K-Pop – From Someone Who Doesn’t Stan it

Kpop has turned into a worldwide phenomenon and every country has been swept into this wild, never ending, obsessive, storm

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Every day I wake up to about 50+ messages in a group chat, which until a few months ago lay dead for weeks on end. They’re all about K-Pop. This is on a good day. When BTS released their new album a few days ago, there was constant pinging all day.

K-Pop has turned into a worldwide phenomenon and every country has been swept into this wild, never ending, obsessive, storm. Pakistan is one of them.

My school friends and I have managed to stick together and enjoy each other’s presence for over a decade now. But I’m not going to lie, these days the thought of deleting and blocking our Whatsapp group crosses my mind more frequently than I’d like to admit. Something about cutting out toxicity from our lives in 2019?

And unfortunately, we’ve been together too long for me to cut them off. So, to support the BTS music video on YouTube, I let it play a couple of times while I did my work. Yeah the one with American singer Halsey.

I’m not going to lie, the aesthetics were pretty cute. And the song was kind of fun and catchy. And I’m really scared to say anymore because some K-Pop fans are really something…

Their numbers really terrify me. Pak Army who? The only ARMY I know of at this point is BTS fans.

Related: Do You Remember These Pakistani Music Pearls From The 90’S?

In any case, what I don’t understand is how so many people can jam to something so passionately when they don’t really understand what’s being said? I mean sure, the occasional opera show is nice, and some folk sounds sound beautiful. But an entire album?! I’m confused.

But what’s most unsettling is how this obsession seems to find me no matter where I am. It’s girls at university, curious about whether I listen to K-Pop, my co-workers looking for an opportunity to talk about how much they love BTS, and my sister spamming me with Junkook PicsArt edits. How does something I care so little about pop up in my life this often?

I GET IT. JIMIN IS REALLY CUTE AND A GREAT BAND LEADER (???)  but please, leave me alone.

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