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Malicious Rumors Force Sulli’s Hiatus

I apologize for not blogging for a while, but I have been sick and unable to do too much moving around. I guess it was from flying, which I had not done in a while. I’m feeling better now, but it seems I’m feeling better when a certain idol is starting to feel worse. f(x)’s Sulli has finally taken enough bashing from those annoying “keyboard warriors” a.k.a netizens and she is going on a company approved hiatus. I’m putting it that way because I need it to be clear that she is not deciding to run away and hide in her room, especially when some people feel she is abandoning her group. The power of words are truly intense and this time showed their power when used in a negative sense. However, this situation started from last year and some people were even starting to forget it. I guess the end of this year is the time for once forgotten scandals to come back. I hope it ends here, but let’s see how it began.

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Holding hands is something most people believe only couples do, so a male celebrity walking hand-in-hand with a female celebrity definitely causes people to suspect a relationship. It’s not suspicious when two people of the same gender hold hands, but it’s a different story when it’s a male and a female. At least that’s what some Korean culture videos state.

[Source: Soompi.com] Link: http://tinyurl.com/lba95tl

The photo above shows Sulli (left) and Choiza walking in a vacant alley on what was described by TV Report as a “morning date”. The time they stated the date took place was 10AM, which is pretty early to meet up with someone. That alone does not make me think they are in a relationship, but it would fit the profile of two people secretly dating. That early in the morning and the location are good choices for people who feel they would not be discovered together. However, celebrities should know better and the “sibling-like relationship” story does not sell well either. Netizens, with all their free time, immediately started looking for any clues to prove their relationship is real. I don’t recall a time when netizens ever worked hard to disprove a relationship rumor. If they don’t want it to be true, then it seems they just bash the idol they dislike or post mean comments about the relationship in general. Perhaps the netizens who work so hard to prove it act this way because they get to bash after they have their “evidence” or they leave it out there for others to bash, which makes them just as bad.

Disapproval of a celebrity couple generally comes from either a pre-existing pairing of one celebrity in the couple with a different celebrity due to a drama/movie or just general fan preference with a different celebrity. Sometimes it is due to jealousy from fans wishing to be the one with their celebrity crush, but that goes into sasaeng territory. DO NOT ENTER. Some fans just reject the relationship of one of the pair’s looks alone, despite fans having no right to play matchmaker for celebrities. If they want to marry a waitress, taxi driver or a random foreigner, then that is there choice. I went off on a side note there, but it relates to a bigger issue that connects here. SM Entertainment, who are not known for the best excuses, were quoted on the Soompi article as saying “He is only her close oppa-like friend and sunbae. Because they are close they occasionally meet up.” That basically means SM Entertainment is claiming Sulli and Choiza are close friends in the industry, so they meet like friends do. That would be fine, if they weren’t holding hands at 10 in the morning. I thought it was just a case of two very close friends who just messed up thinking they could act this close and not get caught. I still have my doubts, but Sulli and Choiza should have known it is better to be safe than sorry.

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The best thing to do with a dating rumor is to let it burn out naturally. If it is untrue, then just act normally and that will show. If it is true, then just be more careful to hide it or just admit it. People will eventually move on, but things can get chaotic when one of the couple is an idol in a popular girl group. That case calls for avoiding the topic, until you have a solid plan. Carelessly mentioning the scandal because you can handle it does not help, but MCs can be just as much to blame in that case.

