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HYUNA: Why "Too Sexy" Isn't a Problem
I recently wrote about how I'm a little disappointed in Cube Entertainment over Hyuna's new mini album teaser (and to be honest I still am) but now that her new MV is out I have a ton of things to say: Let me start off by saying, I LOVE HYUNA. While I'm not going to say she's a great singer or rapper, you have to admit that she's an incredible performer which at the end of her day is her JOB. She's magnetic, charming, and something about her work is so. damn. catchy. That being said, you can take her singles a few different ways but people tend to either think that she's WAY too sexy or that she's awesome for celebrating female sexuality. So which one am I? Somewhere in the middle... Sure, I have a few issues with her video but overall it seems pretty girl-power to me. There are no men in the video except for Ilhoon who raps about how Hyuna is a queen. She's not rapping about how all the guys want her, she's rapping about how she's the best over everyone - she's not here to impress or please anyone cause she's already at the top. As for how sexy the video is, yeah the choreo is definitely 19+ but it's not too different from a lot of other groups out there - people just expect it more from Hyuna. But no matter how much hip action is going on at the end of the day Hyuna is saying "don't touch me, you can't touch me" and makes it clear that she is proud of herself, not trying to get guys to want to be with her. Again, yes the choreo is a little racy but I'd like to introduce you to Infinite's Hoya: Basically, I think that Hyuna's image is definitely over sexualized but she does it in a way that is empowering not belittling to women. She's celebrating the fact that she's sexy but also that she's a powerful and independent woman. So she's promoting self-confidence, independence, sexual expression, and girl power? Just a side note - If you aren't already a fan, please follow her Instagram so you can see how much of a genuine, lovable goofball she is. Originally I didn't like her just because I formed my opinion of her out of what I saw on stage, but now I know a totally different side of her (granted, I still don't know her personally sooooo) and she's GREAT. She's constantly praising other artists and her backup dancers and she really just lives life to the fullest. YOU GO HYUNA, YOU GO. Check out the video below and let me know what you think :D
~The Cutest Fanboy Encounter~
Hello Lights, B2UTYS and ALICE! For those of you who are unaware, the members of rookie group VICTION are HUGE fans of BEAST/Highlight. They cite the group as the reason they became singers and the group they are most collectively influenced by. Since debut, VICTION has talked about their love of BEAST/Highlight. They have performed BEAST dance covers during fan engagments, been caught singing BEAST and Highlight songs during V live broadcasts, and it is widely known amoung their fans how much they really look up to Doojoon, Hyunseung, Junhyung, Yoseob, Kikwang and Dongwoon. Their fans (known as ALICE) even give the members BEAST-related gifts (especially Heochan as he is the BIGGEST BEAST fanboy of the group). Last November, Doojoon posted in support of VICTION's debut on his personal Instagram. This reportedly was a moment beyond belief for the as-yet-to-debut members of VICTION. Flash forward to March 25th, 2017. VICTION was at the Show Music Core studios in the midst of their comeback promotions for "Eyez Eyez" on the same day that Highlight was performing their Show Music Core Debut Stage for "Plz Don't Be Sad". Shortly before VICTION took the stage, they had the opportunity to meet their idols and the VICTION staff had the piece of mind to film it for a live V app broadcast. What you are about to watch is so incredibly adorable. Can you believe they were more nervous to meet Highlight than they were to debut? Their hearts were racing, their legs