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A few days ago, there was a very controversial matter reported by Allkpop that involved Japanese actor Sousuke Takaoka and his thoughts about the Hallyu Wave taking over Japan. On his Twitter he expressed the following (translated by Allkpop):
"I used to be indebted to Fuji TV in the past, but now I’m suspicious that they may actually be a Korean network”
“I’m questioning about what country I’m in as well”.
“It offends me”
“If anything related to Korea is on broadcast, I just turn the TV off”.
“It troubles me because I feel like I am being brainwashed”
“Since we’re in Japan, I would like to see Japanese programs. I get scared every time I hear the word, ‘Hallyu’”.
The article’s comment thread is completely saturated with enraged netizens, who accused Takaoka of being “xenophobic” against South Korea. Among them are individuals who on the other hand expressed their understanding of his thoughts and agreed with his points. In addition some insist that he isn’t being “xenophobic” and defend his ‘right to an opinion’.
I have to admit many commenters brought up very good points; however most of them failed to recognize the core issue here. Although freedom of speech; how, why, or whether it’s right that Hallyu is dominating Japan; and comparisons between K-dramas and J-dramas are somewhat related, such points are merely peripheral to the central question of whether or not Takaoka’s comments were bigoted against the Korean nationality and population. What we have to examine right now is the manner in which he expressed his thoughts, and that alone is what he needs to be called out for. It should not be mistaken as an attack to his right to speak his mind (because by all means, he can say whatever he wants. There are, however, the repercussions), nor is it a stance against (or for) the bigger-picture issue his words refer to.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we are back with yet another round of
ridiculous bans. This time it’s the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family taking action against songs that are thought to “[contain] content that’s harmful to the youth.”
Below is a list of songs and its artists that have been issued bans (which means the following: they “cannot be sold to minors under the age of 19 and cannot be aired before 10 PM KST through radio or television”):
This is what I think: the government has the right intentions, but they’re achieving it with the wrong means. I’m all up for educating our youth with the right morals and lessening social disruption, but banning songs and music videos is not the way to go.
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Hoo geez, this is a hard one. Honestly, if I didn’t get a request, I wouldn’t have bothered to make a post on this issue. I’ll explain myself later.
f(x)’s Krystal is currently a hot topic among netizens for supposedly acting rude towards her ice-skating coach (Lee Donghoon) on SBS’s “Kiss & Cry”. According to Allkpop,
[…] viewers noticed an air of tension […] Like any trainer would, Lee attempted to teach Krystal from the basics, step by step. However, Krystal proved to be a bit of a difficult student, “He only teaches me the basics, and basics are no fun.”
With a sigh, Lee remarked, “It was difficult to train her because she refused to learn the basics. She would just stand there, and even when I told her to skate, she wouldn’t.”
Some viewers felt that Krystal’s poor attitude escalated when she bluntly stated, “He’s a poor instructor because he’s only used to singles. It’s really frustrating.” Lee is also seven years her senior, but Krystal didn’t hesitate to glare at him whenever their opinions clashed.
The article also provided a video, posted under the cut (with subs).
First we had Rania, now this.
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Apparently on Allkpop, SNSD’s Taeyeon is getting quite a bit of shit for doning this “revealing” outfit during a performance of their Japan showcase.
I am boiling with fury here. Some of these comments seriously disgust me. They’re logical, yes, but so incredibly sexist.
TRIGGER WARNING: Mentions of slut-shaming, rape, and sexual assault. And clear hints of a very pissed-off blogger.
I told myself I’d wait at least 24 hours before writing up a post about the issue, just so there would be time for the release of several ‘official statements’… which in fact, is what fans need to also consider doing — giving time for the ‘facts’ to be announced before forming a judgment.
I know more statements are bound to be released over the next few days, but I figured there were enough sources right now to at least formulate the foundation for an opinion.
Just this morning (May 27th), the former SG Wannabe member was discovered to have hung himself in his home in Bulkwang-dong, a neighborhood in one of Seoul’s northern-most districts (Eunpyeong-gu).
According to media outlets, this 30-year-old was known to have been struggling through depression:
His agency stated, “Chae Dong Ha has always suffered from depression. He recently returned after completing his Japanese promotions. This morning, we weren’t able to get into contact with him so we called 911 and later discovered him.”
Many are speculating that Chae Dong Ha’s depression sourced from the suicide of his former manager, who passed away two years ago inhaling gas in a motel room.
In his official comeback album, “Essay“, Chae Dong Ha had written a special message to the manager, which read, “It was a moment more exciting than my first kiss. My first manager. My consolation, my friend, and my hyung. The moment I met that person, I had received the whole world. As of June 9th, 2009, he is no longer by my side. Half of my heart is still missing. Still. ‘Hyung, you have to be happy, okay? Promise me that you’ll be happy…’”
This marks the fourth reported celebrity suicide in South Korea this year — the first being noted celebrity choreographer Park Jungmin, followed by model Kim Yuri and MBC anchorwoman Song Jisun (read about her death in Allkpop here), and now Chae Dongha.
As I mentioned before, South Korea is known to have the highest suicide rates in the world, and as much as I hate to admit it, it doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down soon. Read about the man who was found to have crucified himself here, and student suicides in Kaist University, one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, here.
Prayers and condolences go to Dongha, and everyone else who took their own lives; and to their loved ones as well. May they find the strength to get through these trying times.
The ladies of 4minute recently guested on tvN’s talk show, “Taxi“, and shared a painful story about the cruelty of anti-fans.
The girls revealed, “Maybe it’s because we have a strong image, but the hateful replies we receive are a lot more aggressive in comparison to other girl groups. There was one reply that told us to come back after we got plastic surgery, which really shocked us all.”
Oh my god, you have got to be kidding me. You’re telling me that we’ve got netizens trolling celebs with accusations of plastic surgery (exhibit A, B, and C), and on the other hand insulting idols for being au naturel? Could you be any more contradictory?
The attitudes surrounding plastic surgery still seems really divided in the kpop world… some contemplate it while others emphasize natural looks. The unfortunate thing is that whatever side you’re on, people still give you shit.
Well, you know what, 4Minute may not among my top faves, but mad respect goes to these ladies for resisting the pressure and sticking to their natural beauty. These girls are gorgeous just the way they are. But most importantly, they deliver good music, good performances, and they’re damn hardworking. Remind me again how looks play into this.
Middle fingers to those haters. And have some of Hyuna’s IDGAF pelvic thrusts as well. You can’t touch this.
(Recently wrote up a post about plastic surgery. Read it here)