I wanted to address this thing that was kicking around over the last few days (I first saw it here, but a lot of you guys MTed me on it, and there’s been plenty of reaction up and down ever since people started to share it around.
So, from This Exists:
You probably have opinions! I certainly did and do and expect that keeping up the conversation will make me have more of them. That’s a good thing, usually, unless your opinion is “WHY THAT SONOFABITCH I’M GONNA BURN HIS CAR,” in which case, please seek help.
But yeah, opinions:
- I had the obligatory knee-jerk negative reaction, I’ll admit
- I’m not saying that Sam is/was bad or wrong, at least not in an egregious way; I’m saying that we’re great with newcomers unless they have outlooks that run counter to what we consider to be the dominant narrative, whereupon out come the knives until that reflexive counter-reaction subsides
- Hey, look, more YouTubers talking about idols! That’s great!
- Sam actually engaged with some of us the other day on Twitter, and he copped to having sourced from ye olde website and John’s and Garry’s and probably others, so he has good taste
- I also realized that Sam is exactly where I was a couple of years ago, totally blown away by this whole business and still figuring out up and down (I still am); he at least has the benefit of living in a world where there’s more media in English than there was then,
and of having a better knowledge base to boot
- I wouldn’t have made some of the choices that Sam made (for instance, the “anti” label, invoking Babymetal and Kamen Joshi in an alt-y discussion, aligning heavier sounds with alt/anti, giving Momoclo too much credit, etc.), but people are allowed to look at things differently; people certainly wonder what the hell I’m doing half of the time
- Nobody tell him about Especia or FRUITPOCHETTE; I want to see how long this can go
- I will quibble with calling Pour Lui a “pop star” when she started BiS; I find the original iteration of BiS to be one of the few truly honest anti-idol moments, particularly because it wasn’t the work of a star, budding or otherwise, but because it was a heartfelt reaction to a world that felt impossible
- Other than that, I don’t want to do that thing that people do nowadays, where people who are curious about a thing and excited and want to share it or talk about it get “corrected,” and it’s alienating and obnoxious
- Also, poor Ricky as the English speaker’s go-to for stuff about idol
- So, basically, welcome to Sam, and let’s show him more awesome stuff so he can do more videos about idols and we can keep building more fans
For what it’s worth, Sam, I’m recommending the following:
Yet another lukewarm take from ol’ Maniac!