Oh My Lady And Lovers Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

Oh My Lady And Lovers Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

Oh My Lady And Enthusiasts defendant Of Cultural Appropriationvikimiki July 19, 2016 0 Oh My Girl And Fans Accused Of Cultural Appropriation If youve heard Oh My Ladiesfresh single, Windy Day, you might havespotted some South Asian musical parts to it. Some netizens are protesting the habit of Oh My Girl contributors and their fans all over the Windy Days promotions, accusing them of cultural appropriation. The complaintisn't limited to Oh My Girl and their fandom, as fellow girl staff FIESTAR has also been wear blast for referencing Indian culture when speaking about Windy Days.

While neither the dance nor styling for the Windy Day MV contained any notable Indian or South Asian elements, fans picked up at the musical influence, titling Oh My Girl as curry-dols and their dance as the Aladdin dance (despite the truth that Aladdin is a mythical figure in Center Eastern folklore).

Oh My Girl, picking up on the recognition of the Indian theme, noted that they found the name fitting. During a fan assembly on July 2, they covered a Norazo song called Curry. The problem? The song is a hodgepodge of offensive stereotypes. Whilst Oh My Ladies did away with the brownface as used in the fashioned MV, they kept lyrics corresponding to Its yellow, spicy, and even if IT doesnt smell nice, Taj Mahal, and Shanti shanti, yoga fire! I admire hot curry!

In every other video clip (which has since been removed), Oh My Girls Seunghee was purportedly shown to have imitated Indian other people moves in a funny way, and being edited to wear a faux turban. In some other defunct clip, YooA and Hyojung, after being asked to turn off some makeshift Indian choreography, performed the dance to wonderful cheers.

During a contemporarycommunicate show, FIESTAR professed their admiration for Oh My Girls Windy Day concept, also referencing the curry-dol title.

The result? Some netizens are requesting more cultural awareness, while others accept as true with it to be a non-issue.

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K-Pop Girl-Group Oh My Lady Accused Of Being “Racist” After Arguable Comeback Promotions

K-Pop Girl-Group Oh My Lady Accused Of Being “Racist” After Arguable Comeback Promotions

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterNetizens are in disarray after reacting in a other way to a post accusing Oh My Girl for racist intent in their newest Windy Days promotions.

Recently, Oh My Womanwas oncein the midst of a racism and racist appropriation accusation as they released their tune “Windy Days.” Even ifthe reality that the track contained hints of the usage of South Asian influence, enthusiasts were grew to become off with the style they behaved when asked about the foundationat the back of their music and choreography.

A fan and her post also were given attention after it enumerated the volume of times the participants were called out for behaving inappropriately and exhibiting stereotypical moves when asked about their choreography. It turned into besides pointed out that ever since “Windy Days” was released, the gang has been labelled by way of the fans as “curry-dols” and named their dance “Aladdin dance” after the South Asian impression in their current comeback.

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G-Friend accused of plagiarising Oh My Lady and Apink

G-Friend accused of plagiarising Oh My Lady and Apink

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterG-Friend’s comeback is being plagued with controversy after netizens claim that they their newestthought styling and pictures are plagiarised. 

As the comeback images were gradually released this week, many netizens pointed out how G-Friend’s theory and styling having a look eerily an identical to  fellow rookie lady group, Oh My Girl. It may also be recalled that Oh My Lady used the similar styling and curler blades as their spotlight when they promoted “Liar Liar” a couple of months back.

Another plagiarism accusation also got here to gentle later netizens discovered that one in their teaser images were also way too very similar to that of Apink’s. Even if the accusations can not existreally judged as copied, netizens recognized there was once indeed a resemblance and perhapssimplest copied the a phase of the idea.

With G-Friend being accused of plagiarising Apink and Oh My Girl, the problemadditional allowed others to query if the gang will just continue copying other ideasin position ofgrowing an identity of their own.

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BREAKING JYJ Park Yoo Chun Accused Of Raping Lady In Bathroom

BREAKING JYJ Park Yoo Chun Accused Of Raping Lady In Bathroom

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterOn June 10th JYJs Park Yoochun was once sued beneath the accusation of raping a girl in the toilet of an adult entertainment establishment.

The woman, Lee, who claims to were raped by capacity of Yoochun is a 24 year old waitress who works at an adult entertainment establishment. The particular person that submitted the felony accusation opposed to Yoochun changed into her boyfriend.

