the big-time product placements in the high-budget music video for “Facebook Official.”

  • http://kaleidoscopelady.tumblr.com/ hephapholic

    Oh Heart2Heart! Lol, funny enough I blame that song for getting me into K-pop. 

    When the song was released I read an article about how terrible it was, that they were gonna be the new Rebecca Black and that they were a poor K-pop or J-pop parody blah blah blah. Having a few Korean friends and one K-popper friend (who isn’t Korean) I was aware of the existence of K-pop but that was about it, I was not the least bit interested. I mean, to me that was the kind of thing you usually got into in your early teens, it would have been perfect alongside my anime and (short-lived) Tokyo Hotel phase but I was 18, in university and sincerely didn’t think I had time for any type of music that would require me to learn 13 different names (said K-popper friend is a big ELF and SUJU was the only K-pop group I had been exposed to, I am in no means hating on them).

    Of course, that all went down the drain after Heart2Heart left me curious and I decided to look into what ‘real’ K-pop sounded like and thanks to the ‘Recommended Videos’ section I ended up on Big Bang’s ‘Tonight’ and the rest is history since I am here today.

    Looking back, as much as I found Heart2Heart ridiculous from the poor lyrics to the lame choreography and poisonously catchy chorus, I have to say that A LOT of K-pop songs are the exact same! The only thing that might save them is that most fans don’t even bother looking up the translations, not that we’re really into it for the oh-so meaningful messages…

    So when it comes down to it, the main reason why some (if not most) K-poppers are dissing Chad Future is because he is indeed not from Korean descent, hell the dude isn’t from Asian descent or half-Asian and that’s why is getting crap. The K-popverse is so full of double standards it’s sickening.

  • snowclrops

    OK, I’m still sorting through my thoughts on this too. First, mad props to Chad. As one kpop fanboy to another, I have to admit the guy is pretty cool to actually to try to be part of something that he so obviously adores.

    On the other hand, I don’t really think his work falls into the category of kpop. It’s more kpop-inspired American pop. In other words, he’s going for the same style but there’s going to be some differences simply because of where he’s from.

    But you can’t say he’s the first non-Korean act influenced by kpop. There have been a lot of other countries that have tried to create their own version of kpop groups (like XLR8 from the Philippines). Just generally they’re other Asian countries and not the USA. Like Chad, they’re usually accompanied by accusations that they’re just copying kpop and aren’t as polished.

    As an American, his peers are other American boybands who aren’t part of a big label (like Varsity Fanclub or One Call). However, I don’t believe any of them have ever admitted to being influenced by kpop (though obviously VFC’s Drew Ryan Scott has helped composed quite a few kpop songs).

    I’ve thought for a while now that we’re probably going to start seeing a few acts in the USA that try to ride on kpop’s popularity. However, I was expecting more groups like One Direction and not something that so obviously pays homage to kpop.

    To me, the most intriguing part about this is simply the community that Chad works in. We’ve seen for a while now that there are a number of American choreographers and songwriters who have worked with kpop groups before. Chad is a video director himself. It sounds like there are quite a few people who normally work behind the camera who are big kpop fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530278960 Sarah Edge

    “It can be off-putting to some people when some white guy comes into something that’s already been established, recreates it, and deems it his”
    Correct! Too arrogant. Too cocky. As a result: Too off putting.

    I like the song. Hate how he makes it, his “genre” and himself come across.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

    the idea of this guy is very very interesting. it’s totally normal for people to feel protective about something they love, not wanting anything or anyone to touch it or express different points of views about it. i know it’s not the case of chad future, whose obnoxiousness starts with his very name – the name chad always reminds me of that drew barrymore line on the charlie’s angels movie “chad, the guy who likes to…shag” lol, and “future” come on that’s beyond pretentious!

    but my point is that if k-pop and its fans want to keep the genre from being approached, redone and even copied, botched and stollen by “white” people or any other non-korean ethinicity, it should remain safe and sound in south korea and that’s all!

