The music video has been under fire by some netizens claiming it sexualizes and degrades women. Along with the accusation is another one claiming that it contains provocative and gory imageries as well. And the conclusive reason why the whole thing became an issue was that there have never been idols that presented themselves the way Bang YongGuk did with so-called ‘provocative’ visuals.
While the video does contain certain mature content, we can’t help but question the maturity of people making such criticisms against the singer. Sexualization is something that is done in entertainment all the time. And it has been applied repeatedly to both men and women. As K-pop fans, we should ask ourselves if idols are not to be granted the creative freedom to express themselves, whether it comes in the form of sex and violence. It is disappointing and laughable to think that K-Pop is just limited to the typical ‘bubbly’ and ‘bright’ G-rated material. We certainly don’t hope that there are still South Korean K-Pop fans that are old-minded, pretentiously conservative without a clear reason, and ignorant about music entertainment contents on a global scale. Shifting perspectives, there is alternatively a possibility that netizens being critical of the B.A.P singer are actually just simply not satisfied with the quality of the music video. It’s possible because many people view the contents created by artists such as Jay Park and appreciate the art form. We have to remember that Jay Park was once part of a male idol boy band, 2PM and is still an idol as well. If you watch the videos, you’ll notice how similar ideas and subject matters are all incorporated into all the videos.
Beautiful sexy women and even cutting chicken heads, all the elements are there just like Yamazaki. And so there is also a possibility that Bang YongGuk has only been able to so far reach a market in South Korea that consists mainly of middle and high school students who are only used to watching exclusively bright K-Pop contents and G-rated videos, or potentially older people with the minds of middle and high school students. If such is the case, the steps an idol must take in order to release solo contents must be revised and a method to cater to a wider audience should be considered for long term success. Many fans overseas conversely have applauded YongGuk for his rap style and concept of ‘Yamazaki’. There is a divide of K-Pop fans in South Korea. Basically, ones that understand the cultural roots and intended artistic concept, and ones that are like ignorant sheep and criticize anything outside their comfort zone. While there are comments of criticism, there are also comments that support the ‘Yamazaki’ singer.
‘This is really good. Can I post this somewhere else too?’
‘Yeah go ahead, this is just my own personal review and there might be some inaccuracies but I wrote my review leaning towards on the more positive side.’
‘Your review did justice for the MV!!! I found myself agreeing to what you wrote and bobbed my head at the same time. Thanks for the nice share’
‘I did put some time into the review but was a little worried it wouldn’t be persuasive. But it’s a relief to know that you enjoyed it. Thanks’
On Augst 23rd, PRISTINhad their comeback with “SCHXXL OUT”. After their comeback, the group is put on the spot by arousing the controversy of idols’ body. More specifically, of idols being obliged to be thin.
One of the young members of PRISTIN is Kyla, she is 15. On the stages of this comeback, fans saw Kyla chubbier compare to other members.
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Kyla’s body has raised controversy among netizens whether idols should continually “take care” of their body. “Take care” in this sense means that one should work out or be on the diet to be thin, not fit, thin. They say that idols, as well as celebrities, are on TV and earn money being visually attractive aside from their music or work.
Others who oppose the idea say that it’s a stereo type to think that thin = beautiful. This unhealthy beauty standard has been destroying the lives of women, especially idols and celebrities. Idols are being put on a harsh diet schedule, unbelievably unhealthy because it does not match up to the calories they burn. There were precedents of girl idols fainting and having health issues due to being on a diet.
A lot of fans worry that Kyla and young girls like her may be put on harsh diet plans to be visually attractive enough to earn money.
What do you think? Is it okay a person get worthless and hurtful comments and criticism because of one’s body? Do you agree with the idea of “idols must have a thin, fit for the beauty standard today kind of a body”?
Should there be somewhere idols and their fans aren’t allowed to be closer any more? How far will it be?
A few days ago, several photos including VIXX’s Leo and a woman were released on the Internet. What’s different from just another photos here is, in the pictures, Leo is consoling his arms around the woman’s shoulders and looking into her eyes so closely. In addition, Leo’s fans claimed that the woman is the homepage master, who owns and operates the fans’ homepage. What upsets fans is Leo is having special, private relationship with a fan who originally shouldn’t be treated differently from just another fans of Leo.
After the pictures are released, some netizens told that this is the obvious discrimination on fans of Leo. Here are those problematic photos.
Too many stories and guesses were made on these photos, and eventually, JELLYFISH Entertainment, where VIXX belongs to, announce their official feedback. They admitted that woman was a fan of Leo and Leo already was aware of her having wrong behaviors and being eliminated from official fan club. Besides, they announced that it is not true that two of them made a meeting intentionally. According to their explanation, the woman without any permission to enter the supporting program for musical “Mata Hari“, where Leo play a role just appeared all of sudden. Thus, Leo had difficulty restraining her entrance there and made her get out there by making those physical affections.
Even though the official feedback was given, fans’ tempers seem not to cool down. The main reason mostly mentioned among fans is “how could the idol privately make those physical affection with fans?” and “Finally, the management company admitted there was a private relationship without meaning to be”. Fans are talking about TMI (Too Much Information) on the feedback from JELLYFISH Entertainment. There’s no need to be so detailed, and fans get disappointed by acknowledged facts from the company.