I want to know why Asian music artist and companies treat their international fans for lack of a better words... like crap!
Yes you heard me like CRAP. You are probably asking why I'm saying this and are perhaps a bit peeved that I am, but after I make my accusing statements perhaps you too will agree with me or consider it food for thought!
Now I believe myself to be a true international fan (meaning a fan outside of Asia) and I find it perplexing how they don't take us into consideration. It seems that they always have to make it harder for us or they have to completely ignore us whenever WE try to meet, buy, or watch our fandom(s).
- I mean if you want to know an example of what a true fan is... I think you have to consider us pretty much it or close to it. For many of us we don't understand the language yet obviously we don't care because we truly like them for their music and talent. We always have to wait until some kind soul out there translates whatever they are saying yet even if they didn't we would still love them.
- It always cost us way more money to buy the very limited merchandise out there and you have to admit it we get raped with the shipping fees and importation taxes.
- If we try to watch them on streaming sites after the hard work of fansubbers (who have lives by the way) they tell them to stop it because they won't make money! Come on now if it wasn't because of that 90% of wouldn't know who the F@#% they were.
- At award ceremonies they always thank the fans of Asia (duh yes they are Asian so obviously they would). Still you can't deny that we help them bring the bacon home too you know. Why can't they just say thank you to all the fans and not name specific locations
- They never consider doing international fanclubs that are truly international Meaning using the business world's international language FYI English. Like it or not people its the official international language. You know they always don't do it and you have to rely on other fans (who do know the language) to give how to do instructions.... but wait navigating and talking with other fans is made difficult too. There is also the case that IF they do have an English version its only basic information (which you already know) and missing the cool extras like for example personal blog entries.
- International fanclub membership translate again to Asia only... and if you do manage to by pass it they charge an arm and a leg for sending you stuff
So there are some of the few points out of the many more that I know I could bring up but don't because this post is already too long than I'm use to writing. If you are wondering what brought this rant on... it was primarily me being fed up with the injustice. Yet even though many and I out there are ignored as fans... we still continue to support them, cheer for them, and love them. Yes, you have to admit its pretty twisted.