• black_rose45000

    Yeah, but those pics you posted had two different things:
    1. they were males. Since I have the feeling Korea doesn’t really acknowledge or at least accept homosexuality, they may have just thought it was more on the safe route. Why eat bananas out of all fruits, Idek though. But I’m sure in some other pictures, celebs make use of other “props”. So maybe they have the “hey, only women suck dicks, thus Kwak’s picture is outrageous” mentality. And let’s face it, the majority of women is straight, and only the minority of men is not -> so it’s normal people would jump to that conclusion when seeing a woman licking a banana vs a man doing so. It’s a harsh generalization, but it’s there.
    2. most, if not all, of the pics (excluding gifs from shows, to me they’re irrelevant) were from magazine photoshoot (at least that was what it seemed to me). then compare that to a woman who takes selcas of herself licking and eating a banana with sultry eyes. Is it still the same?

    I’m all for gender equality and women reaffirming their roles in society and their sexuality, but I just don’t think Kwak’s choice was a good one.

    Concerning the pictures she posted on me2day though, yes, I agree she shouldn’t have gotten backlash for those.

    • Bstar5

      I was about to post the same thing.  In order for people to condemn the male celebs eating the bananas Koreans would have to first acknowledge homosexuality.  With all those SUJU youtube vids with members making out with Heechul, I’ve heard of no outrage whatsoever, which is surprising since people came out in droves to show contempt for some drama that supposedly aired with a gay storyline.  It’s amazing how much gay innuendo there’s been in variety shows and dramas plus the ever so popular mouth to mouth pass the tissue games but I think a lot of it is written off as yaoi fan service produced by yaoi loving PDs for yaoi loving fan girls.

      • black_rose45000

        Yep, all the fanservice baffles me. So they acknowledge that there are girls who enjoy gay-love, but they don’t acknowledge gay-love itself? (best example may also be Siwon with his religious “arguments”).
        The other day I watched Immortal Song, and the MC commented on Hongki’s painted nails, to which Hongki fastly replied “i don’t like men”, and the host emphasized on that too. Why was there the need to deny something that wasn’t even there? It was also a stupid stereotype, and they were trying to erase any suspicions that it may cause…>.>

  • YourYG Bias

    Why? Just why would you post these things online? 

    I accept her shirtless picture with the understanding that it was to increase voter turnout but that banana thing was just stupid. It had no meaning to it and can be easily misunderstood due to the nature of the picture.

    You’re a woman and as much as this goes against my love for feminism, as women we have certain ideals and character that we are supposed to display. It’s always been the woman who has to display class and frankly she just blew it with all that picture. If you want to wear a skirt, wear it at the appropriate length or risk others looking down on you as a “ho”. The same applies for Kwak. Take a picture but make sure it’s a picture that has no disrespectful meaning. 

    I’m not saying that eating bananas is suddenly a dirty thing but her face just wipes all innocence from the picture. 

    • Lo7us

      You obviously don’t love feminism very much if you believe that women have a larger responsibility than men to “display class.” I don’t think her picture is any more disrespectful than any of the other male pics involving them stroking/fellating bananas. If the only reason that her picture is disrespectful is that she is a woman, then that is sexist. 

      I also think it’s really unfair that these famous men can just go around posting whatever pictures (no, the fact that Korea doesn’t “acknowledge” homosexuality doesn’t even matter because it extremely obvious what some of the guys’ pics are implying) and not have any negative consequences for their career, whereas if SNSD or some other famous girl group did this, as a joke, there would definitely be backlash. 

      She probably posted this picture is because she just doesn’t care. Why should she care if we/Koreans/etc. think she is a “ho”? Kwak, being Korean, probably knows what the reaction to this picture was going to be. She probably knows that for every netizen calling her a whore, there are always going to be some perverts out there jacking off to this picture. She knows sex sells, she could be selling her image in this way, although it may not be acceptable to mainstream media. Yes, she tried to deny that she meant anything sexual by it but obviously no one believes her, and she probably knows that as well. 

      I don’t know why she did it and it’s not my place to judge, but I think the backlash against her actions just gives us more information about Korea’s society.

    • Printhess Rai

      “If you want to wear a skirt, wear it at the appropriate length or risk others looking down on you as a ho.”Using this argument is doing a terrible disservice to feminism. Its like the same argument used by men who rape women and then say that it was her fault for dressing provocatively .From my understanding, feminism is about men and women being equals. Why are women the only ones to display “certain ideals and character?” If a girl wears a short skirt, she’s a “ho” but if men go around shirtless, we get drool.everywhere. 

      This lady obviously knew what she was doing and everybody else just took the bait. 