Lees boyfriend stated, On the evening of the 3rd, Yoochun came to the status quo every bit a visitor and she was forcefully raped in a relaxation room at the store.

The boyfriend also submitted her undies and garments that she was dressed in at the time as evidence. The police have mentionedthat they're still waiting to listenthe tale from either sides.

Yoochuns aspect accept denied all allegations stating, This is a false one sided accusation this is aimed at monetary gain. His firm official revealed, Even if he suffers spoil to his symbol we dont wish to get interested by such business. I told them (Lees side) that this is the ultimate fourth dimensionIn deficient healthcommunicate to them.

Gangnam police have stated that they're going tofind out about the evidence equipped by Lees facet and the CCTV photossooner than summoning to question Yoochun.

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Smaller K-Pop Lady  Team EX.T Accused Of Blatantly COPYING EXO

Smaller K-Pop Lady Team EX.T Accused Of Blatantly COPYING EXO

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEXO has turn into and so popular in the K-pop industry that many male teamshad been accused of looking toreproduction them in the past. 

However, a feminineteam has been the newest group accused of imitating the SM Entertainment group, with netizens accusing them of copying either the groups call and logo. The woman group, called EX. T, has a name this isreasonablyvery equivalent to EXO, and also has an emblem that many netizens are claiming is too identical to EXOs middle logo.

Find out what Netizens had to mention roughlythis text below!

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255, 3 If we fold the ground of our logo it becomes thatSM is indubitably going to assert some thing daddy SM is so pleased with EXOs logo

216, 1 What the hell is this. I realize the EX yet whats with the T

192, 3 This is identical.do EXO-Ls know about this?

83, 1 This is EXOs heart logo

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Braids, Cornrows and Dreadlocks: The Hairy Side of Cultural Appropriation

Braids, Cornrows and Dreadlocks: The Hairy Side of Cultural Appropriation

20150221_seoulbeats_hair appropriation Braids, Cornrows and Dreadlocks: The Hairy Side of Cultural Appropriation Written by Taylore On February 26, 2015 Amid all the praise and excitement surrounding 4Minutes Crazy, some fans have been throwing around accusations of cultural appropriation in the video. Watch the video, and its easy to see that the accusations ring truefrom the gold chains and the bucket hats to Hyuna and Jiyoons mannerisms as they rap, one can see clearly the influence of hip hop culture and style. As Morgan pointed out in her review of the MV, the style is meant to do nothing but enhance their bad girl image, leaving any cultural importance or significance of hip hop in the dust in favor of flashiness.

Morgan also articulates a common feeling among fans regarding the relationship between K-pop and hip hop; since the two are often so closely tied together, its easy to become desensitized to the appropriation of hip hop culture within K-pop. However, for those who closely identify with hip hop as a culture (especially black fans), this desensitization process is much harder to complete. Its one thing to notice that a culture you arent connected to is being exploited, but its a whole other feeling when the culture being exploited is your own.

Of course, the line between appreciation and exploitation is frustratingly blurry. Although hip hop is a global genre, the music alone isnt enough to convey both its historical and cultural importance. If outsiders to hip hop culture dont make an effort to learn about its roots and significance, chances are that they wont learn by simply listening.

Within the K-hip hop and K-pop scenes, the lack of knowledge about hip hop as a meaningful and complex art form is a bigger problem simply because of the language barrier. Videos with serious messages, such as Kendrick Lamars Swimming Pools, often dont have videos that clearly convey what the lyrics are saying, and without being able to understand the lyrics, it could be easy to see it as just another song promoting the alcohol, drugs and women stereotype that is associated with hip hop.

Even with this complicating factor, there are encouraging moments of Korean artists with an interest in hip hop attempting to educate themselves. BAP leader Bang Yongguk, for example, is known for studying up on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the US Civil Rights Movement. All seven members of BTS took a trip to Los Angeles and spent time around black hip hop artists, including Coolio, who quickly exposed the boys ignorance about the genre they profess to love. The schooling that Coolio inflicts upon BTS in that episode of their show American Hustle Life is indicative of the wider ignorance of idols, and even K-hip hop artists, about hip hop.