[Source: Koreaboo.com] Link: http://tinyurl.com/nfmvyzs

Rumors are hard to deal with in general and there is no guaranteed way to handle them.  SM Entertainment (SME) is known in the fan community to deny and let a rumor fade away on its own, which is why SME’s confirmation of Tiffany and Taeyeon’s relationships took some people by surprise. It is usually best to admit to dating rumors when they are true because netizens will activate their “Sherlock Holmes” mode and find any evidence they can find. If the couple have had any signs, no matter how subtle, then they should admit to dating because lying only makes fan angry and the situation worse. The problem is when there are strong indications the rumor is true, but both sides continue to deny it. Denying the rumor sees fans bashing the idols because they already decided it was true and fans who defend the idols. Admitting the dating rumor is true usually sees more bashing fans than fans who support them, which includes previous defending fans silencing themselves because they were wrong defending a lie. It might be a lie when both celebrities deny a true relationship, but it is not without a reason. Fans overreact and often negatively to celebrity relationships, especially when at least one idol is involved. Fans blatantly ignore this and go straight to the deception part, which is not fair. They are proving the point of those who decided it was better to deny it. If you are in the entertainment industry, then it is very likely that you have heard the rumors and maybe even know the truth. Most celebrities will not add any unnecessary stress to their lives and stay quiet, but MCs are a bit different. MCs will ask questions about the dating rumors depending on the format of the show. If it is a show like ‘Radio Star’ or ‘War of the Words’, then you should expect it to come up. I’m pretty sure most of us still remember the uncomfortable episode of ‘Radio Star’ when Goo Hara of KARA was pushed to the point of frustration when constantly asked about her break up. MCs know the situation could be uncomfortable for the celebrity in question, but they also know that is what people are interested in now. It’s all about ratings, so they ask what people will listen in to hear. This is where quick wit is helpful.

There are ways to divert attention to a new topic or play down the topic in general. If an MC asks Choiza about Sulli, then Choiza can say he feels bad she is suffering from netizen attacks online and that he hopes everyone supports Sulli in these tough times. That is all and Choiza can finish by saying he does not want to talk about it anymore out of respect for Sulli. That helps fans see he is trying to help lessen the negative attention Sulli is getting and it shows that Choiza respects Sulli. Some MCs will still push for more information on their relationship, but it won’t be as blunt because that finishing statement makes it seem like pushing for more information is disrespectful to Sulli. Diverting attention, especially if an MC pushes for more information, can be done by Choiza standing by the statements both companies made and claiming that is all there is to the situation. A quote like “There is nothing more to this situation and that is all” would do. Any more insisting by the MCs will be met with repetition and producers will eventually signal them to move on. No producer wants to waste precious time on “It’s just as I said the last time”, so this method can work. I mention Choiza talking to MCs because it is mostly him on variety shows now and keeping Sulli away from those shows is best. It is best to keep all f(x) members away from those shows because they will get pressured for information too. “Red Light” will get completely ignored for Sulli’s situation and we don’t want another situation like Goo Hara had before. However, recent accounts of this situation being mentioned by Choiza show he did not take the path I talked about above and this is causing even more problems.

Choiza’s Rep Provides More Detail on Star’s Wallet Containing Photos of Sulli

The situation with Choiza and Sulli came back into the light because Choiza lost his wallet, which contained photos of Sulli in them. These were not just photos a fan would have, but also photobooth photos that show closeness. Someone found the wallet and returned it, but they also saw fit to publish the photos online. That is the story as it appears and surely the person had to know this would cause problems for both sides. Returning the wallet was a good deed, but publishing the photos was definitely underhanded. 

[Source: Soompi.com] Link: http://tinyurl.com/n4s5x3b

Shows like “Yoo Heeyeol’s Sketchbook” and tvN’s “SNL Korea” are not necessarily shows where such a topic would come up and they a guest is not likely to be constantly pressed for information. However, it appears Choiza decided to bring up the situation with Sulli in a light-hearted manner. His thinking was probably along like lines of “If I make the situation seem like it’s no big deal, then people will let it go”. That could not have been more untrue and “humorously” bringing it up only made things worse. His label, Amoeba Culture, had previously stated they had nothing to say about the wallet issue and the overall situation with Sulli. This would have worked well for both sides because Choiza could easily avoid any discussion on the topic by stating he will stand by his label’s decision and Sulli could promote f(x)’s comeback song “Red Light”. This is where some MCs did not help the situation at all.

