How to Deal with Anti-Fans Online
We've been seeing a lot of "Kpop fans" kicking up some hate* on social media and I'd like to enlist the help of Vingle's guardian angel Choi Minho to remind us how to deal with them.
Minho, if you please: 1. Do NOT Engage.
Do not respond to them. That is exactly what they want. Even if they directly reply to you, DO NOT ANSWER THEM. I know they're infuriating and you want to shut them down, but it never ever works.
Think of it like a forest fire, if they have stuff to burn the fire will keep growing. Take away their fuel and they'll die off. 2. Flood the thread.
Bury the hate under positivity. Send messages of love and praise and hope, to get rid of the hate, anger, and rudeness.
Its so much more fun to watch them get frustrated by your sweet messages (not directed at them, direct them at the person they're attacking!) rather than getting in a fight with them. 3. Watch Your Work Pay Off
Slowly you see the haters back away and you can pat yourself and your fellow fans on the back for a job well done. Voila! Keep up the good work Vinglers and fight the good fight!
* I would, however, like to mention that pointing out and not supporting your faves’ problematic aspects DOES NOT MAKE YOU ANY LESS OF A FAN BUT MAKES YOU AN ENGAGED AND AWARE CONSUMER. What’s the point of being a fan if you’re not a critical one? What’s the point of absorbing media without the intention of analyzing it?
If the argument is a constructive one, then don't write off any random person not wholeheartedly supporting a kpop artist as a "hater" :)