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bingo_a: (6)
 Fooinally finished Beast Showtime.  Definitely made me laugh more than any other Kpop reality show and I kinda like Yoseob and Gikwang now, though with slight reservations bc Idk who had to do with what when it comes to HS getting kicked out.  Various observations herein.  But first, LMAO @ the subber of the last two shows.  Literally had an explosion of butthurt when they were in the karaoke thing and Yoseob was mocking a Seo Taiji song.  Like, dude, sub the damn video, don't put in your whiny opinions.  I think Seo Taiji is the Korean Yoshiki and completely overrated with his bad Korn-copy music of the early 00s so I was actually cracking up at Yoseob's headbanger act.  

The other thing, that end bit where they were making fun of HS made me all D;  Like, wow this is the first time we've seen him be smart.  Idk Idk, I don't want to get all up in analysis like a bunch of dumb fans like to do for all these people.  But there was a marked difference in his behavior in 2015 after his solo.  Like he completely stopped caring about the other members or what they said to him.

Anyway, no news on the HS comeback front.  Le sigh.  I just hope after Pentagon stops promoting that Cube will say something.  People are gonna be real mad if they announce plans for Hyuna and CLC but not HS.

You what's funny, before I got into Kpop and just observed it from the sidelines, I used to think there was like a scandal a day, but now I realize it's honestly mostly nothing except Ifans making a fuss about nothing.  I understand now too why Kfans hate Ifans.  Just over the last weekend there was Omona posting about so-called whitewashing of idols.  See these people's agenda could not be more clear.  They want Asians to fit under their neat little POC umbrella, but it becomes kinda hard and ridiculous when they find out that there are plenty of East Asians that are lighter in skin tone than the average northern European, which I mean, don't get me started on SJW stupidity, but let's be real here.  The thing is, the source post had all the reasonable comments with people saying how many of these idols they've met in person and that yes, a lot of them are very pale and in fact, were probably chosen even because of their pale skin tone.

And honestly, who cares what fansites do to their pictures?  Eventually you'll see them in some kind of casual video context and easily see what their skintone is.  It's obvious to me, for example, that Edawn is very pale and so is Suga from BTS.  People in the comments confirmed seeing both in person and that both were easily the palest in their groups.

What's actually funny to me though, in these people's constant anti-European rhetoric is that if you observe fandom, you'll see that the member who goes blond in a comeback often gets the most attention.  I remember when I first got into GOT7 and Mark was blond for awhile, everyone was swooning over him.  MOst recently though, Youngjae went blond and people were all over him with "slay" and "flawless" comments.  I saw it again recently with another group that I can't remember right now.

Then from there, we have Kai doing the dreads with Exo, which unrelated, but lol he is not hot.  I see so many comments about how he's literally the hottest male idol in Kpop right now and I'm like huh?  I don't see it at all.  His looks are completely average to me.  But most noticeable is the lack of dragging he got for the dreads vs Jackson.  Which sort of adds to my theory that I think people couldn't wait to drag Jackson for something ever since his shipping comments. But since most of civilized KPop fandom frowns on shipping, they had to leave that alone until something else came up.
bingo_a: (11)
 Since everyone's talking about Hyunseung and Cube and where is Trouble Maker and all that crap, I have to put my two cents down.  I've been watching all this for awhile, obviously lol.  Tbh, before Shinhwa's Return, the whole TM thing is kinda what made me peep into Kpop a little more bc I was so surprised they'd have a co-ed group.  I didn't know anything about Beast or Hyuna.  Anyway.  Hyunseung has obviously always been a little weird, for lack of a better word (lmao maybe understatement of the century Idk), but it was pretty obvious that his attitude around Beast starting in mid to late 2015 had kinda gone downhill.  They barely paid attention to him and he looked like he'd rather be anywhere else.

/musical interlude

I know Kpop fans are delulu to the max and want to 100% believe every time their idol says oh we're not dating, or i'm not dating, plus their love of ridiculous gay ships, but the fact is, your idol bbs are lying to you bc they don't want to be stalked or their gfs attacked or lose popularity with their rabid delulu fans who think they're gonna marry 'em someday.  But I digress.

/end interlude

SO!  MY theory is that his attitude and the reason that Trouble Maker will never come back as him + Hyuna is bc those two were together and that was the year they broke up.  Obviously I have no /proof/ proof, but there's a few little clues that seem really obvious to me.  First of all, the way Hyunseung acted in later 2015 through 2016 was very much like a guy who's been dumped (I knew a guy who acted almost exactly like that after a breakup).  Moody, irritated, not caring about his appearance or anything else really.  Doing sort of extreme things, staying out of the public eye.  Maybe he couldn't deal with that and being an idol at the same time, who knows.