Both Yoo Heeyeol and Yoo Saeyoon brought up the scandal through various segments of SNL Korea, which eventually saw Choiza giving concerned reactions and even stating on Yoo Saeyoon’s segment “I thought we weren’t going to do this” when the segment was still talking about Choiza’s love line. These reactions seem to have come after the initial fan backlash at Choiza laughing with the issue and receiving gifts like a wallet chain, which show attention is still being given to the scandal. f(x) was promoting “Red Light” and that caused the scandal to lose attention in favor of the long awaited f(x) comeback. However, Choiza appeared on variety shows and this gave MCs only one target to get information from during the time. The wallet chain gift was not Choiza’s idea, so that is more a fault on Yoo Heeyeol who gave the gifts and Choiza eventually said that the entire nation was giving him a hard time with the scandal. This is a reference to the negative netizen attention, but some fans are blaming Choiza for being careless with his wallet and not realizing how much damage the scandal was doing to Sulli from the start. Some people believe the MCs are just doing their jobs and being funny, but I have always believed there is a time and place for everything. The jokes have caused a problem with f(x)’s comeback promotions and Sulli’s involvement with the entertainment industry, so I believe it was better to have not even referenced to the scandal at all.

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When it rains, it pours. The situation has gone from a “rainstorm scandal” to a full fledged “hurricane scandal”. The rumors have gone from as small as dating to as large as pregnancy, which reminds me of the pregnancy rumors IU went through a while back. Sulli’s absence from a “Red Light” performance was explained as an absence due to illness and some netizen decided to make it out to be due to pregnancy. Now we face a situation so bad that it has forced Sulli into a break from the entertainment industry and f(x) into an end to “Red Light” promotions. 

[Source: Koreaboo.com} Link: http://tinyurl.com/op4whx4

Malicious rumors are terrible to deal with and they can often force a celebrity to lay low from the public eye for a while. Some celebrities fight back, but that is usually saved for veteran idols, solo artists and actors/actresses. Idols in groups often keep quiet because their actions affect their group and younger idols might receive backlash for speaking so boldly when they just came into the entertainment industry not long ago. This time the rumors have gone far enough to drive Sulli from the public eye of the entertainment industry and f(x)’s comeback promotion are going with her. SME’s official statement says “Sulli is tired and has been showing pain because of the rumors and hateful comments towards her and said she would like to take a break from her activities.” It was also stated that f(x) would stop “Red Light” promotions, but various members will be going into solo activities. The other members of f(x) were mentioned to be attending the SMTOWN concert in Seoul on August 15th, but it is unclear if Sulli is included in the group. It seems awfully close to have her back for the concert, but we will see what happens between now and then. No action in a scandal is without a netizen reaction and this decision has received some interesting responses. Naturally there are some stupid responses mixed in, but that’s to be expected from the internet. The golden rule of treat others as you would have them treat you is something a lot of netizens don’t seem to understand and negativity continues to spread.

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Netizens can be so cruel, but that’s what happens when mean comments are supported by like minded people and the internet provides anonymity for bullies. Posting malicious rumors usually goes to the Cyber Crime Division, but mean comments alone are not illegal. This means the targeted idol needs to be strong and receive support from those closest to them. This means Sulli needs f(x) and her loyal fans more than ever to get through this scandal.

[Source: Koreaboo.com] Link: http://tinyurl.com/k5seeoy

There is always a mix of supportive and condemning comments on SNS when an idol gets into a scandal. This time is no different, but the supportive comments also have their share of negativity. Some fans are showing their support of Sulli by placing the blame on Choiza by referring to his mentioning of the scandal on shows, which was called reckless. The photo above shows an article on ONSEN, which had that sentiment as it’s top comment. The reported third comment was “What becomes of the other members who prepared so hard”, which refers to the sudden halt to f(x) promotions for “Red Light”. It is true the situation is unfortunate for not only hurting Sulli, but hurting the efforts of f(x) during their long awaited comeback. The following comment was a bit less supportive by saying “I waited one year…”, which only shows a lack of understanding for the situation. I completely understand feeling let down after waiting for your favorite idol group to make a comeback after a year and then being told they have to stop promotions early. That is easy to sympathize with for any Kpop fan, but it also shows said fan is only  concerned with being entertained by the group and lacks concern for their well-being. It should not matter if Sulli is such a fan’s bias or even if said fan doesn’t like her. SME has come to the conclusion  that f(x) stopping their promotions is best to help Sulli recover from this scandal and f(x) is going along with it. The comeback was not cancelled and there are stages of them performing live, so the situation there is not as bad as it could have been. It is definitely unfair that f(x) is being affected in a such a way by this scandal, but this is the situation we are dealing with now. Unsupportive comments only give way to more negativity and such a comment could be viewed by Sulli or any f(x) member, which would not help them feel better at all. They do see these comments, so be careful what you post. (-_-)