    i’m brazillian and no other people will know how to do samba or bossa nova [that is a style of samba] like we do. it’s ours, it’s our culture and our blood. but it’s a great deal of praise and pride for me when a foreign artist attempts to do brazillian music, such as bossa nova and samba [even if it turns out to be horrible]. it’s a testament of my culture’s presence and relevance on other places besides mine.

    and like languages, what keeps a culture alive and eternal is its capacity of transforming itself by assimilating what could contribute to make it stronger on various environments. it’s very much like evolution of the spieces.

    so my opinion is that if k-pop wants to have an enduring success internationally and be a cultural mark like north american pop, for instance, has on global culture it should know that tapping to conservatorship won’t help. it should embrace the different and new ideas about itself.

    all that said, yes again, chad future sucks! even if he’s a hottie! hehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EEX2VUMCATTYW3YP5UKDIWSK3Q kelsey coop

    He seems like he’s a good singer, is really nice and is pretty cute… his music is just so… IDK, I think instead of trying to jump into this whole music scene he should just consider going a sorta Seoulbeats route and write and do reports on Kpop while not nessisarily trying to be his own genre… cause I mean, American pop is a million times different then Kpop, there’s no diverging from that reality so trying to get popular here in America with music that might be popular in Korea seems like a really strange idea as well as a white singer singing trying to break into Kpop… not to mention there’s a reason companies specify that they’re looking for asian artists and not other races, no offence but I’m pretty sure all of us understand that race does make a difference when it comes to the Korean entertainment …

  • 271828

    Uh so Facebook Official was real? WTF

  • happy_slip

    To me, the whole thing was as weird and awkward as Se7en doing that Girls(?) song for his US debut a few years ago. Or as disorienting as JYJ’s collaboration with Kanye. Heck, I remember feeling like this when I heard BB’s earlier English raps in a few of their first Japanese releases (or their English version of We Belong Together) because the lyrics were so cheesy, dated, basic and was obviously just inspired by their rather limited view of Western music.

    True, if a Korean idol would do Chad’s Hello fans wouldn’t be so vocally against the material, but I bet you, if that Korean idol would do a type of pop music that originated from Chad Future’s country people would also be writing comments like “This Korean dude is doing American pop the wrong way.” It goes both ways honestly. There are going to be biased and closed-minded fans but I think there are also a lot of people who simply find cross-overs like this weird because they’re not used to seeing it on a regular basis, and perhaps feeling like the artist is only doing a genre based on face-value or first-hand impressions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucaswoodstock Lucas Oliveira Dantas

      “True, if a Korean idol would do Chad’s Hello fans wouldn’t be so vocally against the material, but I bet you, if that Korean idol would do a type of pop music that originated from Chad Future’s country people would also be writing comments like “This Korean dude is doing American pop the wrong way.” It goes both ways honestly. There are going to be biased and closed-minded fans […]”

      exactly! and the main problem with superficial criticism about things like these is that it’s mostly based on prejudice and a [let’s say] “closeted” form of xenophobia. the worst is that people rarely notice the horrible prejudice and racism contained on their comments.

    • The Musical Commentator

      But ppl like Dumbfoundead (K-american) actually do it right. this Chad dude is just a mess

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EMWCY47W4QVXJGMC4Y5IBEYJLI Patrick

    Awful. I’m embarrassed and I’m watching the video.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

    It’ll be hard to tell me that this article wasn’t written by a Kpop fangirl…

    • https://twitter.com/#!/LimaCake LimaCake

      Hmm..how so?

      • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

        He’s getting knocked for the things he’s doing when it’s pretty much the same as any other Kpop Idol

        • https://twitter.com/#!/LimaCake LimaCake

          I don’t really have an investment on whether or not he does well. In fact, I’m quite enjoying the debate here in the comments section because I think everyone is bringing up good points. I’ve actually never seen K-Pop fans so torn on an issue.

