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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)

Song Triplets Sing their own praises “The Go back of Superman” Diplomas From Fans

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Song Triplets Sing their own praises “The Go back of Superman” Diplomas From Fans

Song Triplets Sing their own praises “The Go back of Superman” Diplomas From Fanatics ilmare42 Would possibly 30, 2016 0 Song Il Gook’s adorable triplets have printed the diplomas they gained from fans for “graduating” from “The Return of Superman”!

Daehan, Minguk, and Manse joined “The Return of Superman” with their dad, actor Song Il Gook, in July of 2014, and they stole the hearts of audiencecorrect away. They left the prove on February 7 of 2016, yet fans have happily still been in a position to stay along of them by method of their dad’s Instagram updates.

On May just 30, Song Il Gook shared footage of the menkeeping up commencement diplomas given to them by capability of a fan club. Each and every of the triplets has a degree alongside their call on it, with the text under reading, “We provide this graduation diploma to the kid above with our boundless thank you for giving laughter and joy not tobest the country but also other folksall throughthe sectorvia their angelically beautiful, lovely, and candy words and actions.”

Watch: Topp Dogg Tests Their K-Pop Wisdom With One 2d Song Problem On “Topp Dogg: All Kill”

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Watch: Topp Dogg Tests Their K-Pop Wisdom With One 2d Song Problem On “Topp Dogg: All Kill”

Watch: Topp Dogg Tests Their K-Pop Wisdom amongst One 2nd Song Difficulty On “Topp Dogg: All Kill”ilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 On the newest episode of “Topp Dogg: All Kill,” the individuals of Topp Dogg are tested on their K-Pop savvy!

Soompiers could also beconversant in our vintage One-Second K-Pop Song Challenges! In Can also 30’s episode of “Topp Dogg: All Kill,” the guys are split into groups to play a edition of the game in order to win ingredients for a cooking challenge, with leader P-Goon as the MC.

When one second of a K-Pop song is played, the members need to run to grasp a seat in the chair at the front and then try to bet the call of the track.

An Infinity of Possibilities: BTS’ “Save Me”

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An Infinity of Possibilities: BTS’ “Save Me”

An Infinity of Possibilities: BTS Save MeWritten by way of Irteqa On Would possibly 30, 2016To the elation of anticipant BTS lovers (including myself) over the globe, the evening of Could 15th saw BigHit Entertainment reveal the stratospheric boy group’s ultimate MV of the 3 that were promised. Following April 19ths Epilogue: Young All the time and May additionally 1sts Fire, “Save Me” used to be unveiled in birthday celebrationin their special album The Most lovely Moment in Life: Young Forever and the finish of their chart-busting “youth” trilogy, The MaximumGorgeous Moment in Life.

“Save Me” as a song is relatively freshly conceived with its safari-like instrumentals, steeped in electronica, mysteriously emotive lyrics, and stable projection of either the vocal and rap lines. At the similar fourth dimension the song caters to a crisp and recent audio and feel, however, it falters with regards toproviding musical diversity. Hearth (as a song) when in comparison to salve Me turned intoready to prop itself up and assignment musical intensity by applying its lively bridge and the numerous beats and ad-libs that in the end gave it a pleasing variance.

Meanwhile as a MV, “Save Me” might now notprecisely exist what fans were expecting, given the nature of beyond BTS tune videos (professedly subject to unending theories). Yet IT opens a window in terms of offering fans the danger to formulate their own conclusion, given the BOY MEETS _ ambiguity following the end of the MV. In other words, its starkness and ease translate to an international of possibility, in which fans are the given entire reign and the ability to either unearth, bury, re-plant, or sever the flower that started at I want U. “Save Me” is for sureclever and whilstit should flounder in the eyes of those that expected an illustrious finishing to the type of popular trilogy, its cleanness is large and creates a uniquearea for imaginations of every kind to roam and run.

Here's The total Artist Line-Up For JYP Country In Korea 2016 Concert This August

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Here's The total Artist Line-Up For JYP Country In Korea 2016 Concert This August

(Photo : Jo Kwon Instagram)Mark your calendars, JYP lovers in South Korea!

Artists from the preferred entertainment firmcould beacting in Jamsil Indoor Stadium at the first weekend of August -- that is August 6 and seven - as a phase of the biennial JYP Nation concert series.

A new poster for the JYP Nation in Korea 2016 concert publishedthe overall artist line-up, adding J.Y. Park, veteran ladystaff Wonder Girls, Jo Kwon, 2PM, Min, Fei, Baek A Yeon plus the more youthful acts like Park Ji Min, GOT7, Bernard Park, G.Soul, DAY6 and TWICE.

Watch: U-KISS Stocks Sneak Peek Of Comeback With MV Teaser For “Stalker”

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Watch: U-KISS Stocks Sneak Peek Of Comeback With MV Teaser For “Stalker”

Watch: U-KISS Stocks Sneak Peek Of Comeback With MV Teaser For Stalkerilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 U-KISS has dropped the music video teaser for their much-anticipated comeback with “Stalker”!

