The army digital K-Pop must face at the present time, baggage in tow: NPR

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A fan group of K-pop BTS pose for photos on a background with an image of the members of the group in Seoul, South Korea, on 29 October 2019.

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A fan group of K-pop BTS pose for photos on a background with an image of the members of the group in Seoul, South Korea, on 29 October 2019.

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A week before the president Trump not to hold his protest controversial in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Viviana Dark, a fan of K-pop of Wisconsin (which has requested the pseudonymité for reasons of harassment online), has heard for the first time of its intention to “sabotage” the event. . Users TikTok, the platform of social video exceptionally popular, calling on others to book tickets for the gathering, with no intention of going there. “You know how a challenge TikTok occurs? It was a bit like that. ‘Everyone will do it!’ And it has spread like wildfire, ” says Dark, 19 years old, at NPR Music.

She has registered for two seats, received a confirmation e-mail of the campaign Trump – “I’m counting on my loyal fans like you” – and was never presented to the gathering, which has attracted a few thousand supporters in the auditorium of 19 000 seats on 20 June.

It is not known how many adolescents of TikTok and the fans of K-pop should be credited for the participation disappointing of the rally; The campaign of Trump initially claimed it had received more than one million requests for tickets. A stage prepared for the overflow has been never used.

Dark, which supports groups of girls TWICE and GWSN, is no stranger to political activism in coordination with its community of K-pop. It has a discussion group on Twitter with other fans of idols in the whole world, where they share information on the stars, petitions, and the movements of hashtags. To “block” the platform, she tweeted #WhiteLivesMatter and #KeepAmericaGreat, associated with fancams are not relevant to its favourite stars, as a means of diluting the usefulness and relevance of the tags.

“I’m Black before being a stan K-pop,” she said. “The main reason for which we were fighting was for the cause of Black Lives Matter, to not be recognized [as K-pop fans]. ”



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