Korean Netizens Stupefied By International Praise

Korean Netizens Stupefied By International Praise For LE SSERAFIM’s Coachella Performance

“We just live in a world where you can buy popularity…”

Fans are shocked by LE SSERAFIM‘s reception from international fans.

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At the moment, the biggest issue in K-Pop is the discourse over LE SSERAFIM’s Coachella performance. The group, which had been riding recent criticism over their live performances, performed at the famed music festival on April 13, 2024.

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The performance immediately became a lightning rod of controversy, as netizens, both international and Korean, debated the group’s performance. The discourse hit a fever pitch after a now-viral video exposed the group’s vocals by removing the performance’s MR tracks.

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As criticism over the group’s performance grew, international media outlet NME released a review of LE SSERAFIM’s performance, in which the media outlet gave the idols high praise. In its review, NME gave the group 4/5 stars, stating that the group “Bring [sic] out the festival energy in their determined tracks.”


Rather than praise the group, however, the review has spurred on a deluge of more criticism. Some went even as far as imply that the group had paid off the media outlet.

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  • “I guess the stars don’t really mean much… I remember when fans used to brag about BLACKPINK’s 4-star review… It seems 4 stars is the default score.”
  • “If you look at their reviews, they only score 4 or 5 stars.”
  • “They just give out 4-star reviews.”
  • “They gave Lana Del Rey 4 stars, too, so don’t be mad and disperse.”
  • “Did they just give out 4 stars because they didn’t want to bother with the review?”
  • “This is why HYBE is the way they are.”
  • “NME is very generous.”
  • “We just live in a world where you can buy popularity.”
  • “It seems like the reviews are akin to reviews on food apps.”

What are your thoughts?

Source: https://www.koreaboo.com/news/le-sserafim-coachella-performance-international-praise/

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