• http://twitter.com/J4joker101 Jay G.

    Personally, I prefer TOP Media’s newer boy group 100% over Teen Top (despite them having a strange name). Ever since “No More Perfume” Teen Top has kind of creeped me out, haha. I equate Teen Top to a group of Justin Biebers trying to be older than they actually are (cough*cough* jailbait). 100% on the other hand reminds me of BTOB who I actually like even though people claim they are just a copy of B2ST. As for Nu’EST I actually do like their music. I like how they address real life issues. At first I couldn’t believe they were all 16 except for Aron (whose 18). Teen Top I could guess they were all teens despite the name but Nu’EST seemed more mature in my eyes. Therefore it’s almost ironic that Nu’EST seems older despite Teen Top being the ones going for the ‘mature’ sexy theme.

    • sha tasha

      why ??

  • TheJadeBullet

    Teen Top creeps me out completely and I’m younger than several of the members. That’s saying something.

    • anime manga

      me too. and im over three years younger then the youngest member…….

  • snowclrops

    I really like Nu’est because each of the guys have such clear personality. They’re one of those groups where I learned all the guys’ names without trying.

    Teen Top is a group that I’ve never particularly cared for. They always seemed too young and quite frankly way too small for me. I always figured they were maybe a group that I might like more if I was younger and/or shorter (kind of like Boyfriend).

    As far as their image, it is tough to say because I pretty much watch Teen Top videos once and then forget about them. However, I never really thought of their dances as overly sexual. My only thought about their dances was that I thought they were good dancers (kind of like 100%) and that they focused a lot of their quick footwork.

    And I certainly never got the impression that they were as sexual as this article portrays. I guess they often have their hand on their belt when they’re doing their foot moves. But I’d hardly consider it sexy, but then again I generally don’t find crotch grabs of any kind very sexy even when they’re more blatant. Generally, it is a move that doesn’t stand out that much in my eyes and if it is accentuated (like in X-5′s Don’t Put On An Act), I kind of find it ridiculous.

  • AcadiasFire

    You know I never really noticed Teen Tops dancing to be overly sexual. I just think their great dancers. I really like both groups though. Teen Tops dancing and catchy music and Nuest with innocent sweetness lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693230206 Ashley Nicole

    Ok, I am an American girl that is in love with Kpop. First off as to be “blatantly sexual”, I strongly disagree. However, if there are some sexual moves it’s nice to see the men do them instead of like in American music where a girl is only known for her sexual moves and showing off  her lady parts. I do not consider Teen Top sexual or immature at all. Anyone, that would give up a life of normalcy to tend practice for hours on end and train for years to live their dream to me is hardly immature. I know some much older people that aren’t that driven nor that dedicated. Of course both groups have some growing up to do as we all do. Last time I checked, we are all not born with knowing all that there is in the world. I applaud both groups of young men for their dedication and hard work. The only image that I see between both groups while most it may appear to be sexual is young men who are living their dream which exudes through their emotions, eyes and behavior. Bravo Teen Top and Nu’est. God bless you all and keep entertaining us for years to come. I as an American kpopper am looking forward to seeing each of you bloom and exhibit your ultimate potentials. =)

  • http://twitter.com/powerpawgirl madkitty

    Im a Nu’est fan so of course i like better Nu’est but…i don’t think Teen Top is more “sexual”  

  • http://www.m-rated.tumblr.com/ Michelle Chin

    Although I personally find No More Perfume for You, Super Love and Crazy are songs with a really hooky tunes, I cannot help but to agree that there’s a problem with the way these teenage boys are marketed. Seriously, all that crotch grabbing has to stop! 

    While Michael Jackson is one of the main purveyors of this rather sensual move (I always associate Michael Jackson with crotch grabbing than moonwalking, sorry guys) and perhaps, hip and stylish to a degree, I personally find it as offensive as boob grabbing!  I prefer if entertainment companies don’t squeeze the sexy out of these boys. It makes me wonder whether they are even comfortable with it. Perhaps, it’s just fanservice to a degree, you know, to cater to those fans out there who digs into this kind of things. I don’t deny that I’m not a sexual being (though I’m amoebic to a certain level) but I rather if their crotches stop appearing on the center screen. 