Other comments mention how weird SM is lately with scandals and other issues, which is joined by comments stating SM Entertainment should pursue hate comment posters and those who spread malicious rumors. I would like to say they are already doing that, but SME has made no such announcement on that topic to my knowledge. Some people feel they were right about Sulli hiding when SME claimed she was sick and others even begin to question if she wanted to become a celebrity of her own free will. That kind of comment stems from a belief that Sulli is hiding because she can’t handle the negative attention, which such a netizen believes she should be able to handle as a celebrity. This is taking from the double standard for public figures and private citizens, which is not fair. It is true that public figures knowingly open themselves up to more criticism than a private citizen, but that does not mean they should take it in without issue. Idols/celebrities are people who feel and get their feelings hurt like anyone else. Malicious rumors can drive them into depression just like a private citizen, but the difference is they take more on than the average citizen and the double standard gives them few options to respond. I’m fairly certain Sulli would love to tell everyone to stop and leave her alone, but that would not work well for an idol like her. It might be hard, but try to be more understanding when others are going through hard times. It shouldn’t be hard in the first place and netizens have yet to learn this lesson.

The most random and, as I believe, stupid comment was one that stated “T-ara is really great..”. This was met with confused reactions on social media sites and other comments that said such a comment would start a fan war, which was followed by agreements that such a comment was unnecessary.  It was definitely unnecessary and it would start a fan war between “Queens” (T-ara fans) and Aff(x)tions (f(x) fans). That comment is likely a reference to the bullying scandal T-ara had a while back with former member Hwayoung. The comment is likely saying that their scandal is nothing compared to the current scandal that has negatively affected f(x). That is the height of stupidity when it comes to comments concerning this scandal. It is unhelpful and rude, which definitely leads to fan wars online. That is not what is needed now or ever, so such comments should never be posted.

In the end, f(x) has worked hard and I have seen a good amount of support among the members of the group when they need it. I’m sure Sulli is being supported by the rest of f(x), her entertainment industry friends and her family. The fans are a powerful force and they should be supporting her too. No finger pointing at Choiza, MCs or anyone else. No conspiricy theories or anything that spread negativity because it comes back to the scandal with a negative spin on it. Only supportive comments help and leave it at that. Overwhelm SNS  with supportive comments for Sulli and f(x) or don’t say anything at all. Be there for her and leave it at that. I’ve said this before and use this as your motto for this scandal. ‘Just support Sulli or stay quiet’. It’s that simple. Spread the love and keep it that way.

Here is the video where the pictures came from.

Here is “Red Light”, which f(x) worked hard to make for fans.

“Red Light” live and with all five (members)!

What do you think of this scandal?

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Years! [Goodbye 2013 & Hello 2014]

It’s that time of the year again! The end of the year, which has some of the best shows in Kpop. I’m talking about all those award shows and they are so interesting to watch, even if sometimes the camera angles are terrible. This entry’s main purpose is to wish all my viewers/readers/visitors a happy new year. I wish good fortune and health to everyone! Now, I’ll be making entries about a few interesting pieces of news during the beginning of the new year (which starts for me in two hours). Some of these entries will be my impression of the SBS Gayo Daejun this year, Lee Seung Gi and Yoona confirmed as a couple (just came across) and even why Crayon Pop might be a big opponent to Japanese idol groups. I want to end this year on a positive and non-controversial note though, so I’ll save all that for later. I hope everyone looks forward to it and enjoys  

