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So, a while ago, back in November or so, we filmed a shoot with Channel Ten in Australia, which – from what we’ve been told – is one of the biggest networks in Australia, if not THE biggest. Cool! They were shooting a documentary style video on Kpop and Korea, and they asked us to be on the show and give our input. You can see our section of the video starting at the 5:00 mark or so.

Gotta say, it was really weird when that show aired, because so many people were sending us pictures of their TVs, and tweets were rolling in of people excited to see us. It was really cool! We couldn’t actually see ourselves on TV, but we could see people’s TV’s at least:

Eatyourkimchi Channel Ten Australia

Great thing about this also was that some of our closest friends from Korea are now living in Australia, and they just happened to be watching the TV when we came on, and they had a freakout and messaged us, and we were reminded about how much we miss them. THANKS CHANNEL TEN FOR MAKING US SAD! Ha, no, that’s silly. We were really happy to hear from them :D

Anyhow, this video was shot back in November, and it just aired this past Monday. Yay! Someone was nice enough to put it on YouTube, but we weren’t sure if it was going to be taken down instantly, seeing how it’s not an official upload, but it’s still up so I think it’s safe to say that it slipped under their radar? I’m not sure! Hopefully it won’t get taken down. If it does get taken down, you can watch it here on the official channel, though it seems like it’s region blocked. We can’t see it in Korea, and we’re not savvy enough with VPNs to be able to figure it out.

Back to the video itself, it was really well done! We’re total geeks for editing, so the way they used text effects in the video was super cool, with the waving moving away our text and whatnot. The timing was really quite perfect, because we were waving to a Nasty passing by, and the text at the time was of people viewing our blog, so, to us, we had a good laugh.

There’s a lot that got cut out of our section. We went to Times Square for an Epik High fansigning, which is where you see that quick shot of us posing with a fan for a picture. They didn’t include much of what we said for the fansigning event. Understandable. They shoot a ton of footage and then try to cram it all into a 22 minute video. We shot with them for, like, six hours.

Anyhow, let us know what you think! And, on a related media side note, we were also talked about in the Wall Street Journal recently. Double shazaam! It’s a video talking about the Singapore event. Jasper, who ran the whole Music Matters event, was a super awesome guy and just lovely to work with; he talks about developing a following on YouTube and YouTube stardom and whatnot. Odd to hear us talked about in the same sentence. Point is, he talked about the Airport incident at Singapore and how many awesome Nasties were there. Yay! Thanks to all you awesome Singaporean Nasties for helping us make the news!

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  1. Kasey Jeston

    when my sister and I were watching this on tv we had no idea that eyk was going to come on. so we started jumping around the room screaming like idiots, we probably looked like idiots too…

  2. Miko Satou

    Not sure what to think of this *lol*

    I will go with ” it was ok ” . Eventhou it was 22 minutes long, it felt really short. The subject of this is just to wide to cover everything or at least something in a short period as 22 minutes. If one would want to make a docu on kpop, to cover most maybe an hour or more would be needed. ( xD )

    Such a theme would need alot more information and an episode or two just based on kpop.

    On a side-note: S&M’s part was soooo short >.< !

  3. Elizabeth D

    That would be so awesome if there were black and white kpop artists soon!

  4. Crystal Eio

    YAY HOMG SIMON AND MARTINA ON AUSSIE TV WOOO

  5. fairydust

    A KPOP Factory?
    Please say he meant set… when you refer to it as a factory, it sounds horrible! =/

  6. OMG when I saw you guys on my tv I almost died and went to heaven. The funny thing was that I was just channel surfing that night because nothing was on lol

  7. Harriet Bodkin

    Aww you guys!! Just read this now! Decided I needed to have a re-watch as I was in such a tizzy the first time round haha it honestly made our week!! Ps. I’m afraid that photo is copyright-ed! Ha :p

  8. arrabyul

    they did not even mention SM which i think was the true introducer of kpop to the world !! the first time i heard a kpop was DBSK not Psy and even now after Psy’s fame the world most famous kpop idols with the widest fan base are super junior and TVXQ !!

  9. wait was this the time simon and martina said they missed out on the gogostar concert or am wrong?

  10. Nathaniel

    Guys funny thing is, everyone hates channel ten. They are the worst channel out here I’m sorry to say.

    However congrats! Im happy you were on aussie tv, heaven knows we need more quality content! (Esp on 10 :P)

  11. Casmira Damon

    EYK and LunaFly in the same video! :D Double special!!!!

  12. Okay. TOTALLY FREAKING AWESOME THAT EYK WAS ON TV. They’re all famous now and schtuff so proud <3

    Something urks me about the video though. Like others have pointed out already, the stance they took in the video is that the South Korean government is using K-pop as a weapon to show how powerful SK is. I disagree on this point because I think of Hallyu as an East Asian Pop Culture that got spread around the world, over the internet. I find it slightly rude that they think of K-pop as a strategy… It's just like Anime and Manga and any other culture that not native but popular in any place. Yeah. I'm trying to keep calm and not swear and be insane fangirl on Chanel 10 soooooo.. yup.

  13. Ha looks like Hamish McDonald brought home some pants from Korea – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeN2NE2NXXc

  14. hoangkim

    omg i love that EVOL got a spot, i really enjoyed Get Up :)
    it feels so weird to hear an aussie guy speak about kpop, maybe cause im aussie myself LOL

  15. OMG ! Channel ten is the biggest network in Australia, its the most watched! You guys are so lucky! I was so happy when i heard from my dad that you will be on channel 10! (My dad works for Channel 10 and asked me about you guys). So happy for you guys!!

  16. Velvetblue Veille

    EYK is really getting bigger and bigger ^^

  17. Gemma Deacon
    Gemma Deacon

    I couldn’t watch the eye surgery bit. Why would someone do that to their eyes?!?! Leave eyes alone! They’re too delicate!
    Anywayz I was defo excited when you were on the show! Also if k-pop is meant to be good for your health then I must be the healthiest person alive lolz jk :D

  18. I watched this!!! my mum was like ‘theres some korean music show on right now, you like that stuff right?’ and then i freaked out when i saw you guys :D

  19. Marzia Matalone
    Marzia Matalone

    Even if I’m a kpop lover, I’ve always been aware that the Hallyu wave is a big sociological and economic phenomenon…it’s obvious, since it is the expression of a culture and a clear effect of globalization and new technology.
    As every human thing, it has good and bad points, and it’s obvious that people will try to understand it using different reasoning tool, often influenced by prejudices…it’s part of the game guys!
    Studying communication for 5 years I’ve learned it: this is inevitable when you try to understand and talk about social phenomena that are not still well known!

  20. Aubrielle Ford

    It’s funny because Korean products sell themselves. They have such super cool & kawaii gadgets that you can’t find made anywhere else. Japanese products are like that too & they don’t use J-pop to try to entice foreigners. It’s hard to find j-pop MV’s. The only thing that’s ever tempted me are the Korean dramas. They have awesome looking phones, unique clothing, & neat gadgets. Well modern ones anyway. The historical ones get you interested in antiques :)

  21. Callie Smith

    Am i the only one that feels…territorial about this? I haven’t been part of the kpop fandom for very long but i still felt i sense of “ehh” about this video. First off, let me say im so proud that the bands and people that i know work so hard, and that sacrifice so much are getting the recognition they so rightly deserve, and that people are getting used to the idea of Asia being like Europe is to north Americans (in the sense that people think its cool, or its okay to move there and stuff). But on the other hand i really like being part of this close knit community of fan-girls and boarder line stalkers (lets face it we are all like that with at least ONE member of a group…i know i am…:D) and i feel like if it was to get too big it would lose the essence of its uniqueness and kind of mold to fit fans of non-Asian countries, and the community of actual fans would turn into a GIANT populace of “sorta-kinda” fans. Not to mention if this is just a fad for some countries, what happens if Korea becomes too dependent on this export and then the novelty wears off… I don’t, know that just my personal opinion; I am still very proud of South Korea and it’s Idols! And don’t get me wrong, i would love to be able to walk into hmv and pick up an ACTUAL HARD COPY CD of a band, or (lord please!) be able to go to a concert that ins’t a five hour flight away from where i live in some major city in the states or on either side of Canada once in a blue moon.