No one will deny that its unrealistic to expect every idol, or even every rapper, to research how hip hop was created as an outlet for impoverished black youth to express their themselves artistically. Because hip hop is seen more as a fashion style than a culture, cultural appropriation is basically inevitable. At this point, it is probably more healthy for people to just accept that idol groups will sometimes spontaneously adopt hip hop style to enhance an image, like 4Minute has with Crazy. No one is going to believe that the girls have chosen to convert to a hip hop group, much less that they (or their stylists) have done their homework; its quite unlikely that they thought about how gold chains are worn by rappers to display that they have attained wealth despite systematic racism and widespread poverty among black people in the US. Expecting them to bother learning about the significance of fashion statements is basically futile, but accepting that this kind of appropriation will happen does not mean condoning it.

At the same time, there is one component of 4Minutes hip hop style that I really cannot acceptthe braids that Hyuna and Gayoon show off during the video. For the girls, these braids are just another symbol of their bad girl image, a way to express that they are edgy and urban enough to take on hip hop style from head to toe. Why is this different from wearing gold chains or bucket hats though? Isnt hair simply just another component of an overall fashion style? Perhaps, but hair is also something a lot more permanent than articles of clothing or jewelry. You can completely change your wardrobe, switch from a girly style to a hip hop style, but changing your hair is harder; women of all races spend time using heat tools to change their hair texture, and many use chemicals to achieve a more permanent change. Those with curly hair will understand the struggle that curls pose on a daily basis, and black men and women are most often the ones who have to deal with taming our curls into a manageable form.

Braiding developed long before any type of chemical treatment as a way to help black men and women cope with the burden that curls can pose. Braiding techniques originated long (long long) ago in Africa and have since developed into an art form all on their own. Braids, twists and locs have existed for much longer than hip hop, and these hairstyles are not a symbol of hip hop style at all; the connection is a consequence of the fact that most rappers have been black people, who are also the people who tend to sport cornrows, box braids, locs and other styles. People devote their lives to mastering the methods of braiding hair, giving black people vibrant and unique ways to manage our hair, which not only is often hard to style each day but also receives scorn as being nappy, unkempt or untamed when worn naturally.

The fact that non-black people want to wear braids or locs is a sign that these styles are beautiful, right? We should feel flattered that people want to imitate our hairstyles, shouldnt we? Not exactly. Rather, the evidence points to the fact that braids are considered beautiful only when worn by someone who is not black. Black women and men who wear these styles are often called ghetto and unprofessional. There have been numerous cases of organizations trying to ban braids and other similar styles. Men with locs are called thugs and are excluded from certain activities or jobs for looking unprofessional. Young black girls get suspended from school for having their hair in locs or braids. Even celebrities arent exempt from such criticism.

Strangely enough, this scorn seems to turn to praise when non-black people braid or loc their hair. For some reason, these hairstyles become cool, urban, edgy or some other trendy adjective. The women of 4Minute are called fierce and sexy for wearing their hair braided. Male idols wear cornrows or braids as a way to give off a hip hop image, even if they arent rapping (though in many cases, the results arent very cute). Block BZico wore dreadlocks during promotions for Nilili Mambo in order to enhance the dangerous, dirty scoundrel character he portrayed in the music video, and fans loved it.

The stereotypes that come with these hairstyles turn positive as well since people can separate the person from the hair when it comes to idols. Hyuna and Gayoon might look like bad girls, but we all know they arent really bad in the hip hop sense; no one is going to call them ratchet, make assumptions about their lack of education or automatically label them as sexually promiscuous. When Taeyang or Zico wears traditionally black hairstyles, no one is afraid that they are dangerous thugswe might consider them to have a dangerous or thug look, but most people wouldnt be afraid that Taeyang would rob them. Black men and women, though, are stuck with these negative stereotypes since many people still dont know that wearing locs does not mean you smoke weed nor does sporting cornrows mean you steal cars.

If you consider the drastically different responses to black people with braids and non-black people with braids, it might become a little easier to understand why the appropriation of these hairstyles is a big deal to some people. Black men and women are stuck with hair that is often insulted for being crazy when let loose, and braids are an alternative to changing our hair texture with chemicals or flat irons. Braids are art, and for many black people wearing braids is a lifestyle that involves receiving constant criticism. Our hair is an aspect of our life that we cannot easily change, and it hurts to be constantly looked down upon for a trait that we had literally no role in selecting. Through braids, we rebel against societal prejudices against natural black hair and reject the idea that only straight hair is beautiful. If you have straight hair, you will not be helping the cause by sporting cornrows or forcing your hair into locs.

