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Dear K-pop: What Happened to Teasing?

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20150702_seoulbeats_snsd_party_600px Dear K-pop: What Happened to Teasing? Written by Guest On August 6, 2015 Way back in 2007, when I first began listening to K-pop, the industry and the genre was a different place. The quality and variety of songs, videos, and performances was much better; there werent nearly as many groups; and, best of all, comebacks happened more sparingly. But, the thing that has changed the most, and has hurt my K-pop experience more than anything else, is the loss of the Art of Teasing.

Yes, teasing. To some, this may seem like a trivial problem in the grand scheme of things, but for me it was an element of K-pop I valued most.

Nothing was better than waking up one morning, and seeing a brand spanking new teaser video in my YouTube feed, and Twitter going absolutely insane. The last time I felt this thrill was back is 2008, when Big Bang released their mini album, Stand Up. The group had been promoting in Japan for about two years with no word about a Korean comeback. But, one morning I woke and managed to check the K-pop blogs before school, when there it was:

These days, teasing a comeback takes up nearly no effort or energy at all. With a picture here, and a misleading 20 to 30 second video there, theres no build up. In fact if I wasnt a K-pop blogger I wouldnt even take the time to watch 99% of the teaser videos that get released.

And as if that weren’t enough, there is a complete disregard to the element of surprise. Suddenly it has become trendy for groups and agencies to announce that they’re thinking of planning a schedule to come up with the concept to make a comeback (here’s looking at you, YG).

Take Orange Caramel for example. They made a comeback with Catallena in March of 2014, and by July they were announce their plans to make a “surprise” comeback in August. Surprise? FYI, the fact that I know its going to happen, a month before it happens, is irony itself.

Why spoil the surprise?! If Im a fan of a group, and have been patiently waiting for three years, or ten months, or even a ridiculous four months, for a comeback, I dont want someone to spoil the surprise for me. I want my heart to skip a beat because while I was scrolling through my favorite blog I found out Group X dropped a teaser in the middle of the night, Beyoncé style!

Instead, we have to suffer through things like the rollercoaster ride that was/is SNSD’s comeback, where they released of article after article about supposed comeback dates. Following the dramatics of losing member Jessica last year, SNSD did NOT need any more hype and media play for this comeback. But, rather than just dropping the teasers when it was time, we were subjected to article headlines like the one below, that literally did nothing to help build my anticipation.

SME Announces Girls Generations Comeback Date will be Confirmed Next Week

Teaser videos are, at their core, meant to build the excitement and interest around an artist’s comeback. Theyre supposed to give listeners an idea of not only what the promotion will be like, but what the album will sound like. And, at first K-pop understood this, and had the formula down pat. But these days, they’ve thrown their fundamentals to wind, and honestly, don’t know why.

Why shoot a flare into the sky? Why do K-pop acts suddenly feel the need to brace us for impact? Is that your new idea of building hype?

Trust me, K-pop, a well-timed, unannounced teaser is all any artist, rookie or veteran, needs to get their fans excited and enthusiastic about their comeback. Take a cue from the brilliant teasing work of Block B sub-unit, Bastarz, and get back to the good ol’ days of actually teasing, and not just talking about it.

(Allkpop, YouTube. Images via: SM Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment, Seven Seasons)

This piece was written by La Shauna Campbell, Editor-in-Chief at Asia 24/7.

All the reasons why the cooperation between “Infinity Challenge” and “1 Night, 2 Days” never happened

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Why a Infinity Challenge and 1 Night, 2 Days Collaboration Couldnt Happen Can you imaging what could have been if a collaboration between MBCs most popular variety show, Infinity Challenge, and KBSs most popular 1 Night, 2 Days actually panned out? It might have been the greatest thing to happen to Korean TV, but unfortunately, it was the very Korean TV system that kept it from happening.

Infinity Challenge is one of TV network MBCs representative show, while 1 Nights, 2 Days is KBSs. Both have been and are incredibly popular with the Korean public, and the producers (PD) of the shows have received a lot of recognition for making it so.

