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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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


TV: [Spoilers!!!] Kill Me Heal Me

Article: 'Kill Me Heal Me' Hwang Jung EUm was the real 'Cha Do Hyun'... 'shocking reversal'

OSEN via Naver

1. [+9,646, -109] I think Shin Segi is his real name. Since his mother's Shin Hwaran.

2. [+6,727, -65] Rijin is Cha Do Hyun... hul, goosebumps

3. [+6,551, -139] A reversal goosebump scarier than the exorcist...

4. [+5,697, -51] Wow... got so many goosebumps when Do Hyun met with younger Rijin... Rijin... Do Hyun...?!?!?! Oh Rijin is Cha Do Hyun... wow, mental breakdown.. daebak..

5. [+1,710, -13] I finally understand why they put in the line "Shin Segi. That's my name. Remember it until you die. Anyone who gives another name with this face is fake. I'm the only one..." Do Hyun's real name is Segi... so that's why he said that when he met Rijin..

6. [+1,433, -17] Totally didn't expect this;;; I got goosebumps;;;;; 'Moon' scriptwriter is totally living up to the hype...

7. [+1,158, -15] I expected her to say "My name is Nana" but when she said Cha Do Hyun... this scriptwriter knows what she's doing

8. [+960, -14] Shin Segi is Cha Do Hyun's younger name


'Some' and Akdong Musician win Best Pop Song and Album awards at 'Korean Music Awards'

Article: [12th Korean Music Awards] Soyu & Junggigo + Akdong Musician win Best Pop Song and Album Awards

MBN via Naver

1. [+2,501, -107] Congratulations Akdong Musician

2. [+2,007, -110] So proud of Akdong Musician!!

3. [+1,820, -101] Congrats, congrats, AkMu, hoping for a comeback soon

4. [+1,810, -114] AkMu's the best, hurry with a comeback

5. [+1,535, -249] 'Some' is really an amazing song ㅋㅋ

6. [+187, -26] AkMu's such a rare sibling duo, they surely have a long career ahead of them~ singer/songwriters to boot ^^

7. [+192, -45] Album awards should definitely go to musicians like AkMu, Kimg Dong Ryul, or Toy ㅋㅋㅋ wrong of EXO or SuJu to receive them, no? ㅋㅋ

8. [+146, -22] AkMu congrats ㅠㅠㅠ I was always upset that they never won a rookie award at every ceremony... but Best Pop Album is just as good! Congratulations

9. [+131, -18] AkMu's album and the song 'Some' were both awesome! It was definitely a joyous year for my ears last year, congrats~~


Hollywood: Beyonce

Article: Beyonce's pre-photoshop pictures leaked... 'Shocking!'

Source: MBN TV via Nate

1. [+527, -22] The camera's such high quality and she's at an older age now so I think she looks decent given the circumstances. I bet even someone in their twenties would look gross under a high quality camera like that.

2. [+499, -50] I think she looks fine for someone her age;;; How about you all age and take a picture like that, you think you'd look as good?

3. [+452, -14] I bet it's because the camera quality is too good, I don't think she'd look this badi n real life

4. [+24, -3] This is completely normal for her age. CFs and photoshop just plant unrealistic ideas of standards in people's heads.

5. [+21, -3] I bet anyone would look like that under such lighting and camera quality.

6. [+16, -4] I think it makes her look more human, not even that bad

7. [+13, -2] Don't know what the best replies are talking about when she's only 35 years old. How is looking like a grandma in your mid-thirties normal?

8. [+13, -2] If you try to defy your age, you end up looking like Hwang Shin Hye. It's better to age naturally and manage yourself little by little instead of getting work and botox done to freeze time.