In fact, the scandal at the 25th Seoul Music Awards last January involved co-host Jun Hyun Moo making EXID member Hani cry onstage after he playfully teased her about having a boyfriend by saying that she looked , or “elegant,” a play on her boyfriend’s name, Junsu.
In other cases, it’s not etiquette that’s required so much as absolute submissiveness to male authority.
But that doesn’t matter in K-pop, she added, because “everything can be touched up.” During a May 2014 Reddit AMA, when asked if she liked K-pop, Wolfgang replied, “I hate it.
Displays like Nicki Minaj calling Miley Cyrus a “bitch” at the 2015 VMA ceremony are therefore unimaginable here.According to the BBC, 50 percent of South Korean women in their 20s have now had cosmetic surgery. Once recruited, future idols sign agreements known as “slave contracts,” which can last over a decade, limiting their contact with the outside world and offering piddling compensation in return.Trainees live in dormitories where they’re taught to sing and dance, told what to eat, when to date (single performers are more attractive to fans) and how to behave.Three years later, South Korea debuted its first "idol" group, the boy band H. T., followed in 1997 by its first major girl group, S. To be sure, many of its vapid songs are intentionally light on lyrics — catchiness is king.Besides, K-pop isn’t the only musical genre fraught with sexist content.