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We really didn’t like this video. A lot of people seem to love it, though, as it’s currently ranking 3rd for video of the year on our KpopCharts, so we’re worried that a lot of people are going to be upset with this review. Ah well. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can see it here before we rip into it some more:

 

To begin with, we want to counter the people that are going to rush to defend Hyuna. We are not calling her a slut, or a skank, or anything like that. This video in no way reflects her sexuality or her promiscuity. We are also not against being sexy in videos, so long as it’s done right. When it’s done like this, though, for no other reason than to give you boners (or ladyboners), then we think it’s trash.

This is more than just showing some skin or wearing tight outfits. Hyuna’s wardrobe choices are the least of our complaints. Our real issue with the video is that Hyuna’s not showing any talent; or, more specifically, the only talents she’s showing are those of a stripper.

Her dancing sucks, and she’s hiding it behind all of the sex faces she’s making, hoping that you won’t notice, because you’ve got a chubble going on (we’re tempted to call this video “Chubble Maker” instead). Compare Hyuna to Girls’ Generation’s “The Boys”: in the latter, they’ve got an awesome dance going on: crisp, in sync, and to the beat. The closeups you see of their faces show them singing or looking pretty. Hyuna, on the other hand, crawls on the ground, bends over and sticks her hand between her legs, touches the inside of her thighs, lower’s her face to JS’s crotch (which suggests she’s going to blow him), rubs her ass on his back, bites her lips and fingers and rubs her face. See what we’re saying? Girls’ Generation are sexy because they’re confident. Hyuna’s acting sexy because she’s treating this like a soft porn. Girls’ Generation show their talent in their videos. Hyuna’s dancing like she wants you to stuff a dollar down her cleavage.

That’s the main issue we have with Hyuna. We don’t like how North American videos are trashy. We like how Kpop, in our opinion, is becoming popular because of its hard working ethic and rigorous training, which you can see through the awesome dancing of Kpop idols. The marketing strategy for Hyuna, though, casts this all to the wind, and lets lazy, talentless, sexiness take the place of what we think was a major factor in Kpop’s awesomeness. We’re not saying that Hyuna is talentless. She may very well be quite talented. She’s just doing her best to hide it from us and make sex with her face and body instead.

Hyuna Sex Face

Hello men. Look at your lady, now back at me, now back at your lady, now back at me. Does she look like me? I hope not, because that would be stupid

Whatever. Sex sells, and Cube Entertainment is laughing with Hyuna all the way to the spank bank. In the next video, when Hyuna’s going to be singing over a fun, bubbly chorus about dating or cheating or having fun, and she covers herself in oil and rubs herself on the crotches of her backup dancers, the video will get a bagillion views again, they’ll all get boatloads of money, and we’ll still be equally unimpressed.

So that’s it. Great song, really. But we can’t enjoy it as much after being so thoroughly upset by this crappy video. The spy theme was stupid for the many reasons we pointed out, and Hyuna’s MESOHORNY acting was offensively bad. Definitely one of our least favourite videos of the year, almost as bad as Teen Top’s “No More Perfume on You”.

Since we still like the song, though, we do recommend that you pick up the CD, which you can do by clicking on the link below:

Trouble

And, though we were grumpy in this video, we did still have some bloopers. Yay!

 

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  1. I know this is and old and dead post but I gotta throw in my 2 cents here. If you know Korean or have read the translated lyrics of the song you can see that everything Hyuna is doing in this video matches to the lyrics.
    I also feel that you are unfairly targeting Hyuna in this review since you referenced 4Minute’s Mirror Mirror video stating “Eventhing was going fine until “Hyuna” randomly drops down and makes a sex to the floor” which completely disregards the fact that 4 other members were in that HD wide angle shot doing the exact same moves at the exact same time.
    I would make further criticisms of the unfair treatment of Hyuna in this video but I believe many of the older comments here have pretty much made them all for me.

