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Yang Hyun Suk steps down

Ah “The myth the legend the boy” CEO Yang Hyun Suk down down down… My guy, you had such a good run. Establishing your agency in 1996 and then ousting DSP Entertainment to form the second triumvirate of South Korea entertainment agencies (SM, JYP, YG). Oh what led up to this moment, O CEO! my CEO! what fearful scandals have you done? Let’s take a review of probably led to this moment….

The One

First there was of course the Burning Sun Scandal, the scandal that got so big that even the West started covering it. In all honesty, the actions that led an investigation into the scandal to break out in the first place is a very common thing in Asian countries. I think investigation first started when Jung Joo Young chats room were explore and found to contain some very very explicit materials being shared with numerous high profile celebrities. These videos either film women body things, or celebrities giving the women big ole cock….. tails so basically drugging them and then giving them the BIG BANG. Not suprising coming from a guy who was part of a band call Drug Restaurant. Apparently, hidden cameras are in abundance in South Korean Society and since the society is patriarchal and mysoginistic a lot of the times, we don’t hear about most filming cases. Sure it’s supposedly “illegal”, the same way my college tells me I’m not suppose to drink but we all know what happen down town friday nights. Also rape/sexual assault are usually swept under the rug, they are not under strict scrutiny as in the West because it’s ahem…… usually viewed as the victim fault. You can read this very nice article that just put everything I just said in fancier language and from credible source here.

For all our Eastern Faults, we are very moral when it comes to prostitution which is big NO, you can’t have sex with a prostitute (here I think prostitution is illegal too). This is why Big Bang Seungri, the Bad (BAT)- Man of this whole operation who ran the Burning Sun club and moderator of group chat, is in such huge trouble. Not because he secretly film/showed up as read to anyone pornish videos (cause he was never caught unlike other group chat members from groups like FT. Island, CNBlue) it’s because he’s is suspected probably of dealing sex workers to foreign investors. Not only that he supposedly “test drive” or in this case when renting a women instead of a car “test sex” the person before “service”. Also we easterners totally love your justice system in dealing with rich famous people, by not dealing with them at all! Seungri is still free ever since the courts struck down the police warrant on grounds that “YO MAN HE IS BIG BANG THAT’S LIKE….. THE BEATLES OF KOREA (HA TAKE THAT BTS FANS)”.

From then on YG stocks begin to drop like crazy early this year. From 40+ K won to like under 30K won around May. Nothing can save it, not Blackpink’s Coachella performance and Youtube video records, not Winner’s “Ah YEAAH”, absolutely nothing could make the stock go back up. Students began protesting against having YG-affiliated groups perform at their schools to people saying they weren’t going to watch or support YG anymore. It’s gotten so bad, the general consensus for YG Entertainment, bad folks and bad vibes although it’s clearly not ALL of the musicians under the agency fault certainly some ahem ahem. Then this happen! (Pause for a moment of my awesome graphics that I made about “the myth, the legend, the boy” CEO Yang)

The Two

CEO Yang gets accused of money laundering, tax evasion, and hiring prostitute for foreing investors at a dinner many many moons ago. Oh so that’s where BAD MAN Seungri LEARNED HIS TRICKS!! This led to even more outrage and calls for CEO/Founder to step down. Nonetheless, he held his ground while lamblasting the stories as bullshizz and when evidence show that he was at THAT many many moons ago dinner with investors and sexual workers, he tells the people IT WAS LEGAL, THE WOMEN THE MEN THEY GAVE IN TO THEIR URGES NATURALLY! We had a mini scandal before the final blow was dealt, ex-Winner now LOSER’s Nam Tae Hyun was exposed for cheating on his girlfriend. The final blow was….

The Kick in the Nuts

DRUGS! Now now, YG Entertainment had a run in with the “marijuana/LSD problem” before ok, TWICE ACTUALLY, and they came out both time relatively unscratch. First it was Park Bom from 2NE1 she was relatively cut quick from the group, and use as a scapegoat when people started blaming her for 2NE1 and ANTAGONISTIC QUEEN CL fall from grace in 2016. Second, it was TOP from….wow these people sure know what makes a BIG BANG in headlines. He was accuse of illegal marijuana possession and sentence to probation. He is serving in the military right now though and is set to get out next month or something. Now in each of these cases the singers themselves took a hit, although Park Bom’s reputation has mostly recover because in her drug incident because she was taken medication/drug that she bought from like the West but it was illegal in South Korea. This time, after getting Lee Hi off of his new collaboration, iKon King’s B.I. announces that he was leaving the group due to using drugs. This is the whole story….