weak and they argued over who would be the one in front. As I watched the lead up to their meeting with Highlight, I was nervous for them. You can see the maknae, Subin (baby faced kido with spikey hair) repeatedly hiding behind his members as they waited in the hallway. Seungwoo, their leader (Blonde in the black jacket and red/black plaid) was more than happy to bow out of the leader role for this meeting as the members ALL insisted Heochan (the one holding the Viction album) should be in the front, stating "Today, the spot is specially for you". Of course, our Highlight boys were so the wonderful, sweet and supportive guys us Lights and B2UTYS know them to be. Dongwoon performed magic tricks, Doojoon presented VICTION with a copy of their "Can You Feel It" album and Highlight even agreed to play a soccer game with VICTION should the opportunity present itself. Following this meeting, VICTION was asked about the interaction with their idols during an interview. Here's what they had to say: I seriously... like, my haertu guys! Can you imagine what it must have been like for the VICTION members waiting in that hallway? In April, Dongwoon posted a video message in support of VICTION to Twitter. Dongwoon was asked to name the "Junior group he is most looking forward to?" Dongwoon replied "VICTION" then stated: “I’m most interested these days in APink’s brother group, VICTON. We heard that they are fond of our group, so we’ve grown interested as well. I will cheer on their new album a lot. Please show lots of support for VICTON!” Does this just make your heart melt? I'm so glad that VICTION got to meet their idols and proud of how wonderful our Highlight members are. I hope that these two groups get the opportunity for more interaction in the future. HIGHLIGHT FIGHTING!!! VICTION FIGHTING!!! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE BEAST/HIGHLIGHT COMMUNITY TAGLIST, PLEASE LET US KNOW >>>HERE<<< SO BEAST MOD SQUAD: @Helixx @LemonLassie @MelissaGarza @AimeeH @StephanieDuong @KenyaMendoza @axosrain @sukkyongwanser @awkwardjazzy @KaiLuhan4Ever MELODY MOD SQUAD: @StephanieDuong @LemonLassie @AimeeH @IsoldaPazo @MandyNoona @Bangtanss @MelissaGarza @Helixx ODD SPIRIT MOD SQUAD: @LemonLassie @Helixx @awkwardjazzy @InfinitySky @MelissaGarza @StefaniTre @InfiniteKiss VIXXEN MOD SQUAD: @JiyongLeo @WinKonVIP @AimeeH @turntuptae @AlexisJ15 @awkwardjazzy @adritae @xoxorittie @InfinitySky @ChaErica @CrookedShadow @Helixx CHOCO CONE CREW: Jiji- @JiyongLeo Helixx- @Helixx Mandy- @MandyNoona Stef- @StefaniTre Stephanie- @StephanieDuong Sol- @IsoldaPazo Lemon- @LemonLassie Vinny- @twistedPuppy Aimee- @AimeeH Stephany- @Stephany123 Michelle- @Bangtanss Emily- @ercurrent SAVAGE THUNDER MAFIA: @ashleyemmert @ElleHolley @NasiaWright @Isolate @EliseB @sarabear1021 @Lexxcisco @JessonWang9094 @Nadinerrz @jaiipanda @DianaBell @twistedPuppy @ScarletMermaid @narutobandgeek @KaiLuhan4ever @Helixx @Isabellaelliott @KhrystinaLee @ChubbyDumpling HELLO BITCHES GANG: @ChaErica @Helixx @awkwardjazzy @turntuptae @KwonOfAKind @ercurrent @JiyongLeo @geekywriterabby @bangtanss @roughyenHyuno @briwolfgirl @Jaerinn @AimeeH @AlexisJ15 @OppasManBun @LemonLassie @IsoldaPazo @MelissaGarza @stefaniTre VINGLE FAM: @KwonOfAKind @lovetop @catchyacrayon @BBxGD @WendyNegrete @phxcur93 @PolarStarr @Bangtanss @SkyBlast @mbg3t @PolarStarr B2UTY/LIGHT TAGLIST: @DianaBell @axosrain @Kpopfangirl15 @Starbell808 @KenyaMendoza @ibMIMI @mitchix5 @StarlightV @awkwardjazzy @ChristineO84 @sukkyongwanser @YviLole15 @IsoldaPazo @EliStacy87 @Starbell808 @Kpopfangirl15 @twistedPuppy @HaleyHerbig @alwaysdream @sukkyongwanser @Choijiah @AraceliJimenez @Aijah @StefaniTre @AliceTetsuya @YessicaCardenas @KarenGuerra93 @PolarStarr @OmoKpopLuv @robertakm64 @arielHighlight1 @KaiLuhan4ever @JerannethaBroug @lizochoa @NicoleFireRose @tinafalcon22 @BeeTeeS @stevieq @B2STJYDHDK @SimplyAwkward @FlakiitaB @AlexisJ15 @AraceliJimenez @heidichiesa @stsmarlene
How Sensitive Are You?
