Hey! What kind of English is this? My English teacher would have given me a C- for asymmetry. “ways” is a noun and “pays” is a verb — used in the same sentence, they don’t balance or are not symmetrical. Ungrammatical, no; but poor style, yes. I was trying to be cute with words — “ways” rhymes with “pays” — but ended up with inelegant English^^
I was actually trying to translate from the Chinese 粉絲行為, 偶像埋單 (literally: fans’ behavior, idol foots the bill). This is one of the many gems I found on Weibo.
PSH’s fans are very cautious and conscientious about how they should behave because they know that fans’ behavior reflects on PSH himself.
There is a famous saying, oft repeated on PSH4U: “A certain kind of actor attracts a certain kind of fans.” Oh, that’s us^^ Even if you don’t know anything about the actor, you can tell from his/her fans what kind of a person he/she is (or is projected to be – they’re actors, remember?)
How did I become a PSH fan? That’s too long and boring a story to tell here. But I do want to say that I became a double diehard PSH fan when misfortune befell him in February 2013. First, because I always root for the underdog; and second, because he conducted himself in such a way that made me proud to be his fan.
How would you react if you are falsely accused of a heinous crime? And every day dozens of fabricated evidence is heaped upon you. It’s a David vs Goliath scenario, and this David has no weapon to protect himself, let alone counter-attack.
PSH issued one statement to clarify the issue at the outset of the outbreak of the scandal, and he appeared twice at Western Police Station in March 2013 to give his side of the story. I remember at one appearance his lawyers tried to steer him away from the reporters (who were like vultures), but he walked purposefully towards them and said he would cooperate fully with the police and the matter would be cleared up in due course. He looked so gaunt and haggard he broke my heart. He managed to hold his tears in but I couldn’t. As I was listening to his brief speech, uttered with such dignity and humility, one phrase kept reverberating in my head — “grace under pressure” (that’s how Hemingway defined “guts”.) After that I would do anything for the man — to do whatever a fan can to keep him from falling and to help restore him to his proper place in the K-entertainment world. The first has been accomplished (by PSH himself): he stood tall; he didn’t collapse. The second is still a work in progress.
In this respect, PSH’s loyal fans played a crucial role. Oh, he lost tons of fans, to be sure, but true fans stayed. They were there for him when he needed it most, not just his Korean fans but especially his international fans who collectively form a formidable force. He even gained new fans, people who could judge for themselves the merits of the case. His admirable behavior (never said a single bad word against those who tried to destroy him) and his never-say-die attitude, his resilience, his perseverance (he has said in an interview that he’s a long-distance runner, not a sprinter) inspired his fans.
Because our PSH is such a special person (and not just a marvelous actor), we must of course do our best for him because he’s worth it (as we always say.) Not only that, we have to be worthy of him and never do anything to make him look bad. That is why we do not allow our members to say nasty things about other actors. We keep reminding them that these other actors’ fans love them as much as we love PSH, so we should not denigrate them. We have deleted members for conduct unbecoming which is how seriously we take our task as this blog’s admin.
Whatever people say about Chinese fans — that they do not respect intellectual property; they do not care about invasion of privacy; they think money can buy anything; they are loud, brash, and obnoxious ….. Guilty as charged, on all counts — but this is applicable only to some, to a minority. The majority of PSH’s Chinese fans are courteous, considerate, and caring people; they just want to do the best they can for an actor they love.
China had a late start, and it’s only in the last ten years or so that it has really sprinted forward. Star-chasing in China is as yet not fully developed, so it’s sort of a free-for-all. Anybody can do what she wants, within certain limits, which results sometimes in outrageous behavior. But I’m certain that given time and more exposure to the outside world, Chinese fans will conform to civilized behavior.
Everybody knows I think the Japanese are model fans. PSH’s Japanese fans (I have no idea how many there are, but I don’t think they over-run the earth^^) have worked wonders in keeping his dramas on TV — re-runs after re-runs — and his CD on the charts for over 3 months now. And now they have even succeeded in getting “Scent” onto the big screen in Japan. I don’t know how they managed to “persuade” the distributor to take on this little-known movie (little-known outside of the PSH circle). I love the Japanese fans because they don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. They’ve been buying “Scent” tickets before the screening date was even announced. Sales figures really talk. I hope “Scent” will do as well as, or, better still, better than “Confession of Murder” in Japan.
I am not really a patient person but I have become mellow in my old age. I have been praying for PSH every night since February 18, 2013, and I have been straining my neck to look forward to the day when he can make his comeback as an actor in Korea (so much so that I have almost become a giraffe^^) To his enemies/adversaries/opponents/detractors (whatever) in Korea, I just want to say this: “You can’t put a good man down. You can’t destroy the best actor of his generation with a lie. If your country doesn’t want him, let the world have him. The world loves Park Si Hoo!”
(Credits: Photo from http://parksihoobar.com. Thanks!)