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When Idolizing Idols Goes Too Far

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  When Idolizing Idols Goes Too Far

We’ve all seen it before: whenever a beloved idol somehow gets him or herself into hot water, whether by running their mouth off when they shouldn’t, looking bored or tired during an interview, or failing to appropriately address an industry senior, the fan response is invariably the same.  “Oppa is only human!” the fans cry.  “Unni makes mistakes just like everyone else!”  And even though the refrain is tired, the response cannot be said to not hold water; idols really are just people, and even though we are all guilty of doing it, it might not be the most fair thing to hold them to a higher standard than we do others.

As disappointing as it might be when they fall short of our expectations, it’s important to remember that our disappointment is directly a result of the fact that idols live their lives under a microscope: not only are their mistakes on display for the whole word to see, but they are also magnified to an extent that most of us could not conceptualize.  Let’s be real – we’ve all looked bored or tired at work or in class, but the repercussions we face are far less damaging or widespread.

However, there is one realm where the “Oppa/Unni is a person just like all of us” excuse seems to not apply, and that is anything related to appearance.  But it isn’t just that fans criticize our favorite idols for gaining too much weight, getting a terrible haircut, or wearing a questionable outfit; rather, oftentimes the problem is that fans project the utterly impossible or unrealistic attributes of celebrities onto themselves or those around them.

Consider this: last week on KBS’ variety program Hello, a young woman who made an appearance complained that her husband was micro-managing her weight in an incredibly unhealthy manner; though she was at one point overweight enough to merit something of a diet/lifestyle change (75 kilograms, or 165 pounds – by no means extremely overweight, but depending on one’s height, not terribly healthy, either), her current weight (46 kilograms, or 101 pounds) is not a great deal healthier, either.  Her husband claimed that he was doing it for her – that prior to her weight loss, store keepers had paid no attention to his wife – but as many females in the audience recognized, there comes a point (and this fellow got there pretty quickly) where such concern goes overboard and becomes as unhealthy as is being overweight.

Unfortunately for this young woman, however, her husband seems to see absolutely no problem with badgering his wife to be unnaturally skinny; indeed, while trying to defend his (absolutely appalling and quite frankly, indefensible) behavior, he let loose this gem: “I want my wife to be as skinny as After School’s UEE.

If you think that this statement is remarkably stupid, it’s because it is. First of all, let’s get one thing straight: if I had a friend who was over five feet tall and at a dangerously low weight, I wouldn’t tell him or her how totally awesome it was that they were just one stomach flu away from being forbidden to donate blood (although in the United States, I’m fairly sure that being under 115 pounds is enough to disqualify you from donating); rather, I would probably drag him or her to the nearest Burger King and order a deluxe Whopper with large fries, then swing by Wendy’s for a dessert Frosty.  Maybe I’d throw in a McFlurry, too, if I were feeling ambitious.  But lets be realistic: if I had a friend who was as skinny as UEE…well, then my friend would probably be UEE.  Or some other K-pop star who wears a size negative 2 dress and has a lucrative ad campaign contract with a soju company.

While we in the K-popiverse tend to throw around the term “idol” without much thought or care, it’s worth taking a moment to remember that idolizing idols can be a dangerous and slippery slope.  In fact, actually idolizing idols just might be one of the silliest things that any K-pop fan can do.  It’s one thing if you admire IU’s voice, or wish you could play the guitar as well as can CNBlue’s Yong-hwa; it’s another thing entirely to really, earnestly believe that Goo Hara’s “ant waist” is something to be realistically admired and sought-after.  And it really doesn’t help that in addition to “ant waist,” a whole slew of somewhat ridiculous terms has developed to describe the many perfections that our ideal idols possess: honey thighs, chocolate abs, baby face + glamorous body (= bagel girl/boy), V-line chins, S-line curves, and the list goes on.

While a lot of K-pop fans certainly have their heads on straight, many (myself included) often seem to forget that the K-pop stars that we see on television, in magazines, on the internet, and pretty much everywhere else only look and seem the way that they do because it is basically their job to do and be so – and a hell of a lot of energy, time, dieting, plastic surgery, makeup, Photoshop, and cover-up goes into producing the final product. Even though it may just seem like a glitzy and trendy lifestyle from the outside looking in, being a celebrity – and especially being a celebrity in South Korea – is a full-time job just like any other, and as a job, it carries with it certain specifications, duties, and requirements.

In addition to all of the airbrushing, idols must spend a ridiculous amount of time polishing themselves in ways that people who are not celebrities do not.  My job doesn’t currently require me to wear fancy and carefully coordinated outfits to the airport but SNSD’s certainly does; my job similarly doesn’t forbid me from eating before going to work (thank god), but SISTAR recently became the umpteenth girl group to report that they don’t eat before appearing on music programs.

As silly as it might sound, my point is this: no one except idols should reasonably expect to even kind of look like an idol – because for nearly everyone else on the planet, the career demands placed on an idol are completely antithetical to those placed on practically every other lifestyle.  Unless you are a model, actress, or singer (and nearly every single Korean celebrity is at one point in their career or another), you cannot reasonably or realistically hold yourself to the standards to which K-pop idols must hold themselves – only disappointment (or incredibly ill health, or both) will ensue. Don’t be fooled, it’s a two way street – just as I don’t expect to be as skinny, pretty, or put-together as is Tiffany, I do not expect her to write a masters-level dissertation on some aspect of Korean history.  Yet despite the fact that a wealth of news stories exists to remind us of the seemingly absurd lengths that idols go to in order to maintain their figures and keep up their appearances, this fact is all too easy to forget when we think about ourselves.

