• http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

    I love spoof themed episode of celebrity/entertainment/pop culture and after watching B12 music video i might become their fan. Regarding the part “With Super Junior, the greatest 12 (or more) member boy band, some would argue that the group fulfills some of the points above.” Super Junior is 13-membered boy band while EXO is 12-membered boy band. Overall great commentary on the k-pop boy band and every boy band in general outside of K-pop 

    • http://logton.tumblr.com/ Jasmin Davis

      Technically speaking, Suju is only 12 since Hangeng is officially not a member. EXO is more like two 6 membered groups that perform occasionally for special events. Comparing EXO wouldn’t have worked, since for every member in the EXO-K, there’s supposed to be like a ‘twin’ in EXO-M, if that makes sense.

      • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

        i understand the current state of Super Junior and i get that wasn’t talking about that i was talking about how Super Junior will be always be remembered and known as a 13-member boy band when they were still well-established. Yes EXO, EXO-K, EXO-M are separate groups with EXO being a 12-member boy band being separated from 12 to 6 members separated to EXO-K and EXO-M, I disagree about the part “comparing EXO would’ve have worked” EXO as a whole and do group activities is still a 12-membered group and yes EXO and Super Junior should not be compared and the only thing they have in common is they’re from the same company SM Entertainment and they are a large group the difference is EXO is 12 and Super Junior is 13. I guess i’ll have to agree to disagree.

        • Sophia

          I didn’t know that EXO K and M come together as one group and do group activities, do they ever sing together? I thought they were more like 2pm and 2am.

  • myloveisDRC

    “There isn’t any denying that the American Dad writers hit the nail on the head with B12, probably without even knowing anything about K-pop, which is the unfortunate part.”

    Why are you so sure the writers knew nothing about K-pop beforehand? I’d have thought the opposite. K-pop has yet to make a significant “splash” stateside, but there have certainly been ripples, and once the water churns enough people’s curiosity will get the better of them and they won’t be able to resist investigating the source. I don’t know if K-pop will ever be as lucrative in North America as fans want it to be, but as long as interest is on the rise, doesn’t it make sense that the media would take advantage of the trend? I don’t think the outcome is a direct jab at K-pop boy groups. I do, however, think the writers did their research and were aware of the pitfalls of K-pop, at least those plainly obvious on the surface, when they created the concept for B12.

    • WonderfulZingMin

      lol Typical.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TTZ2FYN62OVKFZZEXXIJT4M54U Julia

      Typical kpop fan~

      • myloveisDRC

        If that’s what you gleaned from my commentary there’s nothing I can do. And it’s clear it would be a waste of my time and yours to attempt to break it down for you, especially since you’re so keen on labeling others as “typical.” ^^

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

          You did pretty much ignore the fact that this B12 thing copies more from pop idol groups of the 90s than Kpop, though. :)

          Especially since Julia offered a point of view that was not harsh or negative towards you. The only waste of time here is hers in an attempt to give you clarity on an issue you’re quite blind to. I applaud her efforts, though. A true champion of truth.

          You, on the other hand, are exactly why I would NEVER in my life want to date a kpop fan. Blind.

          • myloveisDRC

            Just because I didn’t mention ’90s boy bands doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge their influence. I said the writers did their research; take from that what you will.

            As for that last part, just be careful not to fall off your pedestal otherwise you’ll be forced to mingle with all of us down here.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

            I’ll take it exactly as you wrote it:  “I do, however, think the writers did their research and were aware of the pitfalls of K-pop, at least those plainly obvious on the surface, when they created the concept for B12.”

            If you meant it some other way, that’s your fault not mine. :)

            And I don’t tend to mingle with strangers, anyway, so I should be okay. But thanks for the warning.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/TTZ2FYN62OVKFZZEXXIJT4M54U Julia

          Lets be realistic here. Lets say the creators “did their research” wouldn’t they use Asians? If you’ve ever watch Family guys or American dad you will notice they are very insensitive when it comes to making fun of asians.Some of you forget that kpop is only a niche market in the U.S and I highly doubt American dad would be poking fun of something only a small amount of people would understand. 

  • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

    Lol, don’t judge me too harshly, but I want to stan B12. I liked that song and video. Very entertaining.

    • Gaya_SB

      Join the club: my bias is the girl.

      • TwistedTruths

        I’m surprised the girl didn’t get compared to f(x)’s Amber! I was waiting for that!

    • http://dvqd92.tumblr.com/ Elizabeth

      I’ll have also join the club to become B12 fangirl i’m a sucker and lover of pop music especially boy band 

  • Annie_May

    So I creep, yeah
    Just keep it on the down low
    Said nobody is supposed to know

    So I creep, yeah
    ‘Cause he doesn’t know what I do
    And no attention goes to show
    Oh, so I creep”

    Lmaooo!! Yooooooo!! Shout out, to the shout out to TLC “Creep” MV. Yesssss!! B12. haha!!:):)I hope I wasn’t the only one who caught that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

    Hm… while I like the concept of this article and it’s obviously well thought out, I wonder how Josie and the Pussycats and Spice Girls managed to foretell KARA’s near-disbandment and member changes in KARA, Wonder Girl’s and Girl’s Day, etc.  It’s not that these pop stereotypes don’t resemble Kpop, it’s that kpop resembles 90′s pop idol groups of Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls.

