Ongoing Online ‘Jihad’ Against Korean Pop Fans
From Global Voices:
An online ‘jihad’ reached its peak Wednesday night with massive numbers of World of Warcraft players (”wowers”) swarming popular forums for fans of Korean pop boy bands on Baidu, trying to drown them in virtual noise. A Tianya post on the spam battle between the wowers and the K-pop fans has received over 100,000 views in the four hours since it was created.
It all started on the morning of May 30, the day of a Super Junior (”JS?“) concert at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai; free tickets ran out sooner than anticipated and fans turned violent, leading to a stampede….
The ‘jihad’, as wowers are calling it, seems to have been sparked by embarrassment arising from the Super Junior show incident and has a strongly xenophobic message, but is also part of an ongoing feud between the two tribes.