    • fuuko4869

      Hmm, yea this is a pretty old post. Welcome though :)

      Yeah don’t worry, the amount of defensive comments I’ve seen in favour of Hyuna’s….innocence(?) can easily drown out anything S&M could possibly say. I don’t think you need to worry about it too much; but thanks for the 2 cents anyway. :)
      I agree with you btw; it’s not just Hyuna, almost every kpop idol out there, in fact most pop singers, are making sex to the floor or the camera or something or other in order to appeal to the basest of human drives. I actually moved from western music to eastern music precisely to avoid that kind of …exposure; but eastern media is getting more ‘out there’ lately. So I prefer to just listen to the music without the video. But maybe I’m just old-fashioned…

      Btw, did you know that EYK’s fans are named after Hyuna’s dance? I find it surprising that in spite of 4Minute being Simon’s favourite group, 4nias like to brand them as haters. I think the only way to not be a hater is to just stick to compliments – or say nothing at all.

      • This is the first I’ve heard of EYK fans even having an official name. I don’t doubt that Simon likes 4Minute but in this video he seemed to really single out Hyuna with the reference to the mirror mirror video despite the rest of the group doing the same dance with her.
        I guess I’m just so desensitized from American music videos and even just everyday commercials that this video doesn’t seem that bad to me. Granted before I got into kpop (thanks to 4Minute’s video WHY) I was an old school headbanging metalhead so compared to the average W.A.S.P. or Motley Crue video Hyuna seems like a saint.

        • fuuko4869

          Thanks for responding so calmly :)

          Perhaps Simon’s concerns were indeed misplaced; I’m not exactly an authority in this area, because as I said, I’m old-fashioned and conservative :p I’ll let Simon himself address that, if he ever comes strolling through this ancient post…. (I doubt it)

          But my job is just to make sure that any arguments are presented in a mature and respectable manner; and since you seem perfectly capable of doing that, I’ll just leave you to it. ^^b

          PS. my favourite is Muzik ;)

  2. Other than Adele, who is considered fat, all the other women sell sex in their videos. Even the Disney singers, as soon as they turn 18, they can not wait to take off the clothes. There is never a video about how great she can sing but you can sure check out her booty. Except the guys, western guys are usually clothed and don’t do a lot of sexy dancing but they don’t need to because they have “naked” backup dancers shaking it up.
    I like the boys band kpop videos because they do a little of the sexy, but I don’t like when they go over the top, it stops being subtle sexy and gets ridiculous, like trying too much. As for the girls, too much sugar, arghhh, or too obvious sexy with that face of innocence.
    I like this song, and with so many other kpop videos, I really don’t care much about the video unless when there is a good dancing routine.

  3. sexymf Nounoune

    I totally aggre with you guys.
    I don’t think sexyness is bad, not at all. But I don’t like Hyuna’s behavior, who is vulgar. And that’s the BIG difference.

  4. Jo Kwon….he looks like a stick…

  5. Ehhh, you’re white people who judge korean stars. I’m out of here!

  6. Finally somebody who agrees with me.. Did you guys see the performance of Troublemaker by Jo kwon and Gain? I think they should have done the song.

  7. I really like Hyuna, but I totally agree with your opinion on her videos.  She has a ton of talent that CUBE Entertainment isn’t allowing her to show; just because she’s extremely beautiful doesn’t mean that her main selling point should be SEXSEXSEX >..<

  8. Roboseyo brought me here =p Glad u ripped this one.

  9. Anonymous

    LOL! First off, I love your vids! …and I totally agree with you about this one. Hyuna is really not working for me. She’s really only there with the sole purpose of selling sex. I don’t think she is a good vocalist or a powerful dancer. When I first saw this video, I thought to myself, was Hyuna really necessary? JS carried this song all the way. I even showed this to my BF who does not know korean or much about KPop. He really liked the beat and sound but also asked the question, “what was the role of the chick in the MV? Her part sucked”

  10. Ok, my bottom line? Hyuna is gorgeous and talented, but the way she’s dressed is -very- distracting. I can literally see up her skirt. Black panties much? I think all the comments about Hyuna being a slut just underline my point: she’s being reduced to a sex object. In this case, it’s not so much sexy confidence as sexy sexy.

    Why couldn’t she and JS have done more duet dancing? While tango isn’t necessarily appropritate for this music style, maybe a ballrom dancing type thing?