    I think the thing here is that so many people ignore “everything else” when they get involved in kpop so they think whenever anything shows up it’s automatically taking kpop ideas.  You could theoretically argue Hyuna and Britney Spears have taken the same route to solo success, starting in a group (Mickey Mouse Club for Spears) then branching out in a solo career with sexual innuendo in the videos as a minor.  Can’t wait for Hyuna to shave her head and forget undergarments. >.>

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UNQGN7IPNTIRIWBNVHEFBHHV4 a z

       “Can’t wait for Hyuna to shave her head and forget undergarments. >.>”
      I really hate when people make fun of what happened to Britney. Yes no one knew at the time that she was mentally sick but now that you do know its rather tasteless to use make reference to that episode as if she was doing it purposely for attention. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

        Thanks for telling me what I think of Britney Spears.  You sure have the A-Z on me, huh?

        Did I make fun of Britney Spears?  Did I say she did it for attention?

        No, I made a statement about Hyuna possibly going through a similar period in her own life that Britney Spears did.  I did not say it would happen, nor did I seriously say I wanted it to.  I merely commented on the mirroring of the two in direct relation to this article suggesting that something in the world resembling kpop is absolutely a parody of kpop and kpop only – because the rest of the world really did come first. 20 years ago.

        But thanks for telling me how I think.  Sometimes I just don’t get myself.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UNQGN7IPNTIRIWBNVHEFBHHV4 a z

          I never told you what you think, but i think it is tasteless to use her as a reference when during that period she was mentally unstable and therefore was not really in control of her actions. To compare the two is ridiculous since Hyuna does not have a mental disease (that we know) so when she does provocative things its a choice she consciously makes knowing the reactions she will receive. And you were in fact making light of what happened to Britney but if you dont want to admit it or didnt know you were doing it then it is what it is. 

      • inxomnia

        Let me be snarky for me a moment here but really? No one knew she was mentally ill when she had that episode? They all thought that was normal, fine and dandy behaviour? Come on. 

        I don’t think the poster even mentioned anything about doing anything for attention. He was saying they were similar so to speak. And honestly, if KPOP stars have mental breakdowns, I can’t wait for that either. It will just show those agencies that these young adults are humans and have limits. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

          Agreed.  In fact, many KPOP stars DO have mental breakdowns.  Problem is you just don’t get to see it UNLESS it’s for publicity.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2UNQGN7IPNTIRIWBNVHEFBHHV4 a z

          You’re talking about one episode, Britney had many episodes that were red flags to her mental state (magazines even wrote articles of why they cancelled interviews because they believed she was mentally unstable) and the last one just so happend to be the biggie that slapped people in the face and made them realize something was seriously wrong. But before that she was laughed at, called her a slut, and everyone basically said everything she did was for attention because she has a sexy image and needed to stay relevant.
          Now you’re right the poster didn’t mention doing things for attention, but everything Hyuna does as far as being overly sexy in her dances and the way she dress is done for attention because it helps distract from the fact that she cant sing and sucks at rapping. Its the only reason she is as successful as she is now because her songs are not memorable or even catchy. Britney yes had a sexy “concept” if you will but it was natural and they empathized it. Plus although she is not a great singer (she is extremely medicore) Britney was an entertainer and she was lucky enough to have a lot of catchy dance hits and a few decent ballads.
          Not sure if i am being clear, i dont translate well on paper but IMO, Britney and Hyuna are not headed down the same path because Hyuna just isnt an entertainer which is what she needs to be to be like Britney.

          And for the record – because i realize i sound like a Britney stan – I am not a Britney fan i am really someone who has sever guilt because i was one of the people who enjoyed the trainwreck that she was and i also thought she was doing it for attention until i saw her shave her head.

          • inxomnia

            That’s what I’m saying – it was clear there was trouble in paradise with Britney. Which is why I replied when you said “no one knew she was mentally sick” etc. 

            Now, honestly I could care less for comparisons between the two because that’s they’re job and they do what they do. What I do think is, that I wouldn’t be surprised if sh*t goes down because of the craziness that is idol-dom. 

          • inxomnia

            That’s what I’m saying – it was clear there was trouble in paradise with Britney. Which is why I replied when you said “no one knew she was mentally sick” etc. 

            Now, honestly I could care less for comparisons between the two because that’s they’re job and they do what they do. What I do think is, that I wouldn’t be surprised if sh*t goes down because of the craziness that is idol-dom. 

    • Sophia

      I agree, I’m old enough to remember and was a fan of the 90s boybands – someone asked me why i like Kpop, nostalgia, it lets me be a kid again. 

      BUT i’m also old enough not to take it too seriously, original it anit and i’m fully aware of that fact. Doesn’t stop me from enjoying it though

    • inxomnia

      I’ve always thought that KPOP just took off from boy bands and girl bands from the offset. However, many believe KPOP is so new and unique to Korea because they’re fan-girls/boys. It’s basically girl bands and boy bands in a different cultural paradigm and its the cultural influences that are unique not the actual music, industry or the manufacturing. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

        So true.  Kpop is equal parts 90s pop (such as American Backstreet Boys or the European Spice Girls, etc.) fused with Korean style/swagger.