The workforce has been getting fanaticsequipped for their comeback with loads ofsymbol teasers, and at May just 31 at the hours of darkness KST, they added to the thrill with the track video teaser for their upcoming identify track Stalker.

U-KISS can be making their go back on June 7 with their 11th mini album, entitled “Stalker.” We’ve still were givenquite so much of teasers to go, as we willsit up for the free up of still cuts from the music video on June 1, a track list on June 2, an album spotlight medley on June 6, and more.

Watch: f(x)’s Luna Needs To “Free Somebody” In Solo Debut MV

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Watch: f(x)’s Luna Needs To “Free Somebody” In Solo Debut MV

Watch: f(x)’s Luna Needs To UnfastenedSomeone In Solo Debut MVilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 f(x)’s Luna has made her long-awaited solo debut!

On Could 31 in the dark KST, Luna dropped her first solo mini album entitled “Free Somebody,” in addition the tune video for the name track of the same name. “Free Somebody” is an electronic pop dance track that showcases either Luna’s impressive vocal talents as neatly as her dancing talents.

She could be making her solo debut functionalityvia filming KBS 2TV’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” on May also 31 for the episode that’s set to air on June 3. She can then be performing at KCON France in conjunction with f(x) on June 2. After Luna returns to Korea, she’ll be appearing on June 4’s episode of MBC’s “Music Core.”

Watch: FIESTAR Is good Like “Apple Pie” In Comeback MV

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Watch: FIESTAR Is good Like “Apple Pie” In Comeback MV

Showing a more playful aspect of the usually sensual FIESTAR, Apple Pie is an energetic synth pop number with witty lyrics encouragedby capacity of Snow White and the tale of Adam and Eve. The catchy dance track used to be created by an globalteam of producers working with Marcan Entertainment, who prior to now put out hits like Taeyeons I, EXOs Love Me Right, and Red Velvets Dumb Dumb, whilst the lyrics were penned by leading songwriter Search engine optimization Ji Eum.

Watch: Henry Gifts Enthusiasts With Passionate Quilt Of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”

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Watch: Henry Gifts Enthusiasts With Passionate Quilt Of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”

Watch: Henry Gifts Lovers alongside Passionate Quilt Of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”ilmare42 Would possibly 30, 2016 0 Great Junior-M member Henry has shocked fans with a present of a new cover video!

On Could 30, SM Entertainment uploaded a video of Henry passionately appearing Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” in a studio whilstgambling the piano. His smooth, robust comprehend of the songis certain to come up with goosebumps!

Henry is a skilled Canadian performer who debuted with Super Junior’s Chinese sub-unit Super Junior-M in 2008. He later made his solo debut in Korea in June of 2013 with his first mini album “Trap, which he followed up with a 2d mini album entitled “Fantastic” in July of 2014.

Hwang Jeong-min Continues String of Box-Office Successes

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Actor Hwang Jeong-min attracted some 50 million moviegoers over the past 18 months, as maximum of his contemporarymotion picturesbecomelarge box-office hits or were praised via critics whilst achieving some minor advertisement success. Hwang played diversified characters in films reminiscent of "Ode to My Father" (2014), "Veteran" (2015), "The Himalayas" (2015), "A Violent Prosecutor" (2015) and "The Wailing" (2016). His most modern film, "The Wailing", is a mystery set in a village where the arriving of a stranger is followed by a string of mysterious murders. The movie attracted more than five million audience in its first two weeks. "I'm at all timesanxious when shooting begins, yet one immerse myself in roles quickly", Hwang said. "I put all my power into a character, so it issimple to get over excited after shooting is done".Asked what makes him stay working, Hwang said, "Portraying a new personawill also be agonizing, but or not it's energizing and makes me feel alive. I am happiest when I'm working".The prolific actor is already running on multiple new projects, adding Ryoo Seung-wan's film "Battleship Island" set to be released later this year.

BTS Announces Plans For 2016 Anniversary Festa Jam-Packed With Gifts For Fans

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BTS Announces Plans For 2016 Anniversary Festa Jam-Packed With Gifts For Fans

BTS Announces Plans For 2016 Anniversary Festa Jam-Packed With Gifts For Fanatics ilmare42 Might 30, 2016 0 BTS’s 3rd debut anniversary is bobbing up in just a couple weeks, and the gang has now announced that they’ll be celebrating with ARMY again this year with any other “BTS Festa”!

On May just 30, the staff released a poster for their “2016 BTS Festa,” which functionspractically a complete two weeks of special gifts for fans on a day-to-day basisthrumore than a fewother platforms.

It’s all going to get started with an “Opening Ceremony” by the use of a blog on June 1, with a different choreography functionalityday after today on YouTube and Naver’s V app, the unlock of a photo album on June 3 via Facebook, and the group’s 0.33 anniversary “family photo” on June 4.