• Germs

    She is definitely not pregnant. She will even be performing at Special Olympics closing ceremony on 5 Feb. It has been more than 3 months since she announced her marriage and if she is still able to dance around in heels on 5 Feb, I don’t think pregnancy was the cause of her decision to get married.

    • http://twitter.com/bleccacchan Rebecca Claire

      Dude, not the point of the article.

      • Germs


    • Bambi

      You are totally right about her not necessarily getting married because of a “pregnancy”. However Beyonce kept performing until her bump was pretty visible, so her performing doesn’t mean anything really.

      On another note, in Korea premarital sex/pregnancy isn’t still seen positively. Also history as shown that when couples (especially younger ones) get married (not just in Korea but EVERYWHERE) after dating for only a few months, one of the reasons tends to be because of a pregnancy. So you can’t blame the writer for thinking that.

      It’s a shame that that’s where people’s minds go, but because of the kind of society we live in, we tend to think that way. You also have remember that it wasn’t long ago women still had to fight (and still are) for some seemingly basic rights, like choosing to do whatever the heck they want to do with their bodies or going to school! Even to this day on some countries women are expected to live in patriarchal societies… AND IT’S THE 21ST CENTURY GUYS, 21ST.

      But I digress. :)

  • Timothy

    I don’t get why people are still asking about her pregnancy and still can’t believe she getting married has nothing to do with being pregnant. I guess Kpop is still not ready for an idol to get married as and when he/she likes. Sunye is certainly paving the path for future idol dating or marriages.

  • severely

    I think it’s funny that the only way a woman is seen as empowered is if she’s working and has shunned a traditional married life. Like it’s completely impossible for a strong, confident woman to WANT those things and to deliberately choose them.

    James seems like a nice enough guy and they’re happy together. I wish people would leave the issue alone.

    (And to add on what was said in the article: even if a woman’s “pregnancy” seems so obvious that they’re going to give birth any moment, it’s still incredibly rude to talk about it. Not just because pregnancy is her choice to share or not share, but also because some women carry all of their weight in their stomach, and none in their thighs or arms, giving the impression of pregnancy when they aren’t. You won’t be able to remove your foot from your mouth on that mistake.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/chibijoshie Josh Chinnery

      THIS!!! I know SO many women who dream of having a family and they get scoffed at and called a bunch of degrading names because they aren’t perceived as independent women (which is laughably ironic to me, because said independent woman is independent because she chose what she wanted to do with her life).

  • Mel Watkins

    It’s enceinte, not enchante. :-) I think it’s worth noting that those shotgun weddings do still take place when male celebs get someone pregnant–or that weddings take place at all. At least there is some private responsibility.

  • Casey

    I speak french, and so, i think you meant to say “enceinte”, not enchante” :3

  • http://samsoondowntherabbithole.com/ dewaanifordrama

    Thanks for this great piece! I think it’s a great shame that Korea (and actually the whole world really) have such issues with gender equality. It’s like we cannot help but relive ‘The Scarlet Letter’ over and over again, and villainize every woman who gets pregnant before marriage. That said, I was glad yo see that with the IU-Eunhyuk scandal, the netizens’ reactions were actually a lot less nastier than many people expected (though they were certainly still nasty), but this shows me that perhaps there is some change afoot in the way people see idols…I hope. Another thought, it still amazes me that people are so caught up in this notion that real people in real life, whether idol or not, think that love and marriage are somehow a step down from life as an idol. Isn’t the whole message of the entertainment industry based on peoples’ portrayals of finding true love/meeting Prince/Princess Charming and having their happily ever after? (And sometimes losing it – hence melancholy ballads). It seems strange to me that when someone in real life finds love and happiness, like Sunye, that the online reaction is such that we would rather she reject that love and happiness, and forever choose to be an idol. What if Sunye’s dream is marriage and family, don’t we want her to achieve her dream? That’s what the movies tell us we should do anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/like_thewater Ciara

    I’m glad that you wrote this article. I think it’s quite sad that women STILL get more shade thrown at them then guys do. Sunye’s wedding day was NOT the place for reporters to ask those questions, especially when they have already have been dealt with before. I find it rude and ignorant to bring up something like that on her wedding day.

    It’s funny how a vast amount [not all, mind you] of hate towards females, comes from other females. For example during IU’s scandal, I saw more females blaming / hating on IU and saying “Poor Eunhuyk! IU {insert rude comments here}”. How sad is that? You find your “oppa” so precious, but you can’t even stick up for your own gender? And more importantly, you judge and jump to conclusions when none of us will NEVER [unless it is somehow revealed] know the truth behind that picture?! Oh okay…it’s cool.

    Anyways, sorry for the long comment. I just think no matter who we are, we need to think before we speak / type / give our opinions.

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

    Thoughts? Never underestimate the power of an unsubstantiated rumor.

    If I said right now that two members of Girl’s Generation threw down muay thai style in a street fight over a pair of f*cking high heeled shoes, at least one person would believe it — even without a shred of evidence.

    In a perfect world, the media would abide by the law of journalistic integrity. However, this is FAR from a perfect world. These days the sensationalism of the story outweighs the facts. If you can generate buzz with a false pretense or implication, without actually out & out SAYING it’s true, it’s as effective as the truth.

    Is it wrong to sensationalize on an implication? It depends on your perspective. That said, without a doubt it is a phenomenally dickish thing to do.

  • Mika_San123

    It’s impossible for anyone (except Won Bin) to satisfy netizens, as a general group. I’m not sure what they want from Sunye. They’re upset because they suspect her of having premarital sex, resulting in a shotgun marriage, but it’s already quite obvious she’s not pregnant. Sunye uploads a picture of herself after her honeymoon, and then netizens are at it again, speculating that she had sex. What I really don’t get about that is why they’re STILL so eager to criticize Sunye for having sex, even AFTER she’s already married. I’d bet that if Sunye hadn’t gotten married and did stay a virgin forever, then some netizens would taunt her for being an unmarried, ugly old hag.

    While netizens can be pretty perceptive, discerning, and witty (especially when it comes to realizing political mediaplay), they also tend to take their suspicions and criticisms too far, especially in the personal issues of public figures.

    QUESTION: Did Sunye have sex, before or after her marriage or at all?

  • goldengluvsk2

    THANK YOU for writing this… I’m still angry… when I actually read that a reporter asked her that, I literally facepalmed… I was speechless. Thank goodness I was reading in my room and there were no tables to flip near me. I actually thought that everything was clear for them when months passed and her belly was the same… its like they wanted a pregnancy test as proof!! O__o wth? its NOT their PROBLEM! A baby is a blessing but It’s so sad that they wanted to reduce their happiness and love to a “we got pregnant” thing… like they think thats the only reason two people would marry in our century/idol world. It always bugs me that if a male celeb -most of the time actors- have shotgun weddings even when some people rant a bit there are more comments like “aww he’s so thoughtful, taking care of her and their baby” and with Sunye’s non-even-existent pregnancy then everyone was ready to raise their pitchforks and torches… its extremely sad that girls are treated like that and that the ones criticizing the most and are more than ready to call X or Y female idol/actress “whore” or “slut” are girls too.

  • BishieAddict

    Well honestly, my first thought for an idol getting married is a shot gun wedding. (happened in Japan – Jin and Meisa). It’s just very unusual for an active idol member to be married. I am however, very happy for her. I just hope that one day idols can date openly and not get a lot of flack for it.