Infinity Challenge circa 2013

Kim Tae Ho is the current PD, and has been for a while, of Infinity Challenge. Na Young Suk was once the PD of 1 Night, 2 Days, during the height of its popularity. He has since left KBS and now is part of the cable network tvN (CJ EM) where he heads other popular variety shows like Three Meals a Day and Grandpas Over Flowers. Both men are some of the most well-known and admired PDs in the industry because of what they have done with Infinity Challenge and 1 Night, 2 Days.

In a interview with Na Young Suk, local news media Osen asked about a rivalry between him and Kim Tae Ho. Na Young Suk said in a typical non-answer fashion that their styles are completely different, implying it is hard to be rivals, but he also added that instead of a rivalry, they feel a kind of fellowship with each other.

1 Night, 2 Days circa 2008

Na Young Suk explained that he, during the days when he was the PD for 1 Night, 2 Days, had been curious about what kind of person Kim Tae Ho was after watching Infinity Challenge. During that time, he had the opportunity to talk to him on the phone for the first time and during that first conversation, they talked about a collaboration between their two shows. It would be filmed together and aired as a two part series, where the first part aired on Saturday on MBC through Infinity Challenge and the second part would air Sunday on KBS through 1 Night, 2 Days.

In the end it didnt pan out, as Na Young Suk explains, because both networks said it didnt make sense to do a collaboration with another network. Such is the division and inflexibility of the TV network system in Korea.

Na Young Suk added that despite the end result, it was very enjoyable to talk to Kim Tae Ho, whom he found to be someone who really understood him. Despite this, they had never actually met each other face to face, until about a month ago by coincidence at a restaurant.

What Happened When Park Shin Hye Met Gong Yoo

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What Happened When Park Shin Hye Met Gong Yoo

Who didn"t have something of a crush on Gong Yoo when he played the coffee shop heir in "Coffee Prince?" Maybe even Park Shin Hye.

On a recent episode of the TV program "Some Guys, Some Girls," she admitted that she jumped at the chance to meet him. The opportunity arose through her friendship with actress Chae Jung Ahn, who co-starred with Gong Yoo in "Coffee Prince."

Park, the star of "Pinocchio" and the film "The Royal Tailors" recently visited Chae on the set of "Some Guys, Some Girls." The conversation naturally turned to dating, love and marriage.

Chae, 37, and Park, 25, have been friends for the last four years, despite the age difference and they often socialize with singer Chae Yeon, 36, and actress Yoon So Yi, 30.

Chae Jung Ahn has been like an older sister to Park, who recently posted a picture of the two of them together on her Instagram page. She also uploaded another photo of the two together at Chae Jung Ahn"s "Super Concert Enjoy Saturday" on May 30 in Busan. Along with the photo she wrote, "Chae Jung Ahn unni is the best."

"I learned a lot from Chae Jung Ahn," said Park when she appeared on the program. "She taught me how to handle men."

Chae Jung Ahn said that since she met Park at such a young age, she wondered what kind of woman she might become and how she would handle love and dating.

"Now I know I worried for nothing," said Chae. "She is doing fine on her own."

Park Shin Hye has acquired a fair share of admirers, including a few celebrities. Her "The Royal Tailors" co-star Yoo Yeon Suk said he would be happy to date her. She so impressed 2PM"s Ok Taecyeon on the reality show "Three Meals A Day" that he became her fan.

It seems that Park has long been a fan of actor Gong Yoo. Chae Jung Ahn knew that Park was a fan and related the story of how she introduced them.

"I invited her to a get-together I was at," said Chae. "Gong Yoo was present and I knew she was a fan of his. I was surprised to see how her voice and expressions changed when she was around him, how sexy she looked."

Park Shin Hye did not remember it quite that way.

"I was lying down in bed after taking a shower but when I got her call, I rushed out and met Gong Yoo with no make-up on and messy hair."

Even with messy hair, she probably looked great.

The episode of "Some Girls, Some Guys" was filmed on June 1 and will air on June 2.

