Cringe! Stans Share the Most Awkward Things They’ve Done in the Name of K-pop
Oct 30, 2023   •   Edgardo Toledo
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Oct 30, 2023   •   Edgardo Toledo
If K-pop fans got a penny for every embarrassing story, they’d likely have enough money to splurge on albums, concert tickets, and a flight to South Korea. Apparently, embarrassing yourself is normal when you’re that dedicated to expressing admiration for your favorite idols. K-pop fans on Reddit recently shared some of the most awkward and cringe things they’ve done, and all we can say is, #relatable.
Koreans put so much emphasis on respect and seniority, which is why they use a bunch of honorifics like “unnie” (언니), used by women to call their older sisters, or “hyung” (형) used by men to address their older brothers respectfully. But you know you’re really knee-deep into K-pop when these Korean honorifics sneak their way into your casual convos.
Take it from this netizen who has matching contact “unnie” and “dongsaeng” (동생, used to address someone younger than you) with their best friend. Aww!
Proper pronunciation is crucial to ace your Korean language fluency. Although it’s not a requirement to be considered a K-pop fan, the thought of butchering the pronunciation of your K-idols’ names might inspire you to enroll in Korean Language 101 ASAP. After all, every K-pop journey has to start somewhere.
You haven’t fully embraced the K-pop stan lifestyle without using your favorite K-pop song as your ringtone. Think of it as a rite of passage. Things can get awkward, though, when you’re ringtone blares in unexpected places, like during a quiet meeting or a solemn family dinner.
Aside from being well-rounded performers, K-pop idols have the industry wrapped around their fingers as endorsers. Their Midas touch works like magic, driving sales figures to skyrocket and gaining new K-pop converts. It doesn’t matter if these products work. As long as their K-idols’ faces are plastered on them, these loyal K-pop fans are willing to bet their bank accounts.
Most K-pop fans would agree that even the slight sight of Koreans is enough to get them riled up. Uhm, K-pop fan cringe moment? Who’s a better K-pop guru than a full-blooded Korean, right? This obsession can go as far as having dreams of studying or even residing in South Korea! Although the fiery enthusiasm to learn more about Korean culture is always appreciated, K-pop is just the tip of the iceberg.
Although the finger heart gesture and saying “saranghae” (사랑해) every chance you get isn’t bad, there are moments you go a tad overboard. And heaven forbid you to start smizing with your ending fairy poses on photos because that’s a surefire way to get confused glances from the non-K-pop crowd. Are we going to stop doing these things, though? I’m afraid not. It’s all part of the K-pop charm!
K-pop idols are cosmic-sent beings on a mission to bless us with their impeccable talent and stunning beauty, or at least, that’s what die-hard K-pop fans say. From their hairstyles and fashion choices to their favorite food, trust K-pop fans to pull out all the stops to get every detail right. But finding that sweet spot between being a fan and living, in reality, won’t hurt once your admiration goes into overdrive.
Meeting or interacting with your K-pop idols feels like winning the lottery, especially when it happens beyond the usual settings like fan meetings or concerts. Even if it’s a simple “hi” or “thank you,” that moment will forever live in your mind and conversations, rent-free. In some cases, K-pop fans would take note of the exact date of this interaction and put it everywhere for people to see.
Do you have your own K-pop fan cringe moment? Share them with us in the comments!
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