So I’ve been watching “Bull” over hiatus. There’s a lot to like. Brilliant psychiatrist who can profile in an instant, and helps deserving people out of a jam when they’re falsely accused. But I have a few suggestions that might make it better…
- Don’t hide the face of a talented, attractive actor behind heavy glasses. If you need to give the character a signature accessory, consider a hat.
- The whole three-piece suit, no tie look is too uptight. The guy’s original…have him look original. Irreverent. Non-conformist.
- He’s brilliant and confident. What’s with the soft-spoken thing? This character needs to LIVE OUT LOUD.
I was asked by an Anon quote “Would you be willing to give a detailed explanation as to why you ship them [Chair]?” and I’m nothing if not obedient. It took me some time to write this and I apologize in advance for the size of the text. I might miss some points, because whenever I’m writing I kind of get lost on my own thoughts lol.
Friends before anything: One of the key things in Chair’s relationship for me it’s their friendship. Way before Victor, Victrola the most important episode in Gossip Girl , Chuck and Blair were friends. Nothing had ever happened between the two of them, but they bonded because of Nate and their mutual interests in plotting, scheming and games. You see from episode one that they trust one another and actually take the other’s opinion into consideration. Season 1 Chuck was something, soon to mentioned, and the ONLY woman that he respected, even back then, was Blair. Even before any romantic bond was created between them, they already had love, admiration and respect towards one another.
Victor, Victrola: Well, I guess I speak for 99% of the Chair fans when I say we fell in love with them right then and there. Those few scenes that started on Victrola and ended on Chuck’s limo are sooo powerful, beyond the couple thing, but for them as individuals. Let’s start then. Chuck and Blair were spontaneously talking, when our great Chuck dared our prude Blair to go onstage and dance. The challenge was accepted, as we could expect, and there went Blair. This moment was memorable. Blair got up on the stage, undressed out of her virginal soon to be an Archibald’s wife dress and started to dance. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate that Blair, who was extremely insecure and self conscious, got onstage, undressed and started to dance in front of a bunch of strangers? Chuck was surprised, but most of all swooning over his best friend’s ex/his closest girl friend/the friend he never thought of as anything other than a friend. When Chuck gets up from his seat you can see the look on his face of pure and complete amazement towards Blair. Then we see a giggly, happy Blair smiling and dancing at/for Chuck. When the man/woman from the club asks Chuck who is the girl up there and the answer is “I have no idea” shows that Chuck is surprised by the lack of worry and prudity on Blair’s actions and even more by the fact that she is actually enjoying herself. Skipping to the limo scene… There they were, I believe with a lot on their minds, and after a few moments Blair kisses Chuck. There’s the plot twist. Chuck, the man whore, playboy and whatever other adjectives you want, pulls aways and asks “You sure?”. Those simple three little words show that yes he is about to take her virginity if she shall let him, but before he does it so, he actually stops, which I believe is a first to him, because he respects her a lot and doesn’t want to take something from her that he knows it’s so special. Blair goes for it, ‘cause I guess at that moment she forgot about the rest of the world. She wasn’t trying to be perfect, she was just being herself and she knew that Chuck liked her for it, and the intensity of their gaze shows a lot. So they do it. Taking a little over the edge here and flying a little in time I guess we can imply that Blair felt safe with him. She felt sexy and wanted under his gaze, she felt beautiful and she needed that.
Personalty: I’ll try to make this paragraph as short as possible within my limits. Chuck and Blair have a lot in common, you see, both had neglecting parents, horrible families and approvals to owe, because of that they became a little dark and revengeful, and both were really insecure in their own world, one struggling with body imagines and wanting to achieve perfection, and the other fighting for his father’s approval even after being constantly called down. I guess the scheming and games and the manipulative side of each of them, were kind of a consequence of that. They are both very vain and into fashion, which doesn’t say anything to be honest, but I love their matching outfits, just throwing it out there haha.
Love, for CB: Chuck’s first and only love was Blair Cornelia Waldorf. He fell in love with 16 and didn’t realize how big it was and it meant, until he had his heart broken for the first time on cotillion. Blair was using Chuck as a Nate rebound, but she was in love with a guy that wasn’t her Prince Charming at all and didn’t want to realize it so. Their relationship or whatever you call that on and off going thing, was complex, dark, troubled, but happy, intense and amazing. In general lines, on season 1 they are friends that after one night become friends with benefits, that sneak around everyone’s back because neither of them would ever admit their feelings towards one another and would never want their reputations destroyed; on season 2 you have two characters that since episode 1 are evidently in love with each other but that have pretty damn messed up heads so instead of admitting their feelings they keep on playing games to see who will break first, that being Blair and much much later Chuck; on season 3 you have a perfectly happy couple that is completely in love and that finally doesn’t care at all about what others think, until of course, one of them screws it up, and of course it had to be Chuck (I guess you all know the writers well enough); on season 4 you have two people that are still trying to move on and that after trying they give up and get back together but later decide that is better to be apart and that on the last episode declare their love to one another as a way of letting go; season 5 there’s a pretty believable beginning but that after the car crash becomes a stupid storyline (referring to the God thing) and that ends with the two together, but honestly? extremely bad writing that even seemed wrong and I wanted to hit the writers so hard because it was so poorly written; season 6 the two are “together” again and finally have a happy ending getting married and having a lovely boy. With this little season by season summary, I think it’s evident that their love grew. They started off as two friends fooling around and ended up married and happy. Love for these two is something “complicated, intense and all consuming”, but it’s what makes them happy at the end of the day. It’s a really messed up relationship, but so are their lives. They found what they needed in each other, which was no judgement, comprehension, safety, happiness and love.