    And the MV for No More Perfume for You disturbs me till today. As much as I enjoy that song because it’s kinda of club-vibe, I hope that a guy doesn’t sing that song to me some day. That song, I feel, is just so wrong when paired with their innocent faces. Even if an older range group decides to sing that song, I would still thing it’s quite salacious.

  • http://twitter.com/lillian23910 Sharon

    Thank you! This article was needed. 

    I like teen top and NU’EST. I noticed that the crotch choreography for NU’EST is less compared to Teen TOP. They seem to be sexualizing Niel too much. The camera is obviously focused on him when he does the crotch moves and the bathtub scene made me raise my eyebrows. There was no reason why he was there except to look wet and sexy. 
    As a noona fan, this is a bit upsetting. I know younger girls don’t care as much, but I think of these young rookies as Dongsaengs. I am not against hip thrusting, but i don”t like minors to be sexualized, whether they are a girl or a boy. That’s why I prefer  how Boyfriend is marketed. While people claim they are overly cute, their less sexualized. I don’t think I have ever seen a crotch grab from them. Their new MV, Janus is a step in a more mature direction, but they did it without being overly sexy. 

  • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

    I often forget how young these idols are. Then I find out later and have to completely change my view of them.

  • goldengluvsk2

    I think im getting old because when I see Teen Top i dont even find them attractive xD im like meeehh with them and the only song that i really liked “no more perfume”, when i watched the MV and found the lyrics my love for the song died lol… I felt like a granny… i was lke “youre like 15 yr old kid and you wanna cheat on your gf?!” with Nu’est I really like their personalities but dont see their dances that provocative… what i liked mre abotu them was their “tough” image.

  • http://twitter.com/sebsobandsky Sabah

    I don’t feel awkward when watching the local dancing crews battle competitions, where the average age is 15 BUT there are certain Kpop acts of the same age or slightly older have been banned for my viewing pleasure.  Maybe because I am more than twice their age, and I wouldn’t feel so icky if I were nearer their age because it would be enjoying the performances of my peers.  It isn’t that they are too young but rather too young for me.  Though I do wonder if I wouldn’t feel the same awkwardness if I was the same age.

    So, it’s not the age alone that stops me from watching certain Kpop acts nor even the style but rather the style of presentation.  The local dance crews have crotch grabbing, thrusting and butt wiggling too but it’s without that mouth open suggestiveness. It’s more confidence and swag rather than eroticism.  It’s a shame because Kpop idols can actually dance really well.

  • http://twitter.com/sebsobandsky Sabah

    I don’t feel awkward when watching the local dancing crews battle competitions, where the average age is 15 BUT there are certain Kpop acts of the same age or slightly older have been banned for my viewing pleasure.  Maybe because I am more than twice their age, and I wouldn’t feel so icky if I were nearer their age because it would be enjoying the performances of my peers.  It isn’t that they are too young but rather too young for me.  Though I do wonder if I wouldn’t feel the same awkwardness if I was the same age.

    So, it’s not the age alone that stops me from watching certain Kpop acts nor even the style but rather the style of presentation.  The local dance crews have crotch grabbing, thrusting and butt wiggling too but it’s without that mouth open suggestiveness. It’s more confidence and swag rather than eroticism.  It’s a shame because Kpop idols can actually dance really well.

  • http://twitter.com/nikkicomehere Nicole Ahn

    There are only two times I can re-call that I have ever asked for Jesus to take the wheel with Teen TOP.

    The first is both the song and video for “No More Perfume.” What a horrible message backed by an even more horrid video about them romancing a woman who looks old enough to be their mother (no offense Park Si Yeon). Don’t even get me started on that “I don’t give a fuck” smirk on Chunji’s face during the entire thing.

    and their posing in just their boxers and high heels for their Roman promotional pictures.

    Aside from those two incidents I find their sexuality to be tasteful and age appropriate.

    I know nothing about NU’EST except one of their members, I think his name is Ren, is one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever seen.

  • Judith Mopalia

    Totally agree. This is why I mostly ignore the music videos – they often spoil the song.  What Tasty put out their rirst movie, I posted “Why not just call the group  ‘Crotch Grab” and be done with it?” on YouTube and got soundly flamed for it. I hate sexploitation for both boys and girls.   