    Sorry for the super long post, it just this is something that has always been lurking in the back of my mind!
    im really happy that u guys got to be on this show (just rakin’ in the invites to broadcasting events ;P)!

    • Clover ZiHui Ooi

      i totally agree. its a freaking dilemma. like you want them to get recognized but u feel a bit weird when they get too famous n everybody likes them (kinda). I kinda have this feeling toward S&M too. but im still very very glad they are so loved by many nasties.

    • Whats wrong with being a fan from a non asian country?

  22. Genesis Barrera

    OMG HOW COOL WAS THAT?! I was lie to my mum “thats the music I like. That’s Simon and Martina. I watch their video and read their blogs” and mum’s like “i didn’t know that there were canadians living in Korea!” she learnt a new thing that day

  23. After watching this, there seems to be a hint of xenophobia towards Asians in Australia (possibly because of Chinese socio-economic emergence this decade).

    • There is no Xenophobia towards asians in Australia considering Melbourne and Sydney are heavily populated with all types of Asian cultures. And melbourne has the biggest chinese-vietnamese culture town called “springvale”. it’s channel 10 who portray us that way but please dont put the whole of australia in that catergory :). But i agree somewhat. From; A fellow Australian. :)

      • To the above two posters as they were very similar -

        Not to be argumentative, but because a certain race lives there, does not imply there is no racism towards them (in whatever form). Case in point, South Africa and Apartheid, albeit an extreme example. A vast majority were Africans, nearly 90% if I’m not mistaken…

        I’ve never heard of Hamish or this show before, but it seems like typical fear-mongering for ratings. I could be wrong of course.

        Good job to Marina and Simon, by the way.

    • Vanessa jennings

      there’s hardly any xenophobia in australia considering a lot of Australia’s major cities are predominantly heavily populated with all different sort of Asians. Like in Melbourne and Sydney we have Korea Town, China Town, and a suburb called Springvale which is heavily populated of Vietnamese and Chinese inhabitants. Trust me, Its a small portion of australians who are xenophobic such as a stupid politician called Pauline Hansen and low budget shows like the The Truth is, that portray us Australians in that way :).

    • Nicoll Paatan

      I understand what you mean, but most Australians are friendly and approachable to people of different cultures and races. In the 10 years that I’ve been living in Australia, it’s very evident that there are a lot of people from Asia, India, Africa, and the Pacific Islands emigrating over here to start a new life. The bad eggs (some older Australians, or those of lower socio-economic status) ‘fear’ that the ‘White Australia’ they had lived in is being ‘diluted’ or ‘supplanted’ by persons of colour, which is why they say, “Go back to where you came from”. It’s sad to see that the reputation of Australians is in a poor light, but for the most part, Aussies are good people.

      I think the doco attempted to show Kpop in a balanced light (albeit editing can sometimes spin things one way or another), and to non-Kpoppers, it shows the sometimes not so glamorous things we tend to put aside. Having Simon and Martina on the show at least showed some insight into what we live about Kpop.

      • Don’t get me wrong, I think Aussies are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and I agree with you about “Bad eggs.” They are not unique to Australia. I was not implying that all Australians are xenophobic, just that there seems to be a growing trend in the media these days of promoting fear of Asia’s emergence. Again, not unique to Australia.

        I just find it interesting, when the show starts off with “Tonight on the Truth is – into the murky and dangerous world of private security contracting..but first up we look at Asia’s latest weapon…for global domination…Pop Music” Yeah, hide your women and children! Psy’s coming to get you! Oh wait, he’s finally gone. Thank G0d!

        Disclosure: I’m Korean, but I have never been a fan of K-Pop from its infancy, and still not to this day (Don’t shoot me!)

  24. kwon_sarang

    They’re making EVOL look like a big, famous group, and in the end they admit that they will probably not last long. This has been one of the weirdest k-pop documentary I’ve ever watched…

  25. philkuhns93

    NIce! this was super interesting and the host brought up some really good points! I think that some of the commenters here who felt uncomfortable with this show and were defensive are responding that way because the video presented a real side of Kpop that most infatuated fans wouldn’t see -which is probably why it is so successful as a business. Just throwin that out there.. not hating :)

  26. Phyllis

    It was great that Channel Ten did a segment on Kpop, but I felt kinda defensive while watching this video because it seemed like Hamish was treating it with skepticism and judgement. It happens alot when my friends dismiss Kpop just from surface knowledge and first impressions, and even though Hamish said “don’t dimiss Kpop”, I feel like he did based off his reactions and questions to the EvoL girls, etc.
    The segment was definitely done from an outsider perspective, viewing Kpop as a machine without bothering to find the humanness behind it. And while Kpop, in some sense, is a machine, it is a business, but the groups/music/people should not be generalized under one term “Kpop” or treated as such.

  27. JinTheTulip

    When I saw S&M I was like “OMG IT’S THEM! HEY THEY’RE RIGHT THERE! AND EATING! AND MARTINA’S IN THAT WONDERFULLY FAMILIAR BROWN JACKET”

  28. millie102685

    Things I hate hearing foreign reporters say when they talk about Kpop:
    -factory. I don’t know if the place was actually called The Kpop Factory but that implication that idols are just duplicates of each other without thoughts or individuality, bothers me. Do doctors and lawyers and teachers go to “factories” to be trained in their field? No.
    -in order to look like a kpop idol plastic surgery must be done. Meaning that the idol you see on TV may have had surgery. Which isn’t a problem if they did but to imply as much is bothersome. Let’s not forget that a lot of South Korea’s plastic surgery industry is by foreigners that go there on vacation. Let’s also not forget that South Korea isn’t the only country in the world that has plastic surgery.

    -being generally condescending about kpop. Why are you even reporting on this if you are planning on staying close minded? After hearing Lunafly perform and say “that was really good” as though he expected it to be bad.

    This just really irks me to no end.

    • SWalkerTTU

      There are places known as “factories” when it comes to other occupations like teaching. Texas State in San Marcos is known for cranking them out by the carload. (It started out as Southwest Texas Normal School, so it’s been training educators for decades, and was LBJ’s alma mater). We in the West are not necessarily reconciled to the concept of having musical groups put together by management companies; we apparently like to hold onto the notion of musical groups being “organic”, never mind that apart from how the groups are put together there’s not a lot of qualitative difference in how the Korean industry operates versus the Western industry. The main difference is that the management in Korea also does all the A&R work and the record label as such is merely there to distribute the product. There is a quantitative difference in the amount of time and money put into developing groups and artists in Korea versus the West, however, and that effort leads to an amount of polish and sheen that some Westerners would think makes the music less “authentic” — as though authenticity was the only goal of making music. I think we should all know better than that. Music is intended to be an entertainment and a temporary distraction, a leisure activity or a pastime.

