This is purely my opinion..
And I’ll probably get killed by
some MOST fans for saying this but I don’t care.
I always look forward to BEG or its members’ new song as it would always promise us good music..and an unconventional concept. Initially Jea was supposed to release hers first, in April. But knowing Nega Network, it is delayed until now..and Gain released her first..
I was excited.. because she’s a BEG member and this is her first solo after moving to LOEN.. I won’t question that she and LOEN will bring good quality music and unconventional concept.
Then again, knowing Gain, I know the concept will be something sexy. That’s how she is. Sexy but classy.
I heard there was a pole dance lesson for her solo. Shocking. But until this time, we all still don’t know what’s that practice for: stage or MV.
It seems the scene isn’t in the MV.
Then one by one, the teasers were released, much to people’s excitement. I was excited too.. Like I said, the teasers was artfully and beautifully done. My favorite was:
but my favorite sound was this:
Then LOEN released her album jacket..which show her -seemingly- naked under a blanket. It was a beautiful cover. It really is. Revealing as it is, she was beautiful and the photo was very good.
But the thing which made all my excitement went all thru the drain was the title track teaser and MV “Bloom”
At first it was all good… Showing her taking videos and walking around and all in vintage-ish frames.. But it was suddenly changed in the end, a bed scene was showed.
It was only a split second, if you didn’t reply and paused it repeatedly, you wouldn’t know.
But good Lord, there it was..showing a man grabbing her hand from behind, on a bed.
I won’t pretend I’m all innocent with “I dunno what’s the grabbing hand scene means”, “why the bed sheet is wrinkled..what they do on it”, or “I’ve never watched any bed scenes.” while in fact, I did read many erotic things and watched some porn (thanks to my gay friend and several other byuntae friends =_=). But this is different.
Watching someone we like/familiar with on such scenes is very awkward, uncomfortable, etc, etc. No matter how people put and advertise it as “piece of art”, “beautifully done”, “trust GaIn and her producer”, “she’s naturally sexy and not slutty”, etc etc, it IS still a bed scene. Nothing change the fact that she’ll act on it, EXPLICITLY.
Gain is a talented singer, even if she does a crappy MV, or artistic MV without a bed scene, she will still be able to sell her music. For it was good.
She’s sexy, yes. But it doesn’t mean LOEN or herself, has to do something so sexually explicit in the name of “unconventional concept”, “beautiful art”, or even “beautiful love story”. To do something that, for me, selling sex. Thinking that something R-19 will always sell like hotcakes. It’s a true yet bitter fact though (look at 50 shades of grey -_-).
But doing it to GaIn, for me, it’s like degrading her capability as a talented singer, a part of Brown Eyed Girls who were once faceless singers and known as having strong vocals.
“We can’t stop what people will think about her regarding this..” for there are some people who are already labeling her as “sex symbol”. True that. But if such things happens, I’d only say “well..she and LOEN asked for it.”. This is, once again, for me, will only put her singing talent a shame. Because we all know, she is MORE than a talentless singer who’ll sing on stage, shaking boobs and bottoms to sell.
She wants to do ALL OUT for her solo. FINE. Doing something “all out” doesn’t mean she has to act in a bed scene, pose half-naked on bed, even putting her hand inside her shirt like she wants to do D.I.Y (turns out she did it on the floor for real.. this one is really disturbing, even when i only glimpse the GIF for a second), or spread her legs on bed for a guy (even if she’s clothed) on her MV. She might be doing it professionally, it’s her work after all.. But still, it’s not something in inevitable, actually. Have Baek Ji Young, Lim Jeong Hee, or other senior female singers done something like this only to be “all out” in their works? Heck, not even THE Lee Hyori did that.
You can be all out by acting like a complete psycho, being terribly ugly, transforming into monsters, suffering from rare illness, or whatever often showed on the Hollywood movies. So no, going “all out” for solo never mean she necessarily has to do those kind of R-19 sexual scenes in the MV, or maybe later, stage.