    I don’t know anything about Hyuna’s life, I can’t label her as promiscuous, but the clothing choices in this vid raised my eyebrows. It was like “So…. when does Hyuna get the other half of her skirt?” Hyuna’s talented, but the amount of skin takes away from that. Distracting, and sexually objectifying. She’s not going to be know as a dancer or singer, she’s going to be known as “that one hot chick, the one did bubble pop?”

    • In all the k-dramas and videos I am always thinking that the bloopers and NG must have a lot of upskirts because how on earth can they wear something so short and we never ever see their grannies panties. Grannies panties cause wearing a G-string with that is like posing for Playboy or pulling a Britney getting off the car with no panties.
      Any girl with a little more curvaceous bottom can’t wear those skirts because the panties will be for show.

  11. hyunA definitely ruined this video 4 me… ty 4 saying this stuff guys, it really needed 2 be said. so happy that CUBE is making a sub unit 4 Gayoon and Jiyoon, finally actual vocal talent gets a chance 2 shine.

  12. Wow, it’s amazing how much discussion there is on this video! I mean, you’ve got words like “misogynistic”, “heteronormative”, and “vilification” being used. I think there are a lot of very interesting opinions on this video. However, there are other ways to be sexy and seductive, and Hyuna definitely could have done better. And I do think it’s unfortunate how JS’s performance was kinda overshadowed by all the butt-rubbing and suggestive faces.

  13. I also feel like you guys waaaaaaaaay overthought the video and should have just enjoyed it rather than try to think out EVERY single thing they are doing. How is anyone supposed to enjoy something when your overthinking it? -_- (Just my opinion) 

  14. Honestly, I’m a girl and I love the video. I didn’t think Hyuna was being too sexy… It was a sexy song, duh. She wasn’t gonna go all Susan Boyle for a song titled “Troublemaker”, sorry. I’m not even a Hyuna fan, I like her but I’m not an actual fan. I defend her in this aspect though. I don’t think she’s a bad dancer at all, so I don’t even know where that came in. Look at Park Bom, I’m a huge fan of hers but I’m not in denial that she isn’t the greatest dancer. Even if I hated Park bom and noticed her dancing skills weren’t that of Minzy’s I still wouldn’t be nasty and say “she sucked” I would say “she isn’t the greatest dancer in this video…” I honestly do think there is some jealousy present. Either they are jealous or they just are anti-Hyuna. And those who aren’t jealous (or less jealous than others) of Hyuna dancing all over Hyunseung LIKED the vid. Seriously, think about it. 

  15. Anonymous

    I’m quite surprised that you didn’t mention the similarities between Justin Timberlake’s SexyBack video and Troublemaker but aside from that I agree with you about the “sexiness”

  16. I recently got into k-pop (so recently like 1-2 weeks ago), but I take what interests me seriously and have been looking around for new artists and songs. My first k-pop vid was from SNSD and (being from the west) I wasn’t trained in asian facial features, so I clicked another video “Mirror Mirror” and I was like “OMG! O.O that looks like a stripper” and thought it was the same people, I later (like 5-10 mins afterwards) learned it wasn’t and have tried to stay away from 4minute videos ever since >.>

    Because of them (being my 2nd k-pop video) I almost got a whole music genre wrong (and many others may fall for it). It’s fine if they wanna show some leg or dance moves, but you guys are totally right about her rubbing up all over him and her flashing us. I only saw like 30 secs of the vid and listened to rest while typing. It’s actually an OK song but the vid is too much >.>
    OMG! on min 3:15 or so in the MV it sounds like he says “hoochie girl” XD (I know 0 korean  so please understand the misunderstanding XD)

  17. slut shaming whether you intend to or not is equally pathetic and using snsd in comparison to hyuna when you barely even like them, lol
    why don’t you use your favorite group that humps the floor?

    seriously i’m a girl and i have no problem with hyuna, i have seen worse like koda kumi
    both are great in their own ways

    pathetic

  18. I think EYK pointed out some big problems with this video and I think that the director and management involved deserve a lot of criticism for it, but I think there are some big problems with the wording they used.

