While perusing my local online haunts I came upon an article by Chiima at Idolminded entitled Freedom of Speech and Peer Pressure where she discussed the pitfalls of vocalizing your opinion in idol culture. This is something I face every day and since Chiima asked at the end of his article, I will oblige her with my half a cent on this matter.
As always, the opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the other Selective Hearing staff or Selective Hearing’s affiliates.
Free speech and idol fan culture are two areas of life that do not click. Those within idol fan culture like to think they promote freedom of expression but we all know the real deal right? Suppression of the truth is the name of the game and if you don’t play by the rules you’ve already lost.
Western idol fans in particular can be a humorless and uptight bunch and if your opinion doesn’t mesh with the collective gushing we all know what famous “H” word comes out of everyone’s mouths.
Does that mean that you have to bow down to the will of the masses just because you don’t want to cause trouble? I don’t think so. You have every right to say what you like about whatever idol related topic(s) you want to mouth off on. And if other people don’t like what you have to say? I suggest you give them a cup of STFU and continue talking.
Don’t get me wrong, you don’t want to go overboard and start inciting riots and flame wars by using threatening words, racist comments and the normal things that would not be accepted by society’s standards of civil conversation. There are some lines you just don’t cross.
But we are talking about idol fans. Civil conversation is not their strongest skill. Well at least if you hang around the more popular forums, chat rooms, fan groups or social media. The problem with these people lies in their inability to separate their emotions from a conversation when it comes to anything idol related.
The most harmless words can set these people off and any intelligent conversation either turns into an emo fest or a rainbows and unicorns fueled diatribe about how their favorites are still relevant in today’s idol boom.
When talking to these kinds of people then yes, the best course of action is to bite your tongue and hold back because who really needs the unnecessary drama? All the time wasted trying to have a mature and meaningful discussion could be used doing something more productive like donating bodily fluids for a trip to Japan or seeing what actual natural light looks like.
I do not subscribe to the theory above as those familiar with this site are well aware of. Sugar coating is not in my repertoire of writing techniques. Brutal honesty sure is, much to the chagrin of others.
If I have to put up with Kool-Aid induced delusions of grandeur then it’s only fair that I lay the smack down and shove the harsh reality of the real world down the throats of anyone in the idol fan community within earshot.
I don’ t mean to generalize like that but from my experience in the Western idol fandom there are very few I can have a mature, intellectual, devoid of all emotional interference conversation about idols with.
Then again, the take no prisoners approach also appears to be the main appeal of my contributions to the site so I’m not going to stop just because a few people get too wrapped up in this idol business a little too much for their own good.
And while I may be a member of the more popular communities out there, I’m usually lurking and gathering intel for my many rants against the bullshit that the idol fandom generates on a daily basis.
But hey, you always have a choice not to read or listen. No one is putting a gun to your head.
The choice is yours
I am not here to tell you what the deal is when it comes to holding back on your opinions or not. It really depends on you and whether you want to get along with people or not.
If you’re lucky, you may find a group of individuals who are mature enough to understand differing opinions and are respectful enough to accept that and not rage quit on you.
In the end what you do with the words coming out of your mouth or keyboard is up to you. Choose wisely.