How K-pop Evolved Beyond a Music Fandom Into a Global Political Movement
K-pop is gaining even more attention, but this time, it’s not for a new song by a popular artist; it’s for a good cause. In response to the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the world of K-pop has taken a stand to support U.S. social issues in overwhelming force, affecting powerful groups and individuals. However, activism and K-pop actually go hand in hand. In fact, K-pop has a history of helping and changing society in South Korea and the world. Here’s how K-pop evolved beyond a music fandom into a global political movement.
K-pop First Challenged Many Norms in South Korea
When you hear about Korean pop (K-pop), BTS or the "Gangnam Style" dance may come to mind, but the phenomenon is more than just smooth dance moves and catchy melodies. Since its inception, K-pop has defied rules by challenging the norms of censorship, fashion and music in South Korea.
K-pop Has Gained Ground in North Korea in Clever Ways
Home to more than 25 million people, North Korea is known for controlling its citizens. This isolated communist country doesn’t allow people to speak freely, disagree with the government or even engage with foreign media, like films, TV shows and music. Consuming foreign content is punishable, but K-pop found its way over the country’s border through illegal markets and the South Korean military.
K-Pop Stans Sabotaged a Racist Hashtag and a Trump Rally
Mega K-pop fans, also known as K-pop stans, are recognized for supporting their idols with enormous force. Just like some of their idols, K-pop stans are socially conscious. So, when George Floyd’s murder sparked protests across the U.S., these dedicated fans also supported the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement with overwhelming force. Some K-pop stars, like BTS and MOMOLAND, have advocated for BLM, but fans took it upon themselves to take action.