People who speak out about this issue are not simply trying to find something to complain about. We are not jealous that the K-pop stars with these hairstyles look better than we do (which is not even the case most of the time). We are simply upset that we are called derogatory names and discriminated against for something that others with different complexions receive heaps of praise for. I am all for cultural exchange but only when it is done on equal terms. This sort of cultural appropriation, though, is not something I can just excuse without calling out. Until young black girls can go to school with cornrows and not be called ghetto like I was, I simply dont want to see idols, no matter how much I love them, sporting these styles.

(BraidingFreedom.com, TheRoot.com, NPR, The Army Times, Black Enterprise, FashionBomb Daily, Refinery29, Images via Cube Entertainment, US Army, and YG Entertainment)


 Cunning Single Lady Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers

Cunning Single Lady Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers

 “Cunning Single Lady” Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers The new MBC drama Cunning Single Lady is a fun and modern drama about love and revenge. The drama portrays the relationship between divorced lovers when they meet again after three years of no contact. The ex-husband Jung Woo (Joo Sang-Wook) is now a top business man and multimillionaire, and the ex-wife Na Ae Ra (Lee Min-Jung) lived clueless of her ex-husband’s success for three years. The drama follows the complex relationship between the ex-lovers after their fateful reunion at the police station. The show gives us a good perspective on the serious topic of divorce while also making us laugh.

*Disclaimer: the article was written by kpop1stop, and the views and opinions below do not reflect Soompi’s views or opinion.

 “Cunning Single Lady” Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers

In the first episodes, we are introduced to the main character Na Ae Ra, a divorced woman who has a dysfunctional family. Her character is strong willed, and she was once married the CEO character Jung Woo. The beginning love between Jung Woo and Na Ae Ra seemed to be genuine. The two first met at Na Ae Ra’s family restaurant where a young, shy and goofy looking Jung Woo would frequent. At the urging of her mother, Na Ae Ra seduces Jung Woo with an elaborate plan. Since Jung Woo is good at computers, she purposely breaks her brother’s computer and gives it to Jung Woo. She offers him 10 restaurant coupons for fixing the computer so that he would come more often to see her. This is how their love story begins. The two get married and enjoy the first hundred days of their wedding, but something occurs on the 100 day anniversary that will shake up the whole marriage.

To celebrate their 100 day anniversary, Jung Woo and Na Ae Ra have dinner at a fancy restaurant. It is here that Jung Woo reveals to his wife that he had resigned from his job earlier that day to pursue his start up business idea. His resignation leads to financial problems for the couple and Ae Ra begins to work demeaning jobs to support them. After four years of no progress in her husband’s start-up, the emotionally and physically tired Na Ae Ra eventually gets fed up and kicks Jung Woo out onto the street on a cold winter night. She eventually files for divorce and tells Jung Woo to get out of her life. Financial distress is the main cause of their divorce. It’s hard to decide who is right in this divorce because on one hand they promised to be there for each other, but on the other hand Na Ae Ra had put up with his struggle for four years, and he didn’t succeed.

The drama then follows the ex-lovers three years after they divorced, and we learn about their past marriage life through flashback scenes. The change in setting between past and present makes the drama more dynamic and exciting. Each flashback gives us another peek into their intricate marriage. Three years after the divorce, Na Ae Ra is working at a clothing store and living with her best friend. She has lived the past three years unaware of her ex-husband’s big success with his start up company. She eventually learns about her husband’s riches through a friend.

After having a bad date, Ae Ra goes out drinking at a cart bar, where she gets into a fight over people talking about her divorce with Jung Woo. She goes to the police station for the fight, and that’s when her best friend calls the CEO Jung Woo. Her friend realizes that Jung Woo is the only person who can clear her name in this fight. Jung Woo picks up the phone and states that he doesn’t know who Na Ae Ra is. This is a sign of his closed feelings for ex-wife. However, the fact that the best friend called Jung Woo’s old number shows that Jung Woo didn’t change his number for three years. He had been waiting for Na Ae Ra to call. Even though Jung Woo said he didn’t know who Na Ae Ra was, he surprisingly showed up to the jail to save Na Ae Ra. As the two meet again at the jail, their gazing eyes showed that they still have feelings for each other.