Basically back in 2016 police uncover B.I. chats with a certain person that went by Miss A (AIIEEEEE!!). B.I. ask to know if she was a dealer, in which she says “check out this picture of me and TOP doing weed!”. B.I. went ahead and order some good stuff. In her first account to the police, Miss A said that B.I. and her passed around the joint shortly after. She later change that account to say that “oh no I got the drugs but then god blew them away for he couldn’t allow iKon to disband”. The point here is being people are now suspecting that YG might have had a hand in covering the scandal up in 2016 (obviously YES???) and paying a little bit of mooch left and right for that change in statement (uhh duhhh everyone does that??). Not only that, CEO Yang has been blasted by iKonics (iKon fan girls I mean fan base) for throwing B.I. under the bus so quickly and terminating his contract. Also iKonics are quick to point out that Miss A latest statement says that B.I. only THOUGHT about doing drugs and never actually got the drug to do it. A petition to reverse this decision has been sign by 50K people, astounding that’s more people than the amount that would actually come out for any of iKon’s concert! This combine with the compounding scandals after scandals led to “The myth, the legend, the boy” to step down along with his brother from all roles that they have held in YG Entertainment. They are still the biggest stockholders so they are still going to earn good money, that is if YG doesn’t suddenly implode during this transistion period. For all CEO Yang Hyun Suk bad traits, at least he is FINALLY FINALLY accepting some responsibilities and punishing himself in SOME form, I mean you don’t see SM’s CEO/Founder “President of Culture” Lee Soo Man doing it anytime soon although he is caught up in money laundering right now.

If you are reading this and ask what the big deal is for weed and the likes, I really can’t tell you. Us easterners just hate drugs, we don’t hate coffee though that’s an exception. Just like how marijuana was demonized back in 1900s (the word marijuana is suppose to invoke an EVIL omnious tone) and just recently been accepted, the east just haven’t start the process yet. You can take dabs at any college in America (except the Religious ones), but in Asia, you can only do the teenager-cringey kind.

KPop Trainees, Debts, and Contracts!- Survivor Guide to the Strange World of KPop

A common misperception among Western fans is that famous Kpop idols must make loads of money. A hit song or two and you should be set for a long time, right? However, this is the furthest thing from reality.

See, the Kpop world has a concept called “trainee debt” that is not present in the Western industry. Entertainment agencies in the industry have perfected a process to manufacture idols and turn them into stars. Scouts often recruit idols when they’re only 8-12 (mainly through auditions, sometimes off the street, like f(x)’s Krystal, or sometimes through watching performance videos, like SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan), and they’re then put into the company’s trainee system, a system that is probably as unique as any other in the world. Trainees are tightly supervised through dance and singing classes at night as they attend school in the morning. A lot of them are also taught foreign languages, most notably Japanese, Chinese, and English to prepare them to work in those markets if they do debut. The trainee system is extremely harsh, and it weeds out all those who aren’t tough enough mentally or physically to make it. Trainees train for hours upon hours, many of them breaking down in the process, as they hope and pray for that chance to debut. Trainees are also strictly regulated over meals and exercises, with mandatory weigh-ins to check the future stars’ bodies followed by instructions to lose weight being a source of nightmare for many years after they have become stars. For example, Twice’s Momo was told she had to lose 15 lbs (7kg) in a week if she wanted to be on Sixteen (the reality show that chose the eventual 9 members for Twice). She ended up eating nothing but a single ice cube for the week while practically living in the gym, and often went to bed at night crying because she didn’t know if she was going to wake up the next day. This nightmare doesn’t end with debuting either, for example, Infinite has revealed before they often have to be fed their “nutrition” through IV drips during comebacks as they have to starve themselves.

After trainee period, the company handpicked the trainees they want to fill out the roles (visual, vocalist, dance, variety, etc.) and the concept of the group they want to debut. Debuting is a dream for many, but even debuting doesn’t guarantee any sort of success. As an illustration, the following is a list of all the notable girl group debuts from 2007-2016, with the number of debuts in that year in parantheses:
2007 (10): Wonder Girls, KARA, SNSD
2008 (5): Davichi
2009 (21): After School, 2NE1, 4minute, T_ara, f(x), SECRET
2010: (15): SISTAR, miss A, Girl’s Day, Nine Muses
2011 (33): Dal Shabet, A Pink, Stellar
2012 (38): EXID, Crayon Pop, AOA, 15&
2013 (24): Ladies Code
2014 (31): Mamamoo, Red Velvet, Lovelyz
2015 (28): Girlfriend, Oh My Girl, DIA, Twice
2016 (15): Cosmic Girls, IOI, Gugudan, Black Pink

So basically, there were a total of 210 girl group debuts between 2007-2016, but only 33 (if you count Davichi as an idol group which they aren’t really) out of these became even significant enough to be at least somewhat known (a ~15.7% rate), and out of these 33 groups, only 15-16 or so (less than 8%) was big enough at one point or another to be in the conversation of top 4-5 girl groups in South Korea. So even, after a group debut, they still have to fight tooth and nails and need lots of luck to ever become one of those top groups everyone looks up to.

