Article: Former Sugar member Ayumi "Life as a Korean idol was like being in the army"
Source: TV Report via Nate
"For the first year, we had to wake up at 5 am, run 30 laps around the park, do jump ropes, and then go to school. It was all for dieting. We were all at an age where we would gain weight easily so they didn't give us things to eat. We had to eat crackers to endure the hunger. Once I was so hungry I picked up ginko leaves and fried it with salt. We lived like soldiers. Dating was strictly prohibited, although we still did that anyway."
1. [+1,002, -69] It's because the system is the way it is that Korean idols are recognized all over the world ㅋㅋ compared to the laughable skills of Japanese idols ㅋㅋㅋ seriously ㅋㅋ I looked them up on YouTube once and it was f*cking hilarious ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
2. [+879, -67] Have you even been to the army to make that comparison???
3. [+775, -52] And you've served in the army to know?
4. [+49, -1] If you were hungry as a Korean idol, then why were you so chubby back then? I always assumed you were chubby because you ate well. Please stop talking about how hard your past was. You chose to throw your Korean popularity away to promote in Japan. Stop talking crap bout Korea over there, got it?
5. [+41, -2] Aigoo ㅋㅋ if not for the strict system, do you think you'd have any semblance of a career in Japan right now?
6. [+33, -4] So? Did someone force you to be a celebrity?
7. [+22, -3] Please don't make the comparison to serving in the army... Being an idol was your voluntary choice and you get the opportunity of success and wealth at the end of it. Serving in the army is not a choice, it's a sacrifice, and there is no benefit at the end of it ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
8. [+17, -1] Then reset your entire Korean career and start over in Japan as a no name
9. [+17, -0] It's because of the strict Korean idol system that Korean idols are so synchronized with their dancing. Japanese idols are about the same skill level as our elementary school talent shows. I really don't want to see concepts like Japan's in Korea.
10. [+12, -0] And that's why Japanese idols are at the same level as a school talent show.. ㅋ