Good health and best wishes  to everyone! Keep enjoying Kpop and all the Hallyu Wave has to offer in 2014 too! ^_^

[Photo Credit: seoulinlovenow.blogspot.com] Link: http://tinyurl.com/kk82oy9

So, I’ll end this entry with some of my favorite videos from 2013! These are moments from this year in the Kpop world that made me laugh or that I enjoyed! Happy New [Hallyu] Year, Everyone! ^_^

1) SNSD’s “I GOT A BOY” was released on the first day of this year and it’s notable because it became very popular to the point it helped SNSD win an award at the YouTube Music Awards (YTMA).

2) Girl’s Day’ “Expectation” was released in March of this year and it’s notable because it took many fans by surprise due to the sudden change in theme for Girl’s Day (which was from cute to sexy). This change carried over to “Female President”(3 months later) and will return again for their new song “Something” in 2014.

3) Lee Hi released her song “Rose” in late March and the song won over many fans, which eventually gained her enough notoriety to have solo stages at shows like the SBS Gayo Daejun this year. Lee Hi is known as the “Monster Rookie” and continues to wow audiences with her mature voice for her young age.

4) International sensation PSY came out with his successive song to “Gangnam Style” and called it “Gentleman” in April. The MV features Ga-in of Brown Eyed Girls and tries to retain that unique charm that got everyone to pay attention to “Gangnam Style”. PSY now reveals he is not completely satisfied with “Gentleman” and he promises to “return to his roots” for his comeback in 2014. One can only guess what kind of new song will come from PSY in 2014.

5) Sub-unit T-ARA N4 released their song “Jeon Won Diary” (based off a drama with a similar name) during late April and found strong support for the group, despite the scandal with Hwayoung going on at the same time. Queens (T-ARA fans) were still strong and managed to pull T-ARA through. The sub-unit brings a more hip-hop vibe to fans, which is an interesting contrast from T-ARA’s usual themes (either cute or sexy, but not too fierce).

6) T-ARA has proven to be a “fighter” by getting through that bullying scandal that came out this year. Basically, people began to suspect T-ARA members of bullying (then-member) Hwayoung through social media (Twitter) and from an instance involving pushing a rice cake into her mouth on a Japanese variety show. I don’t recall all the details, but it was rightfully argued that one cannot know the exact details of what occurred in the group. I do feel tensions existed in the group and it’s only natural with around seven girls having to be together for many hours of the day, in stressful situations and having little outlets to express such stress. I don’t know what happened and I don’t intend to play “Sherlock Holmes” in it either. All I know is T-ARA still has a strong fan base and has even shown remorse for their actions (whether you believe it was necessary or believe it). The topic was even discussed on “Eat Your Kimchi” (EYK), so you can watch Simon and Martina’s take on the situation.

7) Lee Hyori (sometimes called the “Queen of Kpop” made her long awaited comeback in May with her album “Monochrome”. The most noticeable song on the album was “Bad Girls”, which won awards as well. Lee Hyori also got married to guitarist Lee Sang Soon on September 1st of this year, which allowed her to thank him in her acceptance speech at MAMA 2013 (something she’s apparently always wanted to do). “Bad Girls” was even the theme for a collaboration stage she did with CL during the SBS Gayo Daejun this year.

8) CL, rapper of girl group 2NE1, made her solo debut in late May of this year. The song met mixed reviews from everyone, but made a lasting impression as well. Naturally YG-stans, Blackjacks and CLovers (CL fans) supported it and it was generally received well overall. The MV for the song, titled “Baddest Female” (after her moniker) , featured many celebrities from G-Dragon to Japanese DJ and singer Mademoiselle Yulia. This song has also brought CL considerable nonliterary, since she also had half the collaboration stage with Lee Hyori at SBS Gayo Daejun this year (which was dominated by CL’s song).

