- Wow....it's been 4 years...
- August 22nd, 2015
Once again I have fallen off the LJ bandwagon and neglected my own page. Sigh. It's a scary coincidence that a recent article on omonatheydidnt was what made me think about my own page--they had pieces of an interview with Hyunah talking about why she does sexy concepts, and I thought, I've talked about that before. I've pretty much gotten over it because it's so commonplace now for K-pop stars to do the sexy concept so I don't see a problem with it now. I try to think of it as women owning their sexuality and having the freedom to express it. Rather than trying to shamelessly appeal to the masses. :)
Ever since my sister had her baby I have no one to talk to about K-pop again (because she is, understandably, busy with her own stuff) so I turn back to LJ for all my fanigrling.
In recent news, Girls' Generation (now every time I type their name I see the banner in the Lion Heart MV where it's spelled "Gilrs' Generation" LOL) has released an album after finishing up promotions for PARTY not long ago. I have to say I'm excited at having so much GG after so long with none or promotions like Mr. Mr. that were not executed the best. I was really curious to see what it would be like to have GG without Jessica, but I find I don't miss her (sorry). I see it as she's on a different path now and hopefully some day we'll know what really happened from both sides.
Which brings me to another rant I've been having ever since the debacle that was 2014. What a horrible year for K-pop. Specifically all that went down with EXO. I'm over it now because I've been ignoring them until they get their shit together, but I was super upset when people were saying Lay was leaving too. I think Tao is gone and that's fine; but can't we keep Lay? I already had to give up Kris and Luhan. But there's also a part of me that wants him to leave so he can live his life. I just think of when TVXQ split up and the hole it left in my life. I cannot and will not go through that again. But back to the point: Will there ever be a time when SM artists are safe enough to tell the public what REALLY happened? Shinhwa I think is the only group that has been honest about when they left SM and what it was like there. Because it's been a decade. They also left SM on good terms because they left when the contract expired. Back when SM did the standard 5 year contract, instead of the slave contracts they have now. Who thought they could get away with that? Sigh. Anyway. I just wonder did Yunho and Changmin really not know that JYJ was planning on leaving and suing? Did they exclude them? At the time the explanation by fans was that Yunho and Changmin were in the middle of filming dramas so they couldn't sue with JYJ or risk having to stop filming half way through. But then SM said they didn't even know what was going on. I believe Yunho would never lie to us, but I also think SM has a scary power over their artists that's only just starting to crumble. I understand what went on with EXO much more--it was clear that the Chinese members were being treated worse than the Korean members and were suffering mentally from culture shock and all that. But I wonder how much the other members knew. Did the Chinese members get together and decide to start leaving? Did the whole group get together and give them secret permission to do so? I would like to think it was a secret group decision in order to help their members, but I think that's a pipe dream. But when I think of what the Chinese members had to endure I always remember the episode of EXO's Showtime when they played the 007 game and didn't explain it to the Chinese members. Instead they beat the crap out of Kris until he was about to kill them all. Some members were trying to silently explain it but most were laughing at them. And that was done on camera and broadcasted. What about when they all went on a show in China and everyone was lost except the Chinese members (and Suho, because he is an angel and has learned and used some Chinese)? That's what the Chinese members felt like every day. I understand why they left, and I don't really blame them.
Then we get to Sulli. I'm not sure about her. I know SM pulled her out originally because she was sick, then because of her relationship with Choiza from Dynamic Duo. I suspect that SM told her to break it off with him and she refused. But I hope she doesn't become the next Kibum and leave to pursue acting, then not do it really. She was good in To the Beautiful You. But I think there's a factor that no one knows about. It doesn't all add up. Anyway, I'm sure we will see her again soon. I just hope she left on good terms with the members.
And let's not forget Jessica. According to her the members and the company kicked her out, and according to them she wanted to leave. I'd believe Jessica before believing SM. Tbh. I do wonder what kind of awkward position this puts Krystal in. She knows what happened and has to associate with the company still. But if she did consider leaving too she can't now. With Sulli gone the group can't survive Krystal leaving. I know how close Jessica and Krystal are, so it must be really hard on them.
In other news, BAP is back with TS Entertainment! That was seriously shocking. I've never heard of a group suing their company, then rejoining it. I guess with Sonamoo not doing so well anymore and Secret's last song not doing as well as usual they need them. I just hope they treat them better this time. Because we're watching like a hawk. If I see another exhausted Zelo-baby, I will march there myself and demand he take a day off. But most of all...BANG YONG GUK WILL BE BACK. I didn't realize how much I missed him until I saw a video today (a random thing on the top 15 most difficult choreos in K-pop...the order was suspect to me) and BAP was in it. And I saw his stupid face and my heart just broke again. Luckily AM 4:44 kept me alive this long. I hope they're all rested and rejuvinated and can come back soon~~~~~~
Well, on to what I meant to talk about when I first started writing this post. Girls' Generation's new MV! Well, MVs. Lion Heart was incomprehensible at first, but after watching it a lot I finally figured out what happened. That dude in the lion mask is the same one for every member, so when he gives each that number thing it's a time and place at some train station (?) but he gave them all the same one. Or similar ones. And they figure out that he is trying to date them all. That book they find on him was a list of names, I think. OK, so I still don't get it totally, but it was cute anyway. It's nice to have the regular Taeyeon back. I think she was still in a slump during Party. People were saying crap about how she's being lazy on stage, but I think people have to consider what she's gone through in the last year. Her relationship going public, losing Jessica, trying to be the leader through it all. Give the girl a break. Anyway, You Think! I really like it too. I watched that MV so many times. People don't like the chorus but I like it. And once again, everyone is crapping all over the rap parts. Look. There isn't a rapper in Girls' Generation. They do the best they can. What they lack in skill they make up for in awesomeness. I do agree, though, that the choreo is way too hard for half of them. I usually just watch Hyoyeon when it gets a little mushy.
Anyway, this post has taken over an hour to write so I'm stopping. Once again, I've gone on tangents and rambled, but that's what this is for. :P