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Why Homoerotic Fanservice is Just Not Okay

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  Why Homoerotic Fanservice is Just Not Okay

We here at Seoulbeats generally do not shy away from tackling the more controversial issues in K-pop, and we have in the past written extensively on both homosexuality in K-pop and the hypocritical nature of celebrities who simultaneously trumpet the anti-gay cause, yet engage in what could undoubtedly be deemed decidedly homosexual fanservice at the same time (lookin at Siwon, you handsome bigot, you).  One would think that there is no use in beating a dead horse into the ground, and I would be the first to agreebut then I saw these pictures from SHINeeWorld Concert II.

Perhaps it would be more appropriate to headdesk said horse into the ground?  Is that possible?

So let me try to get this straight: in an effort to please fans, whose fan culture is dominated by the incredibly bizarre concept of shipping, whereby fans pair two idols together in what is generally interpreted to be a romantic relationship that, depending on which fan fiction you are reading, is eroticized to a pornographic degree, Jonghyun decided (whilst scantily clad) to grab Taemin by the hair, press against him, and imitate landing on him a kiss so sexy and passionate that it might as well have come straight out of an adult move intended for a homosexual audience.  And then, not wanting to miss out on more fun, Taemin decided to pass a dollar bill to Minho by way of his mouth, ostensibly to please more fans who maybe werent satisfied with the Jonghyun/Taemin kiss because thats not what they consider their One True Pairing (OTP).

Shipping in general is not a debate into which I hope to enter at this juncture, because I am in no way qualified to talk about where it began, how it began, and how pervasively disturbing its role in the K-popiverse is.  However, what I can tell you is that it is undoubtedly at the root of this incredibly bizarre and bizarrely disturbing display of fanserviceand while I am usually content to sigh through my nose and brush fanservice off as nothing more than just pandering to the masses, the social implications of this particular instance have made me thoroughly disgusted.  Why?  Because the open acceptanceand indeed, encouragement  of this sort of homoerotic fanservice flies in the face of South Koreas general attitude towards the homosexual community.

I probably dont need to state that societally, South Korea is (officially) more conservative when it comes to issues ofwell, lets call it sexual liberation.  Abortion is still illegal (though not unobtainable), sexual education in public schools could probably use a serious face-lift, and homosexuality is so far underground that it has, by this point, probably made friends with a whole slew of dead horses that we writers have beat there.  Forget the issue of homosexual marriage; South Korea has yet to carve out a niche for homosexuals to even exist openly and comfortably in society as human beings deserving of rights and respect.  The Korean gay community lives life in secrecy, restricting their activities to the far more forgiving realm of the internet; coming out to parents, relatives, and friends is often a totally unimaginable scenario.  Even the Korean gay pride parade is an event that seems anything but prideful; totally absent are the flamboyant colors, costumes, and displays of solidarity and strength that are present at gay pride parades held in the United States and elsewhere.  Instead, the event is somber and soberingall participants wear masks to hide their identities and armbands that state that they are not permitted to be photographed or interviewed by the media.  In order to derail suspicions from friends and co-workers, gays and lesbians even enter into what are known as contract marriages with each other and maintain the facade of heterosexuality while pursuing homosexual relationships on the side.  In South Korea, being gay is often synonymous with living life in fear of being discovered, outed, and ruined.

Even Korean entertainment is subject to the same level of discrimination.  Just a few weeks ago, my fellow writer Paloma wrote about the unfortunate case of gay celebrity Hong Seok-cheon, whose coming out out of the closet essentially destroyed his entire career.  While he has been able to make small inroads back into entertainment, he has undoubtedly been stigmatized and will likely never fully recover from it.  Wisely, he has pursued other business ventures outside of the celebrity world.  But the reason behind Hongs fall from grace?  He wasnt pretending to be homosexual for the sake of anyone else.  He lives this life every single daynot simply because fans find it sexy and/or cute when their favorite idols, be the male or female, act as though they are in a romantic and/or sexual relationship.  He is gay, and for him, it is not fanservice to be turned into fan fiction.  For him and for many other gays, the mere idea of Jonghyun and Taemin doing this as some sort of fanservice jokeand getting away with itmust be completely insulting.

Lets imagine for a second that Jonghyun and Taemin werent faking itthat they were actually involved in a homosexual relationship, and attempting to make out with each other was their way of telling the world that they are gay and proud of it.  I dont doubt for one second that this sort of coming out would lead to the end of SHINee (and their careers as celebrities in South Korea) faster than you can say, SHINees back.  But lets consider the fact that this was almost definitely not the case.  What does that leave us with?  Are we expected to be under the delusion that homosexuality is only okay in South Korea when it serves to fulfill the somewhat inappropriate fantasies of a largely female fan base?