However, even if a group pumps out a hit song or two, there’s no guarantee its members will even make good money, much less become rich. Why? Because of the aforementioned “trainee debt” and the contracts that can be very disadvantageous for idols. A “trainee debt” is the money that idols “owe” their companies for dance and singing classes, housing, foods, promotions, upport staff, etc. To the company, it’s basically investing in the idol. Thus, when and if a group starts making money, all that money has to first be funneled towards paying the group’s “debt”. Only the big 3 companies (YG, SM, and JYP) start profit splitting straight from debut, even if the group haven’t reached the break-even point; for all the other companies, a group has to finish paying its debt to the companies before the company will split profits with the group. This process can take a while. For example, AOA took until mid-2016 to pay off all their debt to their company, even though their success had already started all the way back in 2014 with the chains of hits in “Miniskirt”, “Like A Cat”, and later “Heart Attack”.
Even if a group is done paying off debt and is finally starting to make money, most likely that money will not be close to as much as what Western fans would think for a group of that status. Companies regularly take at least a 50% split of all types of incomes (with very few exceptions), from albums sales to tickets sales, with some taking up to 90% of the cut for some categories. Below is the profit distribution percentage of a select groups of entertainment companies:

Whatever profit is left after splitting with the company has to be then split with all the group members, resulting in a member taking home not that much money after everything. This is why album sales and digital sales usually don’t earn idols a lot of money, especially female idols who only holds the singing rights to their songs (as their songs are almost always written by someone else), since the profits have to first be applied to paying for the promotions and all types of costs, then split for the composer, lyricist, and company before the income can even be split amongst the group itself. Thus, the majority of money earned by famous idols usually come from endorsements in the forms of CFs (commercial films, basically just long commercials), and tours, as the initial income is larger (especially for famous idols as their fees for endorsements can be colossal), there are less people that needs to be given share of the income, and a more advantageous profit distribution percentage between idols and companies for those types of incomes. Therefore, the road of a Kpop idol is long, hard, and very unforgiving where only a select few with talent and luck can make it.

Let’s Be Friends!- KPop Edition

In celebration of International Best Friends Day, let’s talk about friendships within the often cruel and hectic world of Kpop. Fans of any groups are always quick to say “OMG, they’re the best of friends”, even for huge groups such as NCT. Yet this clearly is not true. Research has shown that you can only be close/best friends with a maximum of 5 people at a time, and most groups these days, with some notable exceptions, easily exceed that number. Kpop idols are more likely to see their group members as one would see work colleagues, even if they’re running around with each other interacting for fanservice (because let’s be honest, the only reason why companies and idols push that notion that they’re best friends so hard is because friendship sells). Not to mention, most groups can even have rivalry among members to start out when the debut line is not set, and the companies are still pitting trainees against each other to decide who can stay until debut. Kpop groups can be just like a family, in every sense of the world. Some families love each other, but some families hate each other’s guts, even while living with each other. We have to remember that for them, it’s literally “just a job” (as Top once famously espoused in an interview). This is not to say there aren’t groups where members are all close with each other (EXID and Girl’s Day come to mind), but it gets unlikelier with bigger groups and it’s probably just impossible when a group has 10+ members (Izone’s Sakura and Wonyoung, for example, are painfully awkward with each other whenever they have any interactions. The huge age gap probably doesn’t help either. MORE LIKE

Sakura: Hey Sis, yeah I am in the middle let me just squeeze in here
Wonyoung: Uh, I’m pretty sure I am in the center….
Sakura: DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? I AM SAKURA MI YA KI TO THIS WHOLE GROUP SUCCESS

). But on a scale of “let’s all block Hyuna now that we’ve disbanded” (All of 4Minute’s members really hit Hyuna with blow) to Taeyeon & Tiffany’s level (“my existence wouldn’t mean much without her”), most groups are in between, probably friendly but not guarantee that they’re best friends. With that being said though, it is International Best Friends Day, so let’s take a moment for some shout-outs of special friendships in Kpop:

  • Mamamoo’s Hwasa and Wheein: they’ve been friend since childhood, auditioned together, and even have matching friendship tattoos (talk about dedication)

  • Super Junior’s Heechul and SNSD’s Taeyeon (tbh King of Popularity Heechul knows everyone in Kpop and is close with many of them, but this is probably one of his most iconic): so close that they can go to Victoria’s Secret together (yes that happened, they also ran into Baekhyun there too for some reason lmao), and take pics like these:Exhibit 1, without any dating rumors ever.

  • BTOB’s Changsub and Apink”s Chorong: Close friends of many years, they call each a lot when they’re guesting on variety shows. Some memorable times: when Changsub asked Chorong to help him with a prank and be his girlfriend for that day (Chorong laughed in response and said she didn’t consider him to be a man at all, OUCH), or that other time when Chorong asked Changsub to let her borrow 5 million KRW ($4,200 USD) because of a supposed family emergency and he readily agreed.

  • SHINee’s Taemin and EXO’s Kai: They’ve been best friends since trainees. They hung out so often that SHINee’s manager actually asked Taemin if they were dating (

Taemin: We…..
Kai: NAH, what year is this? If it’s like 2016 or something I’m banging F(Chrystal) else I’m banging JENNIE. Ha Taemin is commonly third wheeling when we hang out…
Taemin:

)

Maybe the manager wasn’t too far off because Taemin has stated that his ideal girl is someone like Kai. We also can’t forget about the time Taemin calls Kai from overseas to ask Kai to ask EXO to put on a show for Apink’s Naeun when Taemin and Naeun were on “We Got Married”

  • Got7’s Bambam and Blackpink’s Lisa: Childhood friends for more than 11 years all the way from Thailand, even their families are tight with each other. He called her noona because she was taller than him when they were young (lmao). When the netizens’ racism towards Lisa was hitting a new pitch, it was Bambam who told the press that she’s doing fine. Sadly, with the craziness of fans nowadays, they can barely publicly interact lest all the fans turn batshit possessive.

