Hwasa’s Response To Body Shame Is What Is Needed In Not Just K-Pop But South Korea
MAMAMOO member Hwasa is currently one of the most talked about K-Pop idols in the scene, but it’s not just fans who adore her that make her the subject of their conversations, but also the people who dislike her as well that have been busy trying to spread their hate for her.
In fact, the K-Pop idol has been caught up in a couple of controversies in the past for the attire that she wore during awards shows, with some netizens expressing their discomfort with her revealing outfits. Some have even gone as far as criticizing her body and physique.
Hwasa recently appeared on SBS’s ‘We Will Channel You’ and opened up about how she felt when hearing that many people were criticizing her for wearing revealing clothing on stage.
She specifically talked about how some people were saying that she was taking clothes off just to try and become famous.
“I was more confused than hurt by the comments because from my perspective, I’ve always been the same person, from before debut and up until now. And all of a sudden, people began forming this opinion about me. But also at the same time, I actually understand why people feel uncomfortable when they look at me.”
She spoke about her experience and encounter with other people who wore see-through clothing braless, and was taken aback herself during that time. She asked herself if it was something that was socially acceptable, which seems to be a big reason why she also understands people being uncomfortable or critical of what she wears.
As Hwasa stated, it is understandable that some people may not be comfortable with revealing clothing. She confessed herself that she was uncomfortable when seeing other people wearing extremely unconventional attires.
But what seems to be a major issue currently is the fact that many netizens are leaving malicious comments about her body. Body-shaming is a serious issue in not just K-Pop but in South Korea as well. Expressing discomfort is one thing, but downright attacking the appearance of a person is definitely not an act that should be condoned in any society. How many times have we seen both male and female idols in the industry being verbally attacked by even some of their own fans if they appear to have gained a few pounds? In the past couple of years, we’ve seen several including CL, YoungJae (GOT7), Wendy (Red Velvet), Kyla (PRISTIN), and a few more who were victims of body shaming.
On the other hand, some of the traditional fans of K-Pop have argued that a slim body is an integral beauty standard of K-Pop, a prerequisite that any idol should have, as it is part of the job.
But the fact is, it is very clear that K-Pop is no longer confined to the scopes of South Korea and has become a global phenomenon, meaning that certain traditions that are shunned upon by the world should start being recognized and weeded out. In a sense, by holding on to the old traditional values of K-Pop, the movement itself would directly go against the efforts of people trying to help the world realize that it is ok to embrace yourself the way you are, ultimately being destructive to itself as well.
Hopefully, Hwasa will be able to help the South Korean society break free of narrow beauty standards through her activities as a K-Pop idol.