So if you haven’t heard by now, KARA‘s comeback is currently being sullied by controversy. I covered their Dokdo/Takeshima Catch-22 previously, but since then things have only gotten worse because … netizens.
KARA has been pulled into several debates and controversies following their comeback. For one, their suggestiveness of their choreography has raised concern, along with their outfits. For “Pandora,” KARA wanted to show the appearance of being mature women, but fans are concern that the choreography is too suggestive for ’94er Kang Jiyoung.
Except the music programs themselves didn’t ban the choreography and god knows they’ll take any opportunity to get on their high horse about women and sexuality.
So … who cares?
In addition, KARA was seen wearing a stage costume on SBS “Inkigayo” for the track “Miss You,” reminiscent of a Gucci swimwear. They looked identical to Gucci’s 2008 Spring/Summer swimsuit collection, which is yellow with a black and white bow on one shoulder.
Uh … okay?
Again … who cares?
Unfortunately, this is not the last controversy KARA has unexpectedly found themselves in. Recently, KARA’s vans have been found parking in handicap spots at a rest stop area for approximately 15-20 minutes. Because KARA is popular and the youth and young adults look up to them, many have criticized that KARA should have not parked in handicap spots.
“Those 15 minutes spent in a handicap spot that those vans KARA’s handlers drove them around in have ruined the children of Korea! Oh. Oh! OH! The humanity! How will I talk to my kids after this?!”
If all of this seems rather petty and fucking stupid to you … well … it’s because it is. It’s a fucking witch hunt and all of it is because Gyuri intelligently dodged a loaded question about the Stupid Fucking Islands In The Middle Of The Sea instead of saying, “HOLY SHIT! FUCK THOSE DIRTY JAP MONKEY CUNTS! DAE HAN MIN GOOK!”
So the retaliation for logical neutrality is insane netizens picking at everything they do, trying to find ways to destroy them.
Well … speaking of T-ara, Hwayoung recently spoke out about their struggles.
“Having come across articles about Eunjung unni’s leave from her drama, my heart felt uneasy. It is true that there were confrontations due to differences in opinions with the T-ara members while I was promoting as part of T-ara. However, with the stories about bullying going around and the situation growing worse, my heart was in pain. Both sides have also been really upset and hurt by the distorted facts [that have come out].
However, there were times when I was happy while we were all under one roof, so I want to forget about the past and want us to cheer each other on with smiles on our faces. You all showed so much love, care, and attention to T-ara, so I’m very sorry for having caused concern and worry through this incident to everyone.”
Reasonable enough, though I don’t think it’s a stretch to say we can all see where Kim Kwang Soo‘s influence kicks in.
Still, in terms of credibility, it’s a whole lot better than what netizens have constantly been trying to dig up, so there’s that.
Anyway, T-ara apparently got together in a group and wrote a letter of apology as well. It concluded with:
“For our parents who live for us, for our fans who’ve continued to stay by our side, for the people who listen to our music… and for those who we’ve worried and disappointed, we’ll work harder to receive your forgiveness instead of being frustrated. We genuinely apologize. We also hope that you give your support and love to Hwayoung, who must be having a harder time than we are. We too will always support Hwayoung. From all of T-ara.”
The rest of the letter is similar, which, again, seems reasonable enough given the circumstances.
So netizens reacted reasonably and logically to this, right?
Several netizens tried to prove that the letter was not written by any member of T-ara by comparing it with their previous handwritten materials. Netizens dug up old screenshots of TV programs that aired girls’ handwritten letters, as well as signed letters and notes, claiming that someone else from CCM wrote the apology.
On August 30, CCM issued a statement regarding the handwritten letter. It read, “T-ara’s apology was written by the group’s oldest sister, Q-ri. All the members got together to pitch in, and it was Q-ri who wrote the letter in behalf of the group.
Netizens must be out of tinfoil hats at this point.
I mean, it’s one thing to suggest that the letter was a public relations piece controlled by Core Contents Media. That’s logical and likely, in my opinion. But to say the letter itself was fabricated? The fuck? Why would they even do that? There’s no fucking point behind it.
So guys, what do y’all have on the scoreboard? Which group is winning the “Pissing Off Netizens And Driving Them To Levels Of Paranoia & Insanity Previously Thought Unattainable” award?
I think you gotta go with T-ara for their overall body of work and ongoing madness, but I think they’re on the downside of their pissing off netizen careers. KARA, on the other hand, still have a ton of potential bottled up since they’re sitting on a nationalistic powder keg that has the potential to piss off not one, but TWO nations.