Find out what happened on the set of F.T. Island"s "Pray" MV in making-of film

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Find out what happened on the set of F.T. Island

F.T. Island has released the behind-the-scenes secrets from the set of the MV for "Pray"!

In the clip, fans get to see the members hard work that went into completing the MV. As expected there were funny moments on set, only revealed now. Watch as each member has to endure filming in a very tiny cage plus minor injuries to get the best possible MV.

"Pray", the title song to their long-awaited 5th album, was composed by leader Jonghun, and the lyrics were penned by Jonghun, Hongki, Jaejin, and Seunghun.

"We Got Married" Couple Jo Kwon and Ga In Meet Again After Many Years Apart, But What Happened?

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Is Jo Kwon missing his ex-wife,Gain?

During the March 13th broadcast of Mnet's "4 Things Show," Ga In, who recently made her solo comeback in early March, appeared on show and revealed four different sides of her to her fans.

In the episode, Ga In’s close friends such as KARA‘s Goo Hara, Brown Eyed Girls’ Narsha, and 2AM‘s Jo Kwon are invited as guests to give viewers their perspective on friend Ga In.

In the teaser, the four friends and Ga In have a “Four Words Talk,” talking to each other using four words at a time.

First, Goo Hara asks her, “Secret to great skin?” and Ga In responds, “Had it since birth,” then sniggers as if embarrassed by her answer.

Jo Kwon mutters under his breath, “She has a boyfriend now,” subtly mentioning her relationship with actor Joo Ji Hoon. Then he asks, “You thinking about me?” Ga In answers, “I think you’re crazy.”

Jo Kwon then tries to encourage Ga In, as she had been stressed out with her solo activities, saying, “Don’t be so depressed.” Ga In answers jokingly, “Mind your own business,” making others laugh.

Meanwhile, the episode of Ga In’s “4 Things Show” will air on March 17th at 6 p.m. KST.

What Happened To Safety At Filming Location

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What Happened To Safety At Filming Location

Yeom Hye Sun, screenwriter for JTBC’s drama “Maids,” tragically lost her life in a horrific fire that destroyed the set last December.

Actor Seo In Guk (“King of High School“) suffered injuries twice while shooting “The King’s Face.”

During the production of OCN’s drama Bad Guys, actors Kim Sang Joong and Ma Dong Seok both suffered injuries.

I understand that accidents do happen, on set and especially while shooting complex fight scenes - but this seems to happen a little too often to be considered isolated incidents. Are productions not paying attention to safety precautions? You might recall the buzz about “The Technicians” production neglecting injured actors.

So maybe they’re uncommon, unfortunate mishaps.

Lee Seung Gi damaged his cornea during “You’re All Surrounded.” Actress Moon Geun Young was struck in the face from falling camera equipment on the set of “Goddess Of Fire, Jung-Yi.” It’s not just dramas, either. Kim Woo Bin injured his knee while shooting the soon-to-be-released feature “Twenty.” T.O.P. (aka Choi Seung Hyun) underwent surgery after hurting his hand during an action scene on the set of “Alumni.”

It seems a little too commonplace, don’t you think?

Those brutal production hours can take its toll on your health, too. Ha Ji Won reportedly slipped herself an IV drip in between takes of “Secret Garden.” Park Hae Jin was hospitalized after shooting “Bad Guys” for six days straight.

These misadventures come to mind offhand, and I don’t even work in K-Drama production: what’s up with the industry out there?

I’ve never worked with production in South Korea, but I have worked in that other little entertainment capital, Hollywood, aka Los Angeles.

The film and television production life is wrought with grueling work and ridiculously long hours (16+hour days). I remember one night I was so exhausted after a day of shooting that I fell asleep at the wheel while driving. (Sidenote: never, ever drive while tired; arrive home alive.)

Media makes its usual rounds with the injuries and illnesses affecting actors – names that beeline for the press on the regs, but I trust that there are exponentially more maladies suffered by the massive production crews that work behind-the-scenes. Even during my first few days of working on an indie film, I noticed that the crew members were the first ones to arrive on set and the last ones to leave.