 “Cunning Single Lady” Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers “Cunning Single Lady” Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers

It’s hard to root for one character in this drama because both sides are understandable. The drama is a war of pride between the two ex-lovers who clearly still have feelings for each other. This is seen when Cha Jong Woo goes to save Ae Ra when she is in jail. When the couple divorced, Ae Ra said, “don’t make alimony an excuse to see me.” That is why Jong Woo didn’t contact her after he got rich.

How will they resolve the issue? Both sides want an apology, but neither side is willing to give one. On one hand you feel for Na Ee Ra because she suffered for four years while supporting her failed husband. But then, you also feel for the husband because they promised they’d be there for each other through the hard times. You can also tell that both sides still love each other, but their pride and bitterness are stopping them from revealing their emotions. It’s fun seeing them fight and try to get the better of each other, when in fact they are just trying to hide the fact that they still love each other. Their conflicting emotions are seen when Jong Woo initially says that he won’t go to the jail to save Ae Ra, but comes to save her anyways. He also says that he hopes he doesn’t see her again, but then sends her a message to talk with each other. Also, Na Ae Ra gets dressed up and has her hair done to look good for the meeting with Jung Woo in hopes of attracting him. However, at the meeting, Jung Woo offers the nicely dressed Na Ae Ra alimony instead.

The last scene of episode two shows Jung Woo and Na Ae Ra having an intense face to face meeting. Jung Woo reminds Ae Ra that it was her who refused the alimony and also said she “Don’t contact me using alimony as an excuse.” Jung Woo walks away with a smile on his face saying to himself that if Ae Ra were to come to him for money it wouldn’t be love. It seems that he is testing her, and if she had accepted the alimony, it would’ve have meant that she didn’t love him and that she just wanted the money.

 “Cunning Single Lady” Is a Fun Love Story of Divorced Ex-Lovers

Other characters we are introduced to in the episodes are Na Ae Ra’s brother who has a failed business in Vietnam, and her who dad wastes all her family’s money. Jung Woo also has a girl business partner, Kook Yeo-Jin(Kim Gyu-Ri), whose mean and violent father invested in Jung Woo’s company. Kook Yeo Jin has a secret crush on Jung Woo and she will probably try to stop any reconciliation between the two ex-lovers. We also learn that Kook Yeo Jin lost her previous lover in an accident. Her free spirit brother Kook Seung-Hyun (Seo Kang-Joon) was tutored by Jung Woo and he doesn’t follow his dad’s strict ways. He had just returned from a trip in Latin America when we meet him. We are also introduced to Na Ae Ra’s talkative and supportive best friend Kang Min-Young (Hwang Bo Ra) .

What should we expect in the next episode? The preview shows Ae Ra putting an application for a job at her ex-husband’s company and also destroying her ex-husband’s car. Below is the preview to episode three.

*kpop1stop hopes to bring exciting Korean Entertainment to your computer screen.


  Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest Aegyo – a concept that runs abundant in K-pop amongst its endless supply of female (and some male) idol groups that attempt to meticulously differentiate from one another, while oozing a sexy and seductive undertone veiled in an image of childlike innocence. It’s no surprise that this image, based on the artist’s perceived purity, is largely relegated to the genre of pop and dance tracks, styles of music that have given K-pop its international reputation. It also shouldn’t come as a shock that such a specifically overused image would seek to expand into other genres of music in order to create greater diversity and differentiation for artists who abide by aegyo conepts. And thus, the inevitable has happened. Aegyo has taken on hip hop.

Hip hop – a genre of music developed by African-Americans that has evolved from an underground movement meant to give voice to the socially oppressed to a worldwide phenomenon that has been mainstreamed into submission. K-pop has been doing its fair share of incorporating hip hop elements into the mainstream. From the fashions sported by Big Bang in its earlier stages, to the mandatory inclusion of at least one rapper into every idol group, and to the female empowerment meets hip hop image that has been set forth by 2NE1, hip hop has been normalized into K-pop to the point where former underground acts have been included into the mainstream (Epik High), management labels are creating idol hip hop groups (Phantom), and young underground rappers can enter the industry by transitioning into idol rappers as part of a rookie group (Bang Yong-guk).

As hip hop becomes more and more popular in K-pop, it’s without question that there will be artists who seek to emulate and adapt it to fit with their specific image and sound, which is perfectly fine because international music is essentially about borrowing from the popular influences of other industries. However, this becomes problematic when certain elements are added simply for the sake of upping an artist’s “cool” factor while its being culturally appropriated in a way that is disrespectful (not to mention laughable) to the original product.

