Here's what bugs me firstly: "gay" is not an insult. To use homosexuality as a negative description "just 'cause" is to utter a slur. It's right up there with using someone's race or ethnicity or physical disability as an insult. To hell with the usual "offensive"/
"insensitive" routine - it's just plain wrong.
Now here's what bugs me secondly: I expect non-Asian men to talk smack about male Asian popstars because making fun of Asian men seems to be a like bonding exercise for some non-Asian men. It just comes naturally to them; it's their "thing". But I have to stop and wonder at Asian American men (comedians, for example) who slap the gay label onto male popstars coming out of Asia.
Shit...I thought they'd be grateful for these guys. I certainly didn't expect them to view these men through a white male lens and participate in the Asian man-bashing, thereby making it seem "okay" for non-Asian men to do it.
Let's be blunt about a few things:
1) The Blasian Narrative got started and then took off because a bunch of Black women on three different continents all sawNow let's be practical about a few things:
His Unbearable Sexinessa Korean popstar flawlessly portray a sexy assassin...opposite a Black woman. Now look at this Narrative.
2) There's been a growing interest in Asian men, especially amongst women of color. There are two reasons for this: Asian pop, and Sino-African relations. Asian pop, however, is the much bigger of those two reasons, and I maintain that Asian men in the West need to be more grateful. Apparently, all they have to do now is a work little bit on their abs and get a slanted bowl cut or some spiked hair to get the girls to come a-runnin'. Time was an Asian dude in the West had to be extra tall, filthy rich, cut, and famous to get any attention.
3) These popstars whom men are laughing at have some next-level amounts of pussy being slung at them on a daily basis. Gay or straight, it is highly unlikely that any of them are still virgins. They're gettin' theirs, children; let's be real.
4) Which brings me to this: many of these popstars have the ability to send hordes of women - across countries and age groups - into a screaming hormonal frenzy. They know what we want. They know how to excite our fantasies. They're gettin' the job done, and all the menfolk who are pointing and laughing could stand to take a few notes.
1) It isn't about the music. Most of us watch Asian pop videos on mute. Turns out, we're damn near expected to. Wang Leehom, for example, has bluntly stated that he hates singing "fluffy" pop. Andy Lau has admitted his own music also sounds "sappy". Lord only knows how many times Rain has been told to tone down the sexuality in his lyrics. These artists don't have the same luxury Western ones do; they're dealing with strict censorship laws which tend to throw a wrench in their careers. Thus, the tender, hopeless romantic is not the image these singers actually aim for; it's a complicated situation they often find themselves stuck with.You can trash the music, and critique the clothes and dance moves, but these guys practice and sweat for several hours a day, sometimes even up to 14 hours a day, if not more. There's nothing sissified about them - they have stamina, strong, healthy bodies, and the potential to make serious dough, if they're not making it already. and let's not forget, Rain could easily shatter every bone in Justin Timberlake's body. Lee Joon could drop-kick Chris Brown's woman-beating ass. When onstage and in their element, the dudes of ZE:A look like they've each won a few rounds on the street - need I go on?
2) Which brings me to this: the Asian pop industry is far from perfect, because it hasn't figured out a way to make money without ruining the popstars' lives. So before folks go dissing the players, they should at least try to fully understand the game.
3) Last but not least: when Rain entered the military, thereby putting his music and acting career on hiatus, the South Korean government actually feared for the country's economy. *nods* Recognize that power and influence, kids.
Calling them gay and doing funky parodies of their hairstyles or performances doesn't negate the fact that they can point out into a crowd of 10,000 women, and basically take whomever they damn well please back to their hotel room - let's be real.
I praise a lot of musicians, actors, and comedians from the West, but given the chance, I wouldn't actually sleep with any of them. However...if Leehom Wang told me to strip nekkid and give him some, my clothes would be on the floor before he even finished the damn request...you hearin' me?
In the spirit of the Old Haunt, peep what I'm talking about.
Does anyone else even notice Usher?
Friggin' Thunder has started breaking out the abs,
Narrators. It's gettin' real.
No commentary necessary.
Wish this was better quality.