Ok, so it’s a rough line of work. But all is not lost – there are industry safeguards in place. (For the purposes of discussion, I am drawing upon the entertainment industry in the United States below.)

In the United States, there’s SAG/AFTRA, the actors’ union which protects performers by providing specific work conditions. (For example, actors must be given a meal break within the first six hours of their call time – call time being the time at which a cast or crew member must report for work.) There are unions for everyone in the biz - directors, producers, writers, costume designers, etc. (South Korea has the Korean Broadcasting, Film, and Performing Arts Labor Union.)

There are film permits, local authorities, and sometimes security detail assigned to a shooting location. There are pyrotechnics experts on set when shooting a scene with explosives. Professional stunt doubles and fight choreographers. Breakaway glass and furniture and foam props so that no one gets hurt. (And presumably which, all professional, fully-funded productions use.) In some cases there’s a safety manager onsite who makes sure everything is up to par.

And even if you’re not working on a union project, many industry standards are followed, and often expected – it’s likely that most of the cast and crew are experienced and already know the drill.

If a crew member still gets injured somehow, there might be a first aid kit on set. If its an emergency and they need to be hospitalized? The nearest hospital and corresponding contact information is listed on the call sheet, which is provided to every single actor and crew member working that day – so everyone will know exactly where to take their co-worker.

Despite all this, not everything is perfect in Hollywood. People get overworked, underpaid, or neglected; it happens. Subsequent reports are often conducted, hearings get underway, and penalties get doled out. But it’s not so rampant that they’re burning headlines every week. The only major story that comes to mind is that of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed during the production of “Midnight Rider” last year. (And maybe that’s another problem: cast and crew could be worried about losing their jobs for speaking up about safety concerns.)

Also, not everyone in South Korea ignores safety.

Many dramas, like Ji Chang Wook‘s action-packed “Healer,” have a team of stuntmen (although co-star Park Min Young pressed on with a minor injury, which was so slight she barely vocalized it). “The Thieves” film producers went to great lengths to ensure safety and work with local authorities.

But then there’s that fuss over realism that’s popped up on the sets of different productions, in which actors, in scenes portraying characters getting hurt, are actually getting hurt. It’s not just me – even Hollywood is noticing the endangering situations on South Korea’s sets.

At least the Korean Film Council has stepped up to share costs of having a medical team and ambulance onsite with film production companies. There’s the Producers Guild of Korea, which has vocalized the need for increased safety measures. But it still feels like things are moving slowly, and in very small steps.

So what’s with all these mishaps in K-Drama productions?

South Korea’s drama world, and entertainment, for that matter, have been cultivated for many years. There’s been growing talent crossover internationally. Bolstered by a nation’s economic development and a growing market for content distribution, dramas are selling like hotcakes (or hotteok, if you will) on a global scale these days. They’re not newfound fads; they’ve developed, grown up, and gotten sophisticated. K-Dramas have a distinct format and production schedule. Certain storytelling tools have become standard with every series. Episode orders get longer with an increase in popularity.

Ah, that K-Drama production schedule. There’s two episodes a week compared to one (for most shows in the US, aside from news, talk shows, and the dying breed of daytime soaps). There are those questionable ethics of the live shoot system. It’s already a harried existence to begin with, living and dying with network pressure and ratings.

With more buyers and a growing international audience (thank you, subtitles), there’s more money to be had. And, I suppose, that much more pressure.

So who’s responsible for safety on set?

A great deal of responsibility falls upon the production company. They’re the ones working on set and creating the drama, which broadcast networks then air. Arguably, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Experienced producers and crew members know the ropes. But maybe there’s inconsistent, vague, or nonexistent rigmarole enforcing proper safety measures. (And maybe simple acceptance of negligence puts everyone at fault. Or are people too scared to say anything, lest they get fired?)

If you’re a K-Drama producer, chances are, you’re not eating right, you’re not sleeping, you never see your family, and you’re hell-bent on cranking out those two episodes every week. Life’s not easy when you’re producing a hit.

But maybe you’re a producer who’s concerned about safety, too.

Say you decide to put in all the safety measures you should have been doing all along. That would mean new, added costs to an already expensive business.