      Plastic surgery is one of those facts of life in K-pop that most people in the business accept but try not to publicize. Not every idol has stuff done, and not always major work when they do, but it’s quite common. Even members of Brown-Eyed Girls (well known as an “artistic” group) have had Botox injections (Narsha has said as much) or braces (as Miryo did, and which are not always fitted merely for purposes of better dental function, even in the West). When the entire industry is built up around the idea of putting out as finely-crafted pieces of musical entertainment as possible, one has to expect that the appearance of the performers will be a significant part of that craft. Again, this is not something we’re fully reconciled to in the US, but then most people in the US are not cognizant of aesthetics and creativity and show very little concern for things being put together just so.

  29. bigbangfosho
    bigbangfosho

    Wow, the video has a good point: I’ve never thought of kpop as a way for the government to make money. But now that I think of it, I’m more enticed into buying Korean goods, as with music comes culture.

  30. Barbara Groves

    kpop has health benefits! i knew there was an underlying reason as to why i love it so much!

  31. That was a cool theme song!

  32. Marzia Matalone
    Marzia Matalone

    Even to look as a Kpop idol…that thing about cutting eyes it’s just too much…crazy, creepy and scary!!!! Putting that aside, I loved to see you here guys…now I even know why I’m so addicted to kpop…It was so interesting! ^_______^

  33. jackfowler.

    so proud of you guys!

  34. Monique

    Exciting !! next time EYK can come to Australia and talk to Hamish. I really feel sorry for kpop stars because after they sign the contract they cant get out of it :’( its hard for kpop stars to live their life. just come to Australia were a chilled country :D AND WE LOVE ALL KPOP. thank god channel ten did that story. i love how they did the cute texts on top of building as well as kpop stars names. i think everyone needs to practice G’DAY MATE before coming to Australia :D I LOVE EYK

  35. hironyx

    i totally love the way they do the text effects as well. the text is in 3d, however it can be done in after effects. i bet leigh would know how its done. if not, you guise might want to check out a plug-in called element 3d by video copilot (i’m not working for that company nor am i earning commission from them) i bought the plugin myself and i really love it, makes my work alot easier when working on 3d text for motion graphics. as for how the text appears and disappears on screen, it can be achieved by masking/rotoscoping with after effects. should tell leigh to make such effects for your videos in future, it’s gonna be awesome (and nasty~)

  36. Mary Lee

    LUNAFLY!!! S&M should try reviewing them once…I love them!

  37. Jazmin Borda

    I am going to have nightmares!! That cutting the eye part..aaahhhhh use tape use tape instead

  38. LongClawTiger

    I love seeing stories like this! Not only does it make me feel good to be part of such a big movement, but it is also something I can show to others who don’t understand why I am so into kpop. If I just tell someone locally that I am into kpop, I usually get a lot of funny looks, like I am into some obscure cult or something. Then I show them things like this and they are like O.O “Oh wow! This is HUGE!”

  39. diannetopf

    Ok so I started watching this video from the beginning and somehow forgot that I was watching it in order to see you guys on it! LOL So when you appeared I was surprised/happy and then I realized what an idiot I am…As a Canadian I am so proud of you guys and so happy that you are out there as a representative for us! On a side note…Martina your boots are BADASS!

  40. ashtenmorgan

    You should tried downloading “hot shield” (http://download.cnet.com/hotspot-shield/) which works great!

    Wow, from Nov-Jun to broadcast it up on TV *whistle*

    Simon and Martina eating + simon’s red mohawk while on TV too ;)

    The plastic surgery of the girl was interesting; they just lifted her eyes and it makes such a different. I don’t know if i want to do that. I get if people want liposuction but under the knife is scary to me.*

    *side note: so many smiley eyes, cute. hehe*

  41. Peppermint345

    Did anyone else also see the AU review with EYK? It was so interesting: I love Phoenix and Kendrick Lamar! I was surprised when I didn’t see Simon and Martina mention it, that or I missed it… http://www.theaureview.com/interviews/hello-asia-interview-eat-your-kimchi-korea

  42. Koriena Lee

    Haha I saw this the other night :D My sister and I had it
    bookmarked on the tv, though we had no idea that you guys would be on
    it. When we saw you both my sister and I were like *FLAILS* “ITS SIMON
    AND MARTINA! THEY’RE ON OUR TELLY!!!” (our mother was not impressed with
    the yelling and we almost got ourselves kicked out of the living room
    >.<)

  43. KayleeTheKiwi

    AHHHHHH you guys are so NASTY OOOOH!
    Made me proud :’D

  44. Cyber_3
    Cyber_3

    Thanks for the link to the show, the teaser was so interesting, I wanted to see it. I think that it wasn’t a great advertisement for Simon and Martina, too short also, but it definitely showed them in a positive light and managed to capture their energy and friendliness.

    The gold or silver text in the background freaks me out because the only other place I’ve seen it is in “Fringe” which is definitely a freak-you-out kind of show.

    Sooooo….the kpop stars really are locked up in a small room together never seeing boys. Eeeg. Props to Evol, they look great in the video. I don’t know. I didn’t know about the whole Korean Wave theory behind the kpop, it makes more sense now (in an Asian kind of way) but, like some eastern countries train their kids for the Olympics, it always leaves me sad and kind of icky feeling. I like kpop music because it’s fun, happy, and great to dance to. I think that I gravitate to kpop in particular for these things because there is so much of it there, it’s a reliable source, compared to other, more easily accessible music genres/locations. Sometimes, you just wanna/need to dance and you need new music to keep energizing yourself. After watching this (and other shows recently) though, I feel kind of dirty for enabling the slavery of these kpop groups. a dilemma for sure. Is there no way to have a fun and fulfilling life creating happy dancey music for the world? Does it have to be so hard and nasty on the stars? There are sooooooo many kpop groups/idols, surely they could schedule better to give them a life – if it’s all rigged anyways, why can’t they take turns? The only other people (besides Koreans – and please correct me if I’m wrong) around the world who value this monk-like life of hardship, abstention, and loneliness that the idols live are the evangelical Christians and frankly, I’m not so sure that attracting these people is a good thing for such a forward-moving culture.

    When I originally watched the teaser for this show, youtube suggested a similar show which was also focusing on kpop for an episode called “VICE”. It was a lot more negative and harsh, but I don’t think either video was misleading.

    Cyber_3 – ignorance is bliss sometimes but it’s a boring bliss……..

    • Josh Chinnery

      I feel the same way… I don’t want to enable to machine to mistreat these guys (because they’re people too!!), but I love the fruits of the machine :/ I suppose it’s good that it’s getting a lot of attention. Enough pressure, and maybe the machine will start being reformed?

      • Cyber_3
        Cyber_3

        But who can bring the pressure? I ask because I really don’t know. I’m not sure this is an industry that measures success so much by consumer reaction? Or by the consumer reaction outside of Korea? Sure, they like to sell stuff and make money but it doesn’t seem to matter so much IMO to the entertainment labels which of their groups succeed, just as long as some minimum number of them are succeeding at any one point in time. And as long as you switch it up, there will always be fangirls for whatever is “trendy”. Since the machine practically CREATES all the trends (with government sponsorship obviously), how to do keep them from making themselves trendy?

        I think that Simon and Martina/ Eat Your Kimchi does help to highlight some of these issues in a less threatening manner than say, the news. After 3 years or so, has it made any impact though other than making people more aware? I don’t think that I am qualified to assess that but at least there has been some notice by mainstream news like this show which is at least a step forward. Unless you know a kpop idol personally who’s life has been destroyed by their time in the machine – does anyone have enough investment to care? The rewards are so great (even by bragging rights standards) in Korean lifestyle that it’s hard to imagine too many Koreans giving up the opportunity should it come their way. I think it would be interesting to see how some of these K-Indie groups make their way and what kind of pressures they have by comparison…..