          Anyway, sprinkled in the article are references to the fact that he actually IS doing what other K-Pop artists are doing. I don’t think I took a stance, but rather, I’m genuinely wondering what other peoples’ stances are on this topic. I hope that can halfway convince you that this wasn’t written by a Kpop fangirl lol :p
          -salima

        • The Musical Commentator

          but the main problem is that he doesn’t sing and he’s not that good at rapping…. and dancing? don’t even get me started

  • lisaVIP

    he has potential. rough around the edges. lol

    some advice for chad: 1. ditch the ridiculous cheese and focus on an image thats better suited for you with a bit of a flair. you are not a cute korean kid, but an attractive white guy. In other words, you can’t pull off all things kpop. better embrace who you are and find a stylist. 

    2. work on korean. you want to be kpop? korean is important. 

    3. work on musicality. i.e.. songwriting, composing….etc. 

    • http://twitter.com/JohnDeSims JDSono

      Take away #3 because majority Kpop Idols can’t do that themselves

  • http://twitter.com/jwangfb49 JoyceW.

    Chad Future seems like a pretty down to earth guy in the interviews so why not just focus on that? It’s awesome how he embraced kpop but it’s kinda pushing boundry a bit when making serious “kpop inspired” songs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

    Okay so now for my comment finally lol.

    Anyways I don’t have a problem with other races being in kpop but I do have a problem with how they chose to do it. A kpop star singing in english? Okay then how are you a kpop star then? If he was willing to learn about the culture and language then I would be okay with him being in kpop but if hes going to go down to Korea and not try to learn the language and culture with a really cocky attitude, and if you’ve seen his profile you know what I mean. He kinda acts like he’s originator of the genre, he even acts as if he does it better than most Koreans talking about how he trained for 10 years which I don’t believe in the slightest, his arrogance is very off putting, especially for someone who is an underdog.  

    Anyways, have you guys heard about the girl who won BIGBANG’s global contest Allysse, she is African American and she got signed to Startrack Entertainment and is now performing in Seoul. Now she’s not in huge company and I dont think she is considered a kpop idol, but she is a singer in Korea right now and her songs are in Korean. Her is the link to her youtube channel were you can learn more about her experience – http://www.youtube.com/user/SassyEnt

    There is also a caucasion guy named Kyle Moffat in the group callled ESQ (short for Esquire) is made up of K9, Keunhwan, Kyle, Jihoo, and Kyungmin. Kyle is  white canadian, he was found from cube entertainment’s global auditions in Canada, but I think the group is under another company called Avance Entertainment. They haven’t debuted yet so I dont know much about him but I think since he is in the group he probably has made an effort to learn about the culture and the language, but we will have to see when and if they actually debut. Here is there picture- http://blog.ningin.com/2011/09/12/new-kpop-group-to-debut-esquireesq/

    The two people I mention above is who I would really like to focus on when talking about diversity in kpop and challenges that foreigners would have to face being a kpop idol or singer. Not Chad Future mostly because I don’t think hes made enough of an effort to be an kpop idol and I’m not even sure if he is really serious about it…

    While I don’t agree with her, I have to give mybiasbeatsyourbias props for at least not being bias and not wanting it either way, a lot of people have a huge problems with non-asians in kpop but if someone else would have said kpop idols don’t belong in the west all hell would break loss. I don’t have a problem either way, if a non-asian is willing to go the extra mile to learn about Korean culture and wants to be a kpop idol then that fine with me, if kpop idols want to try to break into west to spread the hallyu wave I have no problem with that either. What’s wrong with people stepping outside the box and taking on something challenging because its what they want to do. It’s nothing wrong with stepping outside your comfort zone. Groups like BIGBANG, Wonder Girls, and SNSD are already well established in Korea, so what is wrong with striving for more or taking on a new challenge. And like I stated in another comment alot of people for other countries want to be in kpop because that is the music they personally like so why would they not want to be apart of that. People need to open their minds a bit more. Im sorry but I just cannot accept the attitude that Non-Asians should not be in kpop because of the fact that they are not Asian as if that is not racially biased, I don’t find that way of thinking unacceptable, its borderline racist. I know that Asians/koreans probably have better grasp on Korean culture than non-asians, but that doesn’t mean a person can’t learn… Just an opinion…

