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Friday, September 18, 2020

Korean American YouTuber Sophia Chang shares racist incident at restaurant

Article: Korean American told to "go back to Wuhan"

Source: MBC via Naver

1. [+105, -8] I don't want such discrimination happening to gyopos. So ignorant...

2. [+77, -6] I mean, why do they assume all Asians are Chinese? That's so narrow-minded, especially coming from an American in a country that has not only spread the virus further and wider but even refused to take personal preventative measures. Why should Koreans have to be treated like we're Chinese? Even Koreans have stopped assuming that all white people are Americans 30 years ago. There are so many Asians living in the States, from Koreans to Japanese to Taiwanese to Thai to Vietnamese... Let's please not normalize treating all Asians like they're Chinese.

3. [+34, -6] He's crazy. America better return all the masks and sanitizers we sent over. People like him don't deserve it.

4. [+4, -1] People act like Asians are such an easy target. Discriminated against by both black and white people. They fight racism against each other but then act like racism against Asians is totally normal.

5. [+2, -0] Did she not tell him that she's Korean?

6. [+1, -0] You end up like this guy if you don't educate yourself, doesn't matter how rich you are

7. [+1, -0] Where's her mask??? And did they tell him that they're Korean American?? That they're not Chinese?

8. [+1, -0] Well she's not wearing a mask, no wonder the American criticized her. Even the white guy is wearing a mask.

9. [+1, -0] K-Drama, K-Pop worked so hard to bring up Asia's image in the west but China is fostering anti-Asian sentiment around the world. I think we really need to show that China has a different culture from ours and differentiate ourselves from them. It's unfair that we have to suffer because of China.

10. [+1, -0] So annoying that Koreans have to deal with this because of Wuhan. Eastern Asians look the same too so it's not like we can expect them to differentiate whether we're Korean, Chinese, or Japanese.


BTS secures future tourism in Seoul with Everland promo

Article: "There's a reason to visit Everland now" BTS dances

Source: Money Today via Naver

1. [+387, -30] They filmed this in the early morning so I'm sure they practiced proper preventative measures. Once the pandemic is over, I hope to take a picture in front of all these places BTS was at. Very cool, and keep working hard at the promos.

2. [+182, -13] I wish people would stop projecting their own agendas onto the group, they're just kids who are hard workers and singers.

3. [+156, -35] I have no problem with granting BTS an army exemption. They've done more for the country than any gold medalist.

4. [+109, -2] There would've been so much tourism coming in thanks to BTS if not for the pandemic. Too bad it had to get in the way of that.

5. [+26, -1] Just wish politicians would stop using them for their own agendas

6. [+15, -2] So grateful to BTS. Our country will become famous once again thanks to them. Everland isn't a place I've been to since I was in high school but I guess I'll have to check it out again with my friends.

7. [+12, -1] BTS can do so many more great things for our country than they can in the army. I wish people would stop sticking to outdated rules and really think about this. 

8. [+12, -2] I personally think they're just in deserving an exemption. Imagine the loss while they're away serving. I know that they'll gladly go but.. just look at the influence they have worldwide. I know people think it's unfair to compare them to Olympic gold medalists but do you think anyone even remembers our athletes' names or the country they represent? BTS has the bigger influence worldwide... I don't even remember who won in the last World Cup... This group is already as big as the Beatles right now;

9. [+8, -0] BTS also models for Korean companies too. They're all Korean - from Hyundai to Samsung.

10. [+6, -0] Samsung and BTS are this country's pride

11. [+7, -2] But imagine if BTS was stationed in Dokdo... they'd be more influential serving in the army then

12. [+5, -0] So upsetting that we're in these times when BTS is doing so much to promote our country. I'm still proud of news like this and I hope they continue the effort.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Netflix receives backlash for 'Cuties' movie

Article: Netflix movie 'Cuties' under controversy... subscription cancellations increase

Source: Asia Economy via Naver

1. [+1,583, -114] Then what about teen idols? Our idols also shake their behinds in stage outfits too.

2. [+815, -45] Doesn't this apply to Korean girl groups too?

3. [+373, -7] There needs to be a law that makes it so that only legal adults can become idols. I have no idea what the industry is doing to such young kids...

4. [+57, -4] So many Cho Doo Soons in the making in the comments here

5. [+49, -1] To all of you who don't find this problematic, I dare you to put your daughters out dressed like that to dance in front of strangers too

6. [+38, -4] I'm against teen idols too! They need to make it a law that you have to be 20 and over to become one. Ban all teen idols from TV shows and ban short skirts and high heels. We need to protect our own children too.

