Posted on July 31, 2010 at 12:27 am, under asian pop.
This is a fake Music Removed (MR) track for a performance of MBLAQ’s “Y.” Please watch and laugh your ass off.
Easily the best piece of Kpop internet satire ever. The reaction of Koreans to their own popular culture vacillates too starkly between supreme major ass-kissing from public media, unwavering loyalty from fans, to supreme defamation via nasty anonymous comments on the internet and there’s just not enough happy snark from the Korean audience about Korean pop.
More! More! I say a Kara song next. And then maybe a Korean brand of Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert. (How meta would that be?? A Korean Stephen Colbert making fun of American Stephen Colbert making fun of Kpop. Holy shit. I’d be amused for years.)
I’m all about the styling of Han Ga-in’s Moon Jae-in in this one.
The guys are standard suits and chaebol-wear, and everyone looks sharp, but it’s nothing to write home about. Moon Jae-in, on the other hand, I love. I’m not that interested in how the Hong family daughters are dressed because it looks like typical expensive-women wear, and that bores me.
The one winning thing about a good majority of Jae-in’s outfits is that her shoes give her rather girly get-ups a sharper, harder edge. She almost always wear badass biker boots, either with stacked heels or no heels at all. Everything else about her outfits are extremely girly — pastel blouses, slouchy button-downs — but once you look down at her shoes, the feeling completely changes.
I wasn’t going to write about this, but I’ve been reading a lot of discussion in response to the incident, and I just wanted to get into some of the points that have been coming up repeatedly.
Point 1: I don’t understand why this is offensive because I wasn’t taught about this in school, and you can’t expect everyone to know about why this is offensive because Blackface is an American thing.
Blackface doesits roots in the US. It has (hopefully) been ingrained into the American consciousness that painting yourself to look Black (or Asian, or Native American, or Hispanic) is offensive.
But, just because this is a unique to American history doesn’t mean that anyone outside of America or anyone who does not know American history should be exempt from understanding why this is offensive.
The very fact that someone has the luxury of painting some makeup on his/her face in order to be a person of another race, and then gets to perform/entertain/amuse an audience, and then has the luxury to take that face color off means that it is a thing of privilege, appropriation, and disregard for another person’s condition.
Someone else’s race and identity can be used at your disposal without you having to suffer any of the real consequences that are associated with having that skin color. That is not okay. Understanding this does not require a nuanced understanding of American history. These offenses exist independently of the circumstances that gave rise to them, so saying that you’re not aware of how something is offensive because you were never taught about it in school does not fly.