4 Minute ‘What’s Your name?’: Vibrant, Unique, Yet Cluttered

*Outfits/Style: This would the most vivid, vibrant, funky and wild looks 4 Minute has ever pulled off so far. Especially the Jackson Pollock-ish paint splashed patterns in their shirts perfectly matched the electro popping sound and powerful beat. And very short shorts and half-cut fishnet stockings (although Korean net users seem not taking that well) worked quite well together with the lyrics that would have taken place in a clubbing scene.

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Why Korean Net Users Hate T-ARA So Much? Part 1

There is no reason in hating someone, but people always come up with a list of rational explanations reasoning their strong emotion. Popular girl group, T-ARA has become one of the most hated girl groups in South Korean online where there is an inundation of photos of T-ARA’s bullying and even a bit unflattering gif of them dancing which people love to jeer at. This unexplainable hatred against T-ARA can also be a very bad news for international fans who seem to care less about the bullying case. Since South Korea is their home base after all, their performance and profitability in the country are a major factor in deciding their future activity and eventually, their longevity as a idol group.

1) Member’s Bullying (which I will explain in the part 2 of the post)

2) Agency Headed by Notoriously Problematic Chairman. 

Show biz-savvy folks remember the Core Entertainment (T-ARA’s agency) as the “one ruled by Kim Kwang-soo”, a notoriously problematic showbiz mogul who has numerous allegations and scandals against him. There is a very long list of talents names [ko] who have been either fall from fame after they have been re-constructed by Kim or wound up in various scandals– especially the ugly one involving contract issues (i.e. Seeya)

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Dispatch, the Owner of K-Pop Pandora’s Box

A relatively new entertainment news outlet, Dispatch, has become K-pop stars’ biggest nightmare.

If you have been obsessively following K-pop news for a while, you must have caught the name “Dispatch” at least once or twice. If not, it is an indication that either 1)there is a serious language barrier that you rely heavily on second-source sites which are busy copy-pasting and translating one or two articles exposed in the portal news sites) or 2) you are not that interested in K-pop, since there is no way, no way at all that you may have missed all these huge scandals involving these big names.

-Starting Weird Tradition of “Airport Fashion Photos”

Stars’ Nightmare, Unexpected Santa for K-pop Celeb Voyeur

Siding with Paparazzi? Lawsuit, Lawsuits, Many Lawsuits. 

There has been quite a controversy going on around Jae-joong’s case as it got murkier as some idol stars revealed via talk shows that how creepy (actually much more than what people usually call creepy), anti-social and sociopathic the Sasaeng fans are: they hire a cab for the entire day to follow their stars (which often result in a car accident), hack into their cell phone to monitor their phone calls, and of course hack their email/social network accounts, even to the point their behaviors can clearly be understood as organized crime (link to local article [ko]): they install security cameras in front of the stars’ house and GPS in their cars, and share information together. (There is even a Wiki page on how crazy these girls (mostly teenage girls) are, though I am not sure whether they should let them use the word ‘fans’)

Using Sasaeng Fans as Their Source?

Dispatch got hold of Jaejoong’s audio files by contacting one of these Sasaeng fans[…]

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Why Korean Soap Opera Sucks, Yet Popular_Part 1

This would be the best joke I’ve ever seen made about South Korean soap opera:

American Soap : Doctors cure disease, Lawyers handle legal stuff, Detectives catch criminals
Japanese Soap: Doctors give life lessons, Lawyers give life lessons, Detectives give life lessons
Korean Soap: Doctors in romantic love, Lawyers in romantic love, Detectives in romantic love

Mushy-gooey romance, tackiest and cheesiest lines delivered by beautiful young faces- are the essence of network TV soap opera. There is nothing wrong with it, though it surely opens up discussion if it is the only thing soap opera is about– which happens to a majority of Korean soap opera. Not only everything comes down to romance, but the route to the romance is nothing but identical. To cover up for formulaic plots and poorly written scripts, they depend more heavily on emotion.

1) Emotional. Emotional. Just Too Emotional.

2) Idol Stars and Degradation

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