25 but looks younger? The Korean Age system and an explanation why such a “crazy system” exist

Have you ever met an asian? Well I am certain you have because quite frankly we reproduce like rabbits (hello China!). But have you ever met a person from South Korea? Have you ever ask about their age and then say “man you look TOTALLY YOUNGER THAN YOUR AGE”. Well my friend you have encounter International Age vs. Korean Age problem…

For you see, internationally, it is accepted that a baby is 0 years old at its birth, and then turns one year older everytime it hits its birthday. So a baby born on June 14th, 2010 is 0 and then will turn 1 on June 14th, 2011.

But ahaa, the South Korean have a system that is called “nominal age” although they use the international system on official document and papers, “nominal age” is use in “everyday” world. Nominal Age states that a baby is instantly 1 year old when it is born, and then every LUNAR NEW YEAR (or Chinese New Year) they increment that age by 1 in addition ton incrementing it on their birthday. So if a baby was born on June 14th, 2010 it’s 1 years old. Then comes February it is now 2, and then come its birthday on June 14th, 2011 it’s now 3 years old. So basically Korean age is always around +2 or +1 years older than the international system because I mean Lunar New Year is never set in stone and Korean don’t double count if your B-day happens to land on Lunar New Year (I don’t think so). I think Koreans tend to use January 1st as their new year date though, not so much Lunar New Year anymore. So it’s correct, South Korean do look younger for their age then expected, because well they ARE. Why have this crazy system in place you ask…. Well let’s go to my hypothetical but I would say very very good guess drawing board….

Nominal age was a practice actually originated in Ancient China which then eventually spread throughout Asia because let’s face it most countries in Asia (not talking to Russia, or South East Asia like India and Pakistan) are China crop out for much of their early history. Ancient China and also Modern China is heavily influenced by teachings of Confucious who one golden rule to a stable society is and forever will be “Respect your elders”. This Confucianism probably have contributed to the Eastern mindset of wanting to get old. See unlike the West, everybody wishes they could be younger. Fountain of everlasting youth is a motif in many Western classical literature like the Holy Grail, said to grant everlasting youth in addition to immortality and happiness. Many people in the West get riled up at the idea of turning old, and that’s why it is disrespectful to ask someone age, or a classic insult/tease is to guess an older age then the person actually is. In the East though, at least TRADITIONALLY (nowadays I have no clue if the East people still want to get old….) old-ness was what people really wanted. Old age gives you power, it gives you a voice because of “respect your elders” golden rule. Young people are expected to shut up and listen. In many classical literature, all great people are depicted as old and wise. Lao Tzu (the founder of Daoism/Taoism) is picture as an old man, heck even silk paintings of freaking emperors depict them as old (maybe not grey hair old but definitely older than any of Jesus Christ depiction over here in the West. Jesus looks like he is like 25 or something). Confucious wasn’t crazy in saying “respect your elders” because in the East shoes it makes a lot of sense. I mean information and books weren’t readily available to the majority of the population, so whoever lives the oldest must have the most knowledge cause not only is she or he more mature, he or she has live life for a longer time than you, have transverse the dangerous waters. Not only because of confucianism that people in the East like getting old, but also in the ancient East was mostly an agriculture place because Rice is still a bitch load of work to farm. You got to water thing just right, you got to pull out the weeds in time, RICE SUCKS and it’s so time consuming to farm effectively. In an agricultural setting, it would make sense to have elders respected and listen to. I rather listen to this old guy who has pass many growing season and can make a pretty inference on how I can make a profit for this upcoming growing season then a willy nilly teenager who just started his first growing season.

This is probably how the nominal age system started, because everybody is in a rush to get old. Nowadays though, only South Korea uses such a system. You are correct, apparently North Korea is more progressive than South Korea in this aspect and it’s a problem when NORTH is more PROGRESSIVE THAN YOU. Even so, South Korea still uses “international” age system much more than “nominal” age system. Every official papers used the “international” age system and even school system use the “international system”. NO YOU CAN’T GET ALCOHOL AS A 19 YEAR OLD, I think law wise, South Koreans use the international system as determination. Everyday life though, they still use the nominal age system. Idols when ask for their age, name their korean age and never their international age.

Recently there has been a pushed to get rid of this “nominal” age system. It’s a clash between cultural traditions and modern era at this point. In my POV, I don’t think Nominal Age system should be gotten rid off. I mean why do away with a cultural tradition if it doesn’t confuse anyone? Like I understand some old cultural tradition views like LGTBQ is bad must be replace, but what’s wrong with Nominal Age? People in South Korea could have stop like any other country, but they didn’t so they still like it. You know not every cultural tradition is bad, it keeps us grounded in our roots and our ancestry. If it’s not bad, I say just leave it be! What do you guys think about the nominal age system now that you know a little bit of background on it? Should it be kept? Or Remove?