Bongsam tweeted something about “don’t be shocked about the MV for it’s a beautiful art of love”. It is. But preferably, do it with your truly loved ones and keep it to yourself, please….. U_U
The MV may be done beautifully and a piece of art. Her acting and expression on it will be awesome, as always. But I’ll keep my stance. Bed scene is bed scene. Sexually explicit is still sexually explicit. Moreover, some scenes are just blatantly disturbing, like the DIY on the kitchen floor and leg-spreading. No matter how good and sexy her acting/expression was. And it makes me feel reeally uncomfortable and not excited at all to watch.
Also the message she’s trying to convey in the MV..how a girl turned into a woman…by having sex and masturbating. Uhm, okay. It is indeed one of the most direct way of the transformation. It’s your choice anyway if you wanna do it with any man before marriage. But I don’t agree. Must be noted here that GaIn is an idol who has capability to influence how her fans will think or behave. Most of her fans are young girls. Granted, the MV has R-19 on it. But it doesn’t guarantee underage fans won’t watch. While in fact, the statistic of the MV showed that the viewers are mostly 13-18 years old aka UNDERAGE. Then it will somehow influence their way of thinking..that to turn to a woman you must have sex (with a man you love or not not the point), that it is totally acceptable to do that before marriage (which is in Asian culture and religion is a big NO NO even if it’s an OKAY for the urban way of life nowadays), and also that masturbating is one of the act of love (it’s lust, I must say). So for me, beside the DIY and bed scenes were totally unnecessary, I also feel bothered with the message she/LOEN tried to convey here. If we are mature enough, we can distinguish “it’s only an MV. you can hv another opinion”..but for younger people who tend to follow whatever their idols said it’s good, those messages are what they’ll get. Sex is not a bad thing, but there are consequences and responsibilities entail. Girls, better not doing it in the name of LOVE and for the sake of turning us into a REAL woman. For it never equals to LOVE (unless you do it with your hubby, for me =]]). GaIn could be my idol, but not because of that I’ll support her message in the MV for it’s against what I strongly believe, against my values and also the effect it would have to our younger “generation”.
Maybe it’s just me.
You can call me no fun, conservative, or even NOT PURE/REAL fan. Whatever.
This is just one’s perception and view about these kind of things. It’s very uncomfortable for me to watch her doing all those things (YES. EVEN WITH KWONNIE) on cam.
I haven’t watched the MV but Touchy unnie showed me the screen caps and told me what’s inside it. Even she couldn’t watch it all. I did read the song lyrics tho.. I don’t close my eyes at how fits the song lyrics with MV.. I admit it matches well.. but like I said, it feels so uncomfortable and disturbing especially on that DIY scene. I don’t think I’ll watch either.
As a fan, I’ll still support her by buying her CD and listening to her new songs. But NOT whats she and LOEN did on the MV. This may be a bit far-fetched..because it seems I’m dreading over things that hasn’t happened. But I’m worried if she (even if willingly and happily,so as said by the company) and her company does it once and it sells well, even though I’m pretty sure they have already considered all the pros and cons. They’ll do it again and again in the future. Becoming more and more daring, but slowly will lose the classy feels. Because too much is never good. If that happens, people won’t know her a very talented singer with soulful voice, but only a singer who is daring to take everything off and do sexual explicit things in her works.
this is the MV..watch if you want, skip if you feel not watching.
Would like to read the lyrics to find out whether the MV actually can be done without those scenes or not. Hmmm.. but even BEG’s “Midsummer Night Dream”‘s racy lyrics have MV without bed scene =]]]
This is the HD link of her comeback stage today
As a reference, this was her first solo stage “Irreversible”:
I need to include that, because I need to make comparison between both. Some may think it’s not necessary or even possible because both are two different songs, from two different agencies, etc etc. But for me, both are GaIn’s hard work, those are her music.
Like I said above, I don’t like her MV concept, at all. And I was waiting until her comeback stage was aired before making further opinion about her second solo album.
With her mind-blowing “Irreversible” I was hoping, to be honest, for something as masterpiece as her solo debut song.