To me, it was pretty extremely obvious that they were together through most of Trouble Maker.  At the very least, you can contrast how Hyuna acts with the two Pentagon guys.  Not even CLOSE to the same level of touching and comfort as she was clearly enjoying with Hyunseung lol.  Unless those two were literally the best actors in the world (v.doubtful), they were absolutely fucking.  There were so many clues too, the way she looked at him all the damn time for one thing.  The choreo, that Now dance practice could not have been more obvious, HS's extremely obvious boner at the Mamas in what, 2012 or smth, plus the entire choreo of THAT performance.  Like, that's just a few examples.

THEN, what actually even started me down this ~conspiracy~ path was when I watched a recent Weekly Idol where Triple H appeared.  Did you see how shook Hyuna was when they played Trouble Maker?  Like, she literally froze, deer in the headlights style.  And you can't even say it was too old.  Because Bubble Pop came out in 2011 and she did that one just fine.  Not only did she not care to remember the Trouble Maker dances, but her response when the hosts asked her about it.  She basically brushed it off like, what's Trouble Maker?  I'm Triple H now.  Who does that unless they have some major hmmm negative feelings towards the other part of the unit.  Like, it was only four years ago lady.

Also, Trouble Maker was wildly popular in spite of the haters.  Would Cube seriously just let it go after two albums unless there were some serious problems between the members?  Honestly, the most maddening thing about it is that they should have shielded HS in some way from the repercussions of his behavior.  Obviously he was having a hard time and that's kind of their job to protect him.  They really half-assed it.  They said he had permission to miss things, then they said there was no way he was leaving and then oop he's leaving.

Idk what in the holy heck they're doing with him now.  Like, why did they even bother resigning him if they weren't going to give him a chance to do music how he wants to do it.  Instead floating around all this 3-member Beast nonsense and giving literally no information about his comeback.  I mean, yes, they could be quietly recording, but where's the promotion?  It's like, other than desperate Hyunseung fans (like yours truly), who's gonna even know?

Ugh, this is a long-ass blog, I'll stop now lol.
bingo_a: (10)
 Holy crap there are even more rumored comebacks in July than I thought.  I also thought the UP10TION album was coming out in July, but apparently it was today lol.  But I see VAV, Halo, Hyunseung, Boyfriend, JJCC (wtf have they even been), MVP, Hotshot, VICTON, 7 o'clock and allegedly Infinite.  Not to mention the Japanese albums from Junho and Taemin.  Also KARD, whom I will probably finally check out if they FINALLY release an album.  See what all the fuss is about.  Obviously I'm most excited about Hyunseung, but also super nervous since there's still no news.  Cube makes me so mad.

By contrast, August looks a lot less interesting, but that's just probably bc nothing's announced yet.  Though who's even left to make a comeback at that point except GOT7 lol.  Oh Hyuna, I bet.  Maybe BTOB, VIXX and BAP again.  NU'EST was probably supposed to comeback then, but who knows with that BS going on with one of their members.  Ahh I found out today though what situation where Omona will actually blame the girl in a scandal.  Apparently if it involves TOP, then it's absolutely the girl's fault that he smoked marijuana or whatever.  Rme srsly.  I try not to be an actual hater of artists, I hate on fans, but honestly, everyone in that group annoys me so much that it's really hard to resist.  The other group and its members I can't stand is DBSK, but not quite to the same extent.

Actually, I think half my problem with TOP in particular is I've known sooooo many people who swoon over him and I'm like, what eww, why.

Lol but speaking of old Kpop, I saw someone getting salty on Twitter saying that "new" fans were trying to rewrite Kpop history by calling DBSK and Big Bang flops or whatever.  And it's like, ok, first, you must be old, bc "flop" is thrown around like "flawless".  And second, I HATE this idea in any music fandom that we have to appreciate the previous generation of artists or whatever. Um, no.  I only got into Kpop around 2012ish because the sound had changed.  Previously, when a lot of my friends were into it, starting from Idk 2007 on, I thought it was awful and cheesy and full of fucking ballads.  They even had ballad groups ffs.  I much prefer the new style.  I love the new style in fact, whereas I hated the old one and I refuse to appreciate it bc it sucked.