Update on the Website: The Sections of KPop Biographies

Oh yes, not really ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, but it’s news about this website instead! KPop Biographies which gives you profile and stories and overviews about the BIGGEST KPOP GROUP ever since Gen 2 just got a massive update! If you guys haven’t swung over there lately, uh only 3 have complete “articles” so far and they are “Girl’s Day”, “BTS”, “Black Pink”. I will be writing “TWICE” next and I think “Red Velvet” should follow after! Hover over the images and turn on your sound for an Easter Egg 😉 ;). Most of the Girl Group have pages, but no information has been added except for their roles and pictures. I’m getting to the boy groups, but Big Bang should have a clickable link! As always more coming up!

Also to you visitors that absolutely love Chinese Dramas and love to write. I’m gonna just put up straight there, Chinese Drama is long and ardous to write reviews for. If you guys are possibly interested in writing a Chinese Drama Recaps (oh we need people…), please feel free to reach out to us at theartofdramas@gmail.com! This site community is growing, but I would love if any of y’all can join us drop some comments and get the conversation going! Remember you can now comment and log in through to the website through social media like GMAIL, LINKEDIN, TWITTER, and FACEBOOK! We are probably going to make a Twitter soon just to drop daily updates so if you think we do nice stuff on this website, please drop a follow! We will follow you back, most likely! If you think there are people you know that are interested in Chinese Dramas or want to get hip to KPop groups and you think we do a good job, please mention the site to them! As always, thank you for visiting and have an awesome day!! Comeback….FOR EVEN MORE……

Roy Kim gets a Georgetown Degree (in addition to his MAYBE “Get Out of Jail Free”)

Let’s be honest the threee amigoes that started the whole Burning Sun Scandal, filming girls without their consent, doing DRUGS with Actress A (whose identity is still unknown but a couple (like big couple) netcitizens it’s the Hallyu Star that doesn’t have that much of a pristine image Han Hyo Joo) and gang raping people, will probably face substiantly less jail time or ARE THEY EVEN GOING TO JAIL AT ALL than the average human being on trial for those crimes listed above. Seungri still haven’t confessed and he still have FEMALE fans defending him (girl, these crimes are literally related to females come on….). Jung Joon Young at least is getting “detention” for now. The third member Roy Kim, not only has he not faced anything yet or ever, he is even allowed to graduate from Georgetown at the end of this semester. You know what Hoyas, you do you, I guess you would care if Roy Kim allegedly rape/sexual harassment an american, but I guess he didn’t sexually harass any americans, he just I don’t know perpetuated a perverted chat circle sharing images/videos of trainees, who already go through so much, doing probably explicit things and is currently under investigation for a big scandal that not only is implicating all of these people selling girls/filming them but also taking dabs (not the Weed variety) but you know what it is fine Hoyas, those girls weren’t AMERICAN and most importantly nor were they WHITE. He probably had a hand in one of the trainee who was gang rape at that Burning Sun Club (I don’t know if Roy Kim was directly involve or not) and wrote a letter before she killed herself, even if let just say for hypotheticals that Roy Kim is innocent, why don’t you Georgetown’s President John J. DeGioia wait until the investigation is complete to give Roy Kim his diploma.

You know what to you netcitizens out there that’s saying Roy Kim deserves to graduate, wait what the fuck is wrong with y’all. I DEARLY HOPE that you are NOT WOMEN, if you are, I would finally understand why we have President Trump. Even again let just say Roy Kim is innocent, then just wait until after everything is thoroughly investigated then I don’t think ANYONE would have a problem with him graduating. Here are top tier apologists netcitizens……

Person above, I swear you are the reason why Boy Bands are more popular than Girl Bands. OOOOH FUCK MEEE PLEASE HARRY STYLES, OOPPPPPPPPAAAAA SEUNGRI PLEASE FUCK ME HAVE MY KIDSSSSS.

Uh yes he has, if he was completely innocent, no investigators would investigate him! The fact he is UNDER INVESTIGATION means that there is PROBABLE cause. Remember, espcially if you are a woman, there has been many Senators/House of Representatives here in the states that was sack without much investigation. Ex: Al Franken? I felt like that was #meToo going too far, I would even say “witch huntie” because everyone deserve at least a fair trial or an investigation. Roy is under investigation, I never said he should be expel, I just said his diploma should be put on hold until such time comes that he is absolve from all of this mess and then no one would even care if he graduate. But then Amy_rigs, Roy Kim issss sooooo hottttt amirite?

Also latebloomer (I hope you have finally hit puberty) when have “seems dedicated to his study” a plausible ground for a pardon of a crime. If I was to shoot and kill someone, but I’m very dedicated to my study I should run free? That’s a bit extreme, lets say I rape someone, but I am an asian, I am very dedicated to my studies, so I should get to graduate? Does that mean as long as I am dedicated to my studies and getting A’s, I CAN RAPE AND ILLEGALLY FILM ANYONE I WANT??? YOOOOOO!!! Thank you kind person, you just LITERALLY gave me determination to get straight A’s so I can just nut on random people at my university without their consent!

Also latebloomer, when have uh….. “lots of people doing it too” been a plausible ground to excuse crimes? When police pull me over for speeding, I guess they are wrong right cause let’s be all honest here, lots of people SPEED too! So there are a lot of sexism and racism in this world, I guess it’s alright to be a sexist and a racist now! You are right though, ordinary people do it too. Please call 911 if you see revenge porn (which is now ILLEGAL in most states) or illegal filming activites. Also yeah Roy Kim is not declare guilty so far, but he IS getting investigated therefore he SHOULD hold up on his graduation until the investigation is OVER cause let’s be honest if I was caught doing something like this, I might face expulsion without any investigation.