    A lot of comments say that you’re slut shaming and negating female sexuality, but I think the real problem here is that the video reduces female sexuality to something that is only for the male gaze, to use heteronormative terminology. When EYK complain that Hyuna looks like a stripper I think that they’re trying to say she’s displaying and contorting herself to appear “sexy” in the way that pornography and media portray women, as sexual objects for the viewer’s enjoyment. The problem here isn’t that Hyuna is trying to act sexy or seduce someone, it’s that the way she’s being shown in the video is part of a larger history of women being shown in the media as sexual objects, the way female “sexuality” is used not to encourage women to seek pleasure but as entertainment for (predominantly) men.

    I think Sarah Bruce’s interpretation, where Hyuna’s sexuality is a tool she’s using for her own purposes, is very interesting and I think I’d really like to see the video that way. But because of some of the things EYK pointed out – like the up-skirt camera angles – I just can’t believe that it’s intentional. And sure maybe the author is dead and intention doesn’t matter but when it comes down to it, and maybe some people can believe that ~even the viewer is taken in by her seduction act~ or something, but because of the perpetual issues of female objectification and vilification of female sexuality that’s not good enough for me.

  19. My vote is fo T-ARA’S “BO BEEP BE BEEP” It REALLY REALLY shows the girl going around picking up men and jumping in the sack with them.

  20. I vote for T-ara’s Bo Peep

  21. Anonymous

    Have you apologized for being whiny, white-washed, slut-shaming and racist dicks yet?

    • Anonymous

      wow, thats fucking real classy. why don’t you get off your computer for .5 seconds and take a look around. no one is being any of that here but the haters. stop being overly sensitive- they clearly stated that they weren’t doing any of what you’re accusing them of, and they SERIOUSLY DID NONE OF THAT. get off your high horse and stop acting like your protecting people before someone knocks you off of it for being a dick.

  22. Yes.Agreed, repeating this “sexy” concept is lame and lazy. And as a woman, I think it is humiliating to have to do that over and over again. Poor Hyuna, she deserves better. Anyway Simon and Martina and Spudgy and the Troublemaker FIGHTING!!!

  23. I have been a fan of Hyuna since her Wonder girls days. For Hyuna’s case she is a very talented dancer, but recently i have been questioning cube’s judgement of her talent. Honestly anyone can wear a short dress and do a few meows and random awkward sex faces and pretend that its dancing, which is way I personally think that slowly but surely Hyuna talent rate is going down hill, she. Kpop is unique and different, Kpop stood out for the catchy dances and fun styles, and the forever changing fashion,  everyone should be able to watch,enjoy, and learn theses  dances, without having to question if they were auditioning for a part time job at a strip club. Now don’t get me wrong I do love the song, and HS looks very mature, but seriously Hyuna, and HS are known for their dancing, why is it that Cube entertainment is taking away from that, You train your idols to dance and sing, I see the singing, but WTH where is the dancing.

  24. Anonymous

    i never thought i see the day where i was disappoint with u guys. even though u written a disclaimer… it just seem like slut-shaming.

    What makes me even side eye this thing is when u brought in snsd… really snsd…. booty shorts anyone?

    also its okay for hyunseung to be a pimp… double standard much?

  25. I agree. Thats always been my problem with Hyuna too. Although i also think its unfair that people call her a slut and all kinds of things, i blame her company for supporting that image of her. And its not like something that just started, since her debut with Cube i feel like thats when it all began. People compare her to Hyori but when Hyori was in Fin.k.l she was never like that. It wasnt until she went solo that she got that sexy image and even then Hyori is all confidence and class, her sexiness was and is very natural. like you said, Hyuna’s is very forced and unnatural. Love the song but i really didnt like the video. It was Mr. and Mrs. Smith gone wrong. 

    • Anonymous

      totally agree! i think hyuna overdid it and is pushing this whole sexy thing too far to the point of being distasteful. her moves sometimes make me cringe! but that saying, i do like the song too. i was hoping you would review Daesung’s ‘Lunatic’ that came out that same week though! that i found was absolutely great. his voice is pure heaven!

  26. i love you guys you guys are soo funny and correct!!!!

  27. I think Hyuna is trying to boost her sex quotient. As to why? Maybe her lovelife stinks. 

  28. Anonymous

    Sexiness for the sake of chubbles and views is NOT a bad thing. You don’t need “a good reason” to attempt sexiness.

