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K-Pop darling IU may have some explaining to do

Okay, I realize that this blog is not a hot bed of Korean entertainment news and gossip like Eat Your Kimchi, Soompi or AllKpop, but given that almost nothing is sacred to this blog’s core audience, I couldn’t help posting this little bit of news.  I don’t know how many of you know of IU, (Lee Ji-eun or 이지은) but she’s basically K-pop’s version of Moon Geun-young.  You know, the cute little girl who can be anyone’s daughter, little sister or niece.  Well, that image of IU may be shattered forever.

For whatever reason, IU decided to tweet the photo above which shows an apparently shirtless Eunhyuk of Super Junior with IU in her pajamas.  The nappy hair, sleepy expressions and prone position of the subjects have raised speculation that IU and Eunhyuk slept together.  The picture in Twitter was quickly taken down in two minutes, but not fast enough for other people to copy the pic and circulate it around the world with a lot of speculation that the two had sex.

What does IU’s camp say?  They said that Eunhyuk and IU are “good friends” and that Eunhyuk had visited IU at her home when she was “sick.”  The photo was taken on IU’s “sofa.”  Yeah, well regardless of what the truth may be, that’s about what I expected they would say.

So, some of you may ask what’s the big deal?  Well, from a Western context there shouldn’t be a big deal.  Celebrities sleep with celebrities all the time, even ones who were former Disney Mouseketeers.  However, this is Korea and if a singer has a virtuous and virginal image while in the limelight then it better not change in the shadows either.  At the very least, it better stay in the shadows.  There is talk that this has either ruined or severely curtailed IU’s career.

  • iMe

    Well, I need to see some, ahem, video evidence before making up my mind about this.

  • Bendrix

    Oppa Gangnam Style?

    My knowledge of K-Pop is so sparse, I make jokes about it like a typically clueless American would.

  • slim

    Eunhyuk of Super Junior looks harmlessly androgynous and about 14 himself. I think scandal worries are overblown.

  • redwhitedude

    I don’t know. There a post about incest then you post this. What could this be leading.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Are ANY of the boys from korean boy bands straight enough to like girls? I have my doubts.

  • playerofwebworld

    OMG! I can’t believe it! A teenage girl took a photo of herself and another guy and uploaded it onto Twitter?!!! HOLY 싯

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Must we call “him” a guy? Let’s be generous and call “him” a non-girl.

  • dinkus maximus

    It may have “ruined” or at least damaged her career for one segment of her audience, but let’s face it – 9 year old girls aren’t the only ones who go crazy for IU. The same guys who supposedly think of her as a “little sister” (secretly rooting for her) are the same guys who think Gain is Korea’s Lady Gaga. And you know what else – K-Pop is changing, and Gangnam Style was the equivalent of Bismarck getting shot. It’s going to usher in huge massive changes, and K-Pop audiences aren’t as naive or stupid anymore. IU will be forgiven. Who knows, maybe this was a strategy.

  • http://adamsawry.wordpress.com Adams-awry

    Fugly. And he’s not much better.

  • CactusMcHarris

    WK,

    That’s not nappy hair – that’s mussed hair.

    And thank you for providing this valuable service for those of us considering downloading all of Super Junior’s work as Christmas presents to themselves.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    CMH,

    Okay, okay. Any ways, in other K-pop news… dashing the hopes of men everywhere, Horyi is still with hideousthat wonderful personality Lee Sang Soon.

    Oh, and get this Sang-soon doesn’t even make a lot of money!

    http://kpopfever.com/2012/10/lee-hyori-confesses-boyfriend-lee-sang-soon-doesnt-make-much/

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    Okay, I realize that this blog is not a hot bed of Korean entertainment news and gossip like Eat Your Kimchi, Soompi or AllKpop…

    Let’s try and keep it that way by using the following guidelines:

    Sex tapes: Yes.
    Boring photo of a couple teen girls on a couch: No.

    If you’re ever confused as to what is and is not acceptable to post, count the number of visible female genitals. Anything with a count lower than one can be ignored.

  • gbnhj

    You know, the cute little girl who can be anyone’s daughter, little sister or niece. Well, that image of IU may be shattered forever.

    For me, seeing her in bed wearing some old, drab, partially burned pajamas did shatter an image, but it was the one of IU being successful enough to buy something new, or even popular enough to get a new set from her fans as a replacement.

  • numberoneoppa

    This is indeed very disappointing. :(

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    looks like some white dudes feel threatened by all this. lol.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    Very threatened by 110 lbs of solid bones..yes

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #15,

    Threatened? By a skinny androgynous boy who looks like he just saw something that horrified him? Don’t be ridiculous. Heck, I’m happy he gave me the opportunity to know that she does look indeed as plain as I thought she’d look without makeup.

  • CactusMcHarris

    He was probably thinking ‘This is some 이지 livin’.’

