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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))

EXO-L's target popular Instagrammer for exchanging follows with Chanyeol

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EXO-L's target popular Instagrammer for exchanging follows with Chanyeol

Some individuals left, "I think this persons do no longer need brains. They so loopy and stupid. When you followed by a noted person, may not y'allstick to back? In any case I would like to say @lilymaymac I love you, I willat all timestoughen you and so sorry," "I'm EXO-L too. Yet I feels shy since thea phase of our fandom," and, "Don't be unhappy Lily ❤️ I admire you and do not care about some crazy persons."

High college tries to lend a hand loners with some suggestion and fully fails

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High college tries to lend a hand loners with some suggestion and fully fails

The measure this is causing the maximum controversy is the only at the very top, which reads, "Reflect on yourself to determine why you are being ostracized."

Some of the opposite preventative measures read, "Don't react too aggressively or hunt down a fight," and, "Wait for the time to pass."

Netizens who found outthe object commented, "These are strategieswhich are as well asa long way from being realistic," "I don't understand howthey willarrange the scholars who are being ostracized with that attitude," and, "It's irresponsible suggestionthat do not have the victims' emotions into account."

Lee Seung-gi's photo in army uniform has been revealed

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On February 11th, the professionalwebsite online of the Korea Army Practising core posted a collection photo adding Lee Seung-gi along side other trainee infantrymen who enlisted same day.

In the photo, Lee Seung-gi sports a V signalwhilst smiling brightly in an army uniform. His heartwarming good-looking face did now not change.

Lee Seung-gi enlisted on February 1st via Nonsan Korea Arm Training Center. After he has completed his five week basicdefense force training, he's going to serve his active accountability for 21 months.

Daebak is as beautiful equally his 4 sisters

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Daebak is as beautiful equally his 4 sisters

Lee Sujin, the mum of baby Daebak these days uploaded an image of Daebak photoshopped with girly wigs. At the aspect of the image she playfully wrote, "I'm Sorry Daebak."

This Solo Functionality From EXO’s Kai Will Take Your Breath Away

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This Solo Functionality From EXO’s Kai Will Take Your Breath Away

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEXO Kai, the noted ‘Dancing Machine’ steals lovers hearts with his primal and robustlevel presence, and charismatic dance moves. And this solo functionality in specificwas once known for making fans breath catch in their throats.  

Kai doesnt know the that means of maintaining back on stage, he's the king of exhibitinguncookedskill and pastime for performing. Take a glance at our 10 Fierce Pictures of EXO Kai The Dancing Machine!

The famous ‘Dancing Machine’ steals fans hearts with his primal and powerful stage presence. Here are 12 moments captured of him on stage displaying his raw proficiency and passions for the art!

Imaginary Cat Charms with an easy Story

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Imaginary Cat Charms with an easy Story

Grouchy as Bok-gil turns out on a day-to-day basis, she and Jong-hyun proportion an unbreakable bond. They discovered their way to every other for the duration of a in particular bleak moment in their lives—Bok-gil used to be a stray kitten living in a garbage dump, susceptible and unable to fend for herself because she changed into raised as a domestic pet, while Jong-hyun was reeling from the unexpected suicide of a close primecollege friend and crush, Jung Soo-in (Mamamoos Solar). The intensity of Bok-gil and Jong-hyuns dating is shown in plain but striking moments: a close-up on them taking a look at one another without a word, or a fit cut from teenage Jong-hyun lifting infant Bok-gil out of the unload to the prevailing Jong-hyun hugging Bok-gil after he left her alone at domestic on a stormy night.

Although Imaginary Cat hits the mark in the portrayal of Jong-hyun and Bok-gils relationship, it's miles unfortunately not without noticeable flaws. It forced in a superfluous love triangle between Jong-hyun, Na-woo, and Wan-lee (Choi Tae-hwan), Bok-gils veterinarian who occurs to be Na-woos friend from heart or high college (it wasnt made very clear). The affection triangle was not very important to the plot in any way, and on most sensible of this, it was slightlyadvanced because Wan-lee handiest had a minor role.

In fact, Imaginary Cat could have even done without the budding romance between Jong-hyun and Na-woo. Their relationship is meant to be a new starting for Jong-hyun, an indication that with Bok-gils help, he has completed closure relating to Soo-ins abrupt death.

Kim Jae Joong Delivers Track Whilst Serving Army Duty

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Kim Jae Joong Delivers Track  Whilst Serving Army Duty

(Photo : Spy) JYJ singer and actor Kim Jae Joong is also serving his two-year crucialarmy duty, yet hes controlled to bring new song and treat some Japlovers to a full-length concert functionality without ever leaving his navy base.

The singer released his 2nd full-length solo album, No X on February 12, in addition a music video for some of the tracks, Love You More, which used to beprior to now released in January.

He recorded all the album before enlisting on March 31, 2015. It will have tohad beena hectic time for Kim as his closing drama Undercover agent too wrapped up in March 2015.

Park Shin-hye, Girls' Generation Kwon Yoo-ri and Choi Soo-young to get maintain of Carrier Award at convocation of Chung-Ang University

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According to Chung-Ang University, Park Shin-hye, Kwon Yoo-ri, Choi Soo-young will gained the Service Awards all through the convocation of the Art Faculty of Chung-Ang University, which might be held at CAU Art Middle at 2 PM on February 15th. The award is to respect their a hitfulfillment as artist ambassadors for the university.

Netizens surprised at the the real height of Red Velvet’s Irene

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Netizens surprised at the the real height of Red Velvet’s Irene

There are many celebrities and idols with such just right proportions that we think they are taller than they in truth are. Because thereputable summitprintedby way of their agencies don't appear to be credible, fanatics and netizens have no ideathe real altitude of idols.

Koreaboo has accrued reactions from Netizens who commented at thecustomary article from our Korean source. The underneath comments are the maximumneatly liked comments at the time of this text being published.

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Shin Hye Sun began acting to satisfy a particular actor?

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Shin Hye Sun began acting to satisfy  a particular actor?

The MCs addressed her with a rumor they heard that she have become an actress so asto peer Won Bin. She replied, "I had such a lotamusinggazing the drama 'Autumn In My Heart' when I used to be in fundamental school. He got hereavailable in the market and I totally fell for him. I could not watch Television if Won Bin was popping out and stuff."

When asked how she would feel if she were given to do a film or drama with Won Bin, Shin Hye Sun said, "I must make it calmly, of course. If I display that I actually like him too much, he would feel burdened."