Oh person, times are changing. You know what was legal back in the day, SLAVERY! You know what else, uh war crimes!?? Like Nanjing Massacre, or Hitler’s Holocaust (wait he didn’t DO ANYTHING WRONG RIGHT??!!!! THERE WAS NO LAW???!!!). I am sadden that although you were mad, you didn’t report this person with the attachment. And you are right viewing it and sharing it doesn’t make you a criminal, it makes you an enabler. Seeing a crime and not reporting it is NOT A CRIME, you are just mess up that’s all (unless the person who sent it was your VERY VERY CLOSE FRIEND OR RELATIVE OR FAMILY then I can understand why reporting might not be desirable..). Sexual Harassment and Domestic Abuse is one of those CRIMES that is common, but it is rarely reported. I will also give you the benefit of the doubt, yes if I was in your situation I might have been too lazy to report it (I get it I am a mess up human being in some way see me being hypocritical, telling you off although I am not sure if I would reported myself). But this is not even Roy Kim circumstances, he KNEW what Seungri and Co. was doing, he was active enough in the chat. Also when Seungri ask everyone to leave the chat and make a new one so they wouldn’t be discover, only Jung Joon Young stayed or something and that’s why police was able to recover some chat history but not all of it. Now of course I don’t know if Roy Kim was in those chats where Seungri told everyone to leave, if he was then HE KNEW HE WAS COMMITTING SOMETHING very “SHADY”.

I wonder what the Hoyas student body are doing right now about this issues, espcially the so call student “feminist”……. I mean I guess you guy started a petition on Change.com (which can be access here Petition). I mean you could potentially just like write a letter to the president and let people sign it you know, I though this era was the era of student/youth activism (isn’t that why some girl from Sweden might be getting the Nobel Peace Prize or something??) This whole incident has gotten me disillusioned with many men and women alike. It’s disgusting that men still do these kind of things, I mean I could potentially do these kind of things in the right environment given that I am a “man” myself. And women, why are you letting us get away with this? Why? Espcially those Seungri girl fans out there that still thinks their Oppa is innocent, to be honest even if he wanted to sex you up I really don’t think any of y’all should let him. Like us guys for our personalities, you can have an intial attraction base on looks but please like us for our personalities and not just purely our looks.

TWICE’s Fancy, a Very Late Review……..

Wow I literally wanted to do a review of the song the instant it came out, 4/22/2019 at 5:00 AM because Korea is 13 hours ahead of the US. TWICE is my favorite KPop girl group of all time and you know this past month have been lit up with Blink’s and ARMY’s news that I wanted to review TWICE 2019 comeback the instant it came out. Needless to say I fainted at 5:00 AM on the 22nd and haven’t gotten to written it until now. I must say I’m glad I waited because I have a clearer perspective of things now that TWICE literally didn’t win any music shows, sunk in the Forbes Power List (I unironically think “Boy With Luv” is a better song but “Fancy” is better than literally “Kill this Love”).

Let’s start with the song, we the fans know that TWICE is a “cute/innocent” concept group, why the heck did they NOT STICK TO THEIR CONCEPT THAT GOT THEM BIG. I get it, people mature and change the concepts but like I need some sort of SIGNAL first. If let’s say a baby one night he is like 5 inches and the next day he is like 6 feet, I would be like what did I miss. Girl Crush, which is what I suspect what TWICE was going for with all black uniforms and such is fine! Really they have grown up, yeah I agree sure, but like if you going to change concept and explore something you haven’t done before, just put the song on the Side-B tracks, and put a cute song as the “main song”. Then like slowly you can later release a purely girl crush or other concept song! Why did you need to do something so drastic so quickly, like Yes Or Yes was not really girl crush, it was more cute and that was like 5 months ago. I really do half blame the netcitizens, there has been talk on how TWICE sucks and how all they know is the “cute concept”. Well eff you netcitizens, I am sorry I would rather stick to the stuff I know. What do you go to your doctor and complain “why you always be a doctor man, just like be a chef or something”. I feel like if TWICE had just wrote a cute song and make it the title songs, it could actually win some shows.

Also the video was girl crush-ish, but the lyrics was cute-ish concept. It seem like there was a mismatch between what I was seeing visually and what I was listening to audiotory. Unlike Blackpink their lyrics is always like “I don’t need love. Love bad, I’m foxy b****ches” but TWICE song it seem like they were stuck in between doing either Girl Crush (dark color) or Innocent (with the colorful clothes) and there was no clear direction. I’m actually scare that they are trying to turn more girl crush-ish because it fit with the Western Market more than innocent/cute and instantly along with Fancy TWICE announces that they were going on a World Tour that would stop in 3 USA location. I just HOPE THEY SUCCEED, unlike the first girl group that JYP brought over here, PLEASE DON’T BE THE NEXT WONDER GIRLS.

