Jan 15 • 1HR 17M

Episode 98: On Hereticon, Michael Tracey's Egregious Crimes Against K-Pop, And NPR's Manufactured Racism Issues

Plus: Jesse has some thoughts on X Æ A-12

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

The host’s discuss Jesse’s very crazy week in Miami, Grimes, a very confusing online brouhaha involving Michael Tracey, South Korea, and fan letters written in menstrual blood, and the accusations of white supremacy leveled against that bastion of bigotry, National Public Radio. If you’d like to discuss this episode with other premium subscribers, click here.

Show notes/Links:

Hereticon:
https://www.hereticon.com/

Russ George’s pirate-geoengineering project (he did not mention during the talk that the tribe later disavowed his activity on the basis they didn’t know it violated international rules): https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/oct/15/pacific-iron-fertilisation-geoengineering

Dynamite by BTS:

Regular everyday hookup leads to major scandal for K-Pop idol:
https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2959678

K-Pop raises money for BLM:
https://variety.com/2020/music/news/bts-army-matches-black-lives-matter-million-dollar-donation-1234627455/

The biggest K-Pop fans are giant weirdoes:
https://sg.style.yahoo.com/blogs/singapore-showbiz/sasaeng-groupies-gone-wild-part-1-k-fans-141105992.html

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/k-pop/

“Stan” by Eminem:

Hit TXT song:

PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 11: TXT attends 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at CJ ENM Studio Center on December 11, 2021 in Paju, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)

Some info on Michael Tracey:
https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/left-heretics-jilani-taibbi-tracey

A Tracey Twete (tm):

Shovegate:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/04/did-rep-maxine-waters-shove-a-reporter-you-decide/

Tracey on the riots:
https://mtracey.medium.com/two-months-since-the-riots-and-still-no-national-conversation-12a7e3e4e006

The Present Controversy:

Big Hit suing people for insulting its artists:
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49484380

The fabricated tweet:

Tracey responds:

Not everyone buys his claims of innocence:

NPR’s really bad racism problem:

Folkenflik thinks it’s more complicated:
https://www.npr.org/2022/01/11/1072104110/lulu-garcia-navarro-audie-cornish-noel-king-leave-npr

Subtweet?:

Jesse’s failed attempt to bait the K-Pop stans:

Image: PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 11: TXT attends 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at CJ ENM Studio Center on December 11, 2021 in Paju, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)