After receiving online backlash from Korean pop (K-pop) fans over her remarks that she doesn’t like the genre, singer and former beauty queen Imelda Schweighart clarified that she neither intended her remarks to go viral nor had nothing personal against K-pop fans.
“I grew up in a musician family. Everybody sings, everybody’s an artist in my family. And I don’t listen to that music. I think that it’s a chance for every Filipino to really look within and actually appreciate what we have right now,” said Schweighart during an online interview with the local tabloid Abante.
“It’s easy to support people that are backed by big corporations, but I think it’s more fulfilling for fans if they’re the ones who really discover the artist. We can’t keep on continuing to see that machine that, oh, it’s amazing kasi like sobrang papayat, sobrang gawang-gawa. And these kids are not aware that they are shaping their lives and morphing their brains into believing this lie,” added Schweighart.
“And for me, parang it’s passion, that thought out of me that said ‘I hate K-pop.’ It’s passion. I just hate it, and I want us to have our own identity. It’s an eye-opener as well for people… not everybody loves K-pop, and we as Filipinos and media providers shouldn’t just be supporting something just because maraming fans. We should be feeding people with variety, diversity. Let’s not support body and face dysmorphia,” reiterated Schweighart, who asked her fellow Filipinos to be more open to listening to local talents, particularly independent artists.
“I am not against the fans. I think they just don’t have enough choices to pick from here in the Philippines. Wala silang enough choice, wala ngang variety. That’s what I’m trying to point out. They tune to K-pop, K-drama, and all these other stuff because they don’t have variety. We don’t honor creativity here. We just keep on doing the same thing over and over again. And I’m sick of it. And some people are sick of it as well,” she further said.
Here are some of the netizen’s tweet regarding Schweighart’s “I hate K-pop” remarks: