Life isn’t always so full of happy surprises. Sometimes bad news come out of nowhere and bad things happen unintentionally and unexpectedly. Going through those hardships is the meaning of life, some say since life is so full of it.
It’s not only normal people who gets involved in bad incidents and be in worst accidents. Idols sometimes go through worse since their job requires unexpected area of activities. Fans are always worried about them getting hurt and always require entertainment to pay extra care in their health and safety. Though sometimes, entertainments and idols themselves try to be careful, there are things unavoidable.
Here are some of the worst accidents and incidents that idols have gone through.
In TV Variety Programs
1st- Yook SungJae of BTOB
IN the program of “King of Masked Singer”, Yook SungJae compete against Jang HyeJin. After their competition, the result appointed Jang HyeJin as the winner. Since Yook SungJae lost, he revealed himself to the public. Just as he revealed himself, the staff reported that there was a error in the machine and that the winner was Yook SungJae. Since his face was already known, he dropped out from the program himself.
2nd – JeongYeon of TWICE
While shooting “Law of the Jungle”, JeongYeon was riding a horse with another member. The horse that the other member was riding suddenly went hyper and gave a kick in the back. JeongYeon who was behind the horse got kick in the leg and was injured badly.
3rd – Jin of BTS
When Jin was the guest in “Law of the Jungle”, he was drained by several hours of day and night hunting in the oceans. Also, in one of the seasons of ISAC, he broke his nose while playing Futsal. His nose did not stop bleeding until he arrived at the hospital. However the program edited out the scene that he was injured and mentioned no words about it.
4th – Tzuyu of TWICE
Tzuyu was waving the flag of Taiwan in “My Little Television”. The scene aroused viral criticism from Chinese viewers and as a result she had to posted a video apologizing for her careless actions. Whether she had to apologize for waving her own country’s flag just for the sake of Chinese fans created hot debate and dispute among fans globally.
In Music Programs
1st – TWICE
While TWICE was performing ‘Cheer Up’, one music program had a falsely reported the winner of the week, so they were not awarded though they have won.
2nd – GFriend
When it was a GFriend’s turn to perform, music of TWICE was played falsely. Even the most talented idols don’t always do live, however, the falsely played music just made people criticized EunHa for lip syncing.
A staff carelessly spoke out a cynical criticism to BTOB right before their stage. What was worse was that the criticism was loud enough to be heard by members.
4th – Lee DaeHwi of Wanna One
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During one of Wanna One‘s concert, the in-ear, a small machine that helps the musicians listen to MR well, broke inside Lee DaeHwi’s ears. Fans caught his ears bleeding for quite a long time.
There are idols who have gone through sever criticism for being fat or gaining weight. When people face idols in real, they are more than slender but close to skinny. However, they always look larger than they actually are through camera lenses. People leave inconsiderate and harsh criticism just for looking a bit different that those who look amazingly thin. One of the example was shown clearly by members of Red Velvet.
SeulGi has been constantly showing a strong desire for food. Her desire for food had been building up even before her debut. In one interview, she mentioned that she had to live by fat free milk for every mill before debut. Wendy was often caught not eating in programs. Though the program offered food, she seemed afraid to eat something.
The standard people put on girl idols are too harsh but nothing has been changed though the problem rose to surface a couple of times.
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”?