Irreversible concept, stage, MV, and all was incredible. Amazing. It was different from another KPOP song for it had Latin/Tango feel in it. The dance was terrific. The MV has its storyline. The stage performances was awesome and cool. It was sexy and sultry on its own. Yet it wasn’t something you can find in any other KPOP songs/performances. Truly unique and ALL OUT. Just by one look, you can tell “Oh. It’s GaIn.” for only her who could sing and perform it flawlessly.
So for this, I was hoping for the same incredible thing. She moved to LOEN Ent for solo. I thought it was cool because LOEN is known to make “unique” MV and concepts, named IU and Sunny Hill. Beside, NN and LOEN are like “sister company” so GaIn’s music won’t be far too different.
Seeing her comeback teasers, it was awesome. The music, as always Eana and Minsoo did flawlessly. I don’t like the MV concept even though it was done beautifully. And I was looking forward to her comeback stage because I never expect less than perfection for the stage performance of BEG and its members.
First, we got Tinkerbell. It was my favorite teaser of all her teasers. But the performance, fell flat. I was expecting a fairy-like, magical stage, fits with TINKERBELL concept. Some thing more…theatrical maybe… But she was only dancing with other girls. Even her dancing was not that special. It was sexy, sultry, and sensual-like-Gain-usually-is (Though the boobs-squeezing moves is so Hyuna’s Bubble Pop………. U_U). Her voice is flawless as usual. But that’s it.
Then move to the title track.
The table dance was something new. Something we haven’t seen before. So it was good, something to look forward too. GaIn also performed sexily, yet also showed some cutesy. It was refreshing. But compare to Irreversible, the dance moves was really so-so. I daresay, the whole performance, as sexy and cute as it was, was like any other performance of other girl groups out there. She moves sexily, shakes her butts, shows body-curves-kind-of-moves..it was sexy, cute, beautiful, flawless etc-etc-what-your-biased-minds-said. BUT then again, many other girl groups who has comeback with SEXY concepts recently, has done the similar kind of moves. Just selling sexy moves. It was nothing new. It is what we can find easily in KPOP scene. Not something real unique. Not the kind of stage that only HER can perform it perfectly.
Yeah, GaIn wasn’t the best dancer, BEG’s dance moves aren’t difficult either (knowing JeA’s cute ability to dance U_U =]]), but the feel, the performance, the stage was never felt like “just another girl group”.
Her stage this time lack of that. Making me wondering “is this really GAIN?”. Even if her song was good and she sang it well, but performance-wise and overall concept, I’d prefer Irreversible more.
This wasn’t a stage I expect from a distinctively sexy and charismatic Son Ga In of Brown Eyed Girls.
I like the songs in her solo album, especially “Meet Her”. But performance and MV, I’d rather not watch. Just listen and enjoy the music, that’s what music made at the first place, no? =]]
Please don’t get it wrong..I wrote this doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate her efforts who has been practicing pole dancing for months, recording till late at night, and even losing weight. I do..I still enjoy her music and buy her CD (oh well, a friend buy me one as a late bday present :p). That’s how I appreciate her hard work. Appreciating all her efforts don’t mean I need to PRAISE everything blindly. I like certain things but I don’t like certain things in her work, that’s my opinion, too. Do I try to force it on other people? Nope. If I tell it to LOEN, it was only a form of delivering my thoughts. They don’t only need praise. I love my idols, I do. But if they did something wrong or I don’t like the music, I’ll say it (I even ever said Shinhwa’s music in their early SM days was mostly crap. Eric’s rap lyrics mostly don’t even make any sense. That I don’t really like their electronic new sound in Venus. Dude, I even told them directly to their twitter. Even If they’re my first ‘love’ in kpop world, I’ll still criticize them harshly. and I’ll certainly do the same for BEG or 2AM). And please, also respect people that have contrast opinion on this, don’t silence us or call us..haters, just because we don’t share the same opinion with the “pros” =]]]]]]
P,S: This is the complete opposite of what I think of Kwonnie’s solo album previously U_U I don’t like most of his songs, and also his title song. But performance-wise, for Animal, it was awesome. He killed the stage. That’s the stage that only Jo Kwon can pull it off.