Ok, so Tuesday night the migraine started, and lasted all day Wednesday. I went to a hair appt to get bleached with a frigging migraine. Yeah, that was fun. My stylist kept asking me if I was sure I wanted to keep going, if I was ok. I told them, “Yeah, I’m miserable anyway, I may as well come do this thing where I don’t have to do anything but sit here for an hour and a half with caustic chemicals on my head.” It’s not like I could do anything else.
So, if you want to see the photos of the progress toward platinum, the GeekGirlsRule Instagram is where those live.
Then I logged in last night when I could deal with screens, and they were taking Patreon down for maintenance.
Then I was at work for 11 hours today. It took me three tries to eat my lunch.
Apparently the world exploded while I was out of commission yesterday.
I don’t think I’ve put in an 11 hour day since I did IT.
So, ok, right now I think I will elaborate on my K-pop answer.
I kind of like the music. I have a soft spot for pop. The songs are very catchy musically. Unless they sing in English I have no idea what they’re saying, which, to be honest I have that problem with a lot of English speaking bands, like the Rolling Stones. Fucking mush-mouth.
The videos are like a lot of the more polished videos of the age when MTV actually played music videos. Yes, I’m dating myself. They remind me of videos by groups like Duran Duran and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, the videos that almost looked like movies.
The things I do not like about K-pop: The industry itself.
A. The bands are nearly all formed by the recording corporations. I have many angry feels about this.
B. The SUPER restrictive contracts and clauses they put their stars under, many of whom are roped into these things by parents and guardians before they can legally sign for themselves, but are then legally expected to honor these super exploitive contracts that manage every single facet of their lives, from the size of their bodies, to whether or not they can date, if they can date WHO they can date. Google that female K-pop star who was forced to shave her head and apologize to her fans for having a boyfriend. Fuck. That.
C. They treat their female stars demonstrably worse than their male stars. The contracts for the female bands are much more restrictive especially in terms of body weight, shape, size and romantic relationships.
D. Talent is secondary to the look. Which feeds back into point A.
So, yeah I do like the music, but I won’t support that industry because it feeds on the lives of these children who are essentially sold into it by parents before they have much of a say.
So, yeah, it’s like they took all the bad parts of the Hit-maker period of the American music industry and then cranked them up to 11.
I am not down with that level of exploitive horror show.