• Kim Youna

    it’s not only in kpop usually koreans like and aspect like everything to be perfect.i call those fans that want like the idols to be pefect,egoists,because for sure those fans as well are not perfect and make mistakes right,like any human beeing.

  • BishieAddict

    I agree that some fans expectations are unbelieveable. Worst case I think is Jay leaving 2pm because of a remark he said before his debut, which given his age and being American, in that context it wasnt really meant to be a huge insult to Korea. It was something a typical teen would have said to anything that was annoying them… heck I used that phrase, as unpolitically correct multiple times back then.
    So yes, in most cases, ppl hold them accountable for the snall

  • mojo jojo

    I suppose ‘perfection’ comes with the title of an idol. I don’t see it fading anytime soon. These people have to keep up a facade that their company markets them by ‘on’ and ‘off’ screen.

    I wouldn’t call breaking the law a mistake because it doesn’t fit the category. We’re all aware of the law and know that breaking it is a crime. GD, Daesung and Nickhun are public figures who are very well respected and loved by many so obviously people will be disappointed by them breaking the law. Kpop fan’s also tend to believe that they know their oppa, unni, noona, hyung very well so when news like this breaks out they are genuinely shocked. It makes sense to be angry because well…  fans are also human… (I think xD)

    Then there are the anti fans who are just waiting for these people to mess up so they can begin the backlash. I don’t think fans can pull a 360 degree turn that quickly (well I can’t). It’s the anti fans who stir up trouble and convince others that the idol is wrong. Sometimes news on the internet can be mistaken as true as well (T-ara Scandal) and things get messy in the confusion.
    In the end being ‘perfect’ or close to ‘perfect’ is an idols job. Krystal still hasn’t learnt that from the first few times she was put under fire for being ‘rude.’ She just keeps doing it and so the more she acts ‘rude’ the more flack she will receive because it’s not a first time offence.
     Taeyeon will not be looking ‘bored’ again, I hope. She was working so if she does her work wrong by not paying attention she will obviously be scolded.
    Block B will be careful of what they say using their mouths. Their carelessness got them into a lot of trouble.

    Lastly I would like to add that these idols are not your close friends that you feel they shouldn’t receive negative comments from everyone. They are professionals. They are paid workers. They are public figures. So if they mess up they will get backlash. They know this better than anyone else. Yes, its a hard knock life but they did sign up for it.

  • LadyXia

    I always cringe when people call their idols perfect, flawless or even goddesses. >.<
    Imo as long as idols realize what they did wrong, sincerely apologize (not their company) and do it the right/better way next time, I don't see a problem, because this is the way we 'normal' people do it. Learn from your mistakes to move forward in life! Actually I have a lot of respect for people who can admit their own flaws and try to be a better person since it is not always that easy. This goes of course for the smaller/unintentional incidents, like not watching what you say, behaving not correctly etc. If they are committing a serious crime tho or really mean what they did or said (racism comes to my mind here), it is a different story.

    Not to mention the hilariousness of some fans bashing a certain idol or group for something and then suddenly the table turns, and their own idol did something wrong. Just proves that no one should act all high and mighty.

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

    There are many factors that can account for the issue of why do we expect perfection on the idols part. 

    First, idols themselves seem to portray themselves as such. The makeup, the wardrobe, the dancing, the singing, the attitude… everything seems a bit different from the norm. Some may beg to differ but how many of us fans can truly dance like Yunho, can sing like Park Bom, rap like Chanyeol, bodies with golden ratio or even have looks like Dara? Also, the horrifyingly squeaky clean images, apart from the occasional drunk-driving, fan-slapping, or national service evading, seem a bit odd. Clearly, the idols too take their jobs, if not themselves quite seriously. You can doubt the content of interviews but some idols seem really darn earnest when they say that “I will work harder. I will try my best.” It scares me sometimes. Second, the entertainment companies impose this whole perfect label (or persona) on the idols because this is the only way they can get more fans and with more fans, means greater revenue. What is listed above (from makeup to attitude), some are not chosen by the idols themselves but are holographic images of perfection stamped on top of idols, legally, because it is part of the contract to be perfect. I think I read somewhere how some companies include compulsory nip tucks on their idols if they wish to debut… Third, the fact that fans keep calling their idols are perfect, flawless, god-like plays a role. I don’t claim that I am free from this sin but usually, it is out of admiration than treating it seriously. However, such compliments can go awry because some fans seem to take it literally and buy into the idea that their idols are indeed perfect, flawless or immortals. And with beliefs, comes expectations. Fourth, parents expect idols to be role models of the younger generation or their children in general – most fans are youngins that are still living with their parents. This provides a bit of a pressure towards entertainment companies and idols themselves. Finally, if you lived in an Asian community, especially communities in big cities (metropolitan?), you will be faced with this pressure to perform and the pressure to be perfect. The closest example would be my parents. My dad claims that he doesn’t mind if I screw my exams when I was a child but I would certainly be facing the stick if I got short of an A. My mom claims that I am decent looking but that is only if I am neither bone skinny nor trunk thick (till now, I am not sure what is optimum). So, if you are a fan who grew up in such conditions, you will tend to project this whole “perfect” thing on idols. Also, do not forget that these idols are from South Korea where there’s pressure to get good grades in school and pressure to look good (lookism anyone?). 