Face it: what we have here is the glorification of imagined homosexuality for the perverse pleasure of fansand this in and of itself is utterly disgraceful and insulting to the millions of men and women in South Korea and around the world who suffer discrimination and oppression simply because they are gay.  That this sort of fanservice is deemed steamy and said to make fans go wild is wrong on so many levels, particularly because if two gay men who truly loved each other kissed that way on the streets of Seoul, they would be shunned for it.  Homosexuality is not a joke, not a gag, and certainly not something to be treated as an innocent and light-hearted tool for winning the hearts of fans whose true opinions on homosexuality likely do not apply to their beloved oppas and unnies, however disturbing that may be.  To trivialize it to such an absurd degree is disappointing, degrading, and just plain not okay.

What do you say, Seoulmates?

(SM Entertainment, Twitter, Ask a Korean!, John Cho, “The Wedding Banquet Revisited: ‘Contract Marriages’ Between Gays and Lesbians,” Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 2 (2009))

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.

Netizens claim Hyomin has taken her horny thought too some distance this time

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Netizens claim Hyomin has taken her horny  thought too some distance this time

After seeing the risque photos, however, netizens have claimed that the MBK Entertainment singer has in any case hit rock bottom. According to the teaser photos, many netizens criticized Hyomin for exposing such a lot skin just to get attention. Others also added that she looks practically unrecognizable in the photos, suggesting that shes gained cosmetic surgery.

Koreaboo has accumulated reactions from Netizens who commented at thecustomary article from our Korean source. The under comments are the maximumsmartly liked comments at the time of this article being published.

905, 65 The entirety else apart T-ARA at all times had such fantastic songs yet ever since that incident and their decline in status the womenstay going for the nudity conceptJiyeon and now Hyomin..I can see their combat to climb back up..

Girls' Generation's Yoona Hosts A classy 26th Birthday Bash

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Girls' Generation's Yoona Hosts A classy 26th Birthday Bash

(Photo : Yoona Instagram)Girls' Generation member Im Yoona celebrated her 26th birthday on Might 30 in a taste that suits her personality: A gorgeouscombine of elegance and cuteness.

The idol was once spotted having a superbly laid out personal dinner, dressed in a black ensemble with wine glasses earlier than her. She become too sitting on a settee amongsta widesatisfied birthday greeting card and a pristine white cake lit up.

But it is going tonow not be Yoona's birthday without a pinch of cuteness, and it got here in the kind of her birthday hat -- the type that children would wear -- with an adorable smiley face design.

AOA To Swiftly Finish Promotions For “Good Luck”

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AOA To Swiftly  Finish Promotions For “Good Luck”

AOA To All of a suddenFinish Promotions For ExcellentGood fortune an0ya Would possibly 30, 2016 0 AOA will be wrapping up promotions for their mini album Nice Luck just two weeks after its release.

This method that closing weeks Inkigayo marked AOAs final music displayfunctionality for their latest name track Good Luck. To make up for the short promotions, AOA will soon be thanking fanatics for their support by keeping a small-scale solo concert.

FNC Entertainment shared information about their plans on Could 30 by capacity of AOAs reputable website. The loose concert entitled Good Luck to ELVIS may be held at Kyedang Corridor in Seoul on June 11 at 6 p.m. and fan club participants volition be given first get appropriate of access to to the tickets.

iKON Tops Domestic And World Track Charts With “WYD”

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iKON Tops Domestic And World  Track Charts With “WYD”

iKON Tops Domestic And GlobalSong Charts With WYDhajima Might 30, 2016 0 Emerging representative K-pop boy staff picture is appearingrobust achievements on either domestic and international music charts after latelyfreeing their new song.

iKON released the track What You Doing (WYD) at 00:00 on Could 30 thrua lot of Korean and in a foreign country music sites.  The song rose to the pinnacle of real-time music charts for seven primary domestic music sites; Genie, Olleh Music, Naver Music, Bugs, Soribada, Mnet Music, and Monkey 3;  within ten hours of its release.

In addition, WYD ranked no. 1 at the iTunes major singles charts for 5 countries adding Cambodia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam, a little over ten hours because the songs release. Including its no. 1 rankings, the track made it into the tip ten on the iTunes leading singles charts for a general of 11 countries, score no. 3 in Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan, no. four in Kazakhstan, no. 8 in Indonesia, and no. 10 in Armenia.

