Yes, we hate voting! But we do it every chance we can every single day for PSH.
When we first started this VOTE FOR PSH ritual 3 years ago, we did it with great reluctance. We already knew then there were so many factors that affected the outcome, and stars with powerful agencies behind them always received preferential treatment.
Over these few years, those of you who have voted diligently with us know some sites are manipulated all the time. Suddenly some candidates would receive thousands of votes out of nowhere in a matter of minutes. PSH gets pushed around mercilessly, except for the doggedness of his fans all over the world.
That is why our favorite site is #8 – 123fans.cn. If you vote conscientiously, you get results. And nobody can be as conscientious as PSH fans. PSH can hold his own in this site because, as far as we can see, it’s fairly administered.
So you think it’s fun?!
When we first initiated this voting ritual 3 years ago, nobody (other than PSH fans) really cared much. The voting started in earnest after the 2013 February incident. One PSH fan told us she voted religiously because that was the only thing she could do for him, and we felt very touched by that.
The voting results (with PSH on top) were mentioned sporadically in news reports over the last year or so, but it wasn’t until a couple of reports actually made headlines of this that people really started to pay attention. [Please see our earlier posts:
Suddenly they realized this was an easy and cheap way to boost a star’s popularity, and so began the scramble for the No.1 spot.
What’s happening on Sites #16 and #17 (same organizer) is a perfect example of how voting is manipulated. Now we knew from the start that PSH would not win on Site #16. It would have to be a Chinese actor. We were content if he were to stay at No.7 or even No.8. But nearing the end now, some force is obviously at work to eliminate PSH before the final round. So we find him at No.11 quite a few times.
It’s not just PSH. Other stars who were very strong all through the earlier rounds, like G-Dragon, were also at the bottom from time to time which we found inexplicable.
There are often just 15,000 points between No.1 and No.11 out of around 800,000+ votes (1.9%), so competition seems very fierce. But the jockeying for position, the ups and downs, is very strange. They shift around all the time, except the top half stays up there and the bottom half stays down there, most of the time anyway. Last night after dinner I started voting for PSH again and found him at the bottom – Sigh! – but right above him at No.10 was KSH – Surprise! And then a little later, they reversed places and KSH was actually at the bottom, although briefly, but I have printed screen^^ H said the KSH professional voters must have gone to dinner in those crucial 5 – 10 minutes. But in a jiffy KSH already gained a couple of thousand votes.
With Site #17, the manipulation has become more and more obvious and blatant. We knew with his blemished reputation, PSH could not possibly be the Asian Students Exemplar, the role model for Asian Students, although he was No.1 in all of the earlier rounds (until the final.) If the Chinese actress had won, we would have conceded. But in this last round, Kim Soo Hyun’s votes have been increasing in spectacular fashion, beyond rationale. H is convinced there is money at work. We have no evidence for this but agencies which are willing to spend money on behalf of their stars always get results. So what’s new? Nothing.
Which is why we hate voting! And it isn’t sour grapes. We hate unfairness; we hate cheating; we hate injustice; we hate favoritism; we hate deception; we hate unsportsmanlike behavior; we hate “大 ha[欺負]細” (Cantonese slang, meaning “big bullies small”); we hate anything under-handed; we hate ….
We hate voting!
P.S. Friday morning (March 20, 2015)
This morning PSH is actually No.1! Thanks to what H calls our 午夜兵團 (Midnight squad), i.e. PSH fans in other parts of the world (different time zones) who go to work when fans in east Asia go to sleep. Hurray for PSH and PSH fans! But this won’t last, so I’ve printed screen.
2015.03.20 3:13 p.m.
Still No.1! Actually No.1 again (after being No.2 for most of today)^^
2015.03.21 7:45 a.m.
PSH still No.1! Must record it for posterity^^
(Credits: PSH photo from ENISHI III/2. Thanks!)