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As a long time fan of Eatyourkimchi, there are a few things I have to say;

If you watch Simon and Martina’s video with the intent of learning everything there is to know from people who were born and raised in Korea and know everything about Korean culture, then it’s pretty much your fault when you’re disappointed. I have NEVER once heard Simon or Martina say that they’re experts on Korean culture or language (unless done in a joking manner). In fact, at the beginning of the majority of their TL;DRs they will say “This is simply what we’ve learned from our experience and from speaking with our Korean friends” which does not equate to being the standard or norm everywhere in Korea.

Secondly, EATYOURKIMCHI IS NOT A KPOP CHANNEL. This is something people clearly do not understand. It is a channel about two Canadian expats who happen to live in Korea. Kpop Music Mondays did not start until about two years after they started their channel. If you watch EYK for just the KPOP, well then you’ll probably be disappointed in this regard as well. They are not going to talk about KPOP all the time, and when they do, they are going to voice their own opinions. You do not have to agree (I myself have disagreed with countless things they have said) but the point is that it is their opinion. I personally started watching more for seeing the basics of living in Korea (how to pay bills, navigate my way through the subway system, different options for ways to find a teaching job in Korea, etc.) and the reviews on KPOP I felt were just a bonus.

Third and finally, if you find something they do or say to be offensive or to be wrongly informed, the way you deal with it is NOT by throwing anger and blind hate their way. Instead of saying “Wow, how about you two white racist pieces of s**t go and kill yourselves” all you have to say is “I feel like when you guys said/did this it came off offensively” and then give your reasons why. If you really find them that awful, all you have to do is unsubscribe. Literally. That’s it. If, however, you are like me, and you actually want to help Simon, Martina, SooZee and Leigh build a better more awesome EYK, then you respond in the latter way. I’m sorry, but if you come at me about something I did wrong with anger and threats, I’m not going to respond nicely to you either.

TL;DR EYK is not a kpop channel and it’s not National Geographic. It’s about two Canadian expats simply sharing their experiences of living in Korea and their opinions on various media.If you hate EYK so much, then don’t support them. Don’t watch the videos. Don’t read the blog posts. There’s no point in continuing to do something that only makes you upset.

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