What if the industry took a nod to single episodes broadcast each week instead of two? Would that make a difference?

If it takes twice as long to shoot the same amount of content, presumably, it would amount to double the cost. Which eats into your profits.

But it’s safety we’re talking about. People’s health, people’s lives being put at risk. That would be bad publicity. Which also hurts revenue. Then again, when work is not as rushed, quality tends to improve. And a higher quality series could lead to even stronger distribution sales.

Life could be different. Maybe you’d wrap a shooting location in the afternoon instead of at 4 a.m. and make it home in time to eat dinner with your family. Get a little sleep. Maybe even fit in some cardio.

Would it be that impossible to get used to single episodes?

People can get used to anything. Especially when it’s healthier and safer for all parties involved. An industry developed itself and got used to producing two episodes a week. I bet it can get used to producing one. (Hey, I got used to watching love triangles, PG romances, and K-Pop star-turned-actors.)

Safety precautions shouldn’t be considered an additional cost, but a necessary and required one.

I can’t help but think of cases of neglect being a culprit in other areas of Korean entertainment - resulting in illness or death. Working people to the bone, nixing security staff, and endangering lives just to make some more dough. I actually find it disgusting. (A vent collapse during a 4MINUTE concert claimed 16 lives. An overworked Hyeri passed out during a taping of MCountdown.) And I haven’t even gotten into the national disasters tied in with negligence that have lit up news alerts worldwide (And, knowing from personal experience, there’s that other question: is a careless attitude toward safety ingrained in Korean culture?)

What’s most disconcerting may not be the potential messages conveyed about K-Drama productions, but the bigger and awful picture of what might be construed about a nation, a culture, and a people: greed has taken over and money is everything, so everything else (including safety, health, and life) just doesn’t matter.

Is anyone else paying attention? Why aren’t we hearing news about Korean productions’ improvements and enforcement in safety regulations? Why are there no headlines on transitioning into a more viable shooting schedule? Why are there so many injuries, accidents, and deaths?

I love a good drama. I love beautifully crafted action scenes, sweeping romances, genius comedic timing, and sharp dialogue. I have user accounts on at least three different drama websites and new episode alerts set up; trust me, I love – and want – my K-Dramas. But not at the cost of putting someone in harm’s way.

What Have Happened Around K-pop World In The Past Week?

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What Have Happened Around K-pop World In The Past Week?

The Korean justice system was very busy this week dealing with the Korean entertainment industry, with several cases ending and a few new ones coming up as if to take their place. The driver who was responsible for the car crash that killed EunB and Rise received his prison sentence, and so did Lee Byung Hun‘s blackmailers. A religious organization threatened some B1A4 fangirls with fail time and fine and the ever-so-popular Clara is at legal war with Polaris Entertainment.

Of course, as it is with K-Pop, nothing is quite as straight forward as it would seem.

1. The Manager of Ladies’ Code Sentenced to One Year and Two Months

Reading the comments, people seemed to be split between thinking that it was too much or too little of a sentence for the manager of Ladies’ Code who was responsible for the car accident. For me, I think the sentence is fair. Korea is not known for lengthy prison sentences, and I don’t think anyone believes that he intentionally crashed the car. He was speeding and it was rainy, and the combination of the two resulted in something very tragic. It doesn’t matter if he serves a few months or many years in jail, there is nothing that can really make up for what was lost

Some people were critical of the manager, saying he had no excuse to be going that fast in those condition. I don’t want to pardon him, it was reckless for sure, but I can’t hate him for it. I think managers have thankless jobs. They have to deal with the same hectic schedules and chaotic demands as the idols, but they don’t get any of the fame. They don’t make that much money either (this is why every once in awhile you’ll hear of a celebrity buying their manager a car). Considering that and Korea’s cultural dismissal of traffic laws, I’m not shocked that he was speeding. I bet he was tired and, like everyone else in the car, wanted to get home as soon as possible, so he made the poor decision to drive fast.