  29. benjamin.chatfield

    I’ll have to vote for T-ara.  At least its somewhat clever with its sexuality. Personally I think the ‘clean’ version fits the song better though.

  30. All I have to say…  this is their OPINION! not yours or anyone else!  It’s what they thought of the video! If you can’t handle criticism on your fav kpop stars then don’t watch the videos here!  Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.  I totally agree with what Simon and Martina are saying though.  EYK FIGHTING! Don’t let the haters get you down! I support you! :)

    • So….they can express their opinions but people who disagree can’t? :|
      It’s not haters. These are valid points. An opinion is an opinion and you’re free to have whatever opinion you like, but it doesn’t change the fact that opinions can be misinformed, problematic or downright harmful.

      Like how the opinion that abortions are bad can make life seriously shit for people who disagree, and do not want kids or aren’t able to support them.

      Like how the opinion that a joke is just a joke, even if it’s about something as horrific and traumatizing as rape, even though it psychologically legitimizes the rapists’ actions and trivializes the survivors’ trauma.

      Or the opinion that anyone who isn’t cis and heterosexual is “unnatural” and “wrong” and “abominations”.

      Yeah, ok those are much more extreme than what Simon and Martina are saying, but slutshaming is problematic, too. I get that they’re uncomfortable with what might be severe objectification of Hyuna as a sexual object, but what they seem to be saying, instead, is that they have an issue with Hyuna being portrayed, or acting, or portraying herself as sexual, which is problematic, ocassionally being interjected with Cube-shouldn’t-be-objectifying-Hyuna-in-order-to-make-views-go-up to placate people who disagree.

      Not to mention that the downright insults aimed towards sex-workers and strippers is terribly disappointing….

    • Sarah Bruce

      Opening up a forum on their videos means they are asking for feedback. If they didn’t want feedback they wouldn’t have a comment section. Like you said everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so why are you saying if these people have a negative opinion of the review that they shouldn’t be here? 

      Positive or negative, everyone should have their say. Without both we can never learn from our mistakes/successes!

  31. jericho98

    tara, theyre cats……………………………………………..i like cats

  32. jericho98

    wow YOU GUYS HAVE LIKE PUT A DOWN SIDE ON MOST OF MY FAVE SONGS WITH HYUNA CUZ UR RIGHT ITS JUST TOO MUCH BOOTY WERE GETTING FROM HYUNA AND NOW ITS AFFECTING THE REST OF KPOP………………………………DEEP

  33. Sarah Bruce

    I agree the slut shaming is really disturbing, but you don’t have to curse! A lot of fans probably don’t really understand the concept of slut-shaming or understand why it can be such a problem for women in society. Rather than lash out try articulating, you might end up enlightening someone as to the problem. I remember the first time I read an article explaining slut shaming. Suddenly I realized what I had been doing, but before that it hadn’t really occurred to me what I was doing was so negative. 

  34. I must agree…This MV is a bit funny but sort of amusing :D I vote for T-ara…it is not my cup of tea but still better than troublemaker

  35. Anonymous

    Or you could just not waste your time by coming  back here if you feel like that.

  36. British accent wise, Trouble Maker is pronounced exactly the way they say it, so I think you’re being too hard on them.

    I vote Bo Peep though.

  37. Sarah Bruce

    I feel like you are disparaging Hyuna’s sexuality (or possibly the sexuality that Cube has manufactured for her). You say your “issue with the video is that Hyuna’s not showing any talent; or, more specifically, the only talents she’s showing are those of a stripper.” I see where you are coming from, you don’t like the idea of women being turned into sex objects, while their other talents fall into disuse. But is there something wrong with a woman who uses her sexuality for her benefit? I feel like this video shows that this is in fact a very useful talent.

    While she isn’t shown as a very talented spy, neither is Hyun Seung. If they had shown her as a top notch spy it would have just been her totally pulling one over on Hyun Seung, because he is such an idiot. Instead they wrote the video showing them with equal skill, other than their own personal prowess.

    Hyun Seung’s prowess is shown as being a cool and collected. He is given a very powerful stance in most of the video especially in the scene with the women at his side. Despite this he doesn’t have power over Hyuna. She leads him on, and when he tries to make advances on her she moves his hand, or rejects his attempts to kiss her. She knows her power over him, it is her sexuality.