7. [+20, -0] I'm not that into PC culture but this movie is definitely problematic. The kids in the movie are 11 years old and they dance in very erotic and sexual ways. 

8. [+20, -0] Planting images like this can lead to scary things

9. [+10, -0] Honestly, this movie's really perverted

10. [+10, -0] For those of you who haven't watched it, the movie features female children 'twerking' in extremely revealing outfits to the point where the close ups of their behinds fill the screen. At least Korean idols are covered up where they need to be and wear shorts underneath their outfits. Korean idols are nothing compared to what's featured in 'Cuties'.


Big Hit is making big moves in the IT industry

Article: [Exclusive] Big Hit is sweeping up all the IT labor... "their competitor isn't SM but Naver"

Source: Hankyung via Naver

Article talks about how Big Hit has hired over 100 IT professionals in the past year, including several senior and veteran names. Their aim is to create an online performance platform and create more IT-based content.

1. [+243, -3] Since BTS is hitting a wall with the army enlistments coming up, it seems like their management is going to expand into the gaming and IT industry

2. [+188, -9] Well, there's no guarantee that Big Hit will still be this big in 10 years, but I think this is a better business plan than what Yang Hyun Suk did with YG with all his gambling and drugs. Big Hit will be up there in no time once they get listed.

3. [+194, -41] This is something that YG could've never thought of. Big Hit is putting their Seoul University network to good use.

- YG had a merger with Kangwon Land

- I think it just shows that Big Hit doesn't have the confidence to train and debut an entire new group, while the big 3 can

- That's true, how can you possibly create another BTS?

4. [+92, -35] It's not like Big Hit has any other successful group besides BTS. The rest are utter flops... I guess Big Hit will become a gaming company once BTS goes to the army?

5. [+30, -11] Sounds like they're trying to make a game... with the BTS characters and all. Who would play that other than their fans? I wouldn't, and it'd be embarrassing to be caught playing it.

6. [+11, -0] These employees will quit and sell all their stocks once they get listed ㅋㅋㅋ

7. [+10, -0] I think the media is blowing this up to be bigger than it is ㅋ Big Hit is obviously seeing limitations in the entertainment industry so they're trying to warm up to the IT industry but it's not like they have as much merit as Kakao. There's too many risks involved. 

8. [+9, -0] I think it's a smart way to expand the company. YG is too focused with opening clubs, bars, and restaurants.

9. [+10, -2] I just hope Big Hit isn't being too greedy

10. [+5, -2] I have a bad feeling about this

11. [+4, -1] Are they feeling the heat with Naver investing in SM and working together? Just because they hired some IT talents doesn't make them an IT company ㅋㅋㅋ

12. [+2, -0] Big Hit will be going up against Naver~ I remember Naver used to ignore all articles about BTS and only put out articles about SM..


Girl group Fanatics' agency apologizes for inappropriate demand to member

Article: Girl group agency issues apology "Are you a babo, why are you covering your legs?"

Source: Chosun Media via Naver

1. [+316, -15] There was something weird about the video even before that. The camera angle kept going down towards their legs and you could tell that there was more skin being shown but that the members were purposely not covering back up. Looks like it was an actual order from their agency, tsk tsk. This is just wrong, especially since the group has a minor, right? It seems like they're trying to aim for fame through skin exposure like this but that hasn't worked in a very long time. Please don't force this on the poor members.

2. [+53, -6] Just showing skin doesn't automatically equal sexy. There are a lot of sexy women who exude that feeling without showing skin. Their agency is trash. Instead of focusing on improving their singing and dancing, they're focusing on showing as much skin as possible. When it's forced like this, fans won't enjoy it, and neither will their parents.

3. [+49, -21] To all of you comments saying that an idol's job is to show skin, what are you even talking about? People have always said idols should be able to sing and dance well. What's up with the ajusshis in the comments?

4. [+10, -1] I felt really bad when she moved her jacket

5. [+3, -0] I heard it was actually their CEO who said that ㅋㅋㅋㅋ how insane

6. [+3, -0] Are people curious to see what their underwear looks like or something? You guys know you can go buy that at the store, right? Singers should be focused on earning fame through their singing, not their bodies.

7. [+3, -0] That's just how the celebrity industry works. Get attention as a rookie for showing some skin, then go rally with the feminists after you get famous.

8. [+2, -0] If their agency is like that with the cameras rolling, imagine how much worse they are when the cameras are off