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Monday, October 19, 2020

Foreign media focuses on the dark reality of K-Pop's training period in Black Pink's Netflix documentary

Article: The 'uncomfortable truth behind K-Pop as seen in Black Pink Netflix documentary

Source: Kyunghyang News via Naver

1. [+144, -4] I find it unfortunate that the media thinks the documentary is a "glamorization of their brutal training". There are a variety of different jobs in the world and often for the ones who get to the top of those jobs, a brutal training period naturally comes with it. Especially for those in the sports or arts, a brutal training period is a must for success in those fields. Ice princesss Kim Yuna, E-Sports athlete Faker, basketball emperor Jordan. None of them were forced to sweat blood and tears for their training, they did it voluntarily. It's unfair to call the documentary a glamorization of that effort.

2. [+67, -5] What is the New York  Times saying? How can they just assume that YG is making billions off of Black Pink like they're some corporate drones? Why are they acting like Black Pink are just slaves with no say, who are being worked for free? Black Pink are making a ton of money and will be able to afford buildings of their own once they retire, so what's this load of crap? There's nothing hypocritical about the system. Black Pink were the chosen ones.

3. [+50, -1] You have to suffer to achieve what they have. Do you expect people to just sit around and wait to hit jackpot with a lotto? Black Pink is earning what's deserving of their efforts. They wanted to work hard to get here.

4. [+48, -2] This is the uncomfortable truth. Then do you want to hear the comfortable truth? Go ask the world yourself if such a fairytale exists in the world. The truth is never a sweet piece of candy that kids love. It's a bitter piece of dark chocolate. I think that we as a people need to understand those achievements come with pain, and it's not always the sweet fairytale we expect.

5. [+37, -5] People are making issues out of nothing

6. [+13, -0] What's so uncomfortable about the documentary? We all live likes that. Ever since elementary school, kids are sent to cram school to compete in a cut throat society. Why make it sound like Black Pink is in a sad situation? I feel like the foreign media is always holding a biased view about K-Pop so it's time that Korean media counteracts it with positive reviews. I hope that Black Pink and all the other young artists of our country are spending their days with no regrets. Korea fighting.

7. [+9, -0] Success in any field requires that much effort, sacrifice, and loss. It's a fact of life. How can the New York Times criticize our society for that? What about their own society? Isn't it filled with Americans who can't even read subtitles, led by a present who says the things Trump says? And is it necessary to call Black Pink 'products'? They're performing art. If Black Pink is a product, then what in the world isn't a product? Effort is the mother of success, and that's a philosophy that can be applied anywhere in the world. 

8. [+8, -0] I don't think it's fair to view this negatively. These people recognized that they had a talent and put in the best effort there is to earn their achievements. Do you all think Olympic stars don't put in any effort for their achievements?



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