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Thursday, February 26, 2015

On the Charts: AOA's Jimin (Unpretty Rap Star)

Article: AOA Jimin's 'Good Start 2015' ranks #1 on 7 digital charts

News 1 via Naver

1. [+1,512, -84] I liked Jimin and Tymee but I feel like Im Seulong was born with the sole purpose of voting for Jimin

2. [+1,305, -143] I honestly thought Tymee did better but Im Seulong seemed like he went on the show just to pick Jimin

3. [+978, -59] Im Seulong doesn't seem to like Tymee

4. [+1,062, -175] I liked Jimin but Tymee did better... Im Seulong, sigh...

5. [+862, -83] Song's good but I'm curious about Tymee's version

6. [+237, -22] Im Seulong mains ballads, why is he judging rappers? I don't get why his opinion matters

7. [+245, -36] Im Seulong and San-E are just playing favorites;;

8. [+209, -23] Who does Im Seulong think he is to be judging rappers..?

9. [+197, -21] Jimin did well but Tymee's voice fit the song better. Her lyrics were better too... Verbal Jint seemed like he liked Tymee better, results are upsetting.

10. [+177, -14] Why was Im Seulong even put on the panel?


Mother commits suicide with autistic son

Article: Woman jumps off 15th floor apartment with autistic son... only the mother dead

Source: Yonhap News via Nate

Her 4 year old son was diagnosed with autism a month ago and ever since, she wasn't able to sleep well and often expressed wanting to kill herself. She jumped off to her death with her son from the 15th floor of their apartment. The son fortunately survived.

1. [+653, -8] It's so difficult raising a family member with a disability... They can't do anything, not even get treated at the hospital, without the help of their parents. It seems harder on the parents than the kid. May she rest in peace...

2. [+592, -12] She was probably just like any normal mom who wanted a normal family... so upsetting. May she rest in peace.

3. [+478, -88] This country is hell. There needs to be reform. This could never have happened in Germany, Sweden, or anywhere else in Europe.

4. [+59, -2] For the child to have survived from the 15th floor means that the mother probably instinctively used her body to cushion him by holding on to him tight ㅠ.ㅠ

5. [+43, -2] The mother must've instinctively held on to him tight for him to survive that, especially considering it's a 15th floor fall. The kid's life is only going to get more difficult now that he lost his mom..

6. [+38, -1] As someone who worked at a rehab center... I can't say anything bad about that mother's decision. Having a child with a disability is so straining on the family. Any accident that happens means that parent has to stay home and look after the kid and all of the related expenses... I often thought the parents would die earlier than the patients from all of the stress involved.

7. [+38, -3] The mom probably held tight on to her son even as she dropped to her death.. ㅠ

8. [+30, -1] I don't support suicide but I know that the difficulties that mother faced exceeded that of suicide. Mothers of autistic children always say that their only wish in life is to live a day longer than their own kid because it's just that hard.

9. [+30, -2] Maybe she changed her mind mid-drop and held on to her son tight to save him...

10. [+26, -1] I have a friend who has an autistic son and not only are the educational expenses high but there are just no facilities or support from the country at all and it makes it so hard.. ㅠㅠ


Yewon confirmed for 'We Got Married'

Article: [Exclusive] Yewon confirmed as the new bride of 'WGM', "Variety cinderella enters the reality world"

Source: Ilgan Sports via Naver

1. [+686, -39] Oh my, Yewon... Star Empire is finally doing some work

2. [+559, -58] Still think the show's better off off air

3. [+485, -29] People just need to take the show for what it is and stop trying to find real feelings in it. Just like how 'Real Men' is about a virtual army, WGM is about virtual marriages... It's about people who are literally paid to call each other honey and darling and then go back to being strangers once their contracts over.

