Part 2 of Jay Park: Popular, unpopular

EXT. CAFÉ NEAR CAMPUS – MIDMORNING. M is sitting at a corner table, she is highly fixated on her laptop, she has her headphones on. One of her classmate approaches her, he whispers closer to her ear,

JONAS

You love him neh?

M stares at him as he takes a seat next to her,

M

No, I am just listening to good music

JONAS

What were you thinking? I mean you really know how to make Prof. Shilli mad

(laughing)

M

I wasn’t trying to make her mad, I was putting across a well-researched proposal

JONAS

I mean who writes about their own favourite artist for a PhD thesis

M

I am not talking about him as a profile, I am talking about what he stands for.

JONAS

You just want popularity, you want to be recorded on social media as that student who wrote about a rapper.

M

No! I want to be the first student to write an academic and intellectual argument on someone not considered worthy to talk about, why is it right to write about Malcom X, Mandela, King, and Maya just because they are considered academics and socio-political philanthropist?

JONAS

How can you compare those people to him? He raps and makes music and that is all we get from him

M

Well you show little social consciousness, because that! It is what makes our world, it is what challenged communism, capitalism, it what gave us new school thoughts and had academics talking, social observations shifts paradigms – and Jay Park has shifted a popular one, in the most unpopular manner. Stick to you books! I will stick to the real life

(packing her bags and leaving)

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EXT. PROFESSOR SHILLI OFFICE, CAMPUS – MIDDAY. Professor Shilli was grading papers, she was getting agitated at the paper she was grading, making circles and aggressive underlines – a soft knock on her door,

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Come in

(taking off her glasses)

She wasn’t impressed at the student walking in her office. M took a sit,

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Are you here to tell me that you are taking on a new topic?

M

No…

Prof. Shilli giving her an unbelievable look,

M

I want to calmly and rationally explain myself without a misunderstanding or an ensuing conversation, please just listen to what I am going to say.

(being sincere)

PROFESSOR SHILLI

I heard you got a pretty big distinction on your Master degree, I expected a lot from you

M

Have you ever met him?

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Who?

M

Jae-beom Park?

Not answering,

M

It is just a question

PROFESSOR SHILLI

I cannot say that I have

M

So, you never met him personally, you never had a conversation with him, you don’t know where he stands in terms of social, economic and political opinions

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Yes, I guess

(with a sour taste in her mouth)

M

That is my point! You and I have never met him. We only know him through social media, through television, through reports by the media, through the spectrum of others and his fans. I am not claiming to know him, I am simply making an academic observation that will encompass and question the paradigm-shift that our society is going through. most famous academics did their research and sampling on basic social constructs. Marxism challenged the capitalist construct, Froyd challenged the psychological construct – I mean what does boobs have in common to men sucking boobs when having sex? Or always want to lay their heads on the bosom of a woman? What do they have in common? Observation, and from that they made hypothesis test and disclosed their results. That is my approach, I am not populating a rapper, I am observing a person within their society and how they deal with the post-modern challenges and how they react to them. Take for example, ‘I will be sexy forever,’© It is about challenging the societal believes of what is considered beautiful and sexy – this is paradigm shift, an unpopular opinion, an answer to the values, criteria and standards the society puts on people. What is considered beautiful it is not all what we place on billboards and television, telling people that getting a Botox or a facelift it is the only means to remain beautiful. Self-acceptance is a major topic today, and he answers that in the most versatile way, through hip hop/pop or rap if you want

(smiling brightly)

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Where is the academia in this?

M

In my presentation which I will give in the next lecture, and you will listen to it through out and tell me what you think after my presentation.

Professor Shilli sighing deeply,

M

Please, I will not disappoint you

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Fine! Ten minutes only, no more and no less

M

Thank you

(smiling and hurriedly leaving the office)

Talking to herself,

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Huh! Modern students, what can we say?

(putting on her glasses and grading her papers)

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EXT. UNIVERSITY LECTURE ROOM – MORNING. M is patiently waiting for the rest of the students to sit down, they all sat down in the same semi-circle – starring at M standing at the podium,

PROFESSOR SHILLI

Miss M will present formally for us, let us give her an earful and only ask her questions after her presentation

M

Thank you, Professor. Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Oprah Winfrey, Mandela- what do they have in common? The ability to change and shift paradigms. The ability to have people rethink their social construct. Women first, men before, that how our society views itself. This is term that tries to hide the still patriarchy systems that is still in place, but women and feminists alike defies this statement and seek substantive equality for themselves and the future generation. Being called unacademically inclined; a misfit; a vulgar artist; an anti feminist; a non-conformist. Jay Park is an unorthodox socially conscious artist. He defies social norms, he is unboxed and non-comparable. He sticks to his unpopular opinion, no matter what others may say or conclude. He not only shifts culture, he revolutionises it, just like all the revolutions and statements that black one side and white another side; just as capitalist stated that the rich one side and the poor are slaves. He neither conforms or accepts those constructs; he questions them, just like Donal Trump questions whether global warming is real. He askes the same question Childish Gambino ask – whether equality still exists. Whichever country he is in, whether his birth country or his home country – he is simply a ‘foreigner’ – The most beautiful thing about being a misfit is that you can challenge any construct and shift social paradigm and create a new jurisprudence. My research will enact Jay Park’s growth as a social conscious artist, from small dreams to defying odds and ending up having to question a lot of constructs and social labels. That what makes him a strong candidate for my research. Defying socials labels and criteria created by the society; others state he is a sell out; others say he appropriates culture; others says he lacks talent, some will say he is socially enclosed and turns a blind eye to the social issues that faces the post-modern society. But the fluid post-modern society still struggles with identity issues, still have to deal with many issues that past academics sought solutions and new-school thoughts. Jay Park is the new-school thought, he is what questions these grappling issues, he is the paradigm shift of popular culture through unpopular opinion

Ah, the rest of the academic reference that supports my proposal are in my actual proposal submission.

Thank you

Nobody said anything… until the lecture was finished

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