I’ve been gone for a while, I know. It is really time I dusted off this blog, and wouldn’t you know that the thing to root me out of my seclusion would be a VIXX comeback?
Sadly, it isn’t the one I was hoping for.
This is not to say “Chained Up” is bad. But it doesn’t live up to the extremely high bar that VIXX have set for themselves. If anything, “Chained Up” reminds me of the kind of a song a rookie group would put out and get moderate amounts of attention for as it demonstrates basic competence in not sucking, but VIXX are past this by now. “Error” was just so flawless on every possible level that my wig is being retroactively snatched by it as I type. As you can see by my recaps of “Hyde” and “Voodoo Doll,” I’ve got nothing but lavish praise
and perversion for VIXX. “Chained Up” just feels like a giant step backwards.
But I’ll get to that later. First, let’s recap this MV.
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April 1st, 2015 – Ahjummas Anonymous has learned that Big Bang’s Seungri and 4Minute’s Hyuna have been cast in the upcoming Korean remake of Fifty Shades of Grey. The idols-turned-actors will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively. The remake will closely follow the plot of the books penned by British author E.L. Fudge, about a 27-year old C.E.O. of a cookie company who enters a BDSM relationship with a 21-year-old college graduate with a dual degree in English literature and pastry confection. Famous for their kinky sex scenes, the books have come under fire by some critics for a lack of research and realism—specifically, that a college graduate with no experience would be put in charge of a major company’s cookie design department for no other reason than she’s boning the C.E.O. Other inaccuracies include improper cleanup after use of chocolate syrup in a sex scene and an inaccurate portrayal of the realities of working as a pastry chef. Nonetheless, the franchise continues to enjoy juggernaut success and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon.
Other names thrown into the casting ring include Seungri’s bandmate Taeyang and 2NE1’s Dara, who are in talks to play Christian’s brother Elliott and Anastasia’s roommate Kate.
The film is slated for release on Valentine’s Day 2017.
April 1st, 2015 – Ahjummas Anonymous has learned that a sex tape starring a man and woman believed to be VIXX’s N and Girl’s Day’s Sojin has leaked onto the internet. According to sources, the video began making the rounds on adult video websites in the early hours of March 31st, and quickly went viral. The video appears to have been filmed in a hotel room, with both parties taking turns holding the camera. Though there are few shots of their faces and none of them very clear, netizens have positively identified the couple based on voices, body types, and other evidence. “That’s totally N. I’d recognize dat ass [sic] anywhere,” writes one international netizen. “Sojin has the same hair and nail art, it’s totally her,” writes another, linking a recent photo from Sojin’s instagram along with corroborating screen captures from the video. Some netizens observed that the man in the video wears the same rings N did at a recent appearance and has the same hairstyle and color, and matches a physical description given by N’s costars on the show “First Day at Work.” Others observed that the woman in the video wears the same brand of lingerie sold at the store where N filmed “First Day at Work.” Most of these observations are accompanied by corroborating photos and screen captures, although some threads seem to have devolved into commenters simply posting photographic evidence of N’s “bulge.”
But not all netizens are convinced of the identities of the video’s stars. “Isn’t Sojin dating Exo D.O.?” one writes, referring to earlier dating rumors between the two. This comment received a handful of replies refuting this assumption, including one that contained a youtube url leading to Beyoncé’s “Upgrade U” music video.
Sources have been unable to track the source of the leak as of yet.
DreamTea and Jellyfish Entertainment could not be reached for comment, but the video is quickly disappearing from websites.
UPDATE: Sources have uncovered evidence that the sex tape was first leaked on an Exo sasaeng forum. Apparently, the hackers were sasaengs in search of evidence of the rumored Sojin/D.O relationship, and were able to hack her iCloud. They posted their findings to the forum despite finding no evidence of said relationship, declaring their act as “retribution” for Sojin’s involvement in the D.O dating rumors, although available evidence suggests the rumors originated with netizens and not with Sojin herself. The iCloud’s contents also included photos of N and Sojin together, possibly in the same hotel room where the sex tape was filmed, and “sexts” exchanged between the two over a period of several months. The forum post has since been deleted, but many screen captures are still circulating.
Still no word from either party’s company.
Ahjummas Anonymous neither supports nor refutes any of the netizen or sasaeng fan opinions expressed in the article.
2014 was quite the roller coaster year in K-pop. Here, I present Ahjummas Anon’s year in review.
You may wonder why some popular or chart-dominating songs are curiously absent from my top picks. The only reason I can give is that my choices are completely and 100% subjective, based purely on my own opinions. Does that make this post biased? Hell yeah, it does. I’m not even trying to front like it isn’t. I am not claiming to represent anyone else’s opinions but my own. I did solicit suggestions from friends and twitter followers, but all of my commentary is my own honest opinion. Obviously, as with any opinion piece, you’re welcome to disagree, but popularity or chart position was never a factor in any of my picks. If it’s a popularity contest you seek, I suggest fan-voted year-end lists instead.
I am linking, not embedding youtube videos since the embeds will significantly slow the loading of this page.
Continue reading “2014 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Meh”
I fear there are too many music videos full of pretty boys coming out lately, and I am unable give them each the full recap treatment in a timely manner. It’s unfortunate. So I’m going to so a special two-fer tonight. Double the recap, double the pretty boys!
Continue reading “It’s a Recap Two-Fer: U-KISS – “Quit Playing” and VIXX – “Eternity””
Warning: This article contains a lot of pictures!
K-pop is no less immune to trends than any other part of popular culture, and as of late, the trend among girl groups is sexy. As an international fan living in the US, I can’t comment on Korean fandom with any kind of firsthand knowledge, but international fandom has definitely been talking about it. The reaction has been mixed. While sexy concepts still seem to be controversial among knetizens, inetizens reacted mostly with boredom. The denizens of omonatheydidnt seemed mostly underwhelmed by Rainbow Blaxx’s sexy “Cha Cha” video, which features time-honored classics like slow pans over cleavage/asses and the most provocative macaroon-eating I’ve seen.
Continue reading “Sexy Is As Sexy Does: Gender and Sexuality in K-Pop”
I kind of love 2PM. Watching their live performances is like going to a male strip club without the cheap booze, stale cigarette-smoke-saturated air, and the need for crumpled dollar bills to stuff in the least greasy one’s g-string. After a two-year sabbatical following two somewhat lackluster releases–the monotonous “I’ll Be Back” featuring the Running Man (for real; I can’t make this shit up) and the GTop knockoff “Hands Up”–they’re back, and they’ve truly outdone themselves this time. With A.D.T.O.Y. (All Day Think about You), 2PM have mastered the fine art of being parodies of themselves.
WARNING: This recap has lots and lots of pictures!
Continue reading “2PM’s A.D.T.O.Y. or “What Straight Men Think Women Find Hot 101””