Extra! Korea

August 6, 2010

(Updated) New girl group has member in elementary school. Stop the madness!

Filed under: music, rapid cultural change, youth — extrakorea @ 3:17 am

According to K-Bites and AllKpop, a new girl group named GP Basic is set to debut next week. Since you can`t swing a dead cat without hitting a girl group or boy band member these days, what makes this noteworthy?
The youngest member is still in elementary school and the other five are in their second year of middle school/junior high.
Stop the madness! Please, for the love of God, can`t we let kids be kids before throwing them into the meat-grinding corporate gears of the Korean music business?

Edit/Update:

It looks like I’m not the only one who is concerned about the welfare of these young people.

Some believe that dressing prepubescent girls in tight pants and high heels is ethically wrong and should not be attempted.

No sh** Sherlock. And how about this piece of irony?

There is also a problem for GP Basic’s appearance on various music programs, since a handful of them require parental guidance for those under 15. The shows include KBS Music Bank, MBC Show! Music Core, and SBS Inkigayo. If all three shows ban young kids from even viewing the show, how will they be able to perform in the show?

That reminds of when the video for “Change” by Hyun-ah (of the girl group 4Minute) was deemed to be “inappropriate for those under 19 years of age” when she herself was under 19.

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4 Comments »

  1. Good commentary extra korea! Man! Those kids should be in schools, not on TV. Kids should grow something on their minds instead of being worked like dogs. Seriously, Korea is guilty of child labor

    Comment by roxyisferox — August 6, 2010 @ 11:27 am

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