  • aozora1290

    There are so many things that are disturbing about this article that i don’t even know where to start. In fact i find this article so bad that i’m just going to leave it there. If i sat here and tried to point all the flaws and double standards in this article i might be here all day and i have a job to get to so im not gonna do that and i wouldnt even if i could. I will leave with my opinion on kpop. The odds of kpop transcending past a “fad” to “international” level is slim at this point that i really rarely take part in discussions like this. All it’s about is prestige and legitimizing it in a  way that should already have happened within the kpop sphere and i include international fans in that. International fans still complain of their friends and families not listening to kpop the way they do and it amazes me how many posts online you can find about this. It’s always left me asking “Why should they?” I can understand wanting other people to share your love of kpop with but when it gets to the point where you feel like you constantly have to fight for the honor of kpop and defend it against would be detractors then your letting something so inconsequential at the end of the day use way too much of your time and energy. Kpop fans tend to feel the need to speak on behalf of korea. As if they are the international representatives of korea. They think that by listening to kpop and watching the dramas and various tv shows that they are then joined in some way with their korean counterparts and i personally dont think that to be the case at all. I was going to try and make some elaborate point about everything but honestly i forgot but i will say this. I think that if kpop ever truly attempted to become international i think the international fanbase would find someway to fracture and implode and the sad truth is that it all comes down to race. People just are not willing to share and live and enjoy simple things as music with “others.”

    • redvelvetcake

      I think you bring a valid point with that it might not transcend to an international level and staying. The lack of acceptance of other for it has mostly to do with it not being a good song, or being in English or good when in English. Like WG and SNSD making the English versions of their singles is not enough to make a good song that most people will like. (I think The Boys was a shit song in English because I understand the cringeworthy lyrics) But for some reason the Gangnam Style song of Psy is viral and loved internationally for it being a good fun song whilst being fully Korean excluding some English phrases. Although it is more of an unintentional Macarena style hit than a real breakthrough hit. 

      I think Kpop might have a chance internationally when one Korean artist breaks through worldwide like Shakira who broke through as an international artist despite coming from Colombia and later on making some hit songs even though there was Spanish in it. She even got Juan to some acclaim. 

      People are willing to accept foreign language songs, as long as it is a genuinely good song and their friends and family are notifying them of it. And some artists are truly meant for worldwide fame, some aren’t.

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

        Honestly though, you can’t use Shakira’s success as a benchmark. She has the advantage of decades of Latin music familiarity to help her. Previous acts like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan (and if you want to go further back, Julio Iglesias, Buena Vista Social Club) aided what was already an accepted music genre into further popularity.

        K-pop on the other hand, while it is catchy, and in the process of reinventing itself, isn’t really original as much as it is a derivative. Korean artists looking to break through have a lot of work cut out for them. I personally feel Kpop should embrace their status of a niche genre and work to retain their small but very loyal following kinda like J-rock.

        I do agree however, that songs in a foreign language can be accepted if it’s genuinely good and also that international fame is 99% luck and 1% great marketing.

        Though I have to say, I actually do like Chad Future. I think he’s a genuine K-pop fan, but one who also realises the failings/weaknesses of the culture and isn’t afraid to joke about it. Responses to his videos, I think reflect pretty well on how sometimes fans can be quite hypocritical.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530278960 Sarah Edge

      In the time that I’ve been in Seoul I’ve never met a 20-something Korean person who cares as much about Kpop as non-Korean fans do. They are as much amused and unaffected by it as I am.

      I would just like to say to the Kpop fans out there = So you like SNSD or Super Junior or SHINee? So what? Kpop isn’t Korea.

      • Kim Youna

         i agree with you.kpop doesnt mean korea.most of the kpop in here it is digested by teenagers from their 13 to 18 years old,the other somehow dont care.my all korean friends hate or dont give a damm about kpop.they are shocked i know more about their own music then they do.and especially guys here totally hate kpop.