    With the cocktail of the factors above, you can picture this whole feedback system that reinforces the belief that idols are perfect even though they are clearly not. Those who are not too deep into this delusion are able to tell themselves that “Hey, they are humans too” but what about parents, idols and entertainment companies themselves? With different motives and different biases, it is hard to disassociate idols from perfection, as much as some of us want to. Lets hope that there will be some awareness in the future… At least, that is what you and I can do. :(  

  • soluiz

     i·dol  (dl)n.1.a. An image used as an object of worship.
    b. A false god.2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.3. Something visible but without substance

    Taken from freedictionary com
    Lol this is so true @ 3

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

    “While driving under the influence should not be acceptable in any form, sometimes the damage an idol suffers to his or her image due to a car accident is too much.”

    No, it really isn’t too much. 

    He didn’t kill anyone — THIS time. 

    Drunk driving is more than irresponsible: it’s fucking deplorable. 

    Babies ride in cars with their parents; school kids walk in the street with their friends; families go out for drives to get to a restaurant or some other familial activity; to put all these people’s lives in jeopardy, on any scale, just because a person can’t seem to grasp the concept of not getting behind a wheel while liquored up is absolutely disgusting. Screw being an idol — damage to your career does not exempt you from the backlash you deserve for doing something that is not only idiotic, but downright hideous.

    • Jaclyn

      YES! Thank you! His fans are practically falling over their feet forgiving him and it hasn’t even been that big of news (though good job on JYP’s part).

      I never, will ever, understand drunk driving. The fact that you CHOOSE to get in a car knowing that you will not only increase the chance of injuring or killing yourself, but others is fucking ridiculous. Please my language, but I take drunk driving seriously. What if it had been worse? What if he killed the man or he injured or killed a child or the child’s parents. What if he freaking paralyzed the man? Obviously just injuring him already and driving drunk has diminished any respect I had for him. (Though I never had much respect for him anyway. His abhorrent comments on the Japanese earthquake and being an absolute hypocrite regarding Block B.)

      You’re right. Who cares about your idol life when you are being a disgusting person for having no regard for human life.

  • sxne7

    who actually cares? i think people have to realize that although this is korean entertainment, its still entertainment. we need to treat it as such and move the fuxk on.

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

    What I actually find more interesting are the netizens who aren’t exactly fans of an idol who go on and on about how offended they are by something. For example: the T-ara scandal. Everyone, not just T-ara fans, was throwing insults at the girls. The worst part is that people still are. I mean, I definitely make a judgement one way or another, and I’ll share that judgement, but I’m not going to needlessly bash idols. I know they get enough of it.

    Actually…I feel like I’m more critical of idols I am a fan of. I’ve dedicated a lot of my time to them, and I do have high expectations of them. I don’t get upset when they look bored in an interview or I’m not a huge fan of their latest song, though. No big deal. :/

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

    It kind of bothers me when I see people saying things like “my oppa is so flawless” or “unni is a goddess<3", when the truth is they're not. As a fan, I acknowledge the fact that the members of Infinite aren't perfect. They make mistakes, get pimples, fart, get sick, cheat, lie, curse, and get bored. Anyways my point is that they are also human beings that do what human beings do. They are not perfect, no one is. 

  • happy_slip

    I don’t expect my favorite idols to be squeaky clean and be physically flawless at all times. I do expect them to be able to think well/act accordingly in certain cases though or at least be able to own up/stand up for the things they chose to do. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZMSVOCJOA7ZA47SDPHNBVFNWM Lizzie Heart

    What I dislike is, when oppa does something wrong, fans are the first ones to say they are humans and deserve second chance.

    A girl member does something wrong = burn the b*tch! She doesn’t deserve to be a idol!

    • http://twitter.com/cjiang0220 Chloe

      Double standards at its best

  • http://www.facebook.com/ollian.chrollie Ollian Chrollie

    Asians fans really have power. So Nichkhun missed out on JYP nation like that. I feel really bad for him. Even Daesung did not get it easy. We have Lilndsay Lohan over here, who gets into car accidents as if it is a daily ritual and she still gets off everytime.

  • http://twitter.com/amionne92 Ami-ah

    Correction: Zico did NOT joke about the Thailand floods. He truthfully answered a loaded question made by Kyung that was meant as a self-depreciating joke about their lack of funds. Even after all this time, it still gets very much under my skin when someone takes their Thailand interview out of context. Granted it was stupid to throw any kind of joke in the middle of a serious discussion about a natural catastrophe, but let’s call it for what it really was, please.

    Now about the article, this is why I strongly oppose the “idol” definition. Sure they’re gorgeous but a lot of its fake, and sure, some of them have legitimate talents but they’re not superior to myself or anyone else. So I’ve never seen it as a big deal when they do screw up and make mistakes. They’re human, after all.