Kim Heechul, my hero (alt. title: Kim Heechul and Hero)

August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I came home last night, I had decided to refrain from turning on my computer and just check my phone before going to bed. However, when I did so, I found that Elin over at Dancing on Our Own had sent a link to this tumblr post, asking Lars and me if we knew anything more about the photo.

Yes. That is Kim Heechul of Super Junior, a band under SM Entertainment, and Kim “Hero” Jaejoong of JYJ, currently in conflict with said company.

Naturally, I had to turn on the computer to go online and do some investigation work, and before long, I found this post saying it’s real and recent, taken sometime during the last year. I almost started crying.

I was already beyond thrilled when Heechul and Jaejoong started following each other on Twitter in April, and I wondered a lot about what was going on, why they could do this, how it had happened. I imagined them bumping into each other at some bar, slightly drunk, and just laughing at it all and deciding to follow each other on Twitter, starting right there on the spot. I have no idea if this is actually what happened, but what is Fandom if not daydreams and fantasies? In any case it reminded me of why Heechul is my original (though not at the moment most prominent) bias: The prettiness might have drawn me in, but what made me stay was his originality and courage beyond words, the personality that always keeps me guessing. Yes, the courage. How he continued to support Hangeng even after he left SME, and now appearently Jaejoong, even though Heechul himself has stayed in the company and even renewed his contract not that long ago. (And considering the well-known close friendship between Heechul and Yunho of DBSK, I can’t even begin to think about how this may affect all the YunJae shippers out there…)

I think what these kinds of acts and pictures do to me is that they give me hope that the idols actually are more than what they are made into, and that they can to a certain extent escape the hands of their companies. And if someone is to go against his company, it’s Kim Heechul.

I wonder if I’ll ever get wtf is going on in the Idol World. I don’t think so. But maybe some day it will become at least a little clearer to us at least what happened just now. Until then: Heechul and Jaejoong, stay strong!


Guerilla Date with SHINee

April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Guerilla Date is an aspect of kpop that I can’t really handle. On one hand, I love it, because it’s all about fan service – one of the things I love the most about kpop. On the other hand, it’s usually a bit too much for me to take, and I end up having to pause the video every 20 seconds so I can blush and facepalm for a couple of minutes before I get back to watching. Too time-consuming. Not always worth it.

However, today I decided to watch the SHINee episode of Guerilla Date, and it turned out to be awesome. As anyone who reads this blog would have noticed, both Lars and I are pretty obsessed with Key, and though I do like SHINee as a group, I’m not sure I would have paid as close attention to them if it weren’t for him. However, it has taken quite some time for me to start liking Jonghyun. Thinking that he seemed to be something of a bully, I used to have a slight disdain for Jonghyun, and honestly felt a bit annoyed at how good friends he and Key seemed to be. In just the last couple of months, however, I’ve grown to like him more and more, and I have to admit, that guy is a twitter natural. Pretty much one of the best twitters I’ve ever seen. I would have followed it even if I had no idea who he was, and with Heechul tweeting less as he’s off doing community service, there was definitely a huge twitter troll void after him. Of course, it could be that I just didn’t see through to Jonghyuns awesomeness earlier, but I honestly also think that he’s grown up a bit, softening his bluntness and sharpening his sense of humor.  What amazes me the most is the sheer amount of time that he must be spending on the Internet at the moment. I’m pretty sure he has always been a sneaky secret netizen, but since he joined twitter, it’s completely gotten out of hand, and I love it almost as much as I love changing my opinion about someone for the better.  Whatever. I’ve always watched SHINee in varieties mostly for Key and a little for Onew, but even if Jonghyun’s apparent yearning for variety shows would turn out making him going on them on his own, I’d probably watch. A dream coming true, though, would be for the whole of SHINee to appear on Running Man together YES PLEASE CAN WE HAVE THAT I WANT IT YES oh I just realized I haven’t even mentioned how I did pretty much nothing on my free time (which is very sparse, usually, but still!) but watch Running Man for a couple of weeks earlier this year. Anyways, that would be epic.

On the other hand, someone that I’ve always liked is Onew. But it seems like I’ve liked him for other reason than lots of his fans. The famous “Onew sangtae” has never really appealed to me as such, neither have the dubu image. What I’ve found interesting is the combination of this and what I don’t really know how to refer to other than Onew’s “darker sides” – a tendency to go just slightly too far in just slightly too mean jokes, his self-proclaimed depressiveness and imperturbable integrity. And since he came back from his recent hiatus, which SME says was because of an ankle injury (seriously…?) but everybody know was because of a depression or crisis or something, this darkness seems to have become even more prominent. Or has he, also, grown up, shredded some youthful dorkiness and taken on a more serious persona? I’m not sure. However, something that I really did love about this episode of Guerilla Date is how the MC brought forth one of the most interesting aspects I know in kpop: The difference between the public persona and the actual person. So interesting.

Sigh. I could go on forever about this episode, but I don’t think that would get anywhere… Just take a look, if you haven’t already:


Oh, Heenim.

March 5, 2012 § 2 Comments

Yesterday, I was trying to explain fabrication and the concept of idols to a couple of friends. But some of this is impossible to try to explain to someone just like that, after dinner with come cognac and pear cake, and one of those things is Kim Heechul, his concept, his role, his person and exactly why I find him so intriguing. So I didn’t. But on my way home, I thought a lot about him: how important a part he has played in my growing interest in kpop, how I just get more confused the more I try to understand what the hell he’s actually up to, and exactly how unique his role is in kpopverse. The eternal exception to so many rules, he had a whole talking round on Strong Heart dedicated to the subject ”Because it is (/I am) Kim Heechul, it is okay”, meaning he can get away with stuff other people can’t simply because of who he are. I guess it is a persona with a great load of freedom, and pressure, to act controversially, sometimes to the point where it’s actually rather obnoxious. And some things are still taboo, of course.

No matter. I was heartbroken and relieved at the same time when he went to do his desk job military service, and at the same time that I’ve hoped the time away does him good, I’ve missed seeing him in action (and should go on a Heechul variety binge soon again sometime). But I also felt a small pang of idiotic guilt at how, during this time, my attention has steered towards other kpop people in his stead.

And then, as though an answer to my thoughts, twitter provides me with this.

 Kim Heechul and Hong Seok-Cheon

So. Heening letting Hong Seok-cheon, pretty much South Koreas only openly gay man, tweet a picture of the two of them all cozy together at a wedding? I’m not sure exactly what his reasons are, but I most certainly apporove of this displayal of comfortableness. Every little step, etc. Also: How awesomely good-looking Heechul himself is in that picture.

What can I say? 우유빛깔 김희철!  사랑해요 김희철!


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March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

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