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[OP-ED] Why fans feel angered when Korean idols 'change'
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[OP-ED] Why fans feel angered when Korean idols 'change'

Change. Let's think about it for a moment. There is a lot of negative connotation behind the word. Who hasn't run across the phrase "They've changed" in forums and comments more than once? K-Pop fans hate when idols suddenly change or grow into something they didn't ask for.

But what makes change so bad - especially when it comes to a K-Pop idol? Well, it has been easily dissected into what makes fans so furious and how we can overcome the pain of change - without bashing or hating on any idol in particular.

Fans believe they have found the German version of Somi
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Fans believe they have found the German version of Somi

Somis doppelganger seems to have been found on the other side of the world.

19-year-old German school student Irene (Eileen) has taken the K-Pop world by surprise due to her resemblance to Jeon Somi. The teenager appeared on YTN NEWS where she was interviewed for her presentation on the Korean language and her love for the language. Her brief appearance on the news became a hot topic of discussion online, with many agreeing that Irene (Eileen) and Somi were extremely similar in appearance.

Korean and international fans in disagreement over celebrities manner hands
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Korean and international fans in disagreement over celebrities manner hands

These photos of male Korean celebrities have been causing mixed reactions between Korean and international fans.

Photos of these manner hands have been circulating the internet, causing international fans to be disappointed and Korean fans to be frustrated with international fans. However, this is purely due to the differences in culture between international and Korean fans.

Korea is a country that puts high importance in respect, politeness, and tradition, which is where the gesture called manner hands stems from. Western fans, however, view these gestures as hover hands. Hover hands are known to represent awkwardness, and men generally dont do hover hands with women if theyre comfortable around them.

Korean news reports on K-Pop fans buying insane amounts of CDs
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Korean news reports on K-Pop fans buying insane amounts of CDs

Korean news reporters found out why idol fans in Korea have been buying multiple copies of the same albums.

Some fans, mostly middle and high school students, had even purchased up to 50 copies of the same album, amounting to a total of ₩800,000 KRW (approximately $714 USD).

Fans explained that they purchased multiple copies for various reasons. For example, some groups released the same album with different covers, and fans felt the need to purchase all of them.

Another reason why fans buy multiple copies is so that they can be entered into the raffle system for their favorite groups fan signing events.

Netizen Detectives Found Shirtless Photos Of The Korean Presidents Bodyguard
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Netizen Detectives Found Shirtless Photos Of The Korean Presidents Bodyguard

The Korean presidents bodyguard has been capturing everyones hearts with his handsome face, but netizens have just found shirtless pictures of him and no ones complaining.

South Koreas progressive new president, Moon Jae In, was recently sworn in, but it seems like all the Internet can do is talk about his handsome bodyguard, Choi Young Jae.

Pictures of Choi Young Jaes chiseled looks quickly went viral and its certainly not hard to see why. Netizen detectives quickly went to work to find more about Young Jae and have unearthed some pretty steamy photos.