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How Sexy is Too Sexy?

How Sexy is Too Sexy? Its common knowledge that major Korean TV stations such as KBS, SBS, and MBC are notorious for exerting considerable amounts of control over the amount of sexiness in K-pop artists performances. They can force an artist to change his or her (or their, in the case of Hyuna and Hyunseung) choreography with the threat of not airing their songs. But at the same time, Ive seen artists take to the stage with some seriously risque routines. So how exactly do those TV stations determine whats appropriate enough to air and whats so sexy that Korean grandmothers will have to cover their eyes in shame (along with their grandchildrens) if they see it?

To my knowledge, South Korea is typically pretty conservative when compared to the United States. Here in America, many are used to seeing Lady Gaga practically naked, sometimes tied to a bed, and surrounded by scantily-clad, expressionless young men in her music videos. It takes a lot for me to think that something is too sexy, just because of all the exposure Ive already accumulated from American pop culture before becoming a K-pop fan. I dont know how it is for others, but I have never felt offended by the sexiness of a banned K-pop performance.

Perhaps the most recent case of altered choreography due to complaints from the audience about its sexiness is that of Jay Parks Know Your Name. I actually pulled up the performance after I read about it online and sat down to watch the whole thing. It took about half the performance for me to realize why it was bannedat one point during the song, Jay Park gets cozy with a female backup dancer. But if you look carefully enough, they hardly even touch each other during the dance sequence.

To be fair, Jay Parks altered choreography was just as nice, and Im relieved that he chose to alter the choreography though, instead of being turned away by the broadcasting stations. But this situation definitely shows the wide gap in what is considered too provocative in Korea and barely so in the United States. Not only does this show that Jay Park respects the mindsets of Korean fans (hes from the United States, so I doubt that he thought the choreography was too provocative at all), but also his versatility as an artist. Even with a few steps taken out of his routine, he still rocked different stages after that initial performance. Thanks to that, the whole provocative choreography thing died down quickly.

How Sexy is Too Sexy? So what about girl groups? Do they come under fire for sexy choreography? Is that even a question that needs to be asked? Countless girl groups have been criticized for sexy choreography, but one in particular sticks out in my mind. In August of 2010, Rainbow released A, their comeback single. The choreography for A consisted of the ab-dance, which involved the girls lifting up their shirts to show a small strip of stomach during performances. This extremely sensual dance (sarcasm implied) caused Rainbow to be hit with an onslaught of criticism and DSP Media halted promotions only a month after the release of A, even though they released a statement earlier regarding the banning of A performances by many broadcasting companies.

I would argue that girl groups tend to get slammed more for mature choreography than boy groups though. Take 2PM, for example, who just love ripping off their shirts during performances (Im not complaining.) In fact, 2PMs performance isnt complete without the removal of some articles of clothing. So why dont they get ragged on about taking their shirts off and doing touchy-feely dances with female dancers? During their MBC Gayo Daejun segment last year, 2PM performed Back to You. There was shirt-ripping, lots of hip thrusts, dim lighting (my theory for that is that MBC wanted innocent children to have a hard time seeing the performance,) and female dancers clad in booty shorts (gasp!) involved.

The argument for allowing male groups to keep their suggestive performances while banning the suggestive dances of girl groups is a logical one, however. It may not seem fair, but many companies are concerned about the safety of their female groups. A 40-year old man who lusts after 20-year old girls is certainly more dangerous than an ahjumma fan. Companies dont want to put the members of their girl groups in danger by giving them too suggestive of a dance routine. At the same time, however, they have to place a certain amount of sex appeal in their performances and songs to keep fanboys interested. Its a tricky business.

How Sexy is Too Sexy? But things definitely get complicated when you put a guy and a girl together and force them to perform. Last December, Cube Entertainment debuted their highly-anticipated co-ed subunit, Trouble Maker, featuring Hyuna from 4Minute and Hyunseung from BEAST. It was geniusHyuna had enough sex appeal and stage presence for both of them while Hyunseung took the reins with his vocals. It was like Cube Entertainment used a recipe to create the perfect subunit: a girl who can strut her stuff confidently, a guy who can sing, and TONS of sexiness. Bam. The K-pop world didnt even know what it had been hit with.

All joking aside though, the choreography for Trouble Maker was possibly one of the most provocative Ive seen so far in K-pop. I went on an emotional rollercoaster while watching their performances, alternating between amazement at how bold Cube was (having Hyunseung get so handsy with Hyuna onstage) and amusement at their sometimes-awkwardness, which got better later on after they altered the choreography a little. They put on a smoking (and awkward) performance at MBCs Gayo Daejun last year, complete with Hyuna practically sitting on Hyunseungs lap while he smoldered at the audience with an Am I a boss or what expression.