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Fellas,

    By way of background Eunhyuk is 26 years old. Vitals here: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Eun_Hyuk

    IU is apparently 19 years old:

    http://wiki.d-addicts.com/IU

  • SalarymaninSeoul

    #19, wow, Eunhyuk, retarded haircut and ugly as sin.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Wake up, little IU, wake up
    Wake up, little IU, wake up
    We’ve both been sound asleep, wake up, little IU, and weep
    The movie’s over, it’s four o’clock, and we’re in trouble deep
    Wake up little IU
    Wake up little IU, well

    Whatta we gonna tell your mama
    Whatta we gonna tell your pa
    Whatta we gonna tell our friends when they say “ooh-la-la”

    ***********************************************
    What this really reminds me of is Three’s Company. Did you ever see the one when Janet (or was it Chrissy?) overhears Jack and Chrissy (or was it Janet?) in the kitchen talkin’ ’bout makin’ a souffle?

    …hilarity ensued.

  • Seth Gecko

    “..and prone position of the subjects.”

    Aren’t they supine?

  • bumfromkorea

    I’m not the only one who has friends who had mistaken Korean boy band members as girls and commented on how cute “she” was, am I?

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    If nothing else is accomplished in this thread, at least the balloon waving pre-teen girl inside of Wangkon finally got out of her cage.

  • Seth Gecko

    …or out of her closet.

  • Creo69

    I see a picture of two young kids on a couch….am I missing the sex part?

    Korean net nazis are like Koreans in general…bitter and jealous of everyone around them. Occasionally Koreans seem to find it necessary to find a totally innocent celebrity to harass to death…literally…Koreans have done it with several female celebrities in Korea and one gay male K-pop star.

    Disgusting.

  • numberoneoppa

    @15, pawi: Your trolling isn’t very subtle. Just making sure you know that.

  • slim

    “If nothing else is accomplished in this thread, at least the balloon waving pre-teen girl inside of Wangkon finally got out of her cage.”

    So did pawi’s. And they were both things of beauty to behold.

    I wonder if PSY will end up shattering that whole manufactured idol world.

  • bumfromkorea

    Korean net nazis are like Koreans in general…bitter and jealous of everyone around them.

    Wow. Any other characteristics and traits you have found for the “Koreans in general”? How about the Arabs in general? Africans in general? Mexicans in general?

    Make sure to get all that out of your system before coming home, Creo. Because over here, you’d be called a “racist asshole”. Unless you’re in the Deep, deep South of course.

  • Creo69

    ” Wow. Any other characteristics and traits you have found for the “Koreans in general”? How about the Arabs in general? Africans in general? Mexicans in general?”

    Next you are going to tell me Koreans don’t really like kimchi or rice and they don’t believe inmoaying respect tomtheir elders at 추석. I lived in Korea for years. Koreans take great pride in the like minded thinking…of course, only when it makes them look good. It isn’t a racist statement to say Koreans the vast majority have black hair…it isn’t racist to generalize and say the vast majority of Koreans need to eat their kimchi everyday…it isn’t racist to say Koreans love to pick on and belittle others either…bullying is a basic of Korean society.

    None these statements are racist…they are simple facts that anyone living in Korea would observe within a couple months of living there…the physical similarities (everyone has black hair) would be obvious to even the most thick headed person within moments of stepping off the plane.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #25,

    As bum notes in #28, your comment makes you appear to be a racist asshole. Can you explain in your next comment how you are not, or rather how that comment can be construed as anything else but that supposition of your racist assholery?

    And on a related note, the image evoked in ihbb’s #24 is a wondrous thing.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #29,

    And those examples you cite are extremely unrelated to the question at hand and disingenuous to boot. Look, when you’re in a hole you don’t need a shovel, but it looks like you’re going for the rounded-tip (I’d say the three-man shovel but that might be reverse racism) – dig on, my ill-illuminated brother.

  • Creo69

    ” Make sure to get all that out of your system before coming home, creo”

    Already here…enjoying every minute of my time in Southern Cali…off to get my daily fix of Mexican food in a couple of hours…chances are no matter which restaurant I go toone of my hispanic brothers or sisters will be cooking it and serving it…not much has changed in the eight years since I lived here…again…nothing racist about that…just a fact.

  • Creo69

    ” As bum notes in #28, your comment makes you appear to be a racist asshole. Can you explain in your next comment how you are not, or rather how that comment can be construed as anything else but that supposition of your racist assholery?”

    Really? You guys are trying to say I am a racist based on generalizations. Sorry, but your wrong. Are you telling me Koreans don’t generally eat kimchi with every meal?

  • Creo69

    Are you also going to try to tell me bullying is not a part of the societal structure of Korea? If you are, you are crazy or simply living with your head up your bum.

