Ever since Zico's personal life hit the fan with allkpop this past week, I've gotten a few requests by readers asking about the relationship allkpop has with the Korean media as well as netizen views of allkpop in general.
Because allkpop isn't too well liked among international fans, I think people get the impression that the Korean media also thinks lowly of them. One reader cited an article released by Sports Chosun where allkpop was slammed for a report on Jessica, but these are isolated cases. For the most part, the Korean media doesn't care about allkpop, and it's the big entertainment companies that are pedaling to their conditions and sucking up to them for international exposure.
So in short, no, the media doesn't care and entertainment companies are drooling at the chance of working with allkpop despite international sentiment on the website. allkpop has the influence and power to maintain their position because the only other international sites like Soompi or Koreaboo are absolute rubbish and have even lower journalistic integrity, if any all.
At the end of the day, companies want results and numbers. If you were going to shell out $1,000 or more for a sponsorship deal, would you want over 300,000 page views and 200 comments or 5,000 views and 10 comments? In the face of numbers like that, allkpop's reputation in the international community doesn't matter.
There's an interesting twist to this, though.
There's a Korean organization (titled 'allkpop off') absolutely hell bent on taking allkpop down and they're the ones basically plugging anti-allkpop material to the Korean media and buying out space on news programs no one watches to 'spread the evils of allkpop'.
I'm sure most of you nodded your heads in glee as you read that, but trust me, this group has absolutely nothing to do with bringing justice to K-Pop and journalism, and it's actually quite ironic and hilarious at how this whole thing comes full circle when it comes to just how shitty Korean journalism is.
Basically, all of them believe Johnny is Japanese and that he and his Japanese wife are out to spread anti-Korean material to bring K-Pop and the Hallyu wave down by spreading scandalous material on allkpop.com. They also believe that the entire team is made up of Japanese staff and writers and that tokyohive was created solely to spread positive news about Japan, thereby completing their mission of squashing Korea and promoting Japanese superiority.
I know. I KNOW.
If you're not familiar with allkpop at all, Johnny, nor his team, is not Japanese, he's Korean, and although I question his business choices as much as you all probably do, his passion for K-Pop isn't really up for debate. tokyohive is obviously just another 6Theory business venture, and I'm really curious as to how this organization is going to explain the launch of SmackJuice. Is SmackJuice another project for Johnny and his legion of Japanese followers to promote American superiority over both Korea AND Japan?!
This organization has managed to get several Korean media outlets to release reports on allkpop being an 'anti-Korea, anti-Hallyu' hate site, as well as run a bullsh*t news story on some news program citing 'source evidence' that are years old that the current allkpop staff isn't even responsible for.
Yeah, I get why people will get their knickers in a twist over allkpop's older entries on SNSD and Big Bang during their days a la Perez Hilton (I personally think some of your Tumblr blogs and fanfics have dirtier sexual commentary, but we're not all news blogs, I get that!), but this organization is clearly missing that picture and is using a distortion of it as ammo to drive home a completely different nationalistic and racist issue.
On a post detailing 'evidence' of allkpop being a hate site, they use a screencap of an allkpop writer named KAMIKAZE and go on to claim that Japanese writers should not be writing about K-Pop because they will so obviously distort the news to their benefit (KAMIKAZE is a close friend of mine and she is in fact Korean).
That's CLEARLY evidence for allkpop being a hate site, amirite?
Basically, their demands to allkpop are simple. Either take down the site or stop posting scandalous news directly from Korean news outlets because it paints a negative image of Korean entertainment to international fans and that might harm the Hallyu wave.
I'm sorry, but what? International fans are consumers of your media and they have just as much right to know about what they're buying or choosing not to buy as their Korean counterparts.
This organization is basically pissed that allkpop isn't painting a rainbows and unicorn picture of the great land of Korea and their sparkly entertainment culture and they've taken to petty threats to accomplish their goals (allkpop is often threatened that 'big forces' will one day recognize their sin and that they will pay 'the consequences'. Judging by how they've managed to get into the media, I assume they do have some sort of power).
Their own solution was basically running their own K-Pop site called sarangkpop.com (It's no longer available) but that mainly consisted of haphazard uploads of random music videos and no translation of news pieces.
I don't know man... I'm not here to white knight allkpop because I do question some of their choices, but this whole Korean organization against them just rubs me the wrong way. Casual netizens that don't look into the issue any further believe all of this crap they're spewing because what better do they know?
It involves Korea, their precious Hallyu, AND JAPAN! A recipe for disaster if I've ever heard one. God forbid they ever discover Asian Junkie or Anti K-Pop Fangirl.
As a random side note, I've seen some Korean fandoms translate allkpop comments to gauge international reactions to certain issues or releases.
I guess both sides are monitoring each other now, ha!