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I'm sorry guys, but this is just not cool.

Basically, there is this new group called EXP Edition and its just 4 American (non-Korean) guys who want to become Kpop stars.

Why is this problematic when its totally okay for Kpop groups to try to break into the American music industry?

Well, because America has already forced so much of its culture onto Korea and basically the whole world. The American music industry is the biggest and most powerful in the world, so of COURSE everyone wants a piece of it. When people from the giant music industry try to make money off the little guys, its not cool on so many levels.

And its not even about the money, but that's the easiest one to talk about without getting into the deep complicated topic of cultural appropriation.

Basically, EXP Edition needs to back off, and I'm sure they will see zero success - even though from the teaser the song had potential if used by an actual Kpop group...

For more info: here
hey, look, a group for jayden smith to join 😂
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So nobody bite my head off but I don't see anything wrong with this. Am I going to like the group? Most likely not but we sit here and complain when Alex isn't being treated fairly in Rania. And I've seen many non Koreans on here talking about wanting to audition for major labels when they come to the US and we don't tell them it's wrong for them to want to be kpop stars. Is it weird that there are no Koreans in the group? Yes. But it's not like they're singing in English and expecting to be called kpop stars. They had to learn the language and pronunciation.
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I think one difference there is that people like Alex went through the rigourous training and is trying to fit into a group whereas these guys just started out as a funny college project with no real knowledge of the culture behind kpop. like, so much of the industry is directly tied to korean culture (a little warped, but its all still there) so without any korean in the group or in the management of the group they're just sort of like tourists in the kpop industry. I get what you're saying though! (also their pronunciation is really really bad hahahaha but who am i to judge, mine is too - though im not trying to be a kpop star^^)
I personally thought it was kind of cool... They're working really hard and they have a dream that many of us have too. I know I have thought about how much I would like to audition for a Korean music company. I view it more as the music industry becoming more united and moving towards being open to anyone. Sure there are some weird things about this whole situation, but I don't think we should hate them for what they're doing. I mean, they've even learned Korean and are making a big effort so it's a bit unfair to hate them for doing all this. By hating on them, we're basically saying that Americans should stay in the American side of things and vise versa for Koreans. Isn't a huge dream of being an international fan for things to be equal for all fans and for the music to be accepted rather than judged based on its language and origin? Why shouldn't it be that way for the artists too?
I wouldnt go as far to say mean things. Maybe these guys are honestly into kpop, to me as long as the music is in korean and not Americanized so much then its fine. Also. everybody is mentioning the Trainee process that they didnt go through to be where they are, yet there are kpop stars who only trained a week or even less, and where scouted just for their looks as well, So yes, they did not train, but I see no bashing of the actual Koreans who barely trained.
Also, These boys had to work themselves up from 0 with barely any professional help from a korean company, which says a lot. People just need to stop focusing on the negative.
Tbh we all know they won't make it in they Korean industry, like just let them have their music and let them do them
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