      • Cyber_3
        Cyber_3

        fuuko4869? Did you delete my reply here or am I losing my mind? If so, why? (so I don’t do it again).

    • I’m pretty sure that these kids and their families know what they are signing up for when they sign a contract. If not, they should have lawyers looking into the contracts before they sign.

      • Cyber_3
        Cyber_3

        I am totally sure that the parents of these kids know what they are signing the kids up for and I am sure that they are hoping for the best. In a culture where popularity is much sought-after, I am sure that they are weighing the risks and trying to increase the whole family’s worth in society. As for the young adults, I am sure that they either understand the risks or take them because they either don’t feel they have a choice if they want to be popular or feel that the risk is worth it. If I was Korean, I might do the same because things are different there; but what I would do as a Canadian is totally different. That is all I’m going to say or I may get too political.

  45. Laura Tran

    Sign a k-pop contract, sign your soul away.

    Maybe Han Geng was onto something with his “slave contract” controversy.

  46. Amina Jansz

    i wish they showed something of the boy bands. so many people think kpop is just cute girls singing, doing cute poses and cute dances. they dont see the badassery :P

    • Cyber_3
      Cyber_3

      Um…….I see badassery ( my new word for the day!) in a lot of kpop m/vs made by both male and female and Evol definintely has some of that, but it’s put on, they don’t live like that, it’s all just posing. I think that you were just hoping for more male kpop fanservice/eye candy, ne? ;)

  47. VBNinja

    Thanks so much you guys for sharing this. I wanted to pass it along to everyone on my social media because there are still A LOT of them that wonder WHAT I SEE IN KPOP!!! You guys were great in your part of this story. Hammish did a great job covering the subject. It was a very “factual” look at what KPOP “IS” and what it “MEANS” to Koreans and what they are trying to make it become to the rest of the world!

    Love & Peace as always…

  48. congratulations guys channel ten is like one of the biggest channels in australia. i was kind of surprise that they would do a segment on this seeing that the show mainly does political talks. thank you for putting this up i missed it on television.

  49. It was really cool to see you guys! We were visiting my parents who have 5 Koreans living with them (they are in Australia on working holiday visas). I know your fan base is more international, but all the Koreans cheered for you when they saw you on TV. Because they are Koreans not in Korea right now, they appreciate you guys showing the world Korean culture and Kpop even more.

    I know all about the footage being cut…. when we were in Korea recently and EBS were filming us for a short program, it was 8 days filming cut down to 26 mins. Basically everything gets cut! haha

  50. Nicole

    What a great segment! And I love how the show is shot and edited too, not to mention a great host. You guys looked and sounded great (as always). A lot of interesting stuff….can’t get over the plastic surgery wow! I’d say what Korea is doing is having a HUGE impact internationally. It’s amazing what can be done with music as the guiding beacon.

  51. Sally Browne

    When I saw you guise appear on my TV screen, I had a fangirl moment… It was great!The show was pretty alright too.

  52. maivalentine

    That was quite a good documentary on it :) As with all kpop documentaries I still feel like they missed out SO much… but to be honest in order to fit everything in it would need to be hours and hours long. I felt like they picked the beginning of alot of issues so people can find out more themselves and stayed positive but truthful. :)

  53. Carol L

    OMG I saw the preview on TV but forgot to watch it! ARGHHH I could’ve seen you guys on TV :((((((( Lunafly <3

  54. kawaii_candie
    kawaii_candie

    that’s a really cool tv show! thanks for sharing!

  55. Didn’t particularly like this show but I loved your appearance in it! Never thought I’d see you guise on Australian TV! ahaha

  56. Martin Lee

    I was really disappointed that Hamish took such a stereotypical Australian approach: critical, derogatory and uneducated. He wasn’t willing to show the artistic side of K-Pop, just point out its flaws – pretty much what the Australian public want to hear. Maybe you guys felt differently but I got an insincere feeling when he asked you about being ‘sucked in’.

    Being both Korean and a K-Pop fan here, I can tell you that most people think that PSY epitomizes K-Pop. They will just write it off without even trying to get into it. The fans are considered to be weird and ‘gay’ (commonly used as a term for uncool) since they don’t listen to all the ‘cool’ American rappers or all the ‘cool’ DJs.

    Anyways, I was so happy you see you on my TV! I just hope that the negative tone of the report hasn’t damaged your perception here.

    • Blueberries

      Hmm I did notice that the tone was little bit negative. I just think that the show was really subjective scratch on surface of all things that kpop is. Better research and different approaches could came up with better documentary of kpop’s all sides: music style, what people like about it, how fans in different countries see it, how is life of kpop idols (not only rookies) and how they see hallyu (I don’t understand why they didn’t interview idols who are fluent in english) and what is this hallyu wave and “world domination” about.

      And what I saw it seemed like host wasn’t really intrested about kpop: I mean he can have his own opinions but he wasn’t eager to find out about world of kpop. There is many flaws in kpop but good things dominate them since this many people love kpop even with it’s flaws.. so why don’t show why people love kpop as well :)

      • Cyber_3
        Cyber_3

        I think that Simon and Martina _were_ the side of the people that they interviewed that loved kpop. I agree that it’s a scratch on the surface but based on the premise of this tv show, I think that they were interested in kpop as a subject at all because it does have a harsh truth behind it that is rarely seen. As Harayama (sp?) from Evol said, she didn’t even want to think about what it would mean for her if the group didn’t succeed….I think her life would be pretty horrible. I remember a documentary on Chinese Olympic athletes about how these children are trained for years, live in a dormitory with other kids trying to beat them every day, far away from their parents or any kind of comfort and if they fail, they cannot provide a life for their family, they didn’t go to school so they have no education to get a job, they have sacrificed their entire youth for a dream that failed, it won’t seem worth it in hindsight when they find out how it could have been, not that their family or society will ever let them forget about that failure. They have no idea how to react to people in the real world and they often end up killing themselves. Kpop training is maybe not quite as bad in some aspects but as older kids/young adults I can imagine trying to live a monk’s abstention, while working long days and nights trying to be sexy for years would just drive anyone crazy, even if you made it.

        I think they talked to Evol because they are a rookie group and a) looking for exposure so not necessarily as picky about what kind of show it was and b) less experienced and more likely to let something slip.

        • Blueberries

          I kind of like how documentary talks about negative sides of kpop but is it for audience who don’t know anything about kpop? Mostly the impression that people is going to get from kpop is: it’s weird and people are almost killing themselves for it. They should have let S&M talk more since they bring of someone who loves kpop but isn’t blinded about it’s glory either.

          For Evol.. I’m going to be little mean but they were probaply what channel could get ^^; They were great in the video although they didn’t look prepared at all but I think they should have picked someone else to represent kpop; someone who is more experienced and known worldwide.

          So I kind of think that this was wrong kind of documentary for people who don’t know anything about kpop. It wasn’t informative enough and it was really: “Lets take a look at this weird thing but lets not to try understand it.” -kind.