Flaws as a couple and individuals: I would like to point out Chair’s relationship flaws. We all know how troubled and damaged they both were, especially in the beginning, season ½, so when they got together I didn’t expect nothing different from them. Since day one CB’s relationship had a extremely dark edge and they BOTH (I hope this gets very clear) did horrible things to each other, some worse than others. Okay so I will again go season by season explaining everything I though/saw; season 1: Chuck falls for Blair way before she falls for him and on 1x10 she pretty much turns him down like he’s piece of shit, like she didn’t care at all about him (friendly reminder they were/are friends and you shouldn’t treat friends badly), and their thing stops after that only coming back on the season finale in which we all thought we were getting a happy ending, but Chuck runs away leaving Blair all alone; season 2: Blair is a total bitch to him on the first episode, not that I blame her, and they keep on playing games till they decide that since they won’t express their feelings they should end the “”“relationship”“”, then Bart dies and Blair is there for him 100% and he screws up over and over again and when he tries to fix it, it can’t be done; season 3: everything is perfect so of course the writers HAD to do something to shake things up a little bit, so they get Chuck to trade Blair in exchange for the Empire back (This I honestly thought was bad writing. Couldn’t they think of anything else to end their relationship? They totally forgot about Chuck’s character development when coming up with this plot line. Anyway, it happened and yes it was horrible and messed up) and not satisfied on the season finale he gets together with Jenny Humphrey, so yeah pretty rough ending of the relationship to Blair; season 4: Chuck is finally happy with someone that IS a great person and wants nothing else besides seeing him happy, but the fact that someone else is making Chuck happy bothers Blair so badly that she has to do everything she cans to end their relationship and she is successful, later in the season Chuck loses control and hits the glass, nevertheless still hurting Blair; season 5: Chuck is a guy that is trying to change and move on and that truly wants Blair to be happy, and she keeps on turning him down when he wants nothing other then her help/support with no second thoughts whatsoever, she treats him like he never meant nothing to her; season 6: I don’t think that there’s much to mention because the whole plot of the last season was so horrible that I don’t even consider their breakup on 6x07 relevant. This paragraph is relevant when explaining why I love Chair so much, because it shows that neither are perfect and that yes they mess up, and a lot, but that in the end of the day there are more important things to them. They are dark and flawed, but they both are. It’s not about winning the 'who’s the worst’ competition, because they both are, but at the same time both have amazing qualities, that redeem for the complexity of what they have.
Chuck’s development: Chuck was a guy that didn’t care about anyone other than himself, that had so many problems and that had to live for years being absolutely sure he killed his mother; on the first episode he tried to rape two girls in like two nights in a row, he abandoned Blair by herself in a trip HE had planned for the two of them (and she was the only person he’d ever loved) and that would be 100% of the time mean to everyone with no reason what so ever. Can anyone say that Chuck didn’t change for better? On season 4 he’s the one to give up on Blair, to put HER happiness above his, to try to give her the happy life/fairytale she so deserved (let’s remind ourselves that he had done it before on season 2), on season 5 he is trying to change for better, he’s taking care of himself and he accepts that he is troubled and that the playboy attitude doesn’t work anymore; he goes to therapy, he apologizes to Blair about everything bad he has ever done to her, he takes care of Dan in many cases even after knowing that he’s in love with Blair, he cares for Monkey a lot, he doesn’t seek for revenge against Louis for the things he’s done, he wants to get closer to his mother (all of them), he still wants Blair to be happy in her marriage and have a healthy baby, he wants what’s best for her, he doesn’t in any moment try to sabotage Dan and Blair’s relationship, he helps his friends when they need, he makes Blair think he still wants her and that he hasn’t changed at all just to make her satisfied, he even helps her in making her relationship with Louis better. On season 6 he tries to help Serena, he’s trying to be a better man for Blair, he helps Blair with her fashion show, he respects (even though I thought season 6 was the worst plot in history as a whole, but especially Chair’s storyline of defeating Bart and Blair getting the company bla bla bla..) her decision made in season 4 on the Saints and Sinners party that is reenforced on season 