Please set aside all my past jokes and smack-talks. I want to address an issue that I think is very prevalent and most difficult to confront. If you frequent Asianfuse or Spicy or both the forums, then I’m asking you to do endure reading this post. See it as the last retribution service you can do for me.
If there was a Google and a Yahoo in the English-Thai Tpop online community then it’s Asianfuse and Spicy. I discovered AF (then Sarnworld) in 2004, and my first member no. will blow your mind. Back then, it was the pioneer forum, and with my Thai still medicore, I relied heavy on it. But afterward, it wasn’t as exciting anymore, and altogether, I lost interest in Tpop from 2006 to mid 2011. I still visited AF occasionally. And it was not until late 2010 when I first registered at Spicy, but I couldn’t have visited more than five times. When I returned to launch LakornGods and created new my affiliated membership at AF and Spicy, I was blown away at the bloom of the fan base and growth and…very put off by the unchivalry.
Because I was bred an AFer, I can sketch the member hierarchy very well. I was and still am not an active member, but I knew who to not piss off and who to strike a joke with. I dig the language and the fan terminology. And it’s not uncommon to come across the mean attacks at Spicy. I would read the members’ comments on their horrible discriminative experiences as Spicy and would nod to myself, thinking yeah, those Spicies are so mean. Then a member would counter with a comment about being a member at Spicy too and they think it’s fine and the moderators are actually quite nice. And I would think tut, stop defending, you’re obviously wrong. I don’t know why every time over the last five years when I came across discussions like this at AF, I didn’t stop to think that I was prejudice.
When I started LG, I discovered that Spicy’s news forum was very good. There, I first got to know some of the prominent members. Then as I compiled HeadsUp posts, I learned that sometimes Spicy fared more info on Channel 7 and less popular lakorns. I started to see that a lot of the AFers have cross-membership there. And I saw that Spicies are funny, bitchy, and crazy about Tpop just like AFers are too. Then when I first found an AF versus Spicy rift camflouged in a Spicy discussion…I started to read this side of the story.
There was a lot of uncalled for comments exchanged. In my ruling, the AFers crossed the line in this instance. Because there was too much bad blood, Spicies executed some harsh punishhments. I didn’t stop there to blame one side. I tracked down the same topic thread at AF to I listened to their side too. Treaded through a hundred pages and found the follow up discussion to the incident. I understood both sides, their bad and their good. But what upset me was that each side thought they were absolutely correct.
Whether you like Ann or Kob. Whether you write Patchata’s name as Lome or Rome. Whether you think Yadech is overrrated or not. For me, I grew up watching Kob, and I will pick her over Ann any day. I can’t different between the L and R sound in Thai, but I’m used to Rome. And I’m actually indifferent about Yadech, so yes, I do think that they are overrated. We both are passionate enough to fight for the daras, singers, shows, lakorns, kookwans, directors, production companies, and channels we like. Fan smack is part of the package in fandom. But sometimes, we got extreme and we did go overboard.
I am glad to see that AF had open up to have other Asian head forums and that Spicy has become more inclusive. I was happy to see that the AF viedo site allowed members from both forums to log in, but I wish see more collabs. I would see less discriminative comments on both sides. This isn’t the United Nations. There are only a few super powers. If you can’t be more civil, then I’m embarrassed to be a part of this online community. PM a moderator or administrator and tell then you think that the Asianfuse-Spicy feud. Or simply next time you see these discussions, be the Gandhi. Of the 6.8 billion people in the world, we somehow came to love Tpop and that is a beautiful phenomenon.
Pictures are of my top 6 favorite actors that I grew up with in order. It is sad that some are getting married…while for others, I’m convinced they’re gay.