        • Cyber_3
          Cyber_3

          Maybe Australian journalism is different from Canadian and British journalism but to me, this seemed like a balanced news item which relied on facts, some humour, and gave you enough information to interest you into finding out more, whether for positive or negative. That approach is textbook Canadian journalism. I don’t think/know that Hamish is delving only into negative items but his pieces seem aimed at peeking behind the curtains – sort of trying to reveal if what you see on the surface is what is real. It’s not necessarily trying to be negative or sensationalistic, it’s more trying to get you info that is not available to the casual observer. While I can see it looking negative to people who don’t know kpop because the negative aspect ARE scary, I think it was a balanced piece. I also think that to ignore this negative aspect of kpop does a horrible disservice to the kpop idol groups themselves. Not every show can be “rah rah rah all is wonderful rah rah rah!” about kpop and there are already tons of those out there. If you didn’t already know kpop, now you have seen some good aspects of it, and some bad. Go find out more on your own ^_^ – mission accomplished.

          I am glad that Simon and Martina were portrayed positively here but it’s hard to find negative aspect to them, they are so nice and friendly….but I am sure that they know far more about behind the scenes than they let on in their videos. Or should. Not that they’re hiding anything either…..erg……you know what I mean?

      • There are so much more dimensions to k-pop I just think, for this particular piece it was just a quick what 30 minute (?) one-off sort of thing and that’s why they didn’t go into much depth. The story didn’t air for so long either and it seemed like they only added in the ‘interesting’ parts of k-pop which are most of the times, some of the worst.

      • You know what’s odd? When we spoke with him, he WAS very interested in Kpop. He asked us lots of questions, and we talked about it with him to great lengths. But, I guess because there was so much footage to work with, the final product resulted in a lot of that being cut out.

    • Tirahmisu

      Yeah, I was unimpressed that he didn’t really show any positive sides to it at all. But I think the show is just meant to show negative sides of things, I’m not sure cos I’ve never watched it before.

    • Koriena Lee

      I definately agree with you. I was very unimpressed with the tone that was taken for the piece and found it all slightly patronising. This, unfortunately, seems to be the way most aussies address k-pop but I was expecting something a bit more professional (and informative) from the show. I don’t think he addressed any of the issues he raised and by the end it felt like a big waste of time. The only reason I’m glad I watched was so I could see EYK.

    • Nessera Noire

      at some parts it sounded a Little negative, but trust me, compared to some german stuff on kpop I’ve seen, this sounded sooooo much friendlier!

    • Kaitlin Beranek

      I thought the exact same thing… Also, EVOL made it seem like people only become kpop idols to be famous and loved, rather than those groups that do it because they love music (DBSK, Big Bang, etc). I felt like this was a borderline terrible representation of kpop and the people who are fans of it >.<

      • Cyber_3
        Cyber_3

        Really? If that is what you think of Big Bang and DBSK (and I admit that I speak from a place that probably doesn’t know either group nearly as well as you), maybe you need to visit Korea…..unless you are already there…… No matter how much you love music, being famous and loved IS the most important thing in Asian culture – making great art – inventing new technologies – saving lives – none of these things even compare to being popular. Both in terms of own personal worth and in your ability to advance in your career and life-setting. Being popular can make you life and being unpopular can break it. And I don’t mean just your musical career, I mean you whole life, every aspect of it from where you live to can your family get jobs, everything. Why do you think that kpop groups periodically get put on ice? So that their popularity only declines while they are not on the scene (completely legitimate)? It’s so no one gets tired of them or says negative things about them and so they are missed and welcomed back after (carefully calculated) x amount of time when they seem fresh and new again after other groups have had their turn. If you are a kpop idol, you may want tell yourself that your sacrifices are for the music but I can’t imagine that ANY music, even if it contained the meaning of the universe, would be worth it for the sacrifices they go through. No, they go through these sacrifices for their futures and their families’ futures.

        I am not sure that being a kpop fan _is_ a great thing. I love the music, but I hate the machine and what it does to its components. If I could find another music to love that makes me dance in large supply that didn’t come with all that baggage, I would be there in a heartbeat and never look back. This whole article is making me “feel bad for shopping at Wal-mart” towards kpop……well, that same kind of feeling but I don’t actually shop at Wal-mart because I don’t like that feeling. Hmmm……..

        • SWalkerTTU

          Being popular is how they make a living at it. If you can’t get enough people sufficiently interested in what you’re doing to put down money for it, you’ll never make a living. But this is true of the entertainment industry and always has been from the days of traveling poets like Homer until now, and not just in the West. The desire for fame and popularity is common to all of us to some degree, and it’s not just an Asian phenomenon — listen to Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones” from 1994 or so.

          Big Bang and TVXQ (well, JYJ more so than 2VXQ) have musicianship at their core. Not necessarily as instrumentalists, but as creators of music. I still think the real reason JYJ quit SM was because SM was not giving them enough creative freedom. Look at the first thing they did after they left: an album in English with production by Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins, and then look at the solo stuff they’ve put out since then like Junsu’s “Tarantallegra” and Jaejoong’s release; those have been far beyond what’s dreamt of in SM’s philosophy. Big Bang, for their own account, has G-Dragon at the middle of it, who’s been working on stuff for at least a decade, and Taeyang is no slouch either in terms of creativity.

          Sure, there are plenty of groups that are put together as an attempt to cynically extract quick cash from the listening public, but those don’t last very long. Even some of the ones that aren’t don’t last long, either. Still, I think you’ll find that most of the performers in K-pop, like anywhere else, went into it because they genuinely want to entertain people through music and dance. Notice I didn’t say all, I said most do. Popularity in that context means you’re doing your job well.

        • Kaitlin Beranek

          That’s exactly what I was getting at! And I wouldn’t count out Yunho and Changmin simply because they stayed with SM. But yes Big Bang and DBSK have always been marketed to some degree as ‘real’ artists, which is part of their draw in my opinion. And now that they’re older in the business (and out of SM) they’re able to branch out more and put more of their own stamp on their products.

      • brinaethegiraffe

        Well it was also a leading question. He asked “why do you want to be Kpop stars?” and they talked about wanting to be singers and rappers and he gave a very dismissive “yeah” and then asked “but do you want to be famous?” He clearly had an angle that he was looking for.

        • Cyber_3
          Cyber_3

          Of course he had an angle, but I think that his repeated questions in this part of the interview were more aimed at getting past the “company line” answer because he suspected it was not the truth.

        • Blueberries

          Hmm I don’t think he was looking out for truth either. Did you want to be popular? Is really generic question.. With translator and more time he’d have much different answers. I’m just buying this documentary completely XD

    • fuuko4869

      Huff…I saw this coming. Ok I’m just going to drop a few points here:

      - I admit, some of the things presented were negative. But they were real. It wasn’t something that he made up, out of thin air, just to make Korea look bad. And some of the things presented were positive, too. Their intention was to generate interest into the unknown aspects of foreign cultures, and I think they succeeded.

      - What you’re saying about Hamish here is pretty much what some kpop fans say about EYK – critical, derogatory, uneducated, and also racist, ignorant, hating on Korea and Kpop, etc etc. If they hated Korea so much – would they be spending so much time promoting it?

      - Kpop fans like to gather all the tiny negative hints here and there, reading deeply between the lines, interpreting facial expressions and tones of voice – completely disregarding any positive impressions – and then branding people as ‘haters’. It would be a nice change to give people the benefit of the doubt sometimes.

      - Although Hamish himself admitted that kpop wasn’t his kind of music; the fact that he went out of his way to include it in his show, get raw footage straight from the insiders, and give a chance to kpop lovers (S&M) to express why they like it – is already quite complimentary in itself. He expressed his own thoughts, but he got insight from lots of other reputable people who actually liked kpop, too – including, and especially, foreigners. I thought it was pretty balanced.

