• Chocho268

    ‘Ga-In basically says everything about love that the rest of our K-pop princesses often leave out.’

    Thank you so much for this beautifully written article. I agree 100% and more, especially about the sex part. The MV was stunnigly beautiful to look at. I’m glad there is an artist who is willing to screw the ridiculous ‘sex is dirty’ kind of mentality and is able to express herself no matter what the close-minded society might think.

    • regina_filange

       I think the industry relies on sex, so I wouldn’t say the sex is dirty mentality is prevalent. The music sells because it is geared towards satisfying the sexuality of the opposite sex, who usually make up the fandom of idol group. Thus women have to present themselves in a way that is inviting but not representative of there own sexuality. Gain is taking control of it here, and that is powerful. lovin it.

    • regina_filange

       I think the industry relies on sex, so I wouldn’t say the sex is dirty mentality is prevalent. The music sells because it is geared towards satisfying the sexuality of the opposite sex, who usually make up the fandom of idol group. Thus women have to present themselves in a way that is inviting but not representative of there own sexuality. Gain is taking control of it here, and that is powerful. lovin it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karheng279 Aaron Ho

    This reminds me of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin”, probably due to the similar themes 

    Bloom marks a starting point for K-pop taking a step towards empowering female in particularly in Korean society, not just portraying women as weaker submissive sex when it comes to..well…. sex.

    But on another note, I feel that many fans will be appalled if their oppa’s and noona’s are all singing about sex this sex that, no matter whether the portrayal of sex being positive or negative.

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

      It could be considered an extremely tame version of that song (I don’t expect to see Ga-in straddling the stage in a white dress anytime soon). Also, Like a Virgin didn’t mask its message, at all; Bloom is more subtle with the message. Given the nature of the Korean pop scene, it may be that this song had to be done that way in order to keep from being incinerated immediately.

      As for the article, it was well written. I could agree with about 90% of it. I rarely agree that much with any editorial. I probably would not single Bloom out for praise as much as Nabeela, but it does deserve recognition. Even if it is just a baby step in the right direction, it is a step forward. 

      The idea that sex should be seen as something immoral and unholy is outdated. There is a great deal of beauty to be found in sexual attitudes — you know, so long as you don’t just attribute sex with getting busy in the backseat of a car, or smacking “hos” on the ass in a club like a sexist jackass. 

      In its own way, this song and video does a good job of showing some of the more pleasant aspects of sex (and it IS about sex — you’re not fooling anyone, LOEN). Sex is amazing when it is newly discovered. Especially if it is with someone you think you love (as depicted in the video). Sure, it doesn’t stay that way forever, but it is a great feeling in the moment. 

      Maybe Ga-in will get to some of the less awesome facets of sex in the future — like finding out someone likes you JUST for sex, or that feeling you get when someone you thought you loved mudstomps your heart and you just want to crawl inside a hole and fucking die. 

      For now, baby steps seem appropriate. I just hope Ga-in continues to move forward into the more complex aspects of sex and love, not just be a mouthpiece like many entertainers in Kpop.

      This (Ga-in progressing to exploring more layers to sex and love) is dependent upon the people who write and produce Ga-in’s songs and videos deeming it to be so.

      Also, you are not wrong, Aaron — sex does tend to make people uncomfortable in a way that no other subject can really match (apart from racism). But sex very much is a part of life, and it is a HUGE part of love. When you toss out all the idiotic braggadocio about sex being the act of jumping into bed with anything that walks, there is no other act that binds strongly two human beings that actually do give a shit about one another than sex. If Kpop ever wants to actually get deeper with its content (Kpop love songs, thus far, have been all roses (or tears) and none of the thorns), sex is going to have to be a topic that isn’t tippytoed around like leprosy. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/karheng279 Aaron Ho

        Totally agreeing with you on this!