My only hope from such a sad event is that people learn from this and make smarter decisions on the road. Something like this could have been avoided, and hopefully other managers (and everyone else) will be more careful to prevent other such tragedies.

[Just a side note: In Korea, most traffic accidents happen at night, for various reasons. There is drinking and darkness, but one factor that people forget about is that there are less cars. During the day, it is really hard to get into a major accident in the city simply because there are too many cars; the streets are so congested that there is no room to cause major damage or even go very fast. This is why most of the car accident reports you hear about happen at night and out of the city.]

2. GLAM’s Dahee and Lee Ji Yeon Sentenced to Prison

Oh boy, this one is harder for me to be sympathetic. Making poor decisions is one thing, making stupid decisions is another. From the beginning I couldn’t help but shake my head whenever we reported on this. I understand wanting to blackmail Lee Byung Hun for being a creep, but it’s hard for me to believe that at any point, the girls thought they could get away with it.

I can’t be sympathetic for anyone who associates with Lee Byung Hun. Great actor and charismatic man that he is, everyone knows he is sleazy with questionable morals (and this is me being very polite in my word choice). I don’t feel sorry for Lee Min Jung because she had to know what she was getting into when she married him. I don’t feel sorry for Lee Ji Yeon for being in a relationship with him and for dragging her friend along. I don’t feel sorry for Dahee who thought that Lee Byung Hun could be shamed into blackmail. Did they really think he had a lot to lose if people found out about the sexual things he said?

Avoid threatening men who have great power and wealth. They feel very entitled to their status and will take you down if you try to mess with them. Lee Byung Hun could have sued the girls or quietly threatened their agencies, but instead he pulled out all his guns and got them jail time. How many other female celebrities do you know who are in jail? How many other female celebrities have messed with Lee Byung Hun? Most are smart not to.

In short, I would not pick a fight with Lee Byung Hun. He must have terrified Lee Ji Yeon’s mother for her to make an apology like that.

But don’t worry, I don’t think the two girls will be in jail for the whole year. They’ll appeal with tears and repentance, and their sentence will mostly likely be reduced. Meanwhile, Lee Byung Hun will be enjoying his “Terminator” money and fame.

3. Malay Fans Get in Trouble for Being Hugged by B1A4

I have very limited knowledge on JAWI or even the Muslim religion, but I don’t think I’m totally off when I say that those girls won’t get jail time. This is one of those situations where I think everyone and nobody is at fault. Here are the groups of people who should have known better:

-The fan meeting organizers: Out of everyone involved, I think these guys is most responsible. If you’re going to have a fan meet in another country, you should know cultural and religious taboos of the area before setting up events like reenacting love scenes from dramas. If they did this like most other overseas K-Pop event, there should have a local organizer who helped set this up. They should have been the one who said, “I don’t think hugging and kissing fans is a good idea.”

-B1A4′s agency: I originally wanted to go on this long rant about how Korean entertainment companies remain stubborn and ignorant about the cultural responsibilities that come with a globally expanding industry, but maybe another time. Regardless, the agency should share in the blame for this event because they could have done some research. Instead, they thought they could do whatever they do in Korea, except have a translator, because if it works in Korea it should work in every country (that last part was ladened with sarcasm, FYI.)

-B1A4: I don’t really think B1A4 is very responsible for this incident, they were just expressing their gratitude to their fans. I don’t really expect idols to do more than practice, perform and do whatever their agency tells them to do. I’m not surprised they didn’t know and don’t blame them for it.

-The fan girls: Okay, I get it, they were living the dream. Their favorite idols from another country was in front of them, offering them hugs and kisses. I’m sure it would have been hard to turn down such an opportunity. However, as important K-Pop is to people, I don’t think it should go above these three things: Family, Morals, and Religion. Hopefully, those girls didn’t compromise themselves for a hug and a kiss. Either way, those poor girls have been ridiculed and criticized enough as it is. I hope this all blows out soon.

4. Clara and Polaris Sue Each Other and Play “He Said She Said”

I don’t like it when people suspect a woman is lying when she calls out sexual harassment. It is hard enough as it is to report or come out publicizing about such things, suspicious just adds more fear of rejection or criticism.