      - I think I should also point out that the show did have positive aspects. He was sincerely nodding along to EVOL’s song, and highly praised Lunafly’s performance, showing that outside of the kpop companies, there is also this kind of raw, indie, street music, that is really cool. He praised how hardworking everyone was, staying for hours on end, and making a lot of sacrifices to get to where they want to be in life. He promoted kimchi and Korean street food. He was really impressed by the two American girls who could rap in Korean, and let them express their thoughts on kpop, which I found quite interesting :)

      - I really liked how the show portrayed the personalities and thoughts and feelings of kpop stars – Hayana from Evol – which actually generates empathy with the artists, and crushes the popular idea that they’re just robots who all look and think the same. Heck, she’s even Australian, as tweeted by Hamish ( https://twitter.com/hamishNews/status/344041636961075200 )

      - I asked some Australians who watched the show what their general impression was, and they said, “Kpop is this big new thing, and their government is using it for advertising, and the Kpop artists are very hard working and are willing to make sacrifices to realise their dreams.” –> I don’t find that negative? In fact I’m amazed they actually remembered that much.

      In short,

      You and I all know how typical Aussies are – ethnocentric and xenophobic, just like most people from rich developed countries :p With them as the target audience, and in comparison to the usual documentaries on mainstream Aussie TV; I felt this show was a lot more raw material, and a lot less propaganda, than the typical stuff.
      It aimed to generate interest in Korea, amongst an audience that often dismisses it as ‘weird’ and ‘gay’.

      I think they did pretty well. ;)

      • Cyber_3
        Cyber_3

        Well said (as always). I too, honestly thought that Hamish was taking special care to show his respect to everyone he talked to, whatever his personal opinions. I didn’t realize that you were an Aussie before now, you are sneaky ;). Thanks also for pointing out all the positives, the list is actually quite long. I have no idea what that weird science guy was in there for (positive/negative/comic relief?), but he was definitely funny, poor cameraman XD

      • Callie Smith

        in truth im more angry that this video didn’t have more simon and martina, and that the guy WAS STANDING NOT THREE FREAKING METERS AWAY FROM LUNAFLY AND DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHO THEY WERE!! i would have like screamed, fainted, revived, cried, then asked for a picture and autograph (after they were done playing of course!) but i agree they did do a good job of covering both sides of the spectrum, and a lot of people will see this and think of it a as a negative view point, but we are VERY biased and will nitpick and take things too seriously and read between the lines too much; i believe they did their work thoroughly and very well done!

        • fuuko4869

          I know, we ARE very biased :p
          I like kpop too, so I noticed all the negative hints here and there, while the rest of my family (who are just meh) thought the show was awesome. I just had to take a step back, acknowledge my bias, and try to look at it from a different perspective – eg from that of an average Aussie office worker relaxing in front of the TV after dinner. I realised that for them, it must look quite fascinating ;)

      • I agree *claps*
        as kpop fans we’re often very defensive as we feel we’re misunderstood. It’s the typical minority mentality. But if you watch this from this from a non kpop fans, average australian perspective, it’s actually very insightful and I feel that Hamish is taking a great care not to offend anyone yet still present us with the truth and be humorous.

      • Clover ZiHui Ooi

        WOW…. *claps* that was a really good analysis. i’m amazed at how u r able to look at things from such objective yet deep n clear perspective. its not something us ‘youngsters’ nowadays can always do. i major in film yet i cant always do that myself. good job. *thumbs up* (^^)

      • Martin Lee

        You have made the assumption that I am one of those ‘crazy’ sasaeng fans who cannot take any negative comments. This assumption is wrong.

        - Being Korean myself I would obviously be more sensitive. But doesn’t mean that I ignore the facts. I agree that what he said was true and I never denied this. But did he show EVERYTHING that is true about K-Pop? No. He NEVER properly gave any artistic merit to those who are truly artists. Instead, he showed how robotic it CAN be. What about more indie style K-Pop (not just street performances)? And he made a generalized statement about music videos ‘it’s cheesy’. Did he say that EvoL’s ‘Get Up’ was cheesy? No. He completely disregarded the tens of thousands of other K-Pop videos that exist, all with differing themes and styles. See where I’m going?

        - I never called him a hater. I said that I was disappointed. I acknowledge that there were some things that were inherently positive, but the negative tone of the report made them sound snide ‘I admit, it’s catchy… BUT’.

        - And what’s with the ‘huff, I saw this coming’? You’re entitled to your opinion, but not to treat mine like they’re inferior.

        Have a nice day.

    • Arran Fletcher

      That’s stereotypical Australian? I live in Melbourne an no ones like that.

      • Koriena Lee

        I live in Melbourne too and 90% of people are like that

        • Arran Fletcher

          Oh I had no idea, but I do go to a majority Asian school.

        • Koriena Lee

          Wish I did >.< when I got into K-pop I got a lot of 'but they're Asian!', 'Asians can't sing' and 'All I hear is ching chong chow chopsticks', from the people at my school. Man they made me want to slam my head against the desk. I will admit Australia has gotten better in the last few years.

        • Antoinette

          Me and my friends (who also love K-Pop) get that sort of stuff everyday at school. (We’re australian) and I’m really getting tired of it. I guess I sort of have to brush them off because if I say something rude I might get in trouble. They’re the ones being rude anyway…

        • Koriena Lee

          I know it’s hard to bite your tongue sometimes especially when they are displaying just how ignorant some of them are *shakes head* Luckily you don’t have to deal with it anymore when you leave high school :D I’m in my third year of Uni now and people are much more open minded and rather than dismissing or poking fun they seem interested and want to hear what I’m listening to (maybe because all those annoying buttheads from high school have been weeded out)

        • Cat

          do you live in Frankston??? Go to the city! Go to Broadmmeadows! Go to Footscray! Go to 80% of the suburbs and you’ll find that most Australians in Melbourne at least have different cultural backgrounds, either born overseas, or with parents from overseas. They aren’t xenophobic, we aren’t xenophobic! It’s almost impossible to be in this society. I’m a “white Australian” and there are so few of us that people find me fascinating. Sure, maybe bogans are uneducated and derogatory, but they represent a tiny portion of people. Argh, this is making me mad!

        • Koriena Lee

          No I don’t live in Frankston *shudders*, I study in the city and spend most of my time there and I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to ever go to Broadmeadows…. ever. It’s undeniable that there is a stigma that exists around certain cultures within Australia. Always has been, always will be. It was once the Aboriginals, then the blacks, then the Italians, then the Greeks (these are just a few examples, I didn’t choose them for any particular reason). At the moment it appears to be the Asians, though I will admit that this is gradually starting to resolve its self. It’s no where near as bad as it use to be (The game ‘spot the Caucasian’ at Box Hill seems to have faded out and it’s been awhile since I’ve had to sit through a rant of ‘Asians are stealing all our jobs’). This kind of thing exists everywhere, not just Australia.

  57. MidnightEkaki

    Hm… well I didn’t expect something too insightful, but I did learn a few things, it was done ok. Its a shame there wasn’t more S&M D: The dude was making it seem like some sort of Asian world dominance thing, and I’m not saying money isn’t an important factor, but in the end it is for music and is about music which he seems to leave out (and not the technical double heartbeat thing either) The other stuff is more of a downside. I’m really happy EvoL was in this!! <3 Hayana should have said she was from Australia though – -;; lol

    • Cyber_3
      Cyber_3

      I think that if Hayana had said that she was from Australia, that would have biased the entire piece, like she’s an outsider so she finds it hard and doesn’t get it – and I don’t think that that is the case. Maybe she just has a harder time holding it in because she didn’t grow up in a culture that does…..I think that I somewhat disagree with you on the “it’s about the music” part though. It’s a fact that the kpop industry is a music making MACHINE, and while I love dancing to it, I don’t think that more than 20% of those kpop idols do it for the music’s sake, even if it gives them a pseudo-expression-outlet. I’m not sure of your background but it’s well documented that Asian cultures are all about supressing your individual needs for the good of the group. Korean culture in particular takes it to the next level with wanting people to look the same as well. I don’t think this Korean Wave is going anywhere Germanic, but it is kinda creepy at times.