  • Ditu3ka

    Based on K-pop boys groups or American boys groups from 90´s, it was just hilarious. I would stan “dead sister” one or “annoying” one because both just sound so wrong :-))

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

    them dressed up is a reference the Backstreet Boys  ‘Everybody’. Anyway, it was pretty funny considering I never find American Dad or Family Guy funny at all.

    • asianromance

      Someone who also remembered 2gether!  U + me = Us!  

  • http://twitter.com/Plutonium22 Plutonium

    lol

  • Onew Luhan

    I totally ship B11 with B7.

    • Sophia

      Lol funny!

    • Sophia

      Lol funny!

  • Chyrita Bonita

    I thought this was hilarious when I first saw this episode. The first thing that came to my mind was Super Junior and when they were dancing in the white room my jaw dropped because I thought they were seriously making fun of Super Junior. It was just funny to see them make fun of corny groups

  • melbyj89

    i think this spoof is a direct jab to kpop because there’s  no famous 12 member like boy bands in america ever
    popular boy bands that was and now r popular  in america are one direction, the wanted, backstreet boys,nsync, new kids on the block, 98 degress, five, otown, etc which all have i think 5 members.
    so what  else could american dad be parodying? it so obvious it’s kpop idol boy bands

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

      How many 12 member boy bands are in Korea? That are popular enough to warrant the attention by FOX?

      This is 90% jab at boy bands of the 90s and maybe 5% “I just did some research and there’s this band in S. Korea with 12 members and one of them looks like a girl!”

      This whole story is old hat to people who grew up in the 80s and 90s.

      • http://twitter.com/J2201987 Justin Asomugha

        LOL @ “I just did some research and there’s this band in S. Korea with 12 members and one of them looks like a girl!”

      • http://twitter.com/J2201987 Justin Asomugha

        LOL @ “I just did some research and there’s this band in S. Korea with 12 members and one of them looks like a girl!”

  • http://arbitrary-greay.livejournal.com/ Arbitrary_greay

    The only thing that Kpop might have uniquely in that video is the large member roster, which is still a stretch because of Menudo. Everything else, as mentioned multiple times below, has been done before, which simply speaks to how little the idol market has changed across time and space. 

    That said, I would not be surprised if there were Kpop fans among the creators of American Dad. They’re fans of Jpop, at least, because not only did American Dad play Perfume in one episode, it was vintage pre-popularity Perfume. 
    But the Backstreet Boys and 2gether references make me pretty sure that this is 99% playing on the nostalgia of the audience on 90s boybands combined with the resurgence now from One Direction and The Wanted. There’s a large member roster simply for exaggeration purposes, because people who aren’t idol fans could care less if the members were individuals or not, and to them it feels like every group is an endless parade of faces that all melt into one another. 

    B8 stan4lyfe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688295383 David McCready

      I was actually going to point out that Japan has the market covered on large member rosters but had no idea if the American Dad writers were fans.

      But I’m thoroughly in agreement with your comments.

  • Bstar5

    Seth MacFarlane is f#$%*^g hilarious.  Get this group on Music Bank now.

    • missile414

      LOL I doubt Seth Mcfarlane had anything to do with this episode.

  • Whitney Richardson

    Yeah, it does have a lot in common with kpop, but it also has a lot in common with American and Latin American boy bands. Menudo had a zillion members. The monster theme is obviousy from ‘Everybody’ by the Backstreet Boys and the weird white room stuff is similar to all the other teeny bopper/Justin Bieber videos out there. It’s totally possible that someone on the writing staff is into Kpop, but they don’t have to be because ALL of these elements were already explored to death in the 90s.

  • LovelySt4r

    I think that the whole parody is poking fun at American 90s pop more than k-pop, and since k-pop does take a lot from that time era itself, in turn it does seem like they’re talking about k-pop as well.

    about the 12 member thing in relation to Super Junior, I find it quite funny tbh but it’s not like it’s a secret that there’s a group that big out there. in my instance, I knew about the large numbers of Super Junior and SNSD years before I got into kpop. plus kpop is becoming more mainstream so even if they did have more reference to popular kpop acts I wouldn’t be all that surprised tbh.

  • VLF218

    I thought it was pretty funny.  Come on though what fun is it if you can’t laugh a bit at it right??  I agree with everyone else, yea it might have hit the Kpop formula spot on but America did have the 90′s.  But I wouldn’t be surprised if the writers are familiar with Kpop acts such as Super Junior but South Korea definitely is NOT the only country with singing and dancing boybands with pretty faces and a high member count.  Like I said before I found it quite amusing, it wasn’t making fun of the boyband concept in a bad way (At least I didn’t see it as that way) but it just kind of brought us back a little you know?? 

  • mangochic

    LMAO!!!! It’s awesome how they nailed the stereotypes and I think the creators or someone in their families pay attention to k-pop.