This is mostly going to be about the United States- what with living here and all- but it applies to whatever country you happen to live in.
Last night was the YTMAs (YouTube music awards) and not really caring about music outside of a ‘oh this is a pleasant thing I like listening to’ I don’t really pay attention to the music world. But I do pay attention to racism and xenophobia, and boy did the YTMAs end up causing the racist idiots in America to come out in spades. Girl’s Generation won the video of the year award and Twitter was flooded with ignorant and hateful Tweets by fans upset by their particular idol not winning the award, and like the internet does these tweets are being tracked for posterity- check them out if you feel like hating the world.
What stuns me about all those tweets isn’t the racism (I mean, it makes me sad and angry but it doesn’t surprise me) but the fact that Americans/English speaking music fans seem utterly incapable of understanding that music exists outside what they listen to, that YouTube is used worldwide, and that maybe- just maybe- people like listening to music that wasn’t made by America/English speaking countries. So many of the tweets from these people about Girl’s Generation express surprise that a group they have never heard of could have won, as if their expertise or awareness of music is the metric we should go by for who wins a YTMA. Which is yet another example of the vast, sweeping ignorance that is the average user of the internet- despite having more knowledge at their finger tips than at any other point in history people still devolve into inane tribalism at the drop of the hat.
Look, I get that the YTMA was just a popularity contest for pop music. And I understand having a singer you love listening to win an award is exciting- I get excited when things I like win awards too! But it remains stunning to me that so many people, in any country, can still be so vile and cruel to someone else based off their ignorance of the world at large- these people would probably be stunned that books and games and movies are made outside America, and would be just as pissed if American products lost in an awards competition to them as well.
You know what the kicker to all this is? People were upset Justin Bieber and 1 Direction didn’t win. You know, the singer from Canada and the group from the United Kingdom? Ah, idiocy, thy name is the internet.