  58. MichaelBulley

    I had no idea that the patient was awake during the double eye-lid surgery! It made me so squemish :S

    • Cyber_3
      Cyber_3

      I didn’t either. I saw another video on it suggested to me by youtube (VICE: kpop) and the girl was crying during the surgery and the surgeon said that it didn’t matter because she wouldn’t remember it -ERG!!!!! So much ick! I guess they have some kind of sedation but the kind where you feel it and hurt but can’t remember seems oh so much more creepier to me than when you are totally out.

  59. Tru O-c

    2:10 “So this is basically a Kpop factory…” my thoughts= THE LAIR OF THE BROHOHO!!

  60. Charmz

    Woah i totally didn’t expect to see someone doing plastic surgery ;~;

  61. NaToTheWak

    It’s weird that the success of Psy leads to more plastic surgery… Psy isn’t exactly your typical Korean flower boy…

    • Blueberries

      I wondered same. Psy is like complete opposite from korean beaty standard XD Which is really refreshing in my opinion… and I hoped he being successful his own looks would make people appreaciate their own looks too, but I guess I was wrong and people just want to look like him now XD

  62. Eric Lozano

    YES I AM ADDICTED TO K-POP AND IF THERE’S A CURE I DON’T WANNA HEAR ABOUT IT!!!!

  63. fuuko4869

    Hahaha I noticed how your description on facebook called the show ‘The Harsh Truth’. Much more appropriate!! xD

  64. Prof Bae is genius haha! Great vid :)

  65. I love you guys for just for mentioning us. :”3

  66. Marianna Vajai

    magyarországról szolok hozzá! nekem tetszik acsatorna

  67. Chantel Sanchez

    He made me feel like we’re all being brainwashed! XD

    • sasha092398

      i know right? especially with all the “kpop will lead to an increase in buying korean goods” and “korea and asia are taking over the world” parts

    • Jessica Mounsey

      I know right :) I mean everything he said is kinda true about how Korea is trying to export themselves to the wider world but he left out a whole tone of stuff about why I love Kpop…and it’s a total bummer he didn’t talk to Luna Fly :(

    • hironyx

      well in someway, we are. but the fact is, it does not ONLY happen in kpop/korea. it happens everywhere with advertising and marketing. if you see how asia countries develops and modernize, its basically the same. asia was “brainwashed” by the western world since the 1800s.

  68. Zo Ee Wong

    Watched it that day! Even though I had an exam the next day >.<

  69. Elly Cubee

    Yea~~ Simon & Martina are definitely right~~ Kpop is just like a black hole that suck us deep inside~
    Let us meet inside the black hole!! XD

  70. ~mong jihyo.

    I was watching this with my mum and sister, and we did not expect you guys to appear. So when you did, I think we gave mum a little heart attack because we started screaming and taking pictures of the tv. haha!

    But your input on kpop was really cool and accurate to why kpop has done so well recently. You guys sounded so professional-like when you were talking, and gave a positive light on kpop. Awesome!

    Also, you guys looked amazing as always! Hope to see you soon, maybe in Australia one day :)
    I promise to give you some Vegemite, since I know how much you love it :)

    ~Nasty signing off! ~

    <3 Jenica

  71. lumierenoire

    Oh my golly goodness. Martina, your “A whole new world!” fit so well! xD
    I was thinking Lunafly was going to be interviewed, but apparently it was just one of their street performances. OTL I’ll take what I can get. xD

  72. LoveYourEgo

    It’s so cool that you guys are getting bigger and bigger! I’m so proud to be a Nasty!! <3
    http://love-your-ego.blogspot.de

  73. XxXxJennyxXxX

    Was I the only one who fan girled so much when LunaFly ,Simon & Martina and etc came on?
    I had the crazies!

  74. Kenny Cheng

    That so cool :D I have lived in Sydney all my life and I have never seen myself on Australian TV before and yet you guys got on it :D

    Hope you guys come to Sydney in the near future :D

  75. Ellen Paddick

    It was funny the other night when this came on cuz my parents were shouting at me saying “there’s some weird people in asia making waves with their arms!” and i came out and you guys were on!!!

  76. Molly Littleford-Schacht

    That’s so exciting! I live in Tasmania, Australia, but sadly I don’t watch T.V so I missed you guys! Thank goodness for YouTube haha :D You should definitely come to Australia!! There are HEAPS of K-pop/Korea loving Nasties here! ^^~

  77. Nicoll Paatan

    Ten’s one of the biggest, we’ve got 5 main channels: ABC, SBS, 7, 9, and 10, the first two are fully and partially funded by the government, respectively. It was interesting watching you guys on mainstream TV, seeing as this is the first instance of K-pop on mainstream since PSY’s ‘Gangman Style’. Hopefully this is a sign of you guys coming over soon ^.^

  78. My first time posting here, but I’m proud of you guys!
    Can’t believe I missed you guys on TV! But yes, Ch. 10 is one of the “Big 3″ TV stations in Australia. I hope this means you’ll be coming to Australia ;)

  79. brinaethegiraffe

    I’m happy for Simon & Martina but also
    EvoL!!!!!!!
    Poor Hayana though. “I’m not okay.” It’s a really harsh reminder of how hard they work while simultaneously not being able to be anything other that super cheerful for the cameras 24/7.

  80. Parsacarly

    I really like that show actually – it’s about the only good thing on Australian TV at the moment (better stick to kdramas and Running Man ^_^) but I felt like they didn’t even touch the surface of kpop – I guess 22 mins is just too short… But maybe you’ll have a couple more people coming to take a look now that they know about Eat Your Kimchi!!

  81. Nakita HyoRin Park

    Ahh please come to Australia now! (CANBERRRA) It the capital! if not go to Sydney! than I’ll just drive there!! XD

  82. Ashleigh M

    Whilst I missed watching it on tv (I was instead watching the GoT finale, CANNOT WAIT TIL NEXT YEAR!), I watched the video on the Ten website. I thought it was all really well done and really interesting, aaaand of course tried to get all my friends to watch it. Nasty pride!
    Nice work, guise! ^_^

  83. G.Gee.C.

    It is one of the big 3 stations. For example in Korea there is SBS, KBS and MBC. Channel Ten is one of those along with Channel Seven and Nine.
    yeah i know how un-creative Australian television station names are.

