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Wonder Girls on SYTYCD

Beat FreaksRino just tweeted that Wonder Girls will be on American hit TV dance show So You Think You Can Dance. How cool is that?

You can read her tweet.

Yes this is a very very short post.

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Korean netizens are at it again

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But this time towards American culture. According to allkpop:

Photos of the Wonder Girls signing autographs for a fan in America have recently made their way into Korean cyberspace, making Korean Wonderfuls very angry.

The photos made Korean Wonderfuls really angry which showed Sohee and Yubin, reaching over the table to sign on a worn sneaker of a fan who had placed it on the table. They felt that this was a mark of disrespect to the Wonder Girls.

Fans chided this particular American fan saying that even though the Wonder Girls weren’t that famous yet in America, they shouldn’t be subjected to this sort of humilation. Another felt that the Wonder Girls shouldn’t have signed for this fan in this manner in the first place. Many fans felt really sorry for the Wonder Girls and sincerely hope that the Wonder Girls will soon gain a foothold in America with their songs.

Is this just a cultural difference or is it being disrespectful? Other than Korean Wonderfuls and some overseas Wonderfuls, it’s nothing short of a cultural difference. Even Yuubin and Sohee saw nothing wrong with it.

While allkpop reports an eyewitness saying “it was not simply a case of cultural differences. This particular woman was accompanied by two others and when it was their turn to get autographs, this woman rudely placed her leg onto the table for Yubin and Sohee to autograph. She later laughed after getting her sneaker autographed before leaving.”

According to the eyewitness who was behind them, “Even in America, it’s rude to place your dirty worn sneaker onto the table and ask for it to be autographed. The Wonder Girls did not say anything and just signed their autographs, but it did not look nice. No wonder the Korean Wonderfuls are irate since they are a hugely popular group in Korea.”(allkpop)

At the same time a JYP representative said, “Looking at the photos, this seemed to have been taken at a fan signing event on 17th August and was organized by 93.3 FLZ radio station. But from our memory, it wasn’t quite rude like what the eyewitness had said and didn’t make the Wonder Girls uncomfortable or anything. We hope that the Wonder Girls will not be affected by this report.”

Is this just a case of Korean netizen’s looking for attention again? I think so. While some may agree that its disrespectful no matter what cultural you’re in, I bet it’s also those same people who think its okay to have a pair of boobs get signed. Is flashing an artist and have them sign their chest disrespectful? No. People do it all the time and yet it’s okay, but when you think about, one can say it is degrading to women on some level, but at the same time it’s not.

It’s matter of how things are done in one’s country. How fans react in America is very different from fans in Korea. Take the Jay Park incident. American’s shrugged that comment off, but Korean netizen’s made it so huge that it forced him to leave not just the group and company, but the country as well.

Another account can be the Dream concert that happened last year. SM Town holds a concert with all their artists, yet SuJu, SNSD, DBSK fans were at each other as if they were enemies. If you don’t remember this incident, it’s when a whole lot of fans got hurt from other artists fanclubs’ that belong to the same company. Reports of stabbing, fighting, water pouring, no cheering, and even rape, were mentioned.

If anything the fans in Korea just take fandom to a whole new level, a level in which even Bbaek-Ga of Koyote has lost respect for. Korean fans make Japanese fans look sane, and that’s an accomplishment, considering I’ve seen how those fans can get.

What do you think? Was it just a cultural difference or have the Korean fans taken it too fan, again?

source: allkpop

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Don’t know “Nobody”?

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I feel sorry for the Wonder Girls, and even more sorry for those living in the Philippines. I’m sure when they came out with this song, they had no intentions of people getting killed over it.

Leo Santos of Tondo, Manila was stabbed and beaten to death because he had no idea what song he was singing. Leo was walking around Corregidor Street when he heard a guy named “Joseph”, sing “Nobody” and asked him what song he was singing.

Apparently Joseph got irritated and decided to stab and beat him along with three other people, Jansen Maglanque, Jonar Balagtas and Rodolfo Aguas. Manila police are now looking for the suspects, as Leo died on the spot on 8/26.

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Honestly I am not surprised at this. It was just last year that a man was killed because he can’t sing. To make matters worse, the off-duty cop that was on scene did nothing. The man was shot for not being able to sing a Whitney Houston song, when a karaoke store was advertising their new sets.

This is why people don’t want to go to the Philippines, they’re crazy, they may be even crazier than the Johnny’s and Cassies combined.

credits: akp
translation: Ikay Chun

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BoA is an Extra

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BoA is finally showing up on U.S. national tv, after a while. She will be on Extra this weekened so keep watch!

I was wondering what happened to her, because Wonder Girls have stolen the spotlight from her here in the U.S. It’s nice to see that she’s finally on T.V. here.

Now try to get on some show like the Wonder Girls were on The Wendy Williams Show.

source: boa@twitter

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Other agencies’ exclusivity contracts

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Because of the whole situation with DBSK, some news sites have gone and done their own investigative reporting to see how well the other top acts fared in their exclusivity contracts.

SM Ent : 6-13 years
JYP : 7 years
YG : 5 years
DSP : 5-7 years

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Yoona of SNSD is the only one of the 9 girls who is contracted at 13 years. The reason: she’s been taking acting lessons since she was a child and has shown she can multi-task. “In YoonA’s case it’s due to the fact that she is not contracted as just a singer but as an actress as well.” said a SM representative.

SS501 is contracted for 5 years where as, KARA, is contracted for 7 years.  The reason? Girls are easier to market than males. Although an industry expert says, “Though top groups like TVXQ are omitted from this format, but typically girl groups that have the possibility of venturing into commercials, acting, and modeling tend to have contracts written out that are slightly longer than their male counter parts. It seems the younger they are the better that chances this will happen.”

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In my opinion, girls are just easier to market. If a female fails at selling records, they can easily put out a photobook, model, act in CM/dramas, etc. It’s easier to sell the female face and body than a male’s. It’s a proven fact in Japan and I’m sure it’s proven in Korea and Taiwan.

Some may say 13 years is a long time, while it is, if they start off young, they’re usually out of it in their early 20’s or so.  But if you entered in your teens, I can see where it sounded good “at the time”, but to be done with it in your mid 20’s just sounds like jail.

source: NOWNews

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Wonder Girls @ Teen Choice Awards

Check out the WONDER GIRLS at the Teen Choice Awards this Sunday in L.A.! Not only have they been touring with the Jonas Brothers all summer, they appeared on MTV, The Wendy Williams Show and now they make their red carpet debut at Teen Choice Awards!

WONDER GIRLS are doing what only other Asian artists have been wanting to do for a long time, make an actual impact on the American market. You go girls!

Teen Choice Awards official site

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