23 Dec '17, 4am

In defence of the fangirls

On Dec 18, K-pop boy band Shinee's lead singer Jonghyun took his own life, leaving behind a suicide note. Two days later, a memorial was held for the 27-year-old at Hong Lim Park by his Singaporean fans. By all accounts, the memorial, which involved pre-event registration, bag checks and more than 1,000 fans, went smoothly. When news of the memorial broke, I was impressed by the efficiency of the organisers and fans, who came prepared with notes, flowers and light sticks. The comment sections of some news outlets, however, were rather unkind. The fans, mostly teenage girls, were dismissed and mocked for their grief. They were chided for not spending their time on "better things" and reacting with such fervour for someone who did not know them. I am not a fan of K-pop but as a fangirl who spent a good part of her adolescent years obsessed with a different boy band - Japanes...

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