I have been trying to complete some non-Rain-related blog entries for the past few days, but I always get sidetracked by stuff that I don’t even know why I end up writing about.
So there I was, browsing thru forums and blogsites to look for more back stories about Rain’s Vegas concerts when I chanced upon a story from someone who had a ‘bad’ experience with Rain in Vegas. She entitled her story as “Rain, Not As Nice As You Think He Is”, so naturally, I was lured into reading it.
Apparently, she saw him and his posse at the casino, she grabbed her camera, ran up to him to take his picture, but his companions said NO. She got shocked (eh?), insisted twice more, but they still said sorry, but she’s not allowed to. What she did next was to ask Rain directly, but he just looked at her, then he looked around him, and he just kept walking. So the fan was shattered, as she said he ‘dissed’ and ‘disappointed’ her for she ‘politely asked instead of just snapping a picture’, so now she’s not a fan anymore. She still watched the show, but did not find it good enough that she did not even finish it.
Now, it is perfectly understandable for any person to feel that way, especially if you’re someone who spent a fortune and travelled a long way from home just to see your idol. But consider the circumstances:
1. She saw him at the casino, during his private down time.
2. His companions already said, “sorry, no”, but she still insisted.
3. Not satisfied by being told off by his companions, she asked Rain directly, but he just looked at her. Why? I dunno… maybe because he did not understand what she wants as his English is not that good yet? Or maybe he just doesn’t want to have a photo op with anyone at that point? Hell knows, right?
Or to be more precise, maybe he’s just being “JiHoon” about the entire thing? Coz really now, if you know the real Jeong JiHoon, you’d know that he is not your usual celebrity who’s smiling all the time, shakes everyone’s hand, tries to be chummy and all “showbiz” in front of strangers, does everything short of doing cartwheels just to please the whims of spectators, etc. The Rain that was in New York last February 2006 was not Jeong JiHoon, it’s Showbiz Cyborg Rain ver.1.0. We know that very well. Well, we, who have been following him closely, that is…
As I’ve said, I understand how she might’ve felt and she has all the right in the world to decide not to become a fan anymore, but the way she reacted to the whole situation is reeking of drama queen-ness. Rain is a human being, too. If he doesn’t want to have his photo taken, for any reason, then respect that. The excuse that “oh, he’s a superstar, he has no right to say NO to us fans who spend money and brought him to where he is now, yadda yadda yadda” is one big BS to me. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if you’re a fan and you chose to spend all your money, blood, sweat and tears on your idol, that is your choice. These artists don’t owe their lives to us. Sure, a little thank-you is always a good thing, but to deprive them of their own personal preferences just because we think he owes us is just too much. The fact that he works so hard – too hard, to be exact – just to give us his best performance all the time is more than enough ‘thank-you’ gesture for me.
See, this narrow-minded attitude of some fans is the exact reason why celebrities can’t have a personal life (or to be precise, why their agencies/managers do not want them to have a personal life ). They are made to choose between their source of livelihood and their personal happiness. Well, everything has a price… in Rain’s case, he currently has fame and fortune, but I fervently hope he gets a chance to enjoy his life as a private person, too.
On a related note, I’d just like to say while sharing what you have is always a nice thing, I find it a bit tasteless that someone did manage to snap some stolen shots of Bi while playing the slots at the casino, and what’s worse, she posted them on the internet. I find it tasteless because he had made it clear that he doesn’t want his photos taken at that time, but some fans just couldn’t get a damn clue. Ok, I admit, if I had a chance to take a paparazzi shot of any celebrity (especially if the celebrity is someone I like), I’d probably be tempted, as a keepsake. But I’ll never ever post it on the internet, simply because I think it’s wrong to do so. But then again, people have different values, so…