And today I will be ranting about… K-Pop reaction videos !!!
So what is a K-Pop reaction video?
that moment when everyone knows what it is A K-Pop reaction video is a video where a person- usually a non K-Pop fan who is unfamiliar with the music genre- reacts to a K-Pop music video and comments about it. Yes, it sounds pretty nice. After all, it is just a ‘reaction video’– so what’s so hazardous about it?
Everything. Every single thing.
I know there are plenty of good reacting channels out there (wait, how can you be good at reacting?) but I’m writing this post based on my personal opinions and experiences.
K-Pop reaction videos are annoying. And when I say ‘annoying’, I mean ‘really, really annoying’. Most
annoying reactors share a few similarities, and I will list a few of them:
1- “I don’t understand what they are saying.”
Face palm. Double face palm. Or probably triple face palm. This is what ninety percent of reactors say when it’s their first time watching a K-Pop music video. Whenever I hear this, I feel the need to throw my laptop towards the window, scream in rage and listen to some Mozart to calm my farms.
Of course you don’t understand what they are singing. Overall, they are Korean. And nope, they are not Chinese, Japanese, American, African or so on. This is K-Pop, and the ‘K’ stands for ‘Korean’- if you didn’t know that. Sometimes, it’s painful to see people expecting that every music video in Youtube would be in English.
How stupid can people be?
2- “They are like the Korean version of…”
No. Freaking no. They are not the Korean version of Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, 5SOS or any Western musician you can think of.
First of all, K-Pop idols didn’t spent 2~8 years practicing singing and dancing just to be titled as a random Western musician. They are K-Pop idols, not the Korean version of *insert a Western musician*.
3- Commenting on every freaking scene in the music video
Yes, we know that’s a cat. And yes, we do know that there’s a group of good looking Korean dudes dancing in a freaking desert. You do not need to point out about every single detail you can see in the music video.
Reactors can be annoying as hell whenever they do this. Instead of commenting about their opinions about the music video, they are practically explaining about every freakin’ thing that is happening in the video. How nice of them.
4- Racist comments
Okay, not every reactor is racist
but instead, they are extremely close minded.
But the Internet is a very ugly place. And racism is everywhere- including a few K-Pop reaction videos.
I had seen this European reacting to a K-Pop music video once. And I totally regret watching that reaction video. He attempted to stretch his eyes to make ‘Asian eyes’ and consistently mocking the song lyrics.
I must say it was a rather f*cked up experience and I hope that that is the only racist K-Pop reaction video uploaded onto Youtube.
Wowwie baw-wow. That was a pretty long post.
So, how do you think about K-Pop reaction videos? Personally, I hate it with a burning passion. But I guess I didn’t see the bright side of reaction channels.