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Let's Not Forget The Second Leads!
If you watch K-dramas, you've probably experienced the dreaded second lead syndrome at one point or another. Here are 5 second leads I'll never forget. Still not over it, Choi Young Do! 1. Yoon Ji Hoo (Boys Over Flowers) - Let's be real, when has the chivalrous and supportive guy ever gotten the girl in a K-drama? Ji Hoo was there for Jan Di right from the start, but she chose bad boy Jun Pyo instead. Your loss, Jan Di! 2. Eun Gyol (To The Beautiful You) - He's probably the most loyal guy you'll meet. He fell for Jae Hee despite her being a "guy" (that's a whole another K-drama story). Poor Eun Gyol, forever stuck in the friend zone. 3. Choi Young Do (The Heirs) - I don't even know where to begin for this one! He started out as the spoiled rich guy that constantly bothered the girl. Turns out he was just expressing affection in his own weird ways. He eventually turned into a nice guy, but unfortunately, a bit too late! 4. Choi Kang Hyuk (Flower Boy Ramen Shop) - This one made no sense. Kang Hyuk was a light-hearted and caring character that cooked for the girl...who would pass on this guy? Clearly, Eun Bi made the wrong decision by picking the stubborn Chi Soo. 5. Cha Moo Won (Protect the Boss) - Many of you might disagree with me on this one, but I felt Moo Won was a much better choice for Eun Seol than useless and immature Ji Heon. And let's be honest, who'd ever reject Jaejoong? Here's to hoping a second lead gets the girl someday!
MBC Strike: What This Means for Kpop Fans
MBC is finally going on strike which is completely not normal for Korea. As you probably know, the working culture in Korea is insane, especially in the entertainment industry where everyone involved (not just the actors) often work 20-23 hours a day. There have recently been un uptick in suicides by writers and producers because of the immense stress put on them. MBC is also known here in Korea to be under the control of bigger powers, such as the old president who was impeached. Rather than sharing the real news, the anchors were forced to spin stories to be positive for the president and to support her because the owners of the station were being put under pressure by the corrupt government. Basically MBC is just bad news, and the workers are sick of it. As of this week, the workers have all stopped coming to work meaning unless something was previously recorded, there will be no news, no radio, no dramas, no nothing, until they get what they want (way better working conditions and probably a way better CEO) Because of this, it looks like a music festival has been cancelled as well. BTS V and Twice Dahyun were going to host it and its line up would have included BTS, TWICE, Red Velvet, B1A4, BTOB, Teen Top, B.A.P, MAMAMOO, GFRIEND, BLACKPINK, iKON, EXID, NUโ€™EST W, Lovelyz, ASTRO, and PRISTIN. To be honest, I don't really care that this was cancelled, as I'd much rather have thousands of people's lives improved than watch a few groups perform one or two songs each that we've already heard before. I'm sad if this was anyone's one chance to see these groups live (like if they were vacationing to korea) but in the long run I think it will help a lot more people than it will inconvenience. Here's to hoping the working conditions of people behind the shows we love so much improve greatly <3
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