4. [+135, -6] I feel like she's dating someone already

5. [+53, -5] Her future husband will know that his wife is Yewon then ㅋㅋ Since it's in the media already

6. [+49, -7] Couples leave -> "WGM get off air" -> New couple -> "This show is still going on?" -> Two weeks later -> "I bet they're dating!!" -> rinse and repeat

7. [+39, -5] I'll only watch if they cast Lee Byung Hun and GLAM's Dahee~~~~~


Sojin's death brings back discussion on the plight of trainees

Article: Kids with numberless lottery tickets, what are 'trainees'

Source: Ilgan Sports via Naver

Article highlights the plight of trainees following the death of Sojin and points out that competition hasn't gotten so tough that there are even tiers within the trainee system that fosters more intense competition/survival.

One rep said, "There's a separate group called the 'debut group' that exists between trainees and an actual debut. Trainees who are on the verge of debut are put into that group. Not only is becoming a trainee difficult but the survival to get into that specific group is just as hard. More often than not, trainees who even make it to that group are often demoted back down to regular trainees."

The trainees viewers often see on survival TV shows are only a minority, and many more are training in shabby environments with no hopes for a future. The rep expressed concern for such environments, saying, "There are barely any trainees who actually receive an income from their company and many are not provided lesson expenses, academy training, or living and eating arrangements. It's worse for trainees living away from home since they have to work part time jobs to afford the lifestyle."

Many trainees also start as young as elementary school, making their investment all that more dangerous since they're giving up years of education for a slim chance at achieving their dreams. Industry reps are worried over their isolation from society at such a young age as they battle for an unclear future. "Sojin's unfortunate death will further highlight the anxiety and sense of loss felt by trainees and their parents. There needs to be an institutional measure to make sure that this does not become a repeat cycle."


1. [+56, -3] Making it in the entertainment industry is 90% based off of landing a good sponsor or pure luck. It's because the market is so saturated that there is no viable career opportunity for the actual talented people who dream of becoming singers.

2. [+37, -3] Because TV only focuses on the glamor of the celebrity lifestyle... reality is, many live in the gutters.

3. [+41, -9] Talented kids die while bubbles like Suzy rise... being an idol is all about luck and being under the right people.

4. [+29, -1] It's upsetting to see talented and skilled children waste their youth to become a commercialized idol product that only has a shelf life of 5 years at most. Our society might be to blame for not instilling real dreams in them but forcing them to chase after a mirage.

5. [+30, -3] Even debuting is pointless since only a handful of groups succeed out of those that actually made it to debut

6. [+11, -0] Everyone's a trainee when they're born in our society. You can graduate with the same specs as anyone else but one will land a huge corporate job while the other is unemployed because success isn't only about effort but a combination of innate talent + effort + luck. And I personally refuse to mourn after someone who commit suicide...

7. [+9, -1] At the very least, we need a law in place that prohibits anyone under high school age to becoming trainees. Too many kids think that what you see on TV is what you get...

8. [+5, -0] I feel like Sojin panicked, considering she got on TV under a well known name like DSP and had more hope than other trainees of doing well and still didn't make it.... I hope she becomes a top star in her next life.


TV: [Spoilers!!!] Hyde, Jekyll, Me

Article: 'Hyde' Hyun Bin's third personality Terry shows up.. "I want to live"

OSEN via Naver

1. [+2,215, -161] Why am I starting to feel bad for Goo Seojin... I feel bad for Robin but what's going to happen to Goo Seojin..

2. [+1,712, -164] "I want to live" Robin touched me ㅠㅠ

3. [+1,315, -168] Looking forward to next week ㅠㅠㅠ

4. [+1,254, -173] This is fun ㅠㅠㅠ Only 10 episodes left but I'm already scared of it ending. Fighting until the end! Go away, Terry!

5. [+1,190, -142] Something heart wrenching about today's episode..

6. [+290, -34] The story and everything is amazing with the turnarounds and stuff but... that damn gorilla ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

7. [+251, -20] Cried so hard when Robin said he wanted to live ㅠㅠ

8. [+252, -23] Sad episode today, Hyun Bin acting with his gaze was great

9. [+222, -11] Robin's virtual so I didn't really care for him but I teared up today... I can understand why Han Jimin can't forget Robin so easily ㅠ