    • PandaPanda

      This has already somewhat happened, though. I mean, look at when 2NE1 tried to break into the US through will.i.am. International fans (mind you, the same ones who were pushing 2NE1 to go global) bashed 2NE1 for ‘sounding too American’, which, unfourtunately, is pretty much the only way ANYONE can break into a different country’s market; by making a sound that is similar to theirs. Blackjacks did implode on themselves, if you think about it. Same thing with Wonder Girls. After their American release, they went back to Korea and literally just stopped promoting. Kpop isn’t as fun as it used to be when I first listened to it.

  • BeiSandy

    I can admit that if Chad was Asian American I wouldn’t have a problem. I, as an Asian American just want us to have mainstream representation. & I’m not being racist. I just think Chad Future is an example of white privilege.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MMRQEZEPSNJ26LJ7XJNDDM5NCI JasmineA

      Except for the fact that kpop is not popular in America, so it does nothing for Asian American’s representation in the media unless it becomes mainstream in here. And Chad is attempting to break into a industry that is part of Korean culture where he is the minority, he has no privilege there.

      • BeiSandy

        To me it is white privilege because at this point he’s not in Korea, he is still in America right now ripping off of the novelty of Kpop. Maybe if he tried harder to actually assimilate himself in Korean culture fully and live in Korea and actually struggle to become an artist there, I wouldn’t think so. But as of right now he is a white male in America expecting to be the person to bridge the gap between America and Korea. He even “created” a new genre and calling in AK-Pop claiming he’s making “history”.

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

          With SM Entertainment getting some of it’s songs from American artists off YouTube, what’s wrong with starting here and “sticking your toe in the water”?
          I hate defending this guy because he really is that bad, but the points brought up in these comments are valid. There are no other “races” in KPop. Other nationalities? Yes…as long as they look “Asian”.

        • Bc

          agreed. white previlage has become an unconscious mentality that most of us share.
          If he thinks he doesn’t have to train his arse off, don’t have great talent, don’t bother to learn the culture and language, and not go through the suitable ‘looks’ department, and expect the K industry to just embrace him with wide arms because he’s American, than that’s white previlage right there.
          If other ethnicity people are expected to learn english if they want to get into the US industry, than it should work the other way around as well.

      • BeiSandy

        To me it is white privilege because at this point he’s not in Korea, he is still in America right now ripping off of the novelty of Kpop. Maybe if he tried harder to actually assimilate himself in Korean culture fully and live in Korea and actually struggle to become an artist there, I wouldn’t think so. But as of right now he is a white male in America expecting to be the person to bridge the gap between America and Korea. He even “created” a new genre and calling in AK-Pop claiming he’s making “history”.

  • rocketeer712

    i like the song, but i don’t like the way he looks. the song is something i wish Jay Park would sing instead.

  • destinyanglin

    About to read the comments

    *insert popcorn eating gif*

  • Rylee_Ann

    I’m sorry, I think he’s a troll. He does love kpop, but he still comes off as a total troll and I think that’d be what he was going for.

    If he is genuinely trying to break into the market, then fail… he doesn’t speak Korean at all nor does he know anything about the culture. Actually, I think it’d be awesome if a white person got into kpop, but a white person who is actively living in Korea. Because theyre white, but korean. And um, that’s kpop, not some detroit dude who doesn’t even speak Korean.. idk.

  • http://twitter.com/alexiskpoplove alejandra

    i also believe he does love kpop…especially the older style of kpop like h.o.t but…no just no…so far the only americans or westerns in general in the kpop world are ASIAN/something…and don’t forget that for example someone from freakin hawaii that has asian background goes to debut in korea..they make him/her adjust to the korean lifestyle…he hasn’t obviously so…yeah nice try but NO….

  • 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

      wow…

  • 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

    PEACE LOVE AND KPOP <3

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

    i hate him. :/

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

    he ruined everything. 

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

    ick.

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

    WHITE BOY CAN’T K-POP!

  • 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.
      Next?

  • 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.
      next?

      • 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.