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest We’ve discussed before on this site, K-pop’s disconnect with the authentic culture of hip hop, and the lack of sensitivity shown towards the context from which hip hop originates. Hip hop contains a rich history that goes beyond the musical style and fashion that has become so popular nowadays. To don a bandana on one’s head or a handkerchief around one’s face is a reference to the American ghettos in which hip hop was born and nourished. Similarly, wearing a Native-American headdress is a reference to specific tribes that were obliterated by the genocide of disease and conquest in the historical movement known as Manifest Destiny. These examples tell us that borrowing from another culture merely for the sake of borrowing without any regard to the social and historical context behind what such cultural relics symbolize is downright disrespectful and insensitive to those international audiences who happen to take part in these victimized cultures.

As for the sudden inclusion of hip hop into recent aegyo concepts, I can’t help but feel that this time it’s gone a bit too far. The most blatant example is indeed SNSD’s latest release, “I Got a Boy,” and I will get to that, but it doesn’t start there and it most likely won’t end there either. The process of turning hip hop into a genre of music that fits with the aegyo concept (from here on to be referred to as “aegyo hip hop”) started with the mainstreaming of K-pop’s most popular hip hop group, Epik High.

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest Before skipping to the comments section to complain about how I can possibly associate Epik High with aegyo, please consider the following notion. Epik High is the industry pioneer of mainstream hip hop in that it was the first underground group to achieve significant mainstream success. With its return under the YG label, it’s unarguable that Epik High conveyed an entirely different image, one which is certainly more family friendly. Instead of the emotional artistry that one came to expect with the old Epik High, the new Epik High carries with it a more colorful aesthetic that is meant to appeal to a much broader audience. Look no farther than its performance on MNet’s Asian Music Awards as a reference to exactly how appealing it’s become to different demographics.

Aside from the issue of how much Epik High has changed under YG, it’s important to note that its transformation reflects the public’s growing acceptance of hip hop as a mainstream genre. Such a change is inevitable as we see parallel examples in American hip hop with the likes of Snoop Lion, Ice Cube, and LL Cool J who all tailored their images from gangster rappers to family friendly entertainers as the general public gradually became more accepting of their music and their place in the industry. In comparison, Epik High’s YG transformation represents a familiarizing of the general public to hip hop, showing that the genre can be entertaining and fun for the entire family. While I’m not going to argue that “Don’t Hate Me” was the first instance of aegyo hip hop, the MV is rather striking for how cute it made hip hop seem. Murderous children running around in Halloween costumes doesn’t necessarily fall into the realm of aegyo, but it certainly does break ground in making hip hop something it rarely is – cute.

As for the first true appearance of aegyo hip hop, that honor is bestowed upon HyunA in her most controversial track to date, “Ice Cream.” Some may argue that f(x) were the originators who blended aegyo with hip hop. While it’s true that there are a few hip hop elements in their promoted releases like the use of talk-sing, bass-laden beats, and rap; their music falls more into the category of pop and their aesthetics are definitely…something, but (for the sake of fans of genuine hip hop) I would not dare categorize it as hip hop.

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest On the other hand, it’s much clearer that “Ice Cream” sounds more or less like a hip hop track with a hip hop concept. It’s no coincidence that HyunA sports a sideways cap, bandana, and beanie while showing off her tattoos and bling in the midst of what seems to be a warped block party burdened by an ice cream truck decked out in graffiti. Furthermore, make no mistake that there is a specific brand of aegyo on display. HyunA’s aegyo is surely more sexified than others, but it’s undeniable that she is going for a cutesy image that is meant to override her blatant sexuality. The exaggerated sound effects and reactions in the intro scene with Psy, the huge ring on her finger, her wearing a Mickey Mouse hat, and her high pitch rap are just a few of the aegyo signifiers which are meant to blend in with the sexy confidence that is generally associated with the hip hop image.

Moving on to the rookie group Glam, who after hinting at a hip hop concept in their debut, go hip hop heavy with a powerful beat, hip hop aesthetics, and accompanying choreography with their latest release, “I Like That.” Again, there is the necessary bandana, beanie, backwards cap, display of bling, and graffiti in the background to indicate a hip hop image, this time combined with break dancing and an assortment of hip hop choreography (did I see a crip walk and dougie?). The aegyo is supplied by the wide eyed expressions and the overall childish behavior of the girls in the horror-themed alternate reality sequence. The aegyo isn’t overflowing but it’s unmistakably present and intertwined with the hip hop elements.