It seems like Hyuna is the one exception though, out of almost all the female artists, who gets away with some extremely provocative performances. Im not sure why that is, especially since shes still pretty young compared with other female artists, but it seems like a trend. Ive come to believe that its because she knows how to balance her cute personality with her sexy performancesBubble Pop had some very suggestive dance steps during the dubstep breakdown, but it was a cute song overall so no one really called her out on it. On the other hand, her earlier single, Change, did get banned from broadcast so Cube has pulled back a little with giving her such blatantly mature choreography.

Im still baffled as to how broadcasting companies (and fans, for that matter) decide when a performance is too sexy and when its okay for airing. I dont think Ill ever understand it either just because of the cultural differences there are between South Korea and the United States, but thats fine. As long as theres YouTube, its okay for us less-easily-offended fans to pull up performances of our favorite boy and girl groups breaking a few taboos with some questionable (and enjoyable) choreography.

(hubpages, lvkpop, TheMusiclover258, soompi, dkpopnews, ekgarin, loveforkorea, aNnNGnta9New, Wikipedia, vivaYONGYONG)

Jung Ryeo Won and WINNER’s Nam Tae Hyun Suspected Of Dating

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Jung Ryeo Won and WINNER’s Nam Tae Hyun Suspected Of Dating

In the past, eagle-eyed netizens were ready to spot the smallest of hints via SNS photos, even effectively predicting relationships ahead of they were made public. Recently, netizens came upon an abnormalstyle in the Instagram posts of actress Jung Ryeo Won and WINNERNam Tae Hyun, causing many to suppose that the 2 are secretly dating. After seeing several in theiran identical posts, many netizens were convinced that the two are in a relationship.

Koreaboo has accrued reactions from Netizens who commented at thelong-established article from our Korean source. The beneath comments are the preferred comments at the time of this article being published.

Oh myMay this be?Ryeowon??Ehhh it couldnt beHere's a random couplingThere are too much in commonplaceto claim its just accident especially when theyre following each and every otherHeolll. Source: Instiz

VIXX’s Hongbin Chooses Between Romance or Bromance on “Moorim School”

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VIXX’s Hongbin Chooses Between Romance or Bromance on “Moorim School”

VIXX’s Hongbin Chooses Between Romance or Bromance on “Moorim School”notclaira February 13, 2016 0 As the KBS drama “Moorim School” passes the midway mark, Wang Chi Ang (VIXX’s Lee Hongbin) shouldselect between love and friendship.

Wang Chi Ang, who have been up till now a persona who hardly took existence seriously, is torn between his love-at-first-sight, Shim Doon Deok (Seo Ye Ji), or Yoon Shi Woo (Lee Hyun Woo), who is the primaryindividual that Chi Ang thought to be equally a friend.

Soon Deok stored Chi Ang from drowning when he was oncelooking to run clear of the men his father hired. His ratherfoolish and naive way of expressing his feelings meant that Soon Deok interpreted his behaviour as a comic storyin position of taking him seriously. As Soon Deok become paired up with Shi Woo in a mentor-mentee schooling program, the 2started falling for each and every other instead.

Yoo Seung-woo Solidifies Crooner Symbol with “Pit a Pat” EP

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Yoo Seung-woo Solidifies Crooner Symbol with “Pit a Pat” EP

Yoo Seung-woo Solidifies Crooner Symbol alongside Pit a Pat EPWritten by way of Erianne On February 13, 2016Roughly two years since his closing EP release, the Superstar K singer-songwriter Yoo Seung-woo is after all back with a new EP entitled Pit a Pat which got here out previous this month. This time, he has collaborated with more artists comparable to K-indie artist OOHYO, rapper Crucial Star, and Louie who is one-half of the hip-hop duo, Geeks.

Fans of easy-listening Korean tune know that by way of lounge-worthy jams to tune into, Urban Zakapa and 10cm are just probably the most more popular go-to K-indie teams for your chill-out musical cravings. Over the years, the now 18 year-old Yoo Seung-woo has controlledto place himself in the market to earn a place on anyone’s cafe playlist with his sweet, mellow tracks which he was oncerather wellready to exhibit in his old EP Already 19. However, with his latest EP, Seung-Woo becomecapable of feature more of his enlargement and consistency as an artist as he highlights more of his uniquely boyish, acoustic flair.

Starting out with the identify track Whatever, which has a these days released accompanying MV, it functions rapper The maximum important Star and is plainly more of an RB tastewhich correct away feels relativelyother from some of Seung-woo’s earlier, mellow and acoustic ballad songs. The golden moment of the intro to “Whatever” is the funky bass line which accurately preps the listeners for a coffee shop feel that was simplestthe entire more complemented with the calming piano synths and Seung-woo’s maturing vocals kicking off the primary verse.

Watch: Kwak Si Yang and Kim So Yeon Snuggle Up to Take a snooze In combination on “We Were given Married”

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Watch: Kwak Si Yang and Kim So Yeon Snuggle Up to Take a snooze  In combination on “We Were given Married”

Watch: Kwak Si Yang and Kim So Yeon Snuggle Up to Take a sleepIn combination on “We Were given Married”ilmare42 February 13, 2016 0 On February 13’s episode of “We Got Married,” virtual couple Kwak Si Yang and Kim So Yeon cozy up to get some leisure together as they move on a spontaneous trip.

