Epik High, one of the most talented and the most listened hip-hop group of Korea, released their latest album. There were several songs featured by well-known artists like Hyuk Oh, IU, Simon. D and Mino of WINNER.
One of the songs in the latest album, “We’ve Done Something Wonderful “, the song ‘No Thank You’ is featured by Song MinHo, Simon Dominic and The Quiet. The lyrics are about how people judge others base on extremely subjective standards and to fight for one’s way despite such harsh voices. The musicians featuring the song wrote their own lyrics including Song MinHo.
In the lines that he wrote, the word “motherfucker” has aroused the controversy of whether Song MinHo showed misogyny. Misogyny is a complex word to describe discrimination, hatred and looking down on women by men. Some argue that the origin of the swearing contains discrimination and mockery of women, therefore the use of such word should be banned. However, others argue that not a lot of people actually MEAN the literal meaning to just use it to swear. They questioned the people who insist that Song MinHo has misogyny of why they aren’t criticizing any U.S. musicians who use the word numerous times in their lyrics.
The reason why Song MinHo was swept in the middle of the controversy was that he already had a record of writing controversial lyrics in the past. When he competed in Mnet, Show Me the Money, he rapped a line that said, “Open your legs like you are in obstetrics.” This line didn’t arouse any debates but only harsh criticism on him and he had apologized for his thoughtless words.
Again, the word “motherfucker” has put him in the middle of sexual discrimination and hatred controversy. But this time, some argues that condemning the use of such word has gone too far. The controversy doesn’t seem to pass easily like other issues in the entertainment since people have grown extra-sensitive of gender issues.
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September 12, 2017
Kyla of PRISTIN Arouses Controversy of Stereotype of Body Type
On Augst 23rd, PRISTIN had 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”?
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