This is not to say that any and all imitation of idols is bad, of course – but as the ancient Greeks say, everything in moderation.  So gentlemen, please don’t tell your lady that she should in any way, shape, or form resemble a Korean pop star; if she has any sense at all, she’ll either demand that you somehow morph into Taecyeon or get rid of you for your astounding lack of common sense.

And lest I be sexist, ladies, the same goes for you.

(Nate [1] [2], Nate, KBS2, SM Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, Starship Entertainment)

Kim Pass Eun and Kim Dong Wook Deal with Dating Rumors

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Kim Pass Eun and Kim Dong Wook Deal with Dating Rumors

Kim Move Eun and Kim Dong Wook Cope with Dating Rumorskokoberry Might 5, 2016 0 On May just 6, actors Kim Go Eun and Kim Dong Wook were surrounded via reports about the pair being noticed on a date in Cebu, Philippines recently.

Kim Go Euns firm spoke with news outlet Big name News and said, The dating reports aren't true. They went to Cebu in combinationas a result of a club meeting.

Kim Dong Wooks agency, Key East, also stated, Kim Go Eun and Kim Dong Wook are sunbae and hoobae from the similar school. They just went to Cebu because in their skin scuba diving club.

Se7en Is Making His First Broadcast Comeback In 4 Years

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Se7en Is Making His First Broadcast Comeback In 4 Years

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Se7en will seem on an upcoming episode of the 2d one season of Korean-Chinese joint assignment “Super Idol, an audition display where contestants educate to turn into idols who will debut in Korea.

As a unique judge, Se7en isn't any nonsense as he trains the contestants, giving eithertopcomplimentand vicious criticism. I can existtrying to findno longer but dancing, singing, and rapping abilitiesyet showmanship or even visuals, Se7en says.

Jessica sends lovers handwritten message about her emotions referring to her solo comeback

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Jessica sends lovers handwritten message about her emotions  referring to her solo comeback

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Jellyfish Denies Reports That they are going to Be Debuting A New Lady Crew This Summer

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Jellyfish Denies Reports That they are going to Be Debuting A New Lady  Crew This Summer

Jellyfish Denies Reports That they're going to Be Debuting A New WomanCrew This Summerorionight Would possibly 5, 2016 0 Jellyfish Entertainment is denying a record claiming that they'remaking plans to debut a lady group in June.

According to the initial report from May just 6, Jellyfish Entertainment is planning to releasethe hot girl group on June 13. The crowd reportedly plans to have seven members, adding Kim Sejeong, Kang Mina, and Kim Nayoung. All 3 trainees participated in the Mnet program “Produce 101,” regardless thatsimplest Kim Sejeong and Kang Mina went directly to debut with I.O.I.

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Lee Hoon ultimate starred in a drama in 2013 and then seemed in more than a fewTelevisionpresentations and informative techniques for the last 3 years.

"Here Comes Love" is a circle of relatives drama about a girl who is harmby way of love, striving for small happiness and knowing the preciousness of family.

Eun Ji Won Writes Message Of Thank you After “Infinite Challenge” Reunion

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Eun Ji Won Writes Message Of Thank you After “Infinite Challenge” Reunion

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On May just 5, the rapper published a post entitled “To You Who I Love” on his legit fan cafe, where he expressed his gratefulness to his fellow Sechs Kies contributors and the fanatics who continue to cheer them on.

He wrote, “During the beyond 16 years, the supporters of Sechs Kies will have to takevery much hated and resented me, yet now it appears like I’ve been forgiven. I too have felt the urge and greed for a Sechs Kies reunion, and i'meither thankful and sorry to the members and fans who kept trusting and waiting.”

Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-geom's enthusiasts are alike, Children's Day gifts donated

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The 'Love Sharing' campaign goals to proportionheat with the neighboring children by way of supporting them with offers and it is been going on for four years since 2013.

Sources from Blossom Entertainment say, "We thank every person for their contributions. More other peoplesought after to be a a phase of it this year and we are hoping for your persisted support".

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Lee Je Hoon Confesses About Fainting After Smoking For Film

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On May just 5, KBS2’s communicatedisplay “Happy In combination 3” aired an episode featuring Lee Je Hoon, Kim Sung Kyun, Moon Hee Kyung, and A-Pink’s Jung Eun Ji and Kim Namjoo, with the theme “All-Kill Ladies and men Special.”

The actor says that when they shot the film, he was smoking for a couple of takes and collapsed after the eighth. He reveals, “I was rushed to the emergency room. I used to be vomiting, given an IV drip, and just about unconscious.”

Police apprehends former idol for smuggling marijuana into South Korea

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Police apprehends former idol for smuggling marijuana into South Korea

According to the Seoul prosecution workplace on Might 7th, the police apprehended hip-hop artist Choi after he becomestuck smuggling approximately 20g of marijuana that he had ordered online. Its additional reported that to steer transparent of suspicion from the Korean police, Choi attempted to confuse them and somebody else being attentive by paying for the marijuana in a couple of ways.

Though his identity has no longer been published to the public, it's faracknowledged that Choi is a former idol who left his staff and has released a hip-hop album.