8 Breathtaking Performances From “Fantastic Duo”

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8 Breathtaking Performances From “Fantastic Duo”

8 Breathtaking Performances From Wonderful duad sophfly Might 30, 2016 0 Grasp onto your jaws if you’ve made up our minds to give the hot variety show Fantastic Duo a shot. Having officially debuted in overdue April, it’s handiest been about a month since SBS introduced this new making a song show, and the reaction has only been getting warmer since. The displayis veryattractive for the normal viewer exactlyas a result of its incredibly original premise of connecting a fan with his or her favourite singer. Someone — amateur singers and non-celebrities alike — with a smartphone can send in a singing clip for an opportunity to get paired up with a nationally known singer on a collaboration level of the singer’s hit songs. It’s either emotionally rewarding to peer such dream stages come in combination and relatively frankly, astonishing to see such so much of non-professional singers belt out fully breathtaking performances. With that said, it’s surelyvaluefinding outone of the vital performances of a life-time down below.

Shin Seung Hun and Suk In Hye (Engineering Student)Shin Seung Hun sings Youre Just in a UpperPosition Than I'm (working title) with Suk In Hye, a faculty student at Sungkyunkwan University majoring in engineering. She claims that her grades are low because she looks a lot moreceaselessly at sheet tune than the textbooks shes assigned in university.

EXO and Ahn Eun Bi (Jeolla Red Pants Girl)EXO contributors Suho, Baekhyun, Chen, Xiumin, D.O., and Chanyeol team up with Ahn Eun Bi from the Jeolla Province to give a musical-like functionality of Love Me Right, successful song released just closing year.

CLC’s Eunbin On How She Feels About Joining Staff After “Produce 101″

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CLC’s Eunbin On How She Feels About Joining Staff After “Produce 101″

CLCs Eunbin On How She Feels About Joining Crew After Produce 101an0ya Might 30, 2016 0 CLCs Eunbin says shes excited to start selling every bit a new member of the group.

On May just 30, the woman group held the exhibit for their fourth mini album NU.CLEAR which brought to midnight, together with the tune video for the brand newidentify track No Oh Oh. This marks CLCs first professionalliberate as a seven-member group, following the addition of Elkie Chong and Eunbin.

Eunbin, who gained popularity whilstacting on Mnets woman group survival display Produce 101, opened up about her eventful past few months during the showcase.

G-Friend’s SinB beneath fireplace for finger curse

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G-Friend’s SinB beneath  fireplace for finger curse

And whilst anti-fans have used old pictures of the Source Music singer ago to accuse her of plastic surgery, the hot allegations facing her arent about her appearance at all. The use of a photo that allegedly presentations SinB showing the center finger to the camera, anti-fans wondered her personality, with many calling her a antisocial for her beyond actions.

Fellow rookie womancommunity member Naeun from April has also faced equivalent allegations in the past, with many claiming that the past photo represents her true character, which is veiled under her idol image.

DAY6 Effectively Wraps Up Newest Solo Concert

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DAY6 Effectively Wraps Up Newest Solo Concert

DAY6 Effectively Wraps Up Newest Solo Concertan0ya Might 30, 2016 0 JYP Entertainments boy band DAY6 has thanked lovers for supporting their 2d solo concert.

Their latest domestic solo concert entitled Day6 Live Concert Dream used to be held at the Yes24 ResideCorridor in Seoul on Could 28 and 29. On either days, the contributors entertained fans viahanging on a talent-filled show, covering genres from dance and pa to rock and ballads.

The members thanked fans for attending their concert, We are trulythankful to the fans who enjoyed the concert with us. Neatlypaintings even more difficult and go back our fans love with awesome music.

BIGBANG fanatics call for boycott because of mistreatment

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BIGBANG fanatics call for boycott because of mistreatment

According to VIPs (fans of the group), their company YG Entertainment is these days doing a deficientprocess of managing BIGBANG, addressing several issues in their proposal for a boycott. As neatly as complaining that its been around 8 years because theteamsnewestcomplete album, fans also criticized the firm for BIGBANGs busy agenda and loss ofattention over their symbol online or safety.

To get rid of the boycott, the fans are hard YG to give fans more particularknowledgeat the groups upcoming full album, be more thoughtful of the contributorsfitness and well-being, and to forestallthe usage of BIGBANG as media play for their other artists.