    • fuuko4869

      I use them to remember the coagulation factors affected by Warfarin :3 (Factor II, VII, IX, and X)

    • suzu4381

      Channel 10 is big here but ironically I only found out about this show from EYK! I don’t watch mainstream TV except for the odd show now and then. I’d actually rather watch what I want online or on demand, plus I have Foxtel sooo hmmm :) I just think that’s interesting considering the doco talks about how the power of Asia is diminishing the power of traditional Western entertainment…Although I don’t agree that Kpop is orchestrated by the Korean government but I’m sure the government supports and promotes the kpop industry :) It’s adding to the South Korea GDP at the end of the day! Anyway I was sooo happy to see you guys on Aussie TV and I hope you’re not trolling when you guise say you’re coming here :D

      • Jessica Mounsey

        I am totally in the same boat! I actually caught the second half of this episode on TV the other night (the part where he was talking about guns and self defence or something…I don’t know it was a show my Dad was watching so I wasn’t really paying much attention) but now I realised I missed the first half! damn! And it really makes me laugh listening to the Aussie accent cause I think OMG thats exactly how I sound too! Oh and it would be super super awesome if Simon and Martina came to Australia (Melbourne please…)

        • suzu4381

          Cool I take it your a Melbourne nasty?? Me too! I’m having visions of S & M arriving at the Tulla and people going nuts XD Would be an experience! At least you get to see the whole show now :)

    • Simon Darling

      9 is prolly the biggest followed by 7 with 10 being the 3rd
      all 3 of them generally suckballs and this was a terrible doco on kpop
      the guy seems to have done no research into kdrama or other parts of the hallyu wave and only knows gangnam style
      also they used EVOL and didnt mention that 1 of the members is Australian? weird
      either way this could have been such a better little doco if somebody with a clue had made it maybe martina and simon can redo the whole thing so it sucks less?

    • selenaanvo

      Yep I’m living in Australia and yeah… Channel Ten has like extra channels called One and Eleven… But channel Nine has a sub channel called GO that reminds me of MBLAQ’s G.O all the time LOL

      but i kinda fangirled when Simon and Martina came on LOL I MEAN THAT’S THE CLOSEST I’VE SEEN SIMON AND MARTINA OTHER THAN ON MY LAPTOP :P

  84. Ashley O'Regan

    I remember how I saw you guys onthe mnet channel in america………….Its actually how I got into you guys

  85. OMG Thats such a good documentary I Love documentaries that doesn’t bore you to death. This one was filled with interesting footage and wonderful editing skills.

  86. Aria Haneul

    What a fascinating documentary, I love the production, editing and narrative style. It’s nice to see you guys getting more mainstream coverage. Very proud of EYK!

  87. I screamed when I saw a k-pop related story on TV, I was like huh? Really? Let alone seeing you guys! It was strange but nice. The article/doco itself seemed to skim the surface. I felt sad when Hayana talked about her experience. K-pop is quite prevalent on TV these days in Australia. I heard Fantastic Baby used as background music on a breakfast program once. And the other day I heard SISTAR’s So Cool on a different channel. It was clearly Bora because no one would ever use a line like ‘cool like ice tea’ haha. It’s tripping me out, I thought Australia was not that big on k-pop yet.

    • Sally Browne

      Well we do have sbs popasia… Which seems to be preety popular and growing

      • Strangely enough the people I know who like k-pop don’t watch SBS Popasia but we do know about it, it’s just a not a big deal within my k-pop community haha. But thanks to you I’ve been recently enlightened to see that they’re no longer on at 8:30am anymore because in hell I’d wake up that early haha. I’m late to the party, I must check it out this week. I’ve never watched it before, I’m excited. ^_^

  88. alejandra

    my ultimate goal is to be a journalist in Korea, I’m Hispanic and what I will target it to allow the Latino culture to be more aware of the Korean culture and be more acceptable to the life style they live. I’m only just starting this dream and I hope it becomes a reality, Simon and Martina are doing a wonderful thing in opening up peoples minds to the way of life without trying to be stereotypical and sounding off putting. You guys inspire me thank you!

  89. Rafiqua

    This video was so interesting! Im such a KPOP fan

  90. Jangmi M. Kwon

    It’s a shame that the host didn’t talk to Lunafly since Sam is from the UK and speaks fluent English…

  91. Liam Sullivan

    oh guys…how I bloody LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE that your on mainstream TV here in aus. That TV show is getting A LOT of criticism because of how the main guy does things, I hope non of it affects you but people are super duper unhappy about how him and his producer did an ‘anti-documentary’ on Australia without letting anyone know but the BBC. It was all over the news a few days ago x.x

    • Really? That’s fascinating! When we were told about Hamish, people said that he’s supposedly a super great journalist that tries to do a lot of “real” journalism, or something like that. I don’t remember. I just know that him and his crew were a pleasure to work with, even though they were clearly very exhausted from shooting for so long!

      • Liam Sullivan

        I don’t think it will affect you guys in anyway negatively so I apologise if I made you worry about it lol. It’s just that his version of ‘real’ journalism can be borderline insulting lol

      • Liam Sullivan

        I am so very very proud to be a Nasty when I see you guys getting the popularity you deserve :D I would love to see you guys do more stuff like this, I guess it’s not really up to you, we should be pushing TV networks to chase you down for stuff haha.

      • I think the public here is pretty fair. They critisize but also gives credit when it’s due. This was a pretty fine documentary I say. It’s fair and not biased and Hamish didn’t try to sound like he knows it all like some other show that had tried to talk about kpop.

        • Liam Sullivan

          I totally agree with you, this episode was quite entertaining in the fact it provides information for the people who know nothing or very little about K-pop, I do criticize the fact it didn’t really have anything new to keep the already k-pop loving fans entertained. All in all though, I wouldn’t bother watching the show if EYK didn’t spread their nastiness all over my television screen lol. I just wanted more and more screen time of Simon and Martina lol

    • fuuko4869

      Wah really? :O I kinda expected hardcore kpop fans to be upset, because it isn’t praising their oppas and unnies to the sky, but just within Australia, I saw a lot of praise for the show. :3 It’s really well made, and for a documentary, it’s very gripping and engaging.
      And Hamish himself keeps getting nominated for journalism awards. He’s travelled a fair bit and has worked with a lot of international news channels, which is pretty impressive. I was won over when he made a report a while back how Australian jails were mistreating foreign minors. It takes a lot of guts to criticise your own country, and I respect him for that. Because every country has its issues, and who’s going to point them out if not an insider? If some foreigner did it, that would mean warrrrr ok maybe not but you get the point
      Maybe it’s just because I’ve travelled a lot myself, but I really appreciate seeing a show on mainstream TV that focuses on introducing unknown aspects of foreign cultures – although everything should be taken with a grain of salt, of course. I usually only watch SBS, because I’m tired of the ethnocentric crap that mainstream TV usually feeds us (and not just in Australia – every country, really).
      I haven’t seen the anti-documentary….can you link it? Or an article about it?

      • Liam Sullivan

        I have been trying to find it but sadly I cannot. I agree Australia has it’s own faults and what not but this docu was being criticised for the fact that the people involved (on the aussie side) thought it was in a positive light but soon found out that only the company producing the show knew about how the documentary would be highlighting some ‘issues’ in australian culture. I quite like the documentary episode here, and his style but I didn’t think the way he goes about this appeals to everyone

        • fuuko4869

          Ah right, I get what you’re saying now. Isn’t all media like that though? Presenting footage with their own little tinting. I guess we just need to learn to read between the lines :D

        • Liam Sullivan

          I just think it’s a little rude and unprofessional not to let everyone know your doing. The production team behind it had no idea that the documentary was highlighting issues…they thought it was a generic docu like…lets look at white sandy beaches and tell everyone how wonderful it is to be outdoors…ect. This episode though wasn’t at all like that so that’s all I have to say on the matter lol. So glad EYK is getting further recognition though, they deserve it for all the hard work they do for their fans :)

        • fuuko4869

          I really need to see that docu :p
          And yes I was glad that EYK was promoted quite nicely hahaha!! It’s an episode that I was quite happy to brag about to my friends~ *handshake* :D

  92. Well not first but second is also good :D

  93. Arran Fletcher

    Will you come to Australia now! :D

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