In Defence of Chad Future… kind of.
Years ago there was a man, a strong and deep man, who proclaimed that haters should leave Britney (Spears) alone. Today I take a leaf out of that very man’s books and proclaim:
LEAVE CHAD ALONE!
Before you stop reading or curse me (“No more K-Music for you, Sasha!” I hear you cry) give me a second to explain. I’m not a fan of Mr Chad Future. From the first time I saw him in the unfortunate group Heart2Heart I knew that he would forever have a special place in my book of musical shame, and not for good reasons.* But my feelings of contempt for him ended at that. He would never be a bias (I have one and he’s not an idol), nor would I ever be a fan and that was that.
Even when he came back as a soloist and proclaimed that he would be making ‘American K-Pop’ (isn’t that just pop?) I barely batted an eyelid, shrugging it off as another attempt at publicity. Unfortunately I was wrong. Chad came back with a vengeance and over the past few years has built up not only a fan base for himself but also acclaim for his covers of popular songs from the very idols he is setting out to impress. This alone should gain him a little respect.
Even if you detest the persona of Chad Future there should be acknowledgement for the sheer drive and determination that David Lehre has. Despite being constantly mocked and knocked back by both fans and companies he has managed not only to release more songs and covers than most debuted K-Pop groups but even to get his very own self titled show on MNET America with “I AM CHAD FUTURE“. Not bad for a guy everybody loves to hate.
However it would seem that, in the world of K-Pop, to a fan once you are marked as unworthy for their love and attention it takes a little more than Oppa declaring his love for hot covers to get let off from the often stream of abuse he gathers online. And no matter what your perspective of the guy is there really is no need for that. His worthiness as a performer should not be based purely on whether or not he has been okayed by one Korean idol. It’s fine to complain about his music- hell, let your voice be heard on that issue because it’s not the greatest – but it’s another to complain about his race.
Yes, some fans have complained not about the music Mr Future makes but the colour of his skin, and that in itself is wrong. My understanding of music is that it is universal. To quote Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on.” It may be that the issues that arise over Chad being a white male attempting to make it in the world of K-Pop could almost be a gut reaction with fans being taken aback by something they perceive as unusual and uncommon. But as more westerners seek out K-Pop and develop a liking towards it who are we to judge a man by the colour of his skin?
Who knows perhaps Mr. Future could be the Micheal Jackson of our times. I would be willing to put a bit of money on that not being the case but I could very well be wrong. I mean, who else but a musical and lyrical genius could come up with this magic?
That’s right kids, nobody but the majestic force known as Chad Future. What other musician would have the courage to take an entire song from someone else’s back catalogue and change the lyrics to make them all about his own ‘plight’ and strivings for success? (I suggest you read this wonderful analysis of the very song). Only Chad Oppa. So I will, therefore, take this opportunity to declare every day a Chad day and leave you with this wonderful memento of the great man and K-Pop’s great symbol of hope towards a better future.
*Please note that all shameful music is not necessarily bad music.