Ooop. What a rollercoaster of a few days Mr Simon Cowell has had. First of all, he had to scrap his new show ‘The X Factor: All-Stars’ at the last minute due to contestants dropping like flies. Then, he goes and announces a new show to rival Little Mix’s new talent show and now he’s gone and rubbed KPOP stans the wrong way. Yikes!
In a new video to call upon solo-artists to apply for ‘The X Factor: The Band’, Simon goes on to end the video saying: “Right now, KPOP you could argue is ruling the world. Now it’s time for UKPOP.” Sorry, what?
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
Oh, Simon. I wouldn’t have done that if I were you…
Of course, KPOP stans are extremely passionate and also pretty damn protective over their idols, so it’s no surprise that they hit back at the music mogul for trying it.
Some called him out for making such a ridiculous remark…
[Serious producer voice] Right now, Bollywood is ruling the world. Now, it’s time for Americallywood https://t.co/RjQNAT2hWl
— Jules Darmanin (@JulesDrmnn) November 6, 2019
a) kpop isn’t just groups, get educated
b) ukpop exists, it literally is what is what is played on radios all over the country
c) just admit 1d and little mix were the only acts making you money and now they’re all gone oop
d) u sound like a coloniser
— lucy jayne ford 🍂 (@lucyj_ford) November 6, 2019
Simon Cowell’s new UK-Pop group debuts with their song “Make It White”
— bry (@goodtimeyoongi) November 6, 2019
Others decided to make a meme of the whole thing…
It was at this moment Simon Cowell created his idea of ‘UKPOP’ pic.twitter.com/HpkDoKLJS5
— JIN JIN JIN (Bang Shi Hyuk) (@BigManTettes) November 6, 2019
simon cowell: kpop is ruling the world now it’s time for ukpop
kim namjoon, an intellectual:
— primrose⭑ (@solarityroses) November 6, 2019
Simon Cowell: I’m trying to put KPOP down and create MY own version and THEY will rule the charts. May I introduce, UKPOP
Kpop fans: pic.twitter.com/aGEXPs8urb
— ʕ ´ᴥ` ʔ ♡ | IG: @kimseoktaejoon (@straykidzbop) November 6, 2019
i never thought I’d see the day where kpop Stans are united bc we collectively agree Simon cowell and ukpop is a joke pic.twitter.com/Ii26MOPPHC
— nil (@UwuMinYoongi_) November 6, 2019
And then there were some who just promoted who they stan under the original tweet, which is the typical response to anyone trying to come for the KPOP kingdom.
stan stray kids instead pic.twitter.com/xEDX9FBVvy
— ash #ThankYouWoojin (@straysos) November 6, 2019
ok but have you seen the biggest boyband of the world pic.twitter.com/hH7lPtnwNy
— 🔪 (@todorokth) November 6, 2019
What was pretty powerful, though, was when KPOP stans stood up for Little Mix following their falling out which caused them to leave Simon’s record label.
best boy group and girl group? ain’t no one like little mix and bts lmao you can try all you want x pic.twitter.com/ibvtpLNxMB
— ♡ 𝐚𝐣 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐞 ♡ SEEING BTS ✈️ -30 !! (@rhythmictae) November 6, 2019
y’all had the chance to promote a really good girl group yet you let that opportunity slip away 👀 https://t.co/RiVTcf6o88
— sOOBIN SMOL STICKER (@toehyung_) November 6, 2019
Imagine thinking you can replace THE bts and THE little mix, the most talented and hardest working groups with the best chemistry and genuinely friendship with a.. forced tv show that is going to flop pic.twitter.com/N7hQmUelwt
— ◘ (@joonswasabl) November 3, 2019
as long as bts and little mix are on this earth, you will never just be able to just ‘create’ a group that will match with them let alone compete against them, we don’t need a new “phenomenon”… bts and little mix are right in front of us pic.twitter.com/S5WOwdzx53
— helen ▽ (@taespinnock) November 3, 2019
Listen, Simon definitely has had a lot of success in the industry, we know that. But, to try and wipe out an entire genre who is successful… that ain’t it, Si.
Also, did he forget he contributed a massive amount to UK-POP which has always been referred to as BritPOP? Maybe he’s in denial of a little thing called One Direction who are currently on hiatus after taking the world by storm for five years. But that’s not all, BritPOP has been around for years. Decades even. You all know The Beatles, Queen, Oasis, Elton John, George Michael, Spice Girls, for decades and decades, still to this day, we have always had BritPOP. It’s nothing new and rebranding the name won’t make it something different. KPOP dominating the western world is massive, it’s a new age and we shouldn’t try to tear it down because it’s thriving. Sorry, Simon, but it’s a no from us.
What do you think – are you here for UKPOP? Will you be tuning into ‘The X Factor: The Band’ or will you be on the side of KPOP stans and Mixers uniting to support ‘Little Mix: The Search‘? Sound off in the comments below or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP!
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