Yet, Clara has not done herself a favor with her dishonest past and polarizing personality. I can see why people aren’t too keen to believe that she is being totally truthful about being sexually harassed by the CEO.

Clara says that she received sexual and harassing texts from the CEO, and wants to end her contract with Polaris. Polaris says that Clara has been really difficult and is slandering the company to get out of contract. This is what I do when two sides release opposing statements like this: believe them both.

So, I do believe that Clara received creepy messages from the CEO, and I believe that she has been difficult to work with for Polaris. The way I see it, she must have concrete evidence for a law firm to take on her case, but if she had been very hurt and offended by the texts, she would have pressed charges instead of suing to end her contract.

Either way, this is not a good time to be associated with Polaris. The future doesn’t look very bright for this agency, which is a shame, because when I talked to someone in the company last year, that person only had good things to say.

Unless something major and pressing happens, the next Noona Says will be answers to your questions and suggestions! Leave her a question in the comments below (or tweet at her) and Noona will answer them in next week’s post. 

CallMeN00NA is a Soompi Editor who categorizes K-Pop lawsuits as either a head shaker or an eye roller. You can talk to her on Twitter and ask her questions. 

*The opinions expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author.

Investigations into Bobby Kim"s alleged sexual harassment falls apart as Korean Air refuses to cooperate + a 3rd party gives witness to what happened

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Investigations into Bobby Kim

Investigations into Bobby Kim"s alleged sexual harassment has fallen apart because Korean Air stewardesses have refused to cooperate.

The police was planning to confirm the stories on the 10th, but the stewardesses refused to cooperate in the investigation, and the investigation could not go further. The steweardesses were already part of the investiagtion in USA, but when they arrived in Korea they revealed they would not further participate because they were exhausted due to the long flight.

The police said, "We were planning to meet the stewardesses not to invesitgate them as the victims but to confirm the situation, but we could not because of the situation. There is nothing planned."

However, now a third party guest"s witness on the same flight has come to light. The guest actually sat right in front of Bobby Kim, and posted his experience onto his Facebook after his flight and complained to Korean Air before he heard the news that it was Bobby Kim. Because of his post, he was contacted by Ilgan Sports in an attempt to shed more light onto the situation.

Q: We heard the flight was delayed because of Bobby Kim.

A: It was delayed 15-20 minutes. Now that I see it, it was probably because of the seat upgrade problem. The in-flight announcements said that takeoff was being delayed because of one passenger.

Q: Did he order wine as soon as he was seated?

A: No. There was another woman who had seating problems, not just Bobby Kim. But she was moved from the economy seat to the business seat. Bobby Kim saw that and complained more, but his seat didn"t change.

Q: How much alcohol did he drink?

A: He ordered wine after we took off. He drank a few glasses of the house wine.

Q: We heard he was fairly drunk.

A: The weird thing was that it seemed that they should stop giving him drinks, but they just kept giving it to him. Everyone could tell he was drunk, but Korean Air just kept giving him more.

Q: Maybe it was that Bobby Kim demanded it loudly?

A: No. I was sitting right in front of him so I heard basically everything, but he wasn"t rude. Actually, he requested wine quite politely. If he demanded wine loudly, everyone would have heard.

Q: Did he fight with other passengers?

A: He kicked my seat a few times. But it didn"t seem like it was on purpose, just like he kicked it while he was moving, but it was pretty annoying. But I knew he was drunk, so I didn"t say anything. I didn"t want to create a scene, so I just dealt with it. I didn"t even look at him in the eyes.

Q: What was the situation afterward?

A: He yelled a few times and even cursed. I heard it clearly. It soudned like he was drunk.

A: He cursed in English. It was obvious it was not kind words. He definitely wronged there.

Q: When was he seated away from the other passengers?

A: At the least, I complained 4 times. Until the 3rd time, a female stewardess came. Generally, doesn"t it not make sense that a stewardess tries to control a drunk male passenger? I complained the 4th time and it was only then a male steward came. It was a late response that I couldn"t understand.

