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im not sure if people here know but the reason superm are being shaded is because they had quite a bit of controversy when their first album came out due to the 60+ merch bundles they were selling just to get on billboard, which is obviously ridiculous. i fully believe thats what armys are clowning moreso than halsey, but i do hope some of them are shooting for her too.
uhh i mean sure, if we completely ignore the fact that kpop as a concept exists and was created primarily as a soft power export for korea and is actually meant to gain recognition in the rest of the world. like, its arguably their main and most successful export? it wasnt created solely for koreans and its not marketed solely to them either. thats kind of exactly what the hallyu wave is. and besides, a majority of koreans think kpop is watered-down garbage that doesnt appeal to them in the slightest, with notable exceptions of course. kpop isnt "doing well" in korea - not long term or sustainably in a capitalist sense, at least. it has to grow and expand to remain profitable and popular. i do agree that american validation means nothing and shouldnt be the ultimate goal, though.
'sustainability' isnt a valid excuse for having shitty quality album/photobook/pcs when you: a) made the photobook bigger, more expensive, and more difficult/costly to ship b) included the same unnecessary plastic bits and bobs you do every single time instead of cutting down on that waste c) gave your other group a high quality, glossy, spiral bound, gorgeous album and photobook not even half a year ago d) produced the paper in china amidst a virus outbreak bc its cheaper for you to exploit labour than pay factory workers fairly e) chose the shittest quality paper for what happens to be the darkest and most inconvenient concept to print on newspaper - especially when higher quality options more suited for the job, and which would actually justify the price increase, exist @ bighit admit you dont give a shit about the environment or sustainability and are just cutting corners with army bc you know theyll buy and hype anything involving bts while also bullying anyone who dares disagree into silence and go
the fans have been contacting bighit for a while now about making the albums more environmentally friendly, i just dont think they expected that to mean a pizza box sized collection of shitty quality posters for double the price. but also no, no official confirmation that it was done because fans asked for it.
i mean not liking the girl is one thing, contacting her or her parents privately and asking her to stop is one thing, hell even sending a cease and desist privately would be fine. but putting a 14 year old who doesnt have a fraction of your power or fanbase publicly on blast for your millions of rabid fans to bully and attack is not okay no matter how you spin it. she knows exactly how her fans react, shes even bitched about how they treat her, let alone a nameless teen whose feelings they couldnt give less of a crap about. she knew what she did by throwing shade.
idk man, who goes to someones show just to antagonize them? like this aint standup comedy night, she came to promote her shit and youre presumably there because you want to hear it. if you wasted your time and money to get to her gig just to yell her ex's name in her face, whether you believe the abuse and cheating allegations or not, youre no better than her for snapping at you. no need to defend or justify her actions but lets not act like shes the only asshole in the situation. just my opinion. also spitting anything on anyone is just gross and unsanitary.
people do oftentimes use humor to deal with and compartmentalize abuse and traumatic experiences but i honestly dont even see how this was supposed to be a joke in the first place, straight up comes off as a threat. especially knowing that he was already married and had a child by the time she made that comment. what a disgusting thing to say.
i wont argue with anything else because tbh i dont disagree but theyve been basing their concepts on art, literature and mythology since like 2015 so i dont think this is anything new or contrived necessarily, but it definitely has and will benefit them as far as being taken as more 'serious artists' by the west and i dont doubt they know this. thats why the BU is still being dragged out and gets more and more nonsensical by the day.
im going off of what jaclyn glenn and her two friends who were also close to eugenia said, theyre also the people who got her admitted when she was at her worst while her mom refused to do anything at all. so thats technically three people. i cant speak to the credibility of jaclyns friends but i trust her. heres the video if youre interested in hearing their side: The Return of Eugenia Cooney - The Real Truth
idk having a chauffeur drive and pick up your adult child from the already rare outings you barely allow her on and not allowing her to see a doctor for years and telling her youll have a heart attack if she dares disobey you and seek help for her life-threatening disorder sounds controlling as fuck to me. and this is just off the top of my head that we know of, lord knows what we havent been told.
its a relatively big point of pride in (some? most?) asian cultures to be able to eat well and eat a lot and still keep a trim figure. companies built off of that to create a personality trait for idols that fans could easily latch onto and relate to and give them a little more branding/recognition. not only does this flanderize idols, but as you point out its most commonly used to excuse valid concerns of mistreatment or disordered behavior. its messed up.
honestly i think she can insert herself into whatever drama she pleases at this point because thats just what she does constantly and steph and nick kinda invited that when they made their disagreement into a mutual public smearing campaign. however i think its kinda rich of her to be calling other people fake, psychopathic and manipulative given her history. she might be right but shes not the right person to be saying it at all. if it was someone more credible it would be taken differently for sure. i died at her stephanie impressions tho so accurate
oh this is slowly but surely changing, on twitter at least. she poked the hornets nest one too many times, and will most likely be labeled a clout chaser by the fandom if she keeps trying to milk bts this blatantly lol in fact, i dont remember the last time i saw her being mentioned by armys without the grammys hissy fit, looking up her own name to fight people, kissing minors, the asian "jokes" etc. being brought up as well
maybe this is just me being cynical but this is the standard "this wasnt my best performance but i always want to improve. i will work hard to show you a better side of me in the future because youre my fans and you deserve it blah blah blah" humble idol spiel that literally all of them parrot all the time with slight variations... i wouldnt base her actual feelings on the performance on that
if they mean in general... the other day i read through her guru gossip thread dated 2017-2018 and the most i could find is her being pretty materialistic and unaware of her privilege, kinda airheaded, loving to brag about her promiscuous teenage years, making juvenile vulgar jokes, and her fiance being her atm machine/doormat. obviously all kinda annoying and shitty but nothing nearly comparable to online bullying, emotional manipulation, invading someones privacy, throwing your friends under the bus to save your ass, feeling entitled to sex bc you paid for a meal, threatening to expose people bc they canceled a collab etc.
i completely agree that feeling weird about the age gap is valid, but honestly until momo herself voices or shows any kind of discomfort with the relationship theres really no justifiable reason to be throwing around accusations of predatory behavior. at most we can hope her family and friends are on the lookout for any questionable behavior and willing to step in if it is ever necessary, and beyond that wish the couple luck, happiness and a healthy relationship. everything else is stepping over several lines we as fans and casual followers have no business stepping over, especially with such limited information on the nature of the relationship.