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest Furthermore, there is a reference to popular culture that is noticeably apparent in each of the MVs mentioned above. Epik High went overboard in bringing a boatload of movie villains to life in “Don’t Hate Me,” including several villains from The Dark Knight film franchise. “Ice Cream” mentions Batman in one of the protestors’ signs. Glam also plays the pop culture card by referencing The Simpsons (Homer’s drink of choice, Duff Beer), Freddy Kreuger (his claws coded in bling), and of course, Batman (his symbol is seen on a t-shirt, long sleeve, and sweater). It seems that it’s become a trend to deploy pop culture references in MVs (also see AOA’s “Get Out”), and its inclusion in aegyo hip hop is further evidence of an attempt to make hip hop more friendly and acceptable to a general audience.

Finally, we arrive at the ladies of the moment, the group whose long awaited return resulted in a fashion and musical overhaul. As mentioned by Gaya in her review of “I Got a Boy,” SNSD’s venture into hip hop was a poorly misguided attempt at progressing the group’s image and music. We are treated to the same aegyo of yesteryear, but this time it’s packaged with colorful and oxymoronic hip hop aesthetics glazed over a schizophrenic song which at times feel like hardcore hip hop with heavy rap verses and in others feel like standard electro pop fare. As expected, the girls don sideways caps, bandanas, and beanies, with just a hint of graffiti in the background. Adding to their repertoire, the ladies sport vintage sneakers, stunner shades, a golf cap, and athletic apparel while integrating a loose hip sway and even some booty shaking into their choreography for extra swag points.

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest Despite the heavy foray into pulling off a hip hop concept, the aegyo for which the group has popularized over the years is nonetheless ever the more present. From the sleepover setting with again the cartoonish sound effects, to the girls’ bewildered reactions in their interactions with the boy (which is hilariously pointed out in Dana’s analysis of the song’s teaser), and of course an endless barrage of signature aegyo poses, it’s quite apparent that SNSD has yet to move away from its original cutesy image. The hip hop concept is simply a façade designed to trick audiences into thinking that SNSD has matured when in reality all it’s done is borrow the same elements as those before them (Batman references included), throw in a few additional items, and plainly layer over its aegyo interior with a tougher exterior (most exemplified by the censored words on Seohyun’s cap, “Welcome MotherF*ckers”).

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest

Now for the reason as to why aegyo hip hop has led me to this elongated rant. Aegyo and hip hop is contradictory by definition because aegyo implies an unquestioned submissiveness whereas hip hop brings with it a history of resistance. The combination of the two creates a messy product which benefits the importing culture at the expense of shunning the exporting one. K-pop has shown that it can care less about victimizing other cultures as long as the resulting product provides the industry with a selling point. The industry has shown time and again that it can care less about polarizing foreign cultures through its insensitive representations of African-Americans, Native-Americans, Indians, and Caucasians. Unfortunately for K-pop’s diverse international fandom, there is simply not enough collective resistance to bring an end to this. With the adaptation of aegyo hip hop by none other than the industry’s leading girl group, expect others to follow suit. After all, SNSD did usher in a wave of New Jack Swing with their previous release, “The Boys.”

Aegyo Hip Hop: Cultural Appropriation at Its Messiest Aegyo’s encounter with hip hop has not only been messy, but it’s been detestable. As mentioned before, there are certain hip hop elements that just aren’t supposed to be transferred outside of their cultural context. The music and the artistry of hip hop is fair game, but the aesthetics which particularly belong to African-American culture aren’t meant to be freely transmitted to other cultures, especially to one which doesn’t share a similar history of oppression! In order to rock a cap with a do-rag or display a tattoo located under one’s eye, artists must understand the origins and cultural significance behind such a fashion statement and present these elements carefully and appropriately in their work. To senselessly apply these fashion choices to an image which neglects hip hop’s cultural context and applies them in such a contradictory manner is highly distasteful and the most criminal form of cultural appropriation.

Am I not the only one who finds this latest form of cultural appropriation a bit unnerving? What are our readers’ thoughts on this trend of aegyo hip hop? Is it here to stay? Leave your comments and opinions below!