Q: We heard he said sexually harassing statements.

A: He asked a female stewardess how long she was staying in San Francisco, asked her for her number and if she had a boyfriend.

Q: When did he come back to his seat?

A: He came back about an hour before landing. It didn"t look like he was completely sober then, either. He was getting his luggage and accidentally dropped it on someone else. The other person wasn"t hurt, and he didn"t do it on purpose. It looked like he did it because he was still drunk.

Q: We heard he was investigated by the police right away.

A: The airline sent Bobby Kim all the way to the front. The stewardess told me that he would be investigated by the police.

Q: You complained to the airline on their home page?

A: I didn"t know it was Bobby Kim. I complained because Korean Air didn"t do anything well, either.

What do you think about the situation?

What Happened At The MBC Drama Awards

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What Happened At The MBC Drama Awards

Awards ceremonies are a good opportunity to honor artists for exceptional efforts and each ceremony is memorable in its own way. This year"s MBC Drama Awards ceremony was notable for those who accepted awards, how they accepted them and why one actor refused to accept his honors.

Most notably, the Grand Prize or Daesang was given to Lee Yoo Ri, who was honored for her villainous performance in the weekend drama "Jang Bo Ri Is Here."

Nominated for four awards, Lee Yoo Ri also went home with a Producers Actor of the Year Award. It"s not the first award for the talented actress, as she has taken home a few awards since her 2001 debut. She won the grand prize for her performance in the drama even though she did not play the leading role.

"Jang Bo Ri Is Here" also won the Best Drama of the Year award and Top Excellence awards for actors Kim Joon I and Oh Yeon Seo. Golden Acting awards were given to Kim Hye Ok and Ahn Nae Sang for their roles and a Best Child Actor award went to the drama"s Kim Ji Young.

The MBC Awards ceremony was also memorable for the humble acceptance speech of a talented rookie actor and the controversial award rejection speech of a veteran actor. The acceptance speech of a talented rookie actor also made headlines.

Im Si Wan, who starred in the drama "Triangle" and the surprise cable hit "Misaeng" as well as the award-winning film "The Attorney" gave a speech that was both witty and humble. He vowed not to put too much weight on his New Actor award. And that"s fitting as his exceptional performances this year means he can no longer be considered a rookie.

The New Actor award was also given to Choi Tae Joon for his performance in "Mother"s Garden." Best New Actress awards went to Ko Sung Hee for "The Night Watchman"s Journal" and "Miss Korea," and to Sunhwa for "Rosy Lovers."

But not everyone who was given an award accepted it. Veteran film actor Choi Min Sik refused a Golden Acting Award for his performance as chief prosecutor in the drama "Pride and Prejudice." Only part of his refusal speech was read at the ceremony. The rest of the speech alluded to the Sewol Ferry Tragedy, saying that it was the least he could do for "hope lost in the deep, cold sea during thetimes of a failing law, lack of common sense, and loss of any morsel of truth."

The drama was honored more than once. "Pride and Prejudice" also won Excellence awards for its stars Choi Jin Hyuk and Baek Jin Hee.

Golden Acting awards were also given to Lee Mi Sook for her performances in "Rosy Lovers," "Miss Korea" and "Shining Romance."

Top Excellence awards were given to Song Yoon Ah for "Mama" and Jung Il Woo for "Night Watchman." Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk not only earned Top Excellence awards for their performances in "Fated To Love You," but also won a "Best Couple" award.

Girls Generation"s Choi Soo Young won an Excellence Award for her role in "My Spring Days" and Lee Jang Woo won an Excellence Award for his performance in "Rosy Lovers.

Fill Your Ears With Wheesung's 'As If Nothing Happened' Feat Ali

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Fill Your Ears With Wheesung's 'As If Nothing Happened' Feat Ali

Wheesung and Ali are confirmed to team up for the sweet melody, “As If Nothing Happened.”

"As If Nothing Happened" is a ballad which sings of a couple starting over again after breaking up, and is the work of Wheesung, Choi Hee Joon, and Hwang Seung Chan.

Fill your ears with the ballad above!