20 July 2011 edit: I’ve been getting a little bit of flack for the OnewAcne/Harvard/Yale joke I made and how condescending I sound in the comments.. I apologize, but at the same time, I won’t be redacting anything. If it struck you as fobby and nouveau riche, that’s exactly what it is.. Asians in converging countries such as S. Korea place such high value on the prestige of your college (the ultimate holy grail being Harvard). That’s the joke. Also.. I understand how condescending I can seem, that’s just how my writing is.. you can see this throughout this blog. Somehow, I feel if I included a smiley face at the end, we wouldn’t be having this problem. At the same time, I also mentioned I have the same problem. I wouldn’t want you to judge me in my Italian any more than I would judge foreign readers’ English. T___T man, and while I was writing that comment reply to hellahyaa, I was trying to be as passive and respectful as possible, thinking that people would burn me if I tried to be condescending.. sigh.. but it still happened.. I apologize for that miscommunication..
Also, future note, please leave your real e-mail address if you wish to comment. I do respect anonymity, but that’s not how this specific blog is run.
31 October 2011 edit: so someone left a pretty inflammatory comment this night. I got called some very prosaic denigrating names, along with the condescending use of “honey”. Cool. But you know what’s really surprising? That there are a lot of people in the world who have different values! Which lead to different opinions and interpretations! Despite these divergences, there still exists something called manners.. right.. at least I would hope so. Please read this guide I wrote on how to comment respectfully before you go bat-shit crazy (for lack of a better term) and waste a good evening.
In the end, have I concluded SHINee are all bad people? That they are unattractive, don’t deserve to be idols? They should be sent to rehab? Er, no. So, I have not insulted your precious boys at all, nor attacked their characters and who they are overall. If you could not glean this by reading the last paragraph thoroughly, I’m sorry.
Have a good night.
Sorry about the influx of SHINee news, but they just had a few blowout concerts, and my news is flooded with their pictures. Following is a translation of the Chinese fan account that I read yesterday, and was severely disappointed.
Today’s concert ended around KST6.40pm. There were already about 100 Shawols waiting at the carpark, can’t remember the time. About 20 minutes later, Key was the first to come out and went into another car followed by the rest whom took a different car. According to Korean Shawols, Key’s grandmother came to today’s concert so Key has to leave to send his grandmother home. Filial Key!!!!
The 4 of them arrived at a BBQ restaurant around KST7.40pm and went to the 2nd floor with a cake… The 2nd floor was off-limits to Shawols. There were about 20 to 30 Shawols, so the 1st floor was all occupied by Shawols. Everybody ate while waiting. Key clad in a trendy outfit arrived 1 hour later, followed by Krystal whom left 10 minutes later. Then all sort of celebrations can be heard from upstairs!! Key came downstairs around KST10pm, nodded at Shawols and smiled in acknowledgment, followed by Taemin whom was piggy back by a staff, his face was covered by a jacket over his head, guess Taemin must be drunk. Minho then helped Jonghyun down. Jonghyun was staggering and his face was all red, he must have drank a lot and even gave Shawols a flying kiss. Onew then came down and gave a bright smile and waved. On a side note, we were seated in the first row so we were very upclose to them and Key’s skin is really fair and flawless. Onew has quite a number of pimples and it was heartbreaking to see it. Minho and Onew should also had a few drinks but they walked quite normally.
We then made our way to the dormitory and all Shawols rushed towards it but in an orderly manner. Key then alighted from the front seat, came forward and said hello, he also did a “Shh…” hand gesture, asking everyone to lower down their voices. Jonghyun then alighted, staggering, walking and spinning in circle, it was so adorable that I do not know how to put it into words. He even turned back and waved bye bye before entering the dormitory, all the Shawols present were very touched!!! Onew alighted next, eh, he started staggering too but he still gave Shawols a big smile.
Not sure if it was because Taemin was drunk, the car was drove up to the dormitory entrance, this time the manager hyung alighted and started shouting at Shawols and began to be quite rough, so we couldn’t see Minho and Taemin alighting, I think most probably because Taemin is underage and didn’t want to give Shawols a bad impression etc… The cab driver said that the lights at the dormitory entrance wasn’t on and he drove a few rounds near the dormitory but to no avail so we went back….
Source: CON给力 of Baidu
Translation: veyonce/emianjjong of tumblr
First off: Taemin drunk. A lot of fangirls have said that maybe he was just tired, and I disagree. Even though he is a minor, there must have been a lot of pressure for him to drink, and he probably did, and has on numerous occasions. This is not a jab at Taemin’s character, just a practical observation. I dislike this revelation, because I believe at the end of every choice, there is personal will, and despite whatever peer pressure, Taemin did not have to drink.
Second: staggering Jonghyun. As a kindergartener, I can’t hide the fact that I disapprove highly of people who drink until they’re staggering all over the place. I will give Jonghyun the benefit of the doubt, since he is legal in South Korea, and he has girlfriend troubles. Fans are mad that Shin Se Kyung didn’t attend the concert, which is ridiculous since their relationship is none of their business. Though a drunk Jonghyun may be ‘cute,’ he’s still drunk and I don’t think that’s cute. At all.
Third: ONEW PIMPLES! I admit, I used to have acne, but now I’ve gone to see a lovely dermatologist from Harvard, and problems are no more. It doesn’t make sense, because in a sense, Onew is an investment, and S.M. would at least get him a Yale dermatologist for this problem.
These three, disturbing observations lead me to this quote from Madame Bovary (which I finally finished): “We must not touch our idols; the gilt sticks to our fingers.” A lot of gilt is sticking to my fingers; I always asserted that they were ordinary people, but it’s sort of unsettling to actually realize that they are really ordinary– that in making life choices, choices of resolution and not of skill, they are just so ordinary. SHINee as artists, and SHINee as people, are diametrically opposite concepts, and I hope that this fan account can help others to realize that.