  • Judith Mopalia

    Totally agree. This is why I mostly ignore the music videos – they often spoil the song.  What Tasty put out their rirst movie, I posted “Why not just call the group  ‘Crotch Grab” and be done with it?” on YouTube and got soundly flamed for it. I hate sexploitation for both boys and girls.   

  • Literati Tempo

    I’m a Teen Top fan and I agree about the sexual dances but I guess I’m just too old because I don’t find it sexy at all. Give me GD or Rain doing those moves and I’m sure I’d have a whole nother reaction. but seeing them do it it’s just another point in the choreography for me. Maybe I’m a bit over the sexy moves like when I was first came upon kpop the shortness of the shorts was quite disturbing now I don’t think twice about it. 

  • sweetieheart2

    … And I thought I was the only one who noticed and was slightly bothered by Teen Top’s constant crotch-grabbing xD

  • your friend

    AT first,I love the Korean boy bands because of their incredible MV’s.They were so popular;without any sexual theme.Not like the American celebrities who want to being popular with sexual scenes.but now,some of Korean bands are turning to the American styles and I DON’T LIKE IT AT ALL.that’s the why,I don’t like American idols and I prefer Korean ones.

  • sha tasha

    why all the blame is teen top ??
    whereas nu’est popular with teen top in the same year…
    be an artist no matter age or race…

    where the fair !!!!

  • Guest

    I don’t see the point with age. I find some young people more intelligence than no brainer noonas or unnis. Seriously, I don’t get the part of teen top being sexy as they are since they are GUYS hitting puberty already and well over that stage by now. However, nu’est members are the same age or almost like teen top. The recent video showed nu’est member jr sexual kissing, bath-tub scene with that actress in their hello hello mv. I find nu’est more disturbing. Teen top actually acts like their age since they argue, fight with each other, and cry and make up through their teen top and 100% rising brothers season 1 and season 2 variety show. Teen top came from a new company. I wonder if they even had a good debut or place to live in when they first debuted. Nu’est had an awesome company with son dam bi and people who used to be in SMENT. Pledis made ren into this sexual girl man person. They always paint his finger nail and they remind me of a girl’s hand. This threw me off. I don’t even know why ppl think he’s hot. In a few years he might realize his own sexuality. This is the making of a bisexual.

  • http://twitter.com/shirumee Sylvia G

    This may be a late response, but I have to say, I can agree with a lot of what you’re saying, but the part about being a Westerner and not being used to the sexualization of younger guys is kind of odd. I don’t know you’re age, but if you look at Nsync, Backstreet Boys, B44 or even now like One Direction, and Justin Beiber, they’re all young adult (or were) and used sex to sell.

    Backstreet Boys and Nsync were mid-teens to early 20′s when they debuted, and songs talking about “get down and move it all around” or “it’s tearing up my heart…” and all of this other stuff, while acting like dorky teens outside of it. Many of their videos combined teenage fun with more mature atmospheres that had when females of all ages going crazy. Justin Beiber debuted and the world went crazy and how old was he? Talking about needing someone to love? Sorry what?

    Then there were other groups such as O-Town, who I’m not sure about age, but they had a song called “liquid dreams”. Yea. That’s sexual.

    I’m not disagreeing that Teen Top’s dancing is sexual, but it truly is about how it’s marketed. I believe the point of most of the Kpop world is to show male idols as “mature men” on stage, and then the natural teens that they are off stage. With the exception as what someone commented as the “Don’t give a F” smirk on Chunji’s face, the dancing in No More Perfume On You was tame. The video, stupid, but it was basically a group of guys hanging out. The only real part that I didn’t understand was how they were in a club, but whatever.

    Crazy and To You, and even their latest single Miss Right, all have interesting crotch grabbing moves thrown into their choreography, but the rest of the moves are awesome. Nu’EST is equally as amazing, and I’m sure that as they continue to release new songs they will start displaying a more sexual style as well. I’m not talking in the far future when they’re all of legal age, but maybe this year or not.

    After this essay that I’ve seemingly written, I think it’s all a matter of distinction. As long as they’re not being exploited, which I feel that they aren’t, I don’t see the problem with a crotch grab or two. Does it make me forget that they’re younger than me? Yes. Is it awkward, definitely. However that’s what it is, and I doubt it’s ever going to change given that it goes back a lot farther than just Teen Top and Nu’EST.