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  K-pop and Cultural Appropriation: “Cool” Culture

K-pop and Cultural Appropriation: “Cool” Culture

K-pop and Cultural Appropriation: Cool Culture Cultural appropriation is the idea of one culture borrowing an element of another culture and making it part of their own. K-pop artists, just like all other forms of art, borrow ideas from just about everywhere. This is part of what makes K-pop international.

The growing impact of the Internet and globalization has led to US rap and hip-hop music becoming more prevalent in K-pop music. However, because hip-hop is largely viewed as the creative vision of African-Americans, some fans of hip-hop feel as if Korea is taking an important part of Black culture by incorporating hip-hop into K-pop music. Both rap and hip-hop are defining aspects of Black culture, and appropriating it into K-pop almost takes away meaning from the creativity of Black culture.

The growing rap and hip-hop movements purpose was the provide an outlet as a result of the discrimination and oppression felt by the Black community. Today, it serves to convey a confidence and attitude in K-pop groups. Oftentimes, a K-pop groups sense of fashion or their concept is found to be inspired by hip-hop culture. The ever popular boy-band, Big Bang, is a prime examplewhen they debuted, they were noted for their forward fashion sense, incorporating hip-hop into their style. Netizens even coined the term, Big Bang Fashion, to describe Big Bangs hip-hop image.

One could argue also argue that K-pop is simply trying to appeal to an audience. Just like the way K-pop lyrics incorporate English lyrics to reach a more international audience, perhaps taking on a cool, hip-hop image and sound is an attempt to sell and appeal to those who are fans of hip-hop culture.

Similarly, SHINee borrowed from Native American culture with their concept for Lucifer. While this isnt the first time Native American culture has been appropriated, typically appropriation is not considered racist unless its being done by a culture with privilege. Therefore, when White people reappropriate the profile of a Native American chief as their mascot, its racist. And even though South Koreans in Korea dont necessarily have more privilege than Native Americans, part of me still felt that Minho wearing a Native American head dress wasnt very appropriate (no pun intended).

K-pop and Cultural Appropriation: Cool Culture

The appropriation of culture in K-pop raises questions about the borrowing of culture. No one owns hip-hopits just a genre of music considered part of youth culture. So at what point is it stealing and when is it a creative musical outlet? Native American culture is beautiful and inspirationalisnt nice to see K-pop embracing other cultures?

Typically, cultural appropriation has a negative connotation, but sharing cultures is usually a positive experience. However, when one group claims an element of culture as their own, its definitely crossing that line. The problem is that when K-pop cannot fully embrace hip-hop or Native American culture as part of their own culture, they cant truly understand the deeper meaning behind it, thus, it gets stripped of its cultural importance.

What are your thoughts about K-pop and cultural appropriation? Is it stealing? Or is imitation the best form of flattery?

(images via: SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, Core Contents Media)

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Watch: SHINee’s Onew Treats Lovers To His Crying Acting Whilst Receiving “Scene Stealer” Award

Watch: SHINee’s Onew Treats Lovers To His Crying Acting Whilst Receiving “Scene Stealer” Award

Watch: SHINees Onew Treats Enthusiasts To His Crying Acting Whilst Receiving Scene Stealer Awardehk38 July 19, 2016 0 Watch: SHINees Onew Treats Fans To His Crying Acting While Receiving Scene Stealer Award At the 2nd one Scene Stealer Festival, which came about on July 19 at the Jangchung Gym in Seoul, SHINees Onew and Park Hye Sun were venerated equally this years scene stealers, an award given to actors who have made a lasting affect with their acting regardless of being relative newcomers.

Onew was once honored for his acting in Descendants of the Sun, and Shin Hye Sun for her paintings in drama Five Youngsters and the pass A Violent Prosecutor.

During his acceptance speech, Onew shared from his heart, I havent been doing this for a while. I'mnearly 10 years into my debut, yet youve most effectivenoticed me as an actor in Descendants of the Sun.'

He continues, I consider ane am here receiving this award as a result of the those that supported and pulled me along.

I cried a complete lot in Descendants of the Sun, so I wish todisplay yous a crying scene, Onew says. I am getting ready it now, as tears smartly up in his eyes and he startsrespiring in heavily.

What a candy fan service! Do you revel in Onews acting in Descendants of the Sun?

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