  • CactusMcHarris

    #33,

    No, I’m saying it based on what you wrote above in comment #25, specifically ‘Korean net nazis are like Koreans in general…bitter and jealous of everyone around them.’

    And that’s ‘you’re wrong’, as in ‘You’re wrong when you think Koreans in general are like Korean netizens’.

    Come on, admit you pooched it and move on – and don’t wear your Minuteman uniform when you go for your quesadilla.

  • Creo69

    ” Korean net nazis are like Koreans in general…bitter and jealous of everyone around them.”

    So…this is the point we are arguing? As I said, I have seen SEVERAL Korean celebrities harassed to death in Korea… again, literally, many more who have simply had their lives ruined. About twice a month a Korean teen jumps off a building as the result of harassment…suicide IS the number ONE cause of death for young people in Korea…disgusting.

    Koreans’ confucian society is one based on abuse and bullying of others…nothing new.

  • CactusMcHarris

    You’re taking an extreme and identifying it as the general form – that’s a racist view, Creo.

  • Creo69

    ” You’re taking an extreme and identifying it as the general form – that’s a racist view, Creo.”

    That’s your opinion…you are entitled to it..however, I will stick to my views…Koreans do love their Kimchi and they are generally abusive to one another based on their confucion value system. A system which is based on a hierarchy where some members of their society are viewed as better than others and allowed to abuse others physically and mentally and this abuse is wrote off as “culture.”

    These kids took a picture of themselves sitting on a couch…leave them the hell alone…enough young people die in Korea as the result of rumor mongering already.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Creo,

    What does kimchi loving and abusive systems have to do with one another? Curry can be pretty spicy too. I don’t see it making Indians more abusive to one another.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    i wasn’t trolling. i just call like i see ‘em; a bunch of pissed off white dudes just because a pretty korean girl wants a not so pretty korean guy. get over it, man!

  • slim

    Bland interchangeable people making bland interchangeable music. You wanna see real beauty?

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/kim-jongun-named-the-onions-sexiest-man-alive-for,30379/

  • Creo69

    ” What does kimchi loving and abusive systems have to do with one another? Curry can be pretty spicy too. I don’t see it making Indians more abusive to one another.”

    Never said kimchi has anything to do with Koreans being abusive people…I did say that confucion values do ply a strong role in this system of abuse though.

    That said, excessive consumption of excessive spicy food does cause health problems in Korea and could be a factor which contributes to Koreans and their overall nature of abuse towards one another.

    All those old guys with thrombosed hemroids brought on by overstraining on toilet are none too easy to get along with at home I am sure.

  • Bendrix

    What about hot pepper consumption in Latin America? Do you think it causes them to passionately cha cha themselves into Mexican standoffs with members of cartels? I’ve heard this same ridiculous theory from a guy I worked with. He said all the garlic and red pepper made Koreans hot under the collar. What about Italians and garlic? Please, Creo, with the clever Engrish name. Stop frontin’.

  • numberoneoppa

    @pawi: I’m not pissed off – I’m just a bit upset because she’s ruining her image and might not be able to continue her career – one which I enjoyed – for much longer. We’ll see.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #40,

    Pretty? Only when she’s wearing her painted face.
    Really, your wife/girlfriend must be literally a troll if you think that’s source for jealousy.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #43,
    Korean food’s not particularly spicy and the garlic here is sweet garlic. As far as spicy food goes, it’s relatively bland. Apparently it has something to do with the weather. I read a while ago that researchers link spiciness of local cuisine with how hot the weather is. Something to do with killing bacteria. Anyone who’s stepped outside this week knows Korea isn’t a tropical paradise.

  • yuna

    I could never warm to a singer whose made up name reminds me of some contraception device.
    Why not spell it Aiyu or something?

  • bumfromkorea

    Really? You guys are trying to say I am a racist based on generalizations.

    … Yes? If someone says “Mexicans are generally lazy”, “Polish are generally dumb” or “[insert ethnicity] are generally [insert universal human traits]“, it’s racist. Trying to justify it with “[insert ethnicity] generally like [insert food from their own fucking cuisine]” is either incredibly disingenuous, or incredibly stupid. Or both, they’re not mutually exclusive.

    Ex: “Mexicans are generally lazy. Oh, come on, I’m not being racist. They like eating corns too, don’t they? And that’s a fair generalization. So me going “Mexicans are generally lazy” is a fair generalization too.”

    “Korean net nazis are like Koreans in general…bitter and jealous of everyone around them.”

    So…this is the point we are arguing?

    … Well, yeah. That’s literally the portion of your comment that I initially quoted. What did you think I was talking about, your opinion that nothing was really going on in the picture?

    That’s your opinion…you are entitled to it..however, I will stick to my views…

    By all means, stick to your racist views. It’s your business if you want to live your life out as a racist asshole.

  • CactusMcHarris

    Creo,

    And when the bums around here are telling you the same, don’t you think you might have some yellow fever?