Yoseb level? Junhyun level? or Hyunseung level? IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE BEAST COMMUNITY TAGLIST, PLEASE LET US KNOW >>>HERE<<< SO BEAST MOD SQUAD: @LemonLassie @MelissaGarza @AimeeH @StephanieDuong @KenyaMendoza @axosrain @Helixx B2UTY TAGLIST: @DianaBell @axosrain @Kpopfangirl15 @Starbell808 @KenyaMendoza @ibMIMI @mitchix5 @StarlightV @awkwardjazzy @ChristineO84 @Mercedesbenz98 @KatieShiminski @EvilGenius @kandle779 @narutobandgeek @EmilyPeacock @sukkyongwanser @YviLole15 @IsoldaPazo @EliStacy87 @Starbell808 @Kpopfangirl15 @twistedPuppy @HaleyHerbig @alwaysdream @KwonOfAKind @InfinitySky @StarlightV @Choijiah @ sukkyongwanser @AraceliJimenez @KDramaKPop1015 @Aijah @StefaniTre @AliceTetsuya @YessicaCardenas @PolarStarr @mellyortiz @robertakm64 @BEAUTY1MONBEBE2 ODD SPIRIT MOD SQUAD: @LemonLassie @Helixx @PolarStarr @awkwardjazzy @InfinitySky @MelissaGarza @stefaniTre WE ARE ARMY MOD SQUAD: @PolarStarr @LemonLassie @IsoldaPazo @Bangtanss @SkyBlast @Helixx @mbg3t SO BEAST MOD SQUAD: @LemonLassie @MelissaGarza @AimeeH @StephanieDuong @KenyaMendoza @axosrain @Helixx MELODY MOD SQUAD: @LemonLassie @AimeeH @StephanieDuong @IsoldaPazo @MandyNoona @Bangtanss @Helixx @MelissaGarza CHOCO CONE CREW: Jiji- @JiyongLeo Helixx- @Helixx Mandy- @MandyNoona Stef- @StefaniTre Stephanie- @StephanieDuong Sol- @IsoldaPazo Lemon- @LemonLassie Vinny- @twistedPuppy Aime- @AimeeH Stephany- @Stephany123 Michelle- @Bangtanss emily- @ercurrent HELLO BITCHES GANG: @ChaErica @Helixx @awkwardjazzy @turntuptae @KwonOfAKind @ercurrent @JiyongLeo @geekywriterabby @bangtanss @roughyenHyuno @bri.wolfgirl @Jaerinn @AimeeH @JordanShuler @OppasManBun @LemonLassie VINGLE FAM: @SarahVanDorn @ZitaMahoney @KaitlynHewitt @AbbyRamey @NaughTAE @princessunicorn @BrennaTran @SugaOnTop @bbyitskatie @CrookedShadow @ToppDogg @BBxGD @lovetop @Emealia @KpopGaby @ashleyemmert @KeziahWright @twistedPuppy @Ercurrent @JaiiPanda @Sailynn @AmberFranco @sarahdarwish @LocoForJiyong @MadAndrea @SimplyAwkward
Things To Say To Our Idols On Twitter, Instagram, etc.