    While you may see it as a cheap gimmick it is shown in the video to trump the power Hyun Seung is given in the video. I feel like this is mirrored in the use of flame, which is a natural weapon versus the gun, a man made weapon. She ultimately takes advantage of Hyun Seung, sets the room on fire and doesn’t lose her cool, even in the face of the gun.

    In my opinion she is shown as confident, in control, and in my opinion very talented. Being sexy takes effort. Seduction takes talent. I feel like it is healthier to show a woman like Hyuna who understands her sexuality, and isn’t afraid to use it rather than a woman who suppresses her sexuality as something dirty. Could they have made a different video? Yeah. Is this video made for a male gaze? Definitely yes. Does work like this risk pigeonholing Hyuna in the sexy role? Probably. That being said I don’t think the video was as bad as you made it out to be.

    • Well, I’m a huge fan of Hyunah, but, seriously? I think the problem in here is not the fact that Hyunah is shown as a sexy spy who controls HyunSeung by using the power she has over him, but the fact that in EVERY MUSIC VIDEO she appears she’s rubbing her butt against the camera, or squeezing her boobs, or making weird “sexy” faces. I mean, she’s a great dancer. She can do better than this, can’t she? I mean, if Hyunah is the main dancer from 4minute, why doesn’t she dance with HS during Trouble Maker’s dance break? 

      You see, the point here is that she’s been announced as some kind of stripper, not as a forever-to-remember artist. It’s easy for any kpop idol to be hot and dance like this, but it’s not easy to make music to be remembered for generations.Look at Abracadabra, by Brown Eyed Girls, is a sexy music, sexy mv, sexy dance. The mv has a simple plot, their beautiful vocals were hidden behind that awful eletro vibe, but, still, it’ll be remembered for years to come! Why? Bc BEG inovated the music industry at the time they released it. What is Hyunah bringing to music nowadays? Well, a lot of asses and boobs. Yeah, great, every woman has it. Why SNSD is a great group nowadays? Bc they’re sexy, nice, gentle girls who are always inovating and gettin’ better as artists and idols, and they know they’re examples for youth. In what aspect is Hyunah inovatin’ with her songs? How fast can she shake her ass? How sexy can she touch her tights? Yeah, great, that’s really a new aspect for music.

      Basically, the problem is not being sexy and seductive. I used to be a 4nia. I just LOVE Muzik and Hot Issue, even with that weird clothes. HuH was also a powerful and sexy music. Have you ever seen a Muzik performance? Hyunah was a sexy girl and she was really SMILING during performance, and I just loved it! Her smile was so bright and full of happiness that u could just smile back. Change had this dark feeling and her hip thrusting was AMAAAZING! But that’s just what she does nowadays. She hasn’t improved at all since Change. Everything she does is in the same level as Change. So, yeah, I think Trouble Maker could be an awesome song if Cube decided to treat Hyunah as a real idol by helping her to improve her vocal skills, to improve her dancing repertory, and not like a selling stripper machine.

      • Sarah Bruce

        I think a lot of your comment doesn’t really address the same issue I am talking about, which is this music video in particular, and the positive role of her sexuality in said video. I was really only commenting on this video alone not on her sexy career as a whole. 

        That being said I do agree with some of your points. Like I said “Does work like this risk pigeonholing Hyuna in the sexy role? Probably.” I also agree she has a lot of talents that aren’t used in this video. Again, like I said:” I see where you are coming from, you don’t like the idea of women being turned into sex objects, while their other talents fall into disuse.”  While I do think it is sad when a person has to abandon their talents because of pressure to be something else, I don’t think embracing your sexuality is in of itself a bad thing. I agree with you and Simon and Martina that you shouldn’t just throw in F.A.R.T when it isn’t needed, just like you shouldn’t throw in say a tap dance when it isn’t needed. But, I do think this video creates a context that makes Hyuna’s hypersexuality make sense. Is this true for all of her recent dirty dancing? I would say no off the top of my head. I recall thinking ‘wtf’ when I saw the flood humping scene in Mirror Mirror, it was so random.