While they’re at the bus to Dangjin in South Chungcheong province, the pair luckilyspeak about the trips they used to take as kids. However, Kwak Si Yang says he’s tired because he had to wake up early. “Shall we take a nap for a bit?” he asks Kim So Yeon cutely.

Sensing her movements, Kwak Si Yang also wakes up from his nap. Kim So Yeon asks him if he awokeon account of her, yet he shakes his head in reply, and then sleepily pretends to bite her hand.

Red Velvet's Joy freaks BTOB's Sungjae out by ability of dining reside octopus on 'We Were given Married'

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Red Velvet's Joy freaks BTOB's Sungjae out by ability of  dining  reside octopus on 'We Were given Married'

Despite the reality that either were to start with very scared, Joy showed courage by skill of grabbing a live octopus and dining it, which shocked everyone. When she ate a sea worm, that in point of fact had Sungjae freaking out.

iKON’s Bobby Tries to Percentage Worries With Jinhwan Whilst He’s in the Shower on “Infinite Challenge”

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iKON’s Bobby Tries to Percentage Worries With Jinhwan Whilst He’s in the Shower on “Infinite Challenge”

iKONs Bobby Tries to Proportion Worries With Jinhwan Whilst Hes in the Shower on LimitlessProblem ilmare42 February 13, 2016 0 On February 13’s episode of “Infinite Challenge,” iKON member Bobby gets in a position to make his appearance at the show’s “Meet My Unsightly Friend” special, which startedultimate week.

Bobby stands out of doors the group’s toilet and attempts to communicate to fellow member Jinhwan, who’s in the shower. “Do you'll need come here while I’m in the shower?” asks Jinhwan from off camera.

“This is ‘real variety,’ it has to be real!” replies Bobby. He then stocks his worries with Jinhwan through saying, “If I move on the ‘Meet My Grotesque Friend’ special, our entireworkforce will be seen as ugly.”

WINNER to satisfy Internal Circle at fan signing occasions for 'EXIT:E'

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WINNER to satisfy  Internal Circle at fan signing occasions for 'EXIT:E'

The YG Entertainmentidol group's enthusiasts waited rathersome time for their album 'EXIT:E', yetfortuitously for fans, they're going to get a possibilityto satisfy with the lads for a signature.WINNER in the pastacknowledgedahead of their comeback stage, "We're actually thankful to the fans who have been looking ahead to a year and five months."

In other news, WINNER are coming circular againin this week's 'Inkigayo' on SBSwith 'EXIT:E' songs "Baby Baby" and "Sentimental".

8 Romantic Korean Words You Will have to Know for Valentine’s Day!

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8 Romantic Korean Words You Will have to Know for Valentine’s Day!

8 Romantic Korean Words You Should Know for Valentine’s Day!TeamSOOMPI February 13, 2016 0 Whilst young Koreans would perhaps not purpose the terms “Netflix and chill” or “OTP” to describe their love lives, they indisputably take their own of-the-moment slang that they use to discuss their boyfriends, girlfriends, or dating situation. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, how about finding out some romantic lingo? Let’s take a glance at them out below!

Literally manner “the push and pull of a relationship.” “Mil-dang” is used to suggestthe location when one user pretends that s/he is less interested by you lot than s/he actually is. It principally refers to some wayof creating you more drawn to him/her initially of a romantic relationship. The right English counterpart would be “to play difficult to get.”

“Sseom ta-da” is used to describe the state of affairs when there is anything going on and just right chemistry with a girl/guy, yet s/he isn'tsomewhat your female friend or boyfriend yet!

14 K-Pop Songs for a actually perfect Valentine’s Day Playlist

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14 K-Pop Songs for a actually perfect Valentine’s Day Playlist

14 K-Pop Songs for a super Valentines Day Playlistbrookenicole February 13, 2016 0 Love is for sure in this air this week. To stay you lot in the Valentines Day spirit, weve rounded up a couple ofcandy honey songs that are meant tocertainly exist featured on your playlist. So, spoil out the chocolates and get the roses ready. Those adjacent 14 songs, in no specific order, are certain to get your middle swelling and hoping for love.

1. Akdong Musician I like YouAkdong Musicians voices are adequate to make for a mythical song, yet I Love You'll definitely have you wishing you should bake muffins and serve them to your overwhelm like Suhyun does for Lee Hyun Woo in the songs mega-cute tune video.

2. Park Kyung Routine Love (feat. Park Bo Ram)Block Bs Park Kyung collaborates with soloist Park Bo Ram for this sweet and mellow duet. Normal Love recounts the emotions of a new love that feels unlike any other, and the duos alternating voices make this RB tune the easiest soundtrack for any and all your Valentines Day adventures.