K-Pop Groups Called ‘Too Sexy’ For South Korea

K-Pop Groups Called ‘Too Sexy’ For South Korea

Several of Korea’s hottest musical acts are coming under fire for sexually charged performances. And they’re essentially being told, hey, knock off the sexy!

In particular, the groups Girl’s Day, AOA, and Rainbow Blaxxx (a sub-unit of the group Rainbow) are being singled out by the Korean media and commenters online for being “too sexy”.

Here, on Korean morning show Morning Wide, you can see the brain waves of two young men being monitored as they watch a Kpop videos with sexy dances.

According to the show, the brain waves for the men’s mental focus go down while watching the videos. That doesn’t sound very scientific as I’m sure these videos might make some viewers more focused. The show, however, said it would prefer these groups to compete with music, not provocative moves. Fair enough!

According to Korea site Money Today, the groups have to alter their outfits and performances to comply with self-imposed guidelines Korean television broadcasters are setting.

In short, those guidelines appear to be not laying on the stage or the ground, not appearing to touch oneself, and not unzipping or unbuttoning any clothing. You know, don’t do stuff like this:

Kpop is big business! It certainly seems like the sex factor has been ramping up of late, doing its best to bulldoze the cute factor. Guess it’s working, because these groups’ latest videos are racking up as many as two million views on YouTube.

Below, you can see how groups like Girl’s Day are trying to navigate these guidelines.

So, here is the Girl’s Day video for their song “Something”, which was released in early January.

And here, the group is performing the song, with its original dance, soon after its release.

And here is the dance again after the previous televised performance. Notice the changes in both the costume and the dance.

And again. The original dance is far less sexualized, and there’s an even more slightly subdued costume.

Ha! you say. Have you seen what American popstars get up to? To that, the only reply is that these aren’t American popstars, and they operate in a different cultural construct. So, what might be tres passe in the West, doesn’t look to be in South Korea, where watchdog groups have been vocal about pop music aimed at the country’s youth.

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  • Geolseu Day, Pak Sojin. Geolseu Day, Kim Ayeong
    Geolseu Day, Bang Mina. Geolseu Day, Ee Hyeri
    banjjak banjjak Geolseu Day. Everyday, Geolseu Day
    ibeonedo gidaehae. Some. thing. dae. bak!

  • These girls have nothing on Waveya.
    You want to see a sexy Korean dance group? Look Waveya up on YouTube.
    Even their Gangnam Style dance is extremely fap worthy!

  • I’m sure some could argue this measure by the South Korean government is stifling female expression/ libertarianism.

    • But then the argument goes here in the west that when women perform in such a manner, it’s to please the chauvinistic male overlords that have to ensure women are treated like possessions and are highly sexualised.

      You can’t win either way in a world where everyone is a “victim”.
      Personally, I prefer the ideal that media and social opinion in Korea is against the “sexiness” that is prevalent here. The idea of a popular culture that promotes modesty and self respect is one I can get behind!

      • The backlash against sexiness is because Korea has a large religious right group that dominates a lot of the media opinion space.

  • This is why i married a korean, they know what its all about.

    Go to the country, its awesome. Leave your car out at night for a couple of hours and come back to heaps of leaflets in the windows advertising “dabang” girls which “come and deliver you coffee”. great place

  • The dance is actually named the Bashcraft.
    Traditionally it is performed with one hand, before a computer monitor. Based upon a repetitive jerking motion – it is often enacted to the song ‘Monster Mash’.

  • To actually give this some cultural context, South Korea is still VERY prudish. It was only about 15 years ago you were even allowed to have people with dyed hair on TV (seriously, the original big kpop groups of the late 90s had to temporarily spray their hair black for TV performances). The country is very much a man’s world where women are treated second class at times and lots of puritan “won’t somebody please think of the children!” traditionalists.

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