Extra! Korea

August 2, 2010

Damn you, Grand Narrative!

Filed under: gender equality, music — extrakorea @ 3:56 am

This might seem like a strange thing to say, considering that I left a complimentary comment under one of his posts.

In a follow-up to this post, I was intending to point out yet another example of how so-called “sexydances” are a staple of Korean variety shows, to the extent that they are evidence of either laziness or a lack of imagination on the part of the staff writers.

But Grand Narrative beat me to it. He basically mentions everything that I intended to, plus a whole lot more. The only thing that I would add is this: When Hyun-ah finished her “sexydance,” she covered her face in embarassment. This might seem strange, considering that she has defended her choice of revealing stage outfits, saying, essentially, that she should be able to wear what she wants. However, I think that it`s not incongruous, because there`s a big difference between performing for one`s fans, out of choice, and having your arm twisted to do a “sexydance” for pervy, middle-aged, B-list celebrities.

While we`re on the subject … I`ve always wondered why Hyun-ah`s video for “Change” was deemed inappropriate for those under 19 years of age* but the same thing was never done to the Brown Eyed Girl`s “Abracadabra”? Watch the two videos below. Are the hip-thrusting movements really that different?

* Since she herself was under 19 at the time, that meant that she would have been too young to watch her own video!

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