안녕하세요! So, I've been on Twitter and for the past few days, I've been seeing fans replying to idols' tweets, saying, "F*** me." or "Daddy." I think this is extremely disrespectful to our lovely, hard-working idols. Here are some nice things to say to our idols on Twitter and Instagram. ^^ (This ___ means someone's name goes there! ^^) ___ 사랑해. (I love you, ___.) 화이팅! (Fighting!) ___ 힘내. (“___, I support you." or "___, feel better.”) ___ 힘내고 사랑해. (___, feel better. I love you.) 항상 응원해. (I support you always.) ___, 생일축하해요. (Happy birthday, ___.) 건강하고 행복하세요. 좋은날을지내요. 사랑해요. (Always stay happy and healthy. Have a good day. I love you.) 이런 소문에 휩쓸려 맘아파하지말아요.사실이 아닌걸알아요.우리가 항상 뒤에있을께요. 힘내요, 알았지요? (Please don't let rumors get to you. We know they're fake. We're always here to support you guys. Keep your heads up, okay?) 본인을잘챙겨주세요. 힘들게노력하는것을알고있으니까 많이 걱정하기도하지만 뿌듯해요. 당신이 건강하고 행복할때 우리팬들도 가장행복해요. (Please take care of yourselves, we know you work very hard and this makes us both very proud and worried. Your fans are happiest when you are happy and healthy.) 기쁨가득한날을 보냈으면 좋겠어요. 많이사랑해요. 건강하고 많이쉬세요. (I hope you have a wonderful day full of joy. I love you very much. Stay healthy and rest lots!)
Why Don't Idol Groups Work In America?
In Japan and Korea, idols are a huge deal. The fandoms surrounding idols and idol groups are massive, with a ton of merch, lingo, events, etc surrounding the entertainers. So why isn't that happening in America? The UK tried it out with One Direction and we have a few girl groups like Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, but for the most part the classic pop group ensemble faded away in the early 2000s. Here are a few reasons why it might not work: I'm not saying either opinion is correct - just stating how the general public views celebrities in America vs Korea/Japan. I'm not an expert on either so please share your opinions as well! 1. The Concept of Being An Idol Sure, celebrities in the US know that they are role models, but do they really take this as their job?! In Japan and Korea, a single slip up can mean public humiliation (such as when an AKB48 member had a boyfriend - she had to shave her head as an apology) while in America celebrities insist on their personal rights to do whatever they want. In their opinion, just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you aren't allowed a personal life. They should be able to be in the lime light but also have a lot of personal life that shouldn't be judged by the public, In Japan/Korea, every aspect of an entertainers life is analyzed and people know that is just part of the job. You must be a model citizen at all times and any bad behaviour (whether its on or off camera) is bad for your company, your career, and your fans. 2. Company Loyalty In America, we know the big companies like Warner, Sony, etc, but we rarely pay attention to what label each artist is on. And even if they're on the same label they don't really work together so its hard for fans to be loyal to one company. The closest I think we can get to that is waaay back with Motown Records or more recently the bands that came out on Fueled By Ramen. Smaller hip hop labels still keep this group style too! We could actually see the connection the artists had on those labels and could support the label as well as the artists. Now in Korea, we all know that companies are a big deal. YG Family, JYP, Cube, SM, etc. They do things together like concerts, Christmas songs, etc. We are able to anticipate the company's new project or collaboration. It's easier for the fans to get hyped over multiple groups at once. 3. Pre-Packaged In America, bands are usually put together by the band members. Whether they start in a garage or they put up flyers to find members, it is the band that forms first, then the label that signs them. In Korea and Japan however, we have a TON of trainees all hoping to be perfectly placed in a group. Think of the show Produce! Perfect example of prepackaging :) One Direction is an example of that happening where the boys were somewhat put together by a label, but musical and personality differences got in the way :/ 4. Training Idols train a LOT. Sure, in America entertainers practice, train, get vocal lessons, learn new instruments, get prepped for interviews etc but they are not forced to practice for 12 hours a day. Living in dorms without cell phones or internet, being forced to learn languages, dances, public speaking, etc - its totally normal in the idol world. Because of this, idols should be pretty prepared for anything. I'm not so sure American entertainers would be up for this style of training. Can you think of other reasons why the "idol" style of the music industry doesn't work in America?