        Why do I have a feeling that Bloom has become “unintentionally deep”? haha

        Well given the general Korean society are conservative in nature and also given that the majority of the fans are pubescence teenagers, sex will always be somewhat of a taboo for Kpop until proper mindset regarding sex have been instilled within them. (this is of course all based on my assumptions, please feel free to correct me and rid me of my ignorance)

        It seems that majority people think that you are either innocent like a flower or a promiscuous sex predator without considering that there can be a middle ground over here.    

        However when that time comes when sex themes is prominent in Kpop, it might be abused to the level of those in American music. =(  

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

          “However when that time comes when sex themes is prominent in Kpop, it might be abused to the level of those in American music. =(”

          Lol, sadly, this just comes with the territory. When you open up the topic of sex for mass dissection, people are going to interpret and dispense what they glean in very different ways. Some will explore the emotional aspects, others will explore the physiological aspects — and some will just take it in misogynistic directions. 

          If/when Kpop opens the topic of sex for real discussion, expect this same thing to happen. 

          It may be an unfortunate byproduct of free thought, but it is worth enduring to HAVE free thought, and especially free, intelligent expression on the subject of sex and love (on a more complex level than just longing for an oppa, or perving on lolitas).

          I should add that the objective is freedom TO express this subject, not that everyone in Kpop should express the same sexual message. American pop isn’t full of Madonnas; but it is great that those who feel compelled to explore those topics have the freedom to do so without being demonized or ostracized (at least to the point where their career is over).

  • Dana_SB

    Nabeela, this review is perfect.

    • Julianne Jimenez

      A perfect review for a perfect MV ;D

  • k_db

    I love how she uses sex in a non trashy way, but more as a way for her character (and women in general) grow from it.  

    also.  pole dancing.  50 points to gryffindor.

  • Fatricia Fatlegs (Trish Okeke)

    Good thing she has charisma and talent unlike Jea who only has talent.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/swheekun swheekun

    My favorite part of this would definitely be the title- The concept of “blooming” in relation to sex and positive attitude towards it is a refreshing change and much-needed refute of the idea that something is “lost” with virginity and that a woman is worth less when it’s gone. Not to mention that the production is incredibly well done, with the sweeping camera shots, bright and clean CG and contrasting lighting schemes setting the different moods of innocence and passion.  
    I’m going to have to disagree with the youtube comment though because, disregarding the song and message, GaIn’s efforts to be appealing and sexy in this MV are no different than those of her counterparts. Why do the likes of Hyuna and NS Yoonji  get shamed and called sluts for their behavior while GaIn is excused for doing the exact same things under the premise of being “classier?” I call BS on these double-standards. 

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

      Precisely.

  • http://twitter.com/sollenatburger Sonwabile Antonie

    Guys…I think Im in Love here
    this MV had me smiling from start to finish. The song is awesome too.
    I have always liked Ga-In and Brown Eyed Girls cos they look like woman you know. Strong and sassy and beautiful without it being in your face. Ga-In does this well andd thats why sh is a success.

    The sex scenes had me doing a double take cos they looked genuine without it feeling fake or anything. This MV was brilliantly done cos a person doesnt need the translated lyrics to understand what the MV is about.

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

    So there’s this MV that talks about love as it is, and it includes its sexual aspects, and some people think that it’s taking too far?? But what have we not seen in this day and age? 

    • Chocho268

       Lol, exactly!

  • BishieAddict

    I was kinda shocked it went through the censorship board cuz I misunderstood the whole concept of the censorship board (I thought they had to make everything for kids or something). 
    I liked it, I was just shocked to see it a sex scene in a kpop video.

  • Eliza17

    I actually found the video bit cheesy.   those giant
    digital flowers were just really distracting. but i understand why they styled it this way so not to make the act seem “dirty”.  if she was anymore in your face, it’d be like watching a Koda Kumi video lol  Great song for Ga In tho.

  • Ayanna

    Let’s face it. The only thing that sets this song apart from any other KPOp love song done by female artists is the MV itself. The lyrics are nothing exactly special when you look at it, it could be easily sung by SNSD, KARA, or even IU. And that’s not to say that’s a bad thing. I love Ga-In and the song. But the only thing outstanding is the MV, the song is great, but the MV is what’s so special.