Culture Feature

The Strange Intersections of K-Pop, Korean Culture, and American Fascism

In 2016 the Alt-Right co-opted elements of Korean culture, now K-Pop Fans are fighting back.

Left: A Young American wearing a Kikistan flag at a fascist rally . Right: Young Koreans supporting a progressive American protest movement

In 2016, young and extremely online white men began simping hard for Donald Trump's presidential candidacy on sites like 4chan, Reddit, and (for the particularly hateful/socially maladjusted) 8chan.

Calling themselves "centipedes" because of their and their hero's supposed ability to navigate through the worlds of politics and Internet culture (while grossing everyone out), these young men were among Donald Trump's most vocal supporters. Encouraged by the anonymity and one-upmanship of their online forums, they were also among the most overtly xenophobic.

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Music Lists

Happy Birthday, Elliott Smith: The Indie Rock Legend's 10 Best Songs

The singer-songwriter would have been 51 today.

JJ Gonson

Today, August 6, 2020, Elliott Smith would have turned 51 years old.

Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised in north Texas, and spent a good portion of his life in Portland, Oregon before settling in Los Angeles. Before his sudden and mysterious death in 2003, the prolific singer-songwriter released five studio albums of poignant, rootsy indie rock, with his sixth studio album and a compilation of rarities being released posthumously. He became known for his dismal lyrics—often referencing his mental health and substance abuse habits—and his distinctively whispery vocals, which he often double-tracked to create an eerie, textured ambiance.

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Culture Feature

K-Pop Stans and TikTok Teens Trolled a Trump Rally—What Could They Do Next?

K-pop fans and Tare quite powerful and should not be underestimated.

The incredible, sometimes supernatural power of K-pop fans and TikTok teens is on display once again.

One week ago, President Trump's campaign boasted that huge crowds were supposed to attend his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The president originally scheduled the rally for June 19th, which is Juneteenth, a day that Black people have long marked as a celebration of freedom. This year, Juneteenth saw protests around the world, sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Trump ended up moving his rally to June 20th, one day after Juneteenth. His choice of date and venue—Tulsa, Oklahoma—also hit a nerve partly due to Tulsa's violent history: It was the site of a brutal massacre that saw at least 300 Black people killed by white nationalists in 1921.

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