Anyways I was really bumped that TWICE Fancy didn’t even scratch 40 million views on Youtube (first 24 hours) while Blackpink who isn’t even AS FAMOUS got like 70 million somehow. I guess Youtube is more West oriented and many Asians prefer other method of streaming like Vline or something. Really hoping that TWICE fans are not FAKE FANS because I was here thinking at least it SHOULD be like 50 million or something (I guess it broke TWICE’s Personal Best).

You say Forbes, I call BS

I was actually excited to see the Forbes Korea Power Ranking for the year 2019 yesterday. The ranking encompasses the period of March 2018- Febuarary 2019 and it is basically a list to show who had the most influence last year. How the people at Forbes do this is by ranking narrowing down a list of 150 nominees and then ranking them in four caterogies: earnings, media exposure, broadcast, and new this year social media. Earnings basically speaks to the amount of money earn through commercials, songs, performances, prizes etc. Media exposure is self explanatory, how much did the said group/individual was covered in the 53 newspapers that is register with the Korea Press Foundation. Broadcasts spoke to apperances on variety shows, MC, and dramas. Social media is a new caterogy this year, and it encompasses followers on instagram, twitter, Vline (which I guess is a Korean thing), and facebook.

Here’s what I think, I think the list doesn’t make much sense to me. Why? I espcially do not like how they include the social media caterogy. Espcially social media that literally only “westerners” use. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter usages are most DOMINATED by the western countries, South Korea comes nowhere CLOSE. Although apparently 69 percent of adults are on social media (Pew Research Center) the mediums (with the exception of Vline) that forbes listed in their social caterogy almost in no way shape or form represent popularity in Korea. It extremely favors the West, espcially in America where almost HALF the population have instagram/twitter. I am not surprise ONE BIT, that Blackpink somehow manages to become first, I mean Lisa just became the most follow idol in Korea on instagram. Although I am not saying that popularity elsewhere in the world shouldn’t contribute to a celebrity success, it DEFINITELY SHOULD, at the end of the day this list is influential in the Korean sphere, this list isn’t Time 100 where it seeks to see who is the most influential in the world. That’s why even though Harvard is a lot more known than Princeton outside of the US, Princeton consistenly place above Harvard in US News and World Report college rankings, who uses statistics/ranking caterogies that’s literally only influential by US. What kind of irks me off the most is the use of Youtube, heck nobody besides basically AMERICA uses Youtube to watch music or do stuff. Asian countries stream using like Melon or something, they barely use Youtube except for seeing like other videos. Don’t believe me? There’s a reason why most big youtubers are western citizens or at least people BASED in the west than the east.

It’s extremely skews towards groups that have market overseas like Blackpink. I’m not saying they are bad, I just don’t think they should be number 1. It should just unironically go to BTS who literally was in Time 100 celebrity list. If Forbes care so much about western markets, just place BTS as number 1??

I still don’t get some of the rankings though, I feel like Forbes suffered HARD from availibility logical fallicy, like they focus on these months as oppose to the whole year in regards to some rankings. Like I still find it hard to stomach why TWICE is lower than AOA’s Seoulhyun? They comeback without ChoA in 2018 was a flop, or it wasn’t NEARLY as good as Yes or Yes that was released in November of 2018. All Seoulhyun has going for her is literally CF’s (commercials). What else does she have? No dramas (just got casted) in the past year nothing else, no music in the past year. JUST CF’s and YET when it was ranking for female “advertisement” brand (in the month of January), Seoulhyun was NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. Media exposure? I don’t think so, I mean she haven’t even been doing Variety shows that much, it just puzzles me how she should be up there (as expose to let’s say ALL OF AOA). How come TWICE literally fell from being number 4 and like 3 the past two years and then now fly all the way down to 21? It’s not like they disbanded or got irrelavent, I mean Yes or Yes release in November of 2018 was VERY WELL received winning 3 shows how much have Kill This Love won? Oh right that’s 1. TWICE also just become number 1 girl group in record sales, no props to that? Ok.

The only thing I like about the list is that it seems like sometimes earnings were “scale” which is actually something I liked. I feel like this was espcially true in terms of number 9 on the Korea list, Son Heung-min. He’s literally earning Euros playing for a Tottenham Hotspurs and the World Cup 2018 just happen he probably earn A LOT. There’s NO WAY that BTS and Blackpink earns more than Son (which forbes stated. Son earns around 7 million euros. Putting things into perspective 6 million wons is like 5000 USD which is like 4000 Euros) who is literally a starter on a powerhouse European team. But I am find with rankings like that because sure Son earns more because he’s in a “top earning” profession (not to say idols aren’t but this soccer star is earning euros why top idols still only earn wons).

Overall I don’t like the list I think it suffers at points too much from “recency bias”, although the places that they are now some of them I can understand like Red Velvet. They haven’t got much music done but I GUESS they have had variety shows and Irene is rank as a top female for brand advertisements and Joy just had a drama. Even Wanna One, sure they were “big” from that Producer show, I just don’t think Kang Daniel deserves a spot all to himself. Park Na Rae Ok fine, a good comedian sure. There are just some spots I wish Forbes give an explaination for, at least give an explaination for the ones that suffer humongous dips even though they have stayed relevant and even popular like TWICE and EXO.

