By: Starfield of TheJYJFiles
These are dark, dark times in the TVXQ/JYJ fandom. The fact that you cannot type the four letter word TVXQ and be certain people know who you are referring to, and that your very definition of these four letters will identify yourself as either a friend or foe to the more zealous fans of either “camps”, should give you an idea just how real the fandom division has become.
There are other obvious signs of a waging civil war within our fandom. Public forums, popular blogs and even the very people who administer or translate for these high-traffic sites are being labeled and attacked for “only supporting one side”. Ironically, the more neutral they try to be, the lesser they are trusted by the extremists (or should I say “purists”) of either camp.
As a response to the rapid deterioration of fandom atmosphere, the popular slogan in this fandom has been changed from the cheerful “Always keep the faith, true cassies support all five!” to the much more practical “Let’s move on, support who you want to support and leave the other side alone!” Maybe, this slogan will soon be further modified to a pleading “Please, just, no bashing, and, no hating on my oppa!”
The current status of the international fandom may already be considered pretty bad by many, but in terms of the sheer number of haters and the level of hate displayed, the i-fandom actually is on a whole a much brighter and happier place than the Japanese, Chinese and Korean fandoms.
(I need to clarify though, that I don’t know the Korean language, therefore my understanding of the going-ons of the Korean fandom depends on translated information from various sources.)
What a severe wrong must a celebrity has personally done to a “fan”, for the fan to call him the foulest names imaginable, to openly wish that the celebrity’s career will crash and burn, to wish he’ll simply “disappear” or literally go to hell? Seriously, why so much hate?