    • severely

       I’m pretty sure the banana picture wasn’t “misunderstood.” Pretty sure people took it for exactly what it was supposed to look like: like simulating a blowjob on a banana.

  • http://twitter.com/SouthPawSeoul 이정남

     Absolutely not, she is obviously doing it for the shock value, I find more problem in the covert way or not so covert way of the way sex is presented in K-pop.  Feminism is the complete lack of sexuality? If anything being more open and free about it would be the exact thing that would be going against the gender stereotypes given to women especially Korea.  I don’t find anything wrong with the pictures beyond her shilling which I am not a fan of but that is another point entirely. 

  • goldengluvsk2

    the banana thing reminded me of Chansung in Abracadabra and i loled at that and i loled at her picture… thats why i clicked but I had no idea she was considered that controversial… she’s obviously the attention seeker type and if you ask me, she looks like she doesnt want to be taking seriously or have intentions of teaching people that touching topics as sexuality is okay at some extent… she would stop doing it when people stop making it a big deal…

  • ggoma

    Girls around the world give bjs. IT HAPPENS. shocking. 
    It’s a freaking banana and one of the oldest jokes in the world. y so serious?

    • Gaya_SB

      And guys too — but don’t tell Korea that!

      • ggoma

        Only in Itaewon, honey. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tunmi Turayo Tijani

    I actually am not offended. It was funny and I laughed but she doesn’t take sexuality and women a few years back, if anything she kinda accomplished what she wanted. People are talking about that gender bias. I like her

  • Ditu3ka

    Those double standarts … anyway it reminds me of my brother often saying “I miss times when eating banana in front of an another guy wasn´t somehow weird” 

  • http://twitter.com/ericyumyum I’m with Beyonce

    Honestly I dont see anything wrong with eating a banana like that.. i mean c’mon.. who doesn’t like sucking on a banana sexually? I do it too!

  • Darkchao45

    Dat lucky banana ;_;

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YSBHQGMA5LI7RYLZO5HJX25DBM Lindsay Becker

    Ew I nearly puked at that bannanna photo. I can’t stand the sight, taste or smell of them! GROSS GROSS GROSS!

  • destined2bebossy

    I can see your point, but i’ve actuslly seen female k-celebs take pics w/ bananas and there wasn’t any backlash. The thing with this  lady’s pic is that she looks totally suggestive “eating” the banana. Did she really have to lick the top? And eyes are not just saying ‘oh hey. let me eat a banana.’

  • jesuis2

    Sex-appeal has always been a part of the entertainment industry, but there’s a difference when it used for that and blatant self-promotion (just to titillate).

    It’s one thing for a swimsuit model to appear topless in SI’s swimsuit, it’s another thing for various B-level actresses to let the paparrazi get a $$ shot while they are going commando (much less faking horror/despair when a sex tape “leaks”).

    Kwak Hyun-hwa seems to be Korea’s version of the Paris Hilton or the Kardashians (altho she doesn’t go nearly as far).

    But really, people don’t see the DIFF. in the photos w/ her “eating” a banana and Rain’s?

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com/ Michelle Chin

    I think it is not about the pose “eating a banana” per se but more like the message and intention that is being conveyed. 

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  • eskye

    The only thing that takes feminism back are women who join men in trying to regulate how a woman behaves in public. The point of feminism is to *fight* against the kind of archaic thinking that would shove us all into one box. Don’t forget that for every Andrea Dworkin and Gloria Steinem there was Susie Bright and Annie Sprinkle. The only way to break the ridiculous limits placed on a woman’s sexuality and public behavior is to…well, BREAK them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jcho49 J Cho

    puhahaha I thought this was funny. People just need to take the stick out of their….

  • straighttohelvetica

    I hate the banana thing just because it’s stupid and so played out, but I’m still eye-rolling the double standard. Jaejoong, forever subtle and low-key Jaejoong, nearly sucked off a popsicle for the soft-core porn production that was “Intermodulation,” and no one said a thing. 

  • taestits

    She shouldn’t be getting shit for anything. She’s hot and she’s having fun flaunting it – what’s wrong with that?

  • vip

    I’m not offended, I just find these sexy. Well, she’s free and she has the right to do whatever she wants.
    Korean media are so sexist, they hate women too much.

  • vip

    if she wants to eat a banana in a very suggestive manner she has the right, and that doesn’t make her a whore or a slut, just a woman who is happy and very open with her sexuality. Nothing wrong with that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

      I would agree — IF she didn’t deny it.

      If you’re going to make a statement that you know — and unless she is stupid, she knew — will ruffle the feathers of the industry, you should stand by it.