        While I personally do appreciate the sweetness of many of Kpop’s music, and I too get disappointed when stars I like change their image but I don’t see any difference in creating a false sexy persona for a an adult woman, and creating a false cute persona. Is a woman a worse person because they are sexy, or inspire lust? I don’t think so. I think women should have the right to feel proud of their sexuality.

        • Well, maybe I misunderstood a little bit (you see, english is not my first language), but still, I think that it was a liiiiiiiiittle too much for this video. I mean, do you see anybody talking about HyunSeung vocal skills? Of course there are comments, but the attention is pretty much trapped on Hyunah and her sexy actings.
          So, I guess that all the fuss come from the fact that yes, her oversexuality is shadowing HS’s role in the mv/song. I think so, at least, because all I read on internet is all about her, about her mini dresses, about the faces she does, her hip thrustings. Hey, come on, HyunSeung is also there, with that funky and cool dance break!

          Of course I don’t hate Hyunah because she is showing her sexuality. I think that, yes, in some ways, S.Korea is too restrict over some subjects, but I think the dance moves are too much. Like, come on, that scene where she’s rubbing her butt agains the camera? That’s not being confident about sexuality, that’s just… showing up. In my opinion, this kind of sexy dance moves differ a lot from Rania’s Dr Feel Good (which I’m a big fan too), because Rania’s concept is kinda… dirty, if you know what I mean… While Trouble Maker’s, I guess, it was supposed to be luxurious. But how can it be chic while she’s using HS as a pole dance and he’s putting his hand on the inner part of her tights? Well, I dont know, maybe Im too much conservative too. Still, I wouldn’t like my daughter to become famous by doing this kind of music…):

        • Sarah Bruce

          I agree with the point about Hyun Seung. It is a shame that his part in the duo has been overshadowed. I guess in a way it might be a good way for him to get some media attention by default? I think he is really talented and they work well together, I hope all the controversy doesn’t hurt either of them.

          I think we just have different opinions on the video. I see where you are coming from, cause when I first saw it I just sort of felt like ‘ok so another Bubble pop’. After that I tried to ask myself, “ok, what could the use of this in the video mean?” and when I looked at the video from the point of view that it was there on purpose the video seemed much more empowering than exploitative.Then I read the lyrics and seeing that Hyun Seung sings about how he will ‘never stop’ trying to seduce her, and Hyuna sings about how she knows she is turning him on but she doesn’t care she isn’t going to go to him it made it make even more sense. 

          Also in her defense how is it her fault Hyun Seung put his hand there? They make a point of showing her brush it away. I kinda like her take charge sort of personality in the video, sort of saying “okay you see me as a sex object, I am going to use it to my advantage.” They make a point of showing Hyun Seung’s character as misogynistic, from the whole attempt at grabbing her vag while they dance, and attempting to kiss her, to the sit in the chair like a pimp scene. I feel like their choice to make Hyuna sexual but still strong was a point, showing that being sexual doesn’t mean you have to let guys take advantage of you.

          I don’t know maybe I am just reading too much into it. I agree with a lot of points you make, and points that Simon and Martina make I just don’t think THIS video in particular is what puts dirty dancing over the edge, like I said I think it totally makes sense with the story and the lyrics.

          (p.s you are really good at English I would never have been able to tell it was your 2nd language!) Also I don’t see the rubbing her butt in the camera scene, you mean when she walks over it?

        • Anonymous

          Hi Sarah, I just wanted to say, that I agree with you on everything you’ve said. I was kind of torn with this video, and you helped me clear things up. So thank you.

  38. I usually like your videos but the heteronormative (only horny guys could find hyuna attractive for example) and slut shaming attitude in this video was not cool :( Only calling out Hyuna when Hyunseung is also in the video and doing the same things or encouraging the “sexy image” too is also not cool. You even say so yourselves “he gets to sit around with girls hanging off him looking like a pimp”, so its ok to be a pimp (which if we understand the meaning of the word is a guy who sells women for sex) then why is it so bad for hyuna to be a “stripper” as you say( I don’t see her taking her clothes off so how is she a stripper exactly?). I would think its worse because he is furthering the supposed image that women are there to serve men. :/
    and when say “i’m not saying *prejudiced remark* but…” it usually means you are.  Sigh :(

  39. junelizondo

    changmin, just keep waiting

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