9) Dal Shabet made a comeback with their song “Be Ambitious” in early June and became noticed for it from the song’s dance move of removing a part of the outfit to flap back and forth like tempting a guy to talk to them, since the song’s purpose was to tell guys to be more ambitious and approach a girl when you see the chance. This message was taken to another level and brought into question by a male rights group called “Man of Korea” by saying it tempted questionable actions by men to women or something like that. The request for an injunction by the rights group fell through and Dal Shabet made it through just fine.

10) Crayon Pop released “Bar Bar Bar” during June as well and it’s the song that helped them catch the eye of the Kpop world. It is not their debut song, but it is like the “Gangnam Style” for their fame. It helped them get noticed in the industry and many eyes have been watching their progression since, which includes some people from industries abroad (like Japan).

11) 2NE1 made their long awaited comeback in July and a song each month, until (around)MAMA 2013 was promised. A month or two was definitely skipped, but it was okay because many songs were released for their comeback. The first one was called “Falling in Love”, which featured reggae beats in it and was a big success with fans. It was to be expected because Blackjacks (2NE1 fans) had been waiting a long time and fans with groups on long hiatuses often rally in large numbers when their idols finally come back (if they waited patiently or at all). The following songs were “Do You Love Me?” (August) and “Missing You” (November).

12) f(x) released their album “The Pink Tape” in late July, which has been reviewed as an immensely popular album (despite not winning “Album of the Year” at MAMA 2013). It was even featured in an article for ranking so high on the Billboard Top 100 list. The album is designed to look like a pink VHS tape and the lead song is “Rum Pum Pum Pum” (July 24).

13) Wa$$up, a rookie hip-hop group, made their debut in early August. This group got a massive amount of attention for being called “twerk-dols” for their announcement to have twerking be involved in their debut song “Wassup” as well as YouTube videos of them dancing. The group ended up making “twerking” a slight part of the performance on stage and have released a few more songs since then. Despite negative reception to “tweking” in Kpop, the group remains strong and will continue into 2014.

14) Lee Sunmi made her comeback in late August with “24 Hours”. The former-Wonder Girls member showed a much more mature and sexy side of her in the MV. Even the performances were powerful, which made some Wonderfuls (Wonder Girls fans) question if Sunmi would replace Sunye in Wonder Girls, but Sunye has renewed her contract and Sohee has left. If she replaces anyone, then it’s Sohee. I doubt Sunmi will return to Wonder Girls though. Even so, she is an excellent solo artist and powerful JYP artist. Her song has even been parodied by PSY, which I’ll let you all decide what you think about it.

15) Many other groups released amazing songs like SPICA with “Tonight” (August 28) and G-Dragon with “Coup D’etat” (September 2), IU released her album “Modern Times” (October 7), Kahi (formerly with After School) released her second mini-album with the song “It’s Me” and T-ARA released their comeback album “Again” with their lead song “Number 9” (October 10), Nine Muses released their comeback album “PRIMA DONNA” with their lead song “Gun” and SHINee released their mini-album “Everybody” with the lead song “Everybody” (October 14), Trouble Maker came back with their album “Chemistry” with the lead song “There is No Tomorrow” (October 28) and many more  . Here are a few clips that I found interesting from this year too. Enjoy your New Year Day everyone! ^_^

Enjoy 2014! ^^

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays To Everyone!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying this season and will enter the new year with joy.  I’m not doing anything big for my Christmas, but I am having a little Kpop party on my own. The theme is “Lonely Christmas”, so you can guess which song I played first and maybe which one I will end with too. No need to be sad if you are alone on Christmas too. There are many ways to have fun and celebrate what you have this time of year. Anyway, I hope everyone is in good health and enjoys the rest of this year. Here’s my Kpop “Lonely Christmas” playlist. Don’t worry because this list is not as depressing as the theme makes it sound. It’s more of a joke theme like Crayon Pop’s “Lonely Christmas”, but it’s also the situation I am in now. Confused yet? It’s okay. Enjoy! ^_^