For the past three years at least, the rise of Korean pop in the music industry has led to the advent of K-pop role-playing.
Yes, not only are die-hard fans spending heaps of money on expensive concert tickets and queuing long hours for meet-and-greet opportunities, some of them are also pretending to be their idols.
These K-pop role-players set up accounts on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr using avatars showing images of K-pop idols and adding bio details that are the same as the actual celebrities.
Here are examples of role-players from Singapore. These Facebook users are also members of K-pop role-player groups created on the platform.
According to Roleplayers Diary, a website dedicated to “International Roleplayers on Twitter”, role-players are people who “portray their idols” through the social accounts.
They are often misunderstood as fakes or posers of celebrity accounts, even though some of them state clearly that they are only role-playing and do not tell viewers thatRead More »from K-pop role-playing: Why some Singaporeans are pretending to be their idols