There’s been some complaints lately about the whitification of k-pop.
It started in caucasian countries, turning all of the korean pop stars super white skinned and then backfed into k-pop itself where they began embracing an almost clowny white look in post-production and even some on stage.
What I wonder is: is she K-pop? The song above at least almost sounds like Australian … australian.. oh I don’t know what it’s called.
I don’t really follow it much; I kinda like the sound of the k-pop I’ve heard (although admittedly because I don’t follow closely, I get k-pop and j-pop mixed up, even though the styles *are* very different)… but as I try to keep an ear to various cultural trends as I travel the interwebz, I started hearing about this phenom about a year ago or so, and more and more since.
That poppy didn’t strike me as a creepy chan, although the connection to the macabre is definitely there – in a rather ‘light’ way with the devil character there. Almost reminds me a little of the cute (well kawaii cute) microsoft paint adventures characters in a way (yes I use the full name just to trigger some). — there’s been some strong crossover with the recent online games too, such as the five nights at freddies franchise and especially Undertale…
Very similar cute+creepy combo. Very popular among pre-teen/teen/young women, especially animators.
I had a long time follower on Vine (RIP in a few days I think) who made these little animations.
I did a “roll call” on my youtube (to find out where ppl came from). Turned out she’s 12 yrs old, been doing these animations/edits for at *least* three years now (when she started following me) and it’s all in this fascinating genre mixing pop, horror, a little cringe, some edginess, a little furry and oriental horror themes.
Future’s in good hands I think. I love watching culture evolve and change.
come to think of it though, if she was doing this stuff in Myspace days, she’d definitely be one of the strong influencers of the culture that’s been following since – so yeah, I change my mind and agree with you. What I love about cultural shiftings is how easily things blend into other things. I love seeing something and going, “hey, I recognize that influence!”
thanks btw – it’s refreshing to talk about this stuff ’cause I never do. I honestly have no idea what I’m talking about with this stuff with any certainty – it’s more of a ‘sense of this’ and a ‘sense of that’. Refreshing change from political crap that’s everywhere.
yeah i love internet anthropology. subcultures are especially fascinating to witness pop up, grow, evolve, ,change, mix, die off, re-emerge. nailed it on the orbit gum lady connection btw