While Mike “The Situation” probably wasn’t thinking of K-Pop of when he coined the term “haterade,” it is a phrase that works well in K-Pop terminology. “Haterade,” which is a combination of the words “hate” and “gaterade,” is used to describe an enormous, often unreasonable and unjustified, amount of hate. Sound familiar?
Taiwanese girl group, “Super 7,” is the recent victim of K-Pop’s special brand of haterade, a brand that consists of relentless, diligent netizens flaming and trolling the land of the internet with pure, unadulterated hate. After debuting with their title song “Mai Luo Suo,” the group has been under fire from people everywhere, regardless of fan base and nationality for having, plagiarized top Korean girl group, So Nyeo Shi Dae, and their top single “Hoot.” While their overall concept and costumes seem to be a rip off of SNSD’s “Hoot,” they outright covered the song for a performance at the prestigious “Golden Bell Awards.” And on top of that, Super 7 recently made remarks regarding SNSD’s, how should we say, plasticity.
Okay, so they’re not the brightest, or smartest ladies in the galaxy but is this amount and this kind of haterade really necessary?
1) The Plagiarism: The first sip of haterade definitely comes from Super 7’s outfits. They share an uncanny resemblance to the dark blue, pink lined jumpsuits in the “Hoot” video their performance at the “Golden Bell Awards.” While it may not have super appropriate to perform a cover of a Korean song at a presitigous Taiwanese event, since when did covering a song become a crime of plagiarism? If anything, it was a tribute, a homage to the girls of Girls’ Generation.
2) The Talent: The second sip of haterade comes from their talent, or their lack thereof. During their performance at the “Golden Bell Awards,” they were criticized for being considerably underwhelming. Their lip synching was not in synch and their dancing was unrefined. Again, while this might not have been the brightest of choices, they were lip synching to a song not in their native tongue. Shit happens. And honestly, I didn’t think their dancing was that bad. It seemed more sexual, more fluid, but it wasn’t horrible. The second sip of haterade then comes in from their first single “Mai Luo Suo.” While I don’t think I’ll download it onto my iTunes it definitely does not make my ears bleed.
3) Their Remarks: The third sip of haterade alas comes from their recent, infamous remarks. The first thing they stated in their comments was that while some members of SNSD can sing and dance really well, other members weren’t anything too special. So it was harsh but I’m pretty sure a bunch of us have made those very remarks ourselves. And is that the pot calling the kettle black? Perhaps but can anyone us sing and dance as well as SNSD? While an exceptional few may be able to, I wouldn’t say a majority of us can so really, we’re all pots and kettles here. The next thing that they said was that SNSD has had plastic surgery and that they are natural beauties and that SNSD’s bodies couldn’t even compare to theirs. Okay, this is a pretty deplorable statement to begin with but how exactly are netizens, who are making comments about their breast size and body fat percentages any different? And then there is their concept that revolves around having an average age of 22 and a cup size of ‘C.’ Naturally, this is an automatic invitation to call them bitches and hoes.
Honestly, the way some netizens have been acting is a little alarming. You angry little fellows act like they killed your family or something. Just because they did and said a couple of tasteless things does not mean that they have extended an invitation to you to make comments about their bodies, promiscuity, or all other things irrelevant. And it certainly does not mean you can lose perspective as well. This is freaking K-Pop—not the Babylonian Schism, World War II, or the Great Recession. Stop focusing all this hate and all this energy on people and things that aren’t that important.