14 thoughts on “Why do I like Korean Music?

  1. Taking a page from Adam, are they? 😀 (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Quite to the contrary. When we saw one of those male stripper shows in Las Vegas a few years ago, I was disappointed that there was no faux (or real) making out between dancers.)

    1. Heh… it’s the BEST part about Korean concerts. You never know when two hot men barely dressed in just their jeans and sweat will begin to make out.

      1. That kind of amazes me, because I keep hearing that Korea is still pretty homophobic. There used to be clips on youtube of “Life is Beautiful”, the storyline about the two guys in love, and I read that that show was a huge deal in Korea, that some group of women (Concerned Women of Korea? ;P) was outraged and ready to sue the producers if any of their sons turned out gay “because of the show”. So really, KPOP guys can make out in concert with no repercussions?

      2. Treasure

        I have to admit I thought Korea was still homophobic as well. And if you look of the websites for these groups, like Super Junior, at least the ones that are in english or have a korean to english translation, all of these guys are straight. But then if you look at the american/canadian music, there are very few current openly gay artisits, and some genres of music have virtually none. Yes Rob Halford, Adam Lambert and Michael Stipe I know you’re there. But realistically Adam Lambert who is more pop than rock, is the only one I can think of that came out before he had an album let alone a hit album. Elton John, George Michael, et al came out after they had multiple hits.

    2. Yes, Korea’s mainstream society is quite homophobic. The suicide rate in South Korea is QUITE high. A leading cause of death for certain age groups. What these young men do is called skinship or fan service, which is an acceptable practice for performing.

      It’s pretty much selling a fantasy.

      Most Korean men show affection to one another. The sexes are quite separated socially, They mingle but men usually have a large group of male friends…and MAYBE a friend who is a female. There’s not so much mixed sex groupings that go out socially there, unlike western societies.

      The Asian mindset treats performers differently. What is being shown to you is a “persona” created by the company and really does not reflect the real person. It’s rare that you are afforded a “peek” into a performer’s actual life. Also, fans of performers really do get invested in their lives, sometimes dangerously so. Relationships with members of the opposite sex are usually kept quite quiet because of the social backlash against the performer’s partner. Some people have even married and divorced without the general public knowing it. It’s a different way of looking at the sexual divide.

      Does homosexuality exist in Korea? Yes, but it’s quite difficult for gay men. There’s been more of an awareness of Korean homosexuals but the societal pressures of continuing the family line, the “sin” of being gay and generally disappointing parents leads to depression and sometimes suicide. There have been more depictions of homosexuals in films there and there are a few openly gay actors/personalities but it is quite rare, and they still aren’t fully accepted.

      1. Treasure

        Well, not really. I love the look the boys have, and I seriously doubt you’ll never see two barely dressed guys even pretending to make out at a heavy metal/hard rock concert, Although, M. Shadows and Synyster Gates? On stage? half naked and sweaty? hmmmmm ***** I’m sorry where was I?

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