*velvet

A little drink because honestly, who isn't thirsty?
  • AFD!Velvet, stepping off of a club's stage after her set, ushering for another drink from the bartender, speaking to herself: Oh man the only way I won't look stupid and shaky on stage is if these keep coming...
  • AFD!Ruby, barging her way through a loud and crowded floor to stand in front of Velvet: Velvet! Velvet! That song was amazing, you wrote it all yourself?
  • AFD!Velvet, looking at the young red-clad girl in confusion: Uhhh...Yeah, wrote it all on my own. Did a lot of the music for it too. I'm sorry, but who are you again?
  • AFD!Ruby, awkwardly laughs and rubs the back of her head with a big smile: Oh! Right, I'm Ruby Rose, I actually live in the apartment above yours, I guess we've never really talked personally.
  • AFD!Velvet, covering her face in embarrassment with one hand and putting the other on Ruby's shoulder, speaking in a quick panic: Oh god oh god I'm soooo sorry, I should've known. I'm so sorry. I've just had a drink before every set to calm my stagefright and just. Oh goodness. Maybe they're all catching up to me.
  • AFD!Ruby, with a small laugh: Hey that's fine! I can't even imagine! But hey, I really love your music! Maybe we can jam together sometime?
  • AFD!Velvet, letting go of Ruby, her expression turning into happy surprise: You play!?
  • AFD!Ruby, with a giant smile and a thumb pointed towards her own chin: You betcha! I've been playing guitar for years, and I dabble in a few other instruments! I'm currently going to school for music! If you ever want to play just come on upstairs sometime~!
  • AFD!Velvet, taking her requested drink from a bartender, and then turns back to Ruby with a smile: Hey that sounds like a blast! I'm definitely up for it, but my next set is about to start so I've gotta jump back up on stage. We'll swap numbers after the show Ruby!
  • AFD!Ruby, stepping back and giving a prompt wave: Sounds great!!

I just crossed an article in regards to Mamamoo’s blackface mistake and I’m surprised I haven’t seen anything about cultural appropriation in K-pop. I haven’t been seeking it out necessarily but have noticed for a while things in music videos that were questionable (i.e. hair style, clothing, etc.) I first noticed it with T-ara’s ‘Yayaya’. It was weird that they were supposed to be Native Americans and then I started seeing it other places.

With this article about Mamamoo, what I’d noticed started to make sense. It’s really unfortunate that this is not talked about with idols. I’ve listened to K-pop for a long time but it’s sad to see that idols aren’t aware of these cultural problems that pop up in their music videos. They may not live in the US or Europe but their music is heavily influenced by the Western music industry.

If anyone has any other thoughts, please share.