Burning Sun Scandal speaks to almost every entertainment industry….

From drugs, to money laundering, now to rape, Oppa Seungri is a very scary man. I just find it hilarious that he has been denying these allegations (but we 99% know that he was a part of this whole scheme, probably is the mastermind! That 1% is a KDrama in which a unknown man for unknown reasons kidnap the real stunning hot Oppa Seungri and trap him in a trunk. He then gets plastic surgery to look exactly like Seungri. Then he infiltrated Big Bang and fooled everyone and then he masterminded this whole affair and then purposefully get caught so he can take his revenge on Seungri, man I should be a KDrama writer just add some twist and turns and I got myself a big hit!). I think personally Jung Joon Young deserves some form of leniency (whether it be maybe 1 year off his sentence) just because if he had follow Seungri to the tee (leaving group chats every few months) this whole scandal will probably not be a scandal because it hadn’t been uncovered yet for a few more years (keep in mind Big Bang use to be THE boy band, so any suspicision could have probably been kept under wraps just because of his fame). The group has gotten away with it for 3 years, and the crazy thing is the police can only retrieve the group chats from a couple months ago, they have stated that it’s near impossible to recover everything. It’s sad that this whole scandal has cause an aspire actresses to committ suicide. The entertainment industry in Korea is already so hard to get into, so hard to even debut, and even harder to get popular and keep their popularity. Idol groups right now like BTS, Blackpink, TWICE, Red Velvet, Itzy etc succeeded on the backs of so many groups that fail. They don’t even get that much in return, the agency gets most of it (cause the groups have to repay the agency) until the groups get really really popular, probably winning jackpot in the lottery is easier than actually succeeding in the industry.

Probably the saddest thing about this whole affair is it isn’t new, almost dare I say ALL entertainment industries have this problem whether it has come on the fore front or not. Heck not even entertainment industry politics (looking at you Mr. President, Mr. Supreme Court Justice and Mr. SenatorS/CongressMEN). It is sad, and I apologize for men everywhere, except that I am a little punk in somewhere East Coast of the US and have not make any name for myself (YET oh ho ho just you waiiitt) so my apologies is basically meaningless so there’s that! But I really want to take a moment, you know just a POV (I hope I won’t get flamed, SAFE SPACE PLEASE).

SAFE SPACE STARTS NOW

Are we sure that it is actually the men who are at fault (wait a sec….), or is it the ability/the power that comes with post that corrupt humans. We see men mostly doing it because it is sad (but a convo for another day) that the people in power in any nation are mostly…. men. If it’s “because men” then sure, hate us (although this borderline sexism when you hate us for different individuals action. I don’t intend on blaming, because I get it, throughout history multiple examples of an action of a specific individual has big consequences for his/her entire group) but if it’s power, shouldn’t we try to understand a little bit of the perpetrators, sure they are slimeballs and monster but to call them monsters seems like a denial the fact that it can happen to anyone.

Read More (If you Know KOREAN): https://entertain.naver.com/now/read?oid=011&aid=0003537305
The English Wikipedia Version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Sun_scandal

The Queens of TWICE finally makes their move

YOU KNOW WHAT I HATE THE MOST. SOMEHOW BEING POPULAR IN AMERICA MEANS YOU ARE THE MOST POPULAR KPOP BAND OUT THERE. People have forgotten the TRUE KWEENS (ahem I think that word connotate for something else so Queen) for Generation 3, that’s right I’m talking about motherfreaking TWICE you “ARMY” you “BLINK”. REVOLTING! Yeah that’s right, TWICE not only rule KPop, yeah we do other things too like play blues on the sax, or make VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL. Get out of here with your dances and your hair styles, ew it’s a requirement for idol group to have all of those. It’s like you go to first grade and say “loook at meeeee, I have 36 Crayola Crayons, you only got 12” and I would say “yeah you only twelve you twit I make all the other colors with the 12 I have PLUS the money I save on 24 crayons I have color pencils with are INHERENTLY better”. Oh yeah that’s right, we got ALL YOUR STATISTIC, Kill This Love? HA! BOY WITH LUV? HA! Oh yeah don’t worry we got something realllll good going, yeah that’s right TWICE been saving their hand, they have let you other people play first, but it’s time you take this ROYAL FLUSH. Perfect ALL KILLS? NOTHING! COACHELLA PERFORMNACE? HA! GET READY FOR SOME REAL KPOP MUSIC YOU MOTERFUC******

Ahem ahem, so recently JYP just release a couple of teasers for TWICE upcoming new song expected to drop around 4/22/2019 6PM? If you uneducated WESTERNERS KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT KPOP, I mean it’s perfectly understandable if you guys don’t know TWICE from the KPop industry, they are probably one of the biggest K-group in Korea right now, it’s just they don’t focus the market in the US unlike ahem some other very very BAD, good good band like BTS (I respect for making at least some of the lyrics) and Blackpink. The teasers are down below, check them out :))))))))

I gotta say this song seems to be a bit darker than the cute ageyo concept that TWICE has built their career on (well up to now). Oh no there was talk of some sexy concepts, oh no no please no anything but that, that’s Gen 2 please let the ship just sink.