There was the same attitude in VK fandom about bands like X Japan.  They also suck and will never not suck and I will never appreciate them for anything except copying American hair metal.  So bye.
bingo_a: (8)
 I've been wanting to try Seventeen and SF9 for awhile, but then I got far too addicted to Pentagon.  I did finally try them out.  Apparently Seventeen is super popular?  How come I never see anyone talk about them?  They're good, but I like SF9 more actually.  Speaking of things I mean to try, I've had Ravi's solos for probably a month and keep forgetting to listen to them lol.  I'm sorta tempted to give DAY6 a chance too bc of how hilarious their second vocal/guitar is on Twitter.  Like, he seems legitimately weird.  But I just have a really hard time with these idol rock bands?  Idk why, since some of them make nice music, but I feel like if I'm gonna listen to rock I want to listen to "real" rock bands.  I know this viewpoint totally offends the fuck out of people but Idrc lol

Anyway, amg, peeping at Hyunseung haters after the news of his fanmeeting and solo came out.  Like???  To me, if people are legitimately haters of his, they're the real whiny bitches.  Idc if you're a fan or how you feel about them, but these idols are people too and you are NOT entitled to any kind of specific behavior from them.  They're not perfect and they're gonna fuck up and who knows why Hyunseung was acting that way and maybe he really didn't want to be in B2ST anymore, Idgaf. It's his prerogative frankly.  What I really love though is when they try to go in on the person's talent.  Like, fine hate on his attitude or whatever, but don't pretend the dude doesn't know how to sing or is a mediocre dancer.  

That's my favorite thing about Hyunseung specifically is when these salty bitches try to say that Hyuna was Troublemaker.  Like, really tho?  Because I saw their LIVE lives and she sucked, to say the very least.  HS can sing and further, he can sing live.  It's a good thing they didn't get another weak af male vocalist to partner her or that would have been truly awful.  It's not even that I dislike Hyuna, bc I do like her, but her talent is mediocre.  Even in Triple H, when they were live, the strength of her vocals compared to Edawn and Hui was so far below theirs it was laughable.  Let's admit that her main draw is her looks bc her dancing isn't much to write home about either.

I remember this one video where HS and her switched parts after a music show and HS very competently did her part. Ok, who am I kidding, it was hoawesome.  She barely got through two lines of his and then started laughing, probs bc it was sucking.

Hahah this is turning into a "things I hate about Kpop fans" blog.  But I have no problem with that bc there are a LOT. 8D
bingo_a: (6)
 I don't understand the hype over NCT 127 at ALL. I guess this is why SM antis hate SM stans so much bc they really are ridiculous.  I'm not so much an SM anti, I can't be since I like Taemin, SHINee and NCT 127 (yes I like them, but I also think they're overrated), but I definitely don't like the company either based on what they did to the Chinese Exo members for example, plus, other than giving most of their idols decent vocal training, what do they do that's so unique?  I don't hear/see anything.  But back to NCT 127.  I can't believe the constant splooge over this group when I see very little that sets them apart from any other group with three minis to their name.  The new one, Cherry Bomb, was probably their best so far, though the title track was boring af.  Video was also boring af.  Rn, they would get my vote as the top most overrated new Kpop group.

Anyway, Jongup finally started his promotions and amg that first stage was super hot.  Not much new from Pentagon yet.  I've watched I think two perfs of their new song, but it could have been the same one aired by different networks I'm not sure lol.  I need more bc I love that choreo sfm.  YesAsia finally has all my Pentagon stuff in too so hopefully it will ship soon ahahah.  Fingers super crossed that I get Edawn in any member specific crap. Was trying to figure out where this addiction lies on my Kpop addiction scale. I'm not sure, but I think it's trending towards pretty epic. Probably second only to GOT7.  

Dragged myself away from Kpop on YT last night to watch the new Lookout eps.  Show is flawfree.  Kim Young Kwang is so perfect in this role, his expressions are so sinister.  Plus I love how he goes from annoying ditz to ruthless guy bent on revenge.  I haven't caught up with Mask at all.  Who knows when/if I will.

Warriors won the Finals a few days ago.  People who think sports are rigged are really amusing.  Short of some vast amazing conspiracy, it's a lot less possible than you think.  THere's a lot of freaking variables, especially in baseball, but honestly, in every sport.  To imagine that people are playacting it takes a mighty big stretch of the imagination.  And people who think this have no evidence except for what, coaches having military backgrounds?  Like, what?  You don't think that might help in managing large groups of alpha males and concocting strategies? Nah.

Now, do I think there's some attempt at fixing going on in certain games? Absolutely.  Nothing is ever as pure as you want it to be. Nothing.