It’s pretty well established that Korea isn’t the most gay friendly country on Earth. Speaking in generalities, it’s one of those deals where as long as you’re in the closet, people pretend gays don’t exist, but the moment the community makes the news, they’ll get hated on with thousands of years of ignorance and accusations that they’re ruining the country.
With all that considered, you can understand then why I found the lyrics to GLAM‘s “Party” so surprising. Not only is it a K-pop group (and a rookie one at that), but it’s one from a relevant company in Big Hit Entertainment (JYP Entertainment) and is distributed by Loen Entertainment, and they’ve been getting the regular idol rookie group press.
Quite frankly, I’m surprised that nobody relevant (we’re not either, obviously) has yet mentioned the fact that the lyrics to the song allude to a lesbian relationship and telling people who have a problem with it to shove it up their ass.
Can I kiss ya baby girl?
You know that? Look at your charm, it’s so great
Even if you fall down, beautiful smile
Are you a boy? Girl?
I don’t care – passion is the key,
a hot heart is your ID
If you’re alone, come here
put everything in your hot heart
Girl I like ya really really like ya,
now just jump up and leave the rest to me
Okay, maybe it’s not so much an allusion as it them directly saying they’re in love with a woman and are in a lesbian relationship.
A Kiss XXO, anyone can be a Romeo
A touch of your lips XXO,
if the heart starts to race, you’re Juliet Juliet
Because we break the rules,
we dodge the rules
Got the right to break the wall
Opposition for opposition won’t work
take off the blindfold that covers your eyes
(Be confident) We’re a minority
(Fling it off) We’re ET that came to earth
Uh … wow. I don’t say that to convey that I disagree with the message, actually quite the contrary, but I’m just floored that this would be included in a K-pop song.
I mean, essentially, the song is saying, “We’re lesbians, we’re in love, we’re breaking down cultural/societal barriers, we know we don’t have majority support, but fuck you and don’t be a close-minded prick.”
Welp, I’m hard.
In a world where idols try so damn hard to have swag, develop street cred, and be “true” artists — where fans will go to incredible lengths to assign meaning to random pop songs — here’s a group (ROOKIES!) that’s actually stepping out on a limb with their content and who actually seem to have a relevant and positive message to bring to the table. I’m. Actually. Shocked.
Chances the media picks up on this sooner than later and makes a deal out of it?