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Park Bom – Don’t Cry: Kpop Music Mondays

May 10, 2011

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You know, it kinda sucks that we’re getting to the point now that we have to worry about people getting butthurt about our opinions. When we first saw this video, we thought to ourselves that it’s going to be really difficult to review. We’d have tons to say about it, but it would probably just get people upset. We’re anticipating our YouTube channel to have a lot of “WTF IF YOU DON’T LIKE PARK BOM THEN SHUT UP YOU RACISTS” or something like that. Uhh. Hopefully that won’t spill over into the discussion here. YouTube comments are out of our hands. The comments on this site, though, tend to be more civilized.

So, allow us to repeat: we like Park Bom. We like this song. We like 2NE1 a lot, and – as we mentioned in our interview on Arirang’s Heart to Heart – we think they’re one of the few Kpop bands to be able to make it internationally. But, really, this video was just not a good representation of 2NE1 or Park Bom. Maybe they scripted her to have such a soulless role, but – good googly goo – the acting was so terrible in this that we cringed. Why can’t she show any emotion? Why does she have to look like a doll?

Does anyone else not view this video as being really, really miserable? Your husband dies, you see his ghost and you go chasing after it, and then when you catch up to it, you hug your dead husband, and then he takes your rings, ties them together, and disappears. Who cares if the song is called Don’t Cry. Anyone who wouldn’t cry in such a situation is either dead or a robot. We put ourselves in Park Bom’s shoes for this video, and there are far too many times in which we’d collapse on the ground and sob uncontrollably. No pretty song telling us not to cry would change that. In fact, a sad song would probably make us cry EVEN MORE. Ridiculous!

It’s a really pretty looking video, though. It’s odd that it smacks of Tim Burton’s remake of Alice in Wonderland, though. Check out the picture here:

Park Bom Don't Cry Alice in Wonderland

Park Bom's "Don't Cry" really looks like Alice in Wonderland

See what we mean? The garden gates look almost identical. The sky has the same cloudy, grey, dingy look. The garden is overly abundant. In fact, Park Bom was originally with her hair up and in a pink dress, but in the garden she’s wearing a blue dress with her hair down, just like Alice. What’s the significance of Park Bom imitating Alice in Wonderland? We’re not sure. Alice follows the rabbit, Park Bom follows her dead husband’s ghost. Alice grows older and wiser after she leaves Wonderland, as does Park Bom. Alice is distracted by the blue hookah-smoking caterpillar, Park Bom is distracted by a blue butterfly. The similarities just seem a bit too much to be accidental. Their significance? We don’t know. We gave up on doing English-Literaturey things back in University. Anyone have any guesses?

Anyhow, that’s it for this week. We don’t know if Park Bom is going to have an album out for Don’t Cry, so we’re not sure how to recommend her album. We know that YG’s promoting their YG Family album. Does that count? It’s got 2NE1 songs live, along with a bunch of other YG Family songs from Big Bang, Se7en, and Psy. Woot woot! Check it out by clicking on the link below :D

2010 YG Family Concert (DVD + Photobook + Poster in Tube) (2-Disc) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version)

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  1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought the video was not good and that her acting was terrible… TERRIBLE. So stiff! (That’s what she said…) LOVE Park Bom and 2NE1 but dang… Anyways, I like the honesty of the reviews you both do all every time. Keep up the good work! Itaewon Freedommmm~

    5 years ago
  2. IA I was actually really dissapointed to see this make it to the Music Mondays list but you guys did a great job reviewing it. I love Park Bom to death but she is just not an actor not at all. I’ve seen her upset (anyone who’se seen 2NE1 TV has ans she can convey emotion, maybe she just isn’t good at faking it. Which is understandable shes a singer not an actress. I hope next week you get to do something funny. This MV was kinda blah Itaewon Freedom and LOVE Girl had so much more going on.

    Personally I think she did PS when she was going to join 2NE1 to look younger ( I mean half her bandmates are 10 years younger and Dara is an unaging vampire) but she was beautiful before and she might’ve been ok even if she might’ve looked a bit older (they are kinda hard on the older celebs) but what’s done is done. Plus she has weight issues and other things that make her face look out of wack at times.

    5 years ago
  3. Did she get botox surgery? Cuz her face seems frozen in the same expression….

    5 years ago
  4. A~ing ♡

    5 years ago
  5. I think YG has some infatuation with Alice in Wonderland…Seungri, now Park Bom….

    5 years ago
  6. I think YG has some infatuation with Alice in Wonderland…Seungri, now Park Bom….

    5 years ago
  7. Park Bom!!!!

    Creo que en alguna parte escuché que en asi se cree que la gente vuelve después de muerta en mariposas, por ende la mariposa que seguia era a su esposo…creo… de todos modos… gran rewiew!!!

    5 years ago
  8. I was fine with her acting because I actually NEVER noticed Bom expressing some kind of emotion. She’s just one of those people that are perpetually stoic. Even when I witnessed her smile, it looked like she was forced into it by a gun against her head. So yeah…emotionless Park Bom = Emotionless video. It’s just that the other 2NE1 members are there to prevent us from noticing it.

    5 years ago
  9. Martina, did you get a new tattoo? Or have you always had the one on your neck? What is it? It looks really cool, lol. Anyways. I actually like how you’re so honest with your reviews, but I’m a normal 19 year old and not a ridiculously kpop crazed 14 year old fangirl -__-. If you were going to say just the good things about every single video, then why even make them, you know? An opinion is an opinion, I’ll never understand why people leave such stupid comments on your youtube page attacking you guys :T But hey, I appreciate what you do, and I’m sure many others do as well.

    But yeah, I’m really not sure what’s going on with Park Bom and her acting. Her singing is incredible, and it always has been, but even sometimes while performing, she just looks sort of… miserable. I remember a few years ago when Big Bang first debuted, she was featured in a few songs, and even in the music videos she was expressionless. Sort of like Kristen Stewart. It’s just so… bleh.

    Again, thank you for putting so much time and effort into making videos. It makes me miss Korea so much, but it’s always nice to see different (and honest) reviews on kpop videos, and what you think of Korea. I’m definitely your fan for sure.

    Oh wow I didn’t know my comment would be so long! Sorry D:

    5 years ago
  10. PARK BOM!!!!!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  11. Great review as always – must say, I have the same reaction to Park Bom as you, insanely good vocals but that static-emotion face has always left me wondering if it was an ‘affected persona’ or something else (?) – none of which has ever kept me from liking her – A LOT.

    I’m glad you spoke-out about the youtube comments – every now and again I go back and watch the older ones, because they’re ALL good, and I’ve been surprised to find so many really nasty/mean comments from people who clearly don’t *get* that your reviews are meant to be FUNNY and …honest. You’re not writing for a corporate entity – it’s a vlog FFS. Please don’t EVER change for the haters.

    I concur with all those who’ve commented on Martina’s fresh-faced make-up for this vid – SUPER PRETTY. Which is not to say you aren’t always – I love the experimentation with eyeliners & colors. You’re really Pro at ‘self-styling’ ❤

    And Last….congrats on the new crib! Hongdae or Bucheon? (not my business) just curious. :)

    5 years ago
  12. The squirrel shirt is nuts! But you guys have gotta stop beginning every video or change of subject with “Ok”, “So”, or “Ok, so…”. It seems as invariable and inviolate as Park Bom’s expressions. I’ve seen so many of your vids featuring this trademark I’m starting to unconsciously do it myself now – not good for a radio announcer! Ok, so…we cool? On the other hand: the content rocks! Screw my pedant obsession. (Speaking of obsessions: Lee Tae Ran. ‘Nuff said.)

    5 years ago
    • Ha! That’s a great point. I notice our bad speech habits as well. We say “I mean” a lot, and “really really” as well. Uhh. Hard to break out of bad habits…

      5 years ago
  13. loving your videos! though i am a huge 2ne1 fan, i respect your opinion. you actually made some really good points about the video. & it opened my eyes to some of the things i missed while watching it. and yay jay park and taeyang won! haha it was honestly so hard to choose between them!

    for the womderland contest, i choose park bom’s ‘dont cry’. :D

    5 years ago
  14. If you people dont like your favorite band being review GTFO.

    Dont watch them. dont leave hate messages for these awesome and talented individuals.

    martina and simon keep up the great work. its okay some people just cant take a joke.

    5 years ago
  15. MSA

    Random comment is random, but I had to do a doubletake here: Martina, you don’t have a chin! D: The magical fuzziness of the video has evaporated your chin… but your skin looks really nice and smooth, though.

    I see most people are talking about Park Bom and everything, but I just wanted to say how I laughed a lot more thanks to this video than some of the others – the Martina-bot was particularly hilarious. Yaay! 8D

    Oh, and congrats for the new apartment contract~ I’m going to miss the current background, though – harhar.

    5 years ago
  16. okay… haven’t seen the video yet but the screenshots really make her look like a freaky china doll…
    the song is nice though!

    5 years ago
  17. Park Bom’s world!!!

    5 years ago
  18. park bom

    5 years ago
  19. Don’t worry about what people say pplz! Just keep on making funny videos with your opinion!! I love Park Bom and 2ne1 but i have to admit this video really isn’t her best!! Love you GUYS!! YOU ROCK!!

    5 years ago
  20. G-dragon’s “Butterfly” has a wonderland feel as well.

    5 years ago
  21. creepy what? disturbed what? how old are you guys?

    5 years ago
  22. as much as i love park bom, you’re right.. she only has one expression. everyone says it’s because of plastic surgery, well go watch big bang – forever with you, shes exactly the same… even her pre-debut photos, always the same. but she can sing well so i guess that’s all that matters really?

    5 years ago
  23. Guys, help us trend
    #eatyourkimchi on Twitter- Simon and Martina don’t think they’ve enough fans for this to happen so let’s show them they do!!

    5 years ago
  24. You know why that chick isn’t expressive? Because she has had too much plastic surgery. Duh!

    5 years ago
  25. Peeps, can you please leave out the surgery comments, yes she did double eyelid surgery, and that’s that. As you can see from 2NE1 tv and YG On Air, minor surgery does not effect her ability to emote, the director does.

    5 years ago
  26. You guys are absolutely right and even if I would disagree, I wouldn’t be so butthurt even when I am Bom’s fan. I guess the expressionless face stuck on her after the cool meditation scene in Clap your hands, I’m really looking forward to a change in Lonely…

    One thing I have to say though, the butterfly represents the spirit, soul or whatevah, so she wasn’t distracted at all. :) Thanks for a great review! I’d also like to thank for the new commenting box, but it seems to not work so great right now. I can’t see my writing completely behind the twitter thingy. Also biased or not I find Orange Caramel world plain creepy.

    5 years ago
  27. your bloods and crips comment had me in stitches … and i vote for Bom because Orange Caramel was just … to cute.

    5 years ago
  28. I vote for Park Bom cause she’s teh bomb! haha…*crickets chirping* okay that was a bad pun but her acting is much worse! just sayin’ ;)

    5 years ago
  29. Should’ve reviewed the acoustic version instead. haha. Bom showed much more emotions there and her voice in the acoustic version is really mindblowin~ :)

    about the alice and wonderland thing.. i think they really patterned the video to it. so no coincidence or what ever… i think the mv is an “interpretation” of the movie. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fox/165817973472159 -follow our page people! :D

    5 years ago
  30. i think we all know why bom can’t emote *ahem*

    thanks for another hilarious music monday

    5 years ago
  31. I can sympathise with the whole trying-to-not-anger fans thing. Exploding fangirls are the 3rd most deadly creatures in the world right? ;) But I think that if you’re stating the truth in a constructive way, go for it!! Kudos to you two for braving all the oncoming haters – but you know we love you right :D

    As for the fairytale land, even though I’m a MASSIVE Bom fan, rofl that Orange Caramel land was crazaaayy~ :p They get my vote just for being plain weird.

    5 years ago
  32. Seriously, guys, don’t worry about people who get upset about sarcasm and humor. They just want attention and by complaining they get what they want. So ignore those guys and please never change. Because you guys are awesome.

    5 years ago
  33. You are right. Bom acts awfully in this MV.

    5 years ago
  34. I forgot to mention that Martina’s shirt on this Music Mondays is super awesome cool and pretty! :D

    5 years ago
  35. The subtitles usually take 10 minutes to go up. They’re up now :D

    5 years ago
  36. Speak your mind freely! Who cares what others think, these are YOUR thoughts and hey some will agree some wont. Plz don’t ever be afraid to speak what you really think because in the end you can’t please anyone…trust me.. i know. lol Great job as per usual.

    5 years ago
  37. awsome video:D butterfly haaahahaahahaa XD

    5 years ago
  38. i love it your video >.<

    and also agree~keke =)

    5 years ago
  39. Don’t be afraid please… too boring

    5 years ago
  40. Where’s Itaewon Freedom?

    5 years ago
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