[OPINION] “The Black Label” was a Win-Win Situation for both JYP and Jeon So-Mi

On August 19, what is possibly the most shocking news in the entertainment industry broke out. Jeon So-Mi, the winner of Mnet’s survival program “Produce 101” and...

[Opinion] Freezing Real-Time Charts Has Been an Eye-Opener

Once the Gaon Chart Policy Commission implemented a new policy that freezes real-time streaming charts overnight, it revealed the significance of those hours for idol fandoms. BLACKPINK's comeback...

[OPINION] Has “K” in K-pop Lost Its Meaning?

Recently, a girl group named IZ*ONE officially made their debut, after spending restless nights competing against one another in a survival program “Produce 48” on Mnet. The...

[Opinion] The Slippery Slope of Military Exemptions for Idols

The triumph of Korea's soccer and baseball teams at their year's Asian Games ignited celebrations across the nation. However, the teams' win also sparked something else: debate. The...

[OPINION] Long Live, Mukbang

If you watch South Korean TV programs regularly, you know Mukbang is everything. While it started out small with a single host and online audience on internet...

[Opinion] Keep the Singers, Give Me Actors Instead

The outstanding success of Crazy Rich Asians highlights the power of cinema to dismantle long-held stereotypes about Asians through relatable narratives in a way that music like...

[OPINION] K-Fans are Mad NOT Because They are Dating, but Because They are Hiding

If there existed a competition for the most sensitive and touchy subject in the history of K-Pop, the “revelation of idols’ secret relationship” would kill all. We...

[Opinion] Fans Need to Stop Asking Celebrities to Apologize for Everything

Anyone who is at least familiar with the exciting world of Korean entertainment must have noticed that celebrities seem to get negative backlash easily. As a result,...

[OPINION] Why South Korea has the Most Established Fandom Culture

South Korea probably has the most established fandom culture in the world. The K-pop fans are no doubt the most dedicated, loyal, supportive, and sometimes, a wee...

[Opinion] Where “Plane Bae” and K-Pop Fandoms Meet: Fanfiction

"Plane Bae" and K-Pop fanfiction are the same: entertaining yet absolutely problematic. Earlier this month a Rosey Blair, an actress, photographer, and writer boarded a flight from New...