My flight home is in seven hours from now (9.27am), so I decided to take advantage of the Hong Kong International’s free wifi and catch up on my internet life. A day before, I had quickly read some text somewhere that Jonghyun had kissed Taemin at a concert but I just imagined a peck on the cheeks or something, something like a silly prank that Jonghyun did to Minho before.
Then I saw this photo:
Internally, I was thinking, why is this so erotic-looking?! Is this really a kiss? Shawol-noona has got some crazy angling skills. Moreover, there was a caption underneath the photo, saying something like, “After kissing his lips, Jonghyun continued to caress Taemin’s lips and neck.” So when I watched a fancam (below), I was expecting to see like a 30 second or longer caress thing and I prepared my ovaries to explode. Or whatever.
Following are three different fancams:
So the caption of the photo was totally misleading. Actually, it is all very misleading. I watched the fancam about 10 more times, and from that, I formed these core thoughts about the ‘kiss':
(1) That was incredibly hot. There is no way around it. I bet a lot of Jongtae shippers were born that night. Gee willikers.
(2) It was merely fanservice (intentional), and just being caught up in the moment. I am sure Jonghyun knew that his ‘kiss’ with Minho previously drew a lot of attention, and as Jonghyun admitted in “Hello Baby”, he loves skinship. Even this time, Jonghyun was the initiator. SHINee also comes from the same company as fanservice-friendly Super Junior, so it is not hard to imagine that SHINee could have intentionally planned the hair-grab and the in-your-face-nyah. It does seem rather choreographed, as Taemin shakes off Jonghyun’s hand on his hair without much trouble; it actually reminds me a lot of Homin during Keep Your Head Down promotions. Moreover, Jonghyun and Taemin are sex symbols. They know this, and they work hard to portray sexy personas when required, and clearly this performance was meant to be a flaunt-masculinity-I’m-sex-god-bow-to-me-stage-thing. Because Jonghyun was channeling sex god and was shirtless to boot, anything he did with Taemin up-close would be labelled as (really really really) homoerotic. Honestly, even if we are not Jonghyun biases, no-shirt-undulating Jonghyun is still quite a sight. Sigh.
(3) Nah, still not a Jongtae shipper. Nah.
(4) Jonghyun and Taemin are still straight as arrows. In my opinion, probably the straightest pair in SHINee; this is mostly what fueled my perspective that this ‘kissing’ was fanservice. In general, I feel Taemin is rather naive and even if he does like playing in the playground with males, I do not think he will ever try– Jonghyun as well. Jonghyun may not be naive about some things Taemin is naive about, but about ‘those’ things, I can imagine Jonghyun’s clueless face very, very well. Despite Jonghyun’s more bad-boy image, he is a very vanilla type of character; a good boy who listens to his mama. A good boy who pays homage to his fansites by writing them on his back while he dances around shirtless. I was really touched by that; the One In a Million noona must have cried when she saw it (while continuously snapping with her 9394859x zoom Nikon).
This type of performance and actions indicates how far SHINee has come in terms of image. As I have said over and over again, they can no longer have the cute and youthful image. As they grow up, SHINee’s concept must mature along with them, and SHINee is definitely ready for that next step. Definitely ready.
Because what the heck is this?! Apparently 2min. Stay tuned.