Given the tragic news of Sulli’s passing earlier today, I debated whether to post normal reviews or wait until a later date. Unfortunately, we’ve been down this road before, but that doesn’t make it any less gut-wrenching or maddening. This industry, and online culture in general, has its problems and we all need to do better.
Ultimately, this site was founded to celebrate and discuss my favorite part of the K-pop industry: the music. I’m going to continue doing that today, with my deepest respects to Sulli, her friends and her family. With that said, I think it’s important that we don’t become numb to news items like this.
K-pop music and performance — like all art — is open to interpretation and criticism. But, we all need to remember that words matter. Moments like this remind me that my words matter, whether they be in the form of a review, a tweet, a comment or a post. You never know who’s reading.
While I’m not going to pretend to know what was going on inside Sulli’s mind leading up to today’s tragedy, at the very least let’s take this as a reminder to think before we post. I actually teach this to my students: “If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it online.” That philosophy isn’t going to cure all the world’s ills by itself, but it might make somebody’s day a little easier.