Simon Cowell has long been branded as the fiery hitmaker when it comes to finding new musical acts, but this time, he’s in deep trouble for poking the most ferocious beehive of stan Twitter: the K-POP fandom.
The music mogul/judge announced on Twitter that he’s looking for talents for ‘X Factor: The Band‘, his new talent show aimed to rival K-pop artists by introducing a ‘UK-pop‘ group. Yikes.
You’ve heard it from Simon. The X Factor: The Band is coming and we need YOU! You only have days to apply so follow the link below to submit your audition! Good luck 🙌https://t.co/KAmOauMu9w pic.twitter.com/ahF5CZHzvj
— SYCO Entertainment (@syco) November 6, 2019
‘Right now K-Pop you could argue is ruling the world. Now it’s time for UK-Pop.’, said Simon.
‘We have weeks to get this together. We are going to find either the biggest boy group in the world or the biggest girl group in the world.’
Naturally, K-POP fans didn’t appreciate that a white man wanted to overthrow an industry that introduced huge, global hit-making Asian acts like BTS and BLACKPINK. The criticism against Simon ranged from accusations of whitewashing Korean groups to just plain ‘ok, boomer‘.
Simon Cowell's new UK-Pop group debuts with their song "Make It White"
— bry (@goodtimeyoongi) November 6, 2019
you know what i HATE most about simon cowell’s “uk-pop” group shit? kpop idols train for YEARS and sacrifice so much to be able to even debut meanwhile this fucking white bastard is belittling those years of hardwork by thinking he can emulate their skills & success in a matter +
— kjd’s wife 💍 (@jeontiddies) November 6, 2019
beatles were uk pop. spice girls were uk pop. take that was uk pop. girls aloud was uk pop. one direction was uk pop. little mix is uk pop. its literally the most overdone music genre out there simon. EVERYONE has seen uk pop.
— lars (@jinscurves) November 6, 2019
simon cowell: kpop? more like UKPOP fuck kpop
the internet: ok boomer
— bunny ♡ (@vminter_bear) November 6, 2019
There’s a lucrative appeal to the idea, but starting a musical group with the goal to overtake one of the biggest musical industries in the world by replacing Asian acts with Brits (and pissing off a huge chunk of people at that) probably isn’t the wisest way to start anything.
We have yet to hear what Simon Says though.
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