Episode 124: The Dark Side of the Fandom

Posted by Cherry Cordial on November 10, 2017



Episode 124: The Dark Side of the Fandom

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Show Notes

This episode we’re talking about a pretty serious topic — what butt-holes commenters on the internet can be. In particular, we were asked to chime in on an issue going down on Tumblr & Twitter regarding racism in the Kpop fandom… and again… the general butt-holery of the internet. We asked friend and Kpop fan Alexis to join us. We also talk BTS and the AMAs and discuss the reasoning behind those shortened drama episodes.

Song of a Day

Block B – Shall We Dance

Listener Question

If you have a listener question you’d like to ask us, be it drama related, casting, recommendations, really anything you can think of, please let us know. We can be reached via our website contact form, podcast@kchatjjigae.com, or if you’d like to leave a voicemail we could play on the air give us a call at 1-347-674-9310. For those of you outside the country (or who don’t want to call long distance), you can record your question on your phone or computer and email the file to us at podcast@kchatjjigae.com.

Dramas Mentioned

While You Were Sleeping
Because It’s the First Time
Hospital Ship
Suspicious Partner
Temperature of Love
Answer Me 1988
Reply 1988
A Gentleman’s Dignity
King of Dramas
Fight My Way

People Mentioned

Jay Park
Rap Monster
Ji Chang Wook
Super Junior
Block B
Mark Tuan
Bam Bam
Seo In Guk


Alexis’ Instagram

Stephanie would like to probably apologize to the following:
  • Anyone offended by what she may have said.
  • Anyone who thought she didn’t actually know what she was talking about.
  • Cheezits. She’s really sorry you can’t get along anymore.
  • Alexis, sorry she wouldn’t let you eat chips while recording.
Thanks for listening! See you next time. 


  • Reply humbledaisy1 November 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    As someone who listens to the podcast while doing some tedious life tasks (guess how many times I listened while cleaning my house on a Saturday?), I’m not offended by an episode that looks at some similarly unfortunate but necessary truths about fandoms. If someone throws eggs, they shouldn’t get mad when they get yelled at to clean up afterward. Also, in regards to which aspects of BTS their management will introduce to US audiences, I thing Big Hit has a pretty keen eye on how to repackage BTS to match their environment. I’m suspect it will be more boy band and not social justice-y – although a dash of Love Yourself won’t hurt them.

  • Reply Liz C November 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Part of the confusion with the changing episode format is there isn’t consistent labeling across platforms. SBS is airing “While You Were Sleeping” as a 32 (short) episode drama. That’s how it’s listed on mydramalist, asianwiki, etc. But Viki is airing it as 16 (long episodes.)

    I decided to pick up the (ridiculous) weekend drama “Borg Mom” because mydramalist had it at 12 episodes. I was ready for it to wrap up after 12 short episodes, but the episodes on Kissasian (the only place that has it) kept going on to 13 and 14 and 15… So apparently MBC is airing it as 24 short episodes.

    • Reply SpiceAngel November 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      I was so surprised when the title “finale episode” popped up on episode 16 of While you were sleeping (on Viki). I expecting 32 episodes. I had braced myself for a long watch…hehe

  • Reply Dena November 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I’m curious how your subtitles are in the shows that you watch. How are you watching your kdramas? Dramafever? Viki? What other options do we have in the States? From what I understand, Dramafever is translated like a real business by hired employees while Viki is more of a volunteer community so you get a different flavor in each of their translations.

  • Reply SpiceAngel November 17, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    “Be the Light in the darkness!!” – love it Cherry!

    How can anyone be mean to Heechul? My goodness people need to stop!

    The worst hair award in the Block B video goes to Park Kyung. I do not know what the stylist where thinking !

    P.O. can pull off any hair style. He is just that adorable. I get B bomb and one of the other fellows mixed up and Mr SpiceAngel has to remind me of their names.

    Block B is one of our favorite groups. I look forward to them coming to the US. Zico is so talented. When Mino was on SMTM, every song Zico wrote for him was great!

  • Reply Rebekah Roberts December 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Thanks for addressing tough issues. It’s something I really love about this podcast. And YAY for meeting Alexis.. She seems like an awesome lady! I am now her Instagram follower.

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