May 17, 2012

The Trivial Matters Gets the Ratings

The months of April and May have been quite controversial for two Korean artists
Though Japan and Korea are related historically and culturally, the anti-Hallyu protests doesn't seem to stop, and instead, the Japanese media whose coverage can be overwhelming, focused itself, more than necessary, on the Korean stars.

Just last month the Japanese cyberworld is putting up a tantrum over Korean idol, Park Ji-yeon's "rude" and “barbaric”table manners that was shown in one of Shin Ramyun's CMs. Apparently self-righteous Japan cannot and would not tolerate a Korean eating from a pot being shown on TV.
"... the video pans to Ji-yeon sitting down to eat her finished meal when suddenly, for reasons unexplained, she removes the lid of the pot with one hand, plunges her chopsticks directly into the pot with the other, lifts up a mass of noodles and plops them down on the overturned lid as if it were a plate before transferring them into her cute little mouth...
Finally, as if to add insult to injury, while sharing her thoughts about the taste with viewers, Ji-yeon grasps her chopsticks firmly in hand and drives them into the cutting board, presumably to keep them aligned before returning for another barbaric bite from her primeval lid-plate."[1]
Fuck utensils, fuck table manners, when you are at home alone cooking noodles and you are hungry, you just want to enjoy the food in any way you want. 
When commercials show impossible results like perfect hair after shampoo, or sexy body after drinking fruit drink, no one complains. But when a girl eats the way most people do in private, everybody roars.

Another event that captured the Asian netizens' attention was when Kara's Goo Hara attended the ’2011 Best Dresser Awards,’ which was held in Japan, November last year....Yeah, so long ago, but with Kanenoi X's May issue, it appears that a sneaky photographer took a 'scandalous' pic of Hara. The said issue showed a close-up of inside of Goo Hara’s skirt as the cover picture.
Unfortunately for Hara, the magazine is said to be known for reporting on celebrities and maliciously release edited and suggestive pictures including Hallyu stars. It is said that the publisher intentionally made the exposed area an enlarged focus, to draw more attention to. As a result, DSP Media is looking into what legal options it may take against the magazine.

ITS ALL JUST A FUCKING THIGH, goodness, people are blind these days

Korean Netizens stated,
“Despite cultural differences, we can’t just stand here and let a neighboring country do such perverse acts,” 
“Girl groups that are performing in Japan need to be careful,” 
“Shouldn’t they be suing the magazine?”
On the other hand, some Netizens are stating, 
“If you promote in Japan, this is something that you have to put up with”
“This kind of thing is something that Japanese celebrities have to go through as well.”[2]

Putting aside hallyu stars, Ninomiya Kazuri was also condemned by some, because of a trivial matter: Smoking
Shuukan Josei loves JE boys that smoke. Last year, they leaked Hey!Say!Jump's Morimoto Ryutaro's underage smoking escapade. That was understandable, him being underage and all. But recently Shuukan Josei sneaked into the location of a still-in-production movie and later released a photo of a smoking Nino, "....which made some fans' feeling toward the singer dubious," said the reporter.[3]

Is this the said photo? But all I could see is a 28 year old smoking man 
Yep, also Nino's going to be 29 next month, and officially 30 next year...So he could have all the cigarettes in the world, because we are not his mother nor was he born to please everyone. Some fans actually felt "dubious" After this was seen? Oh don't be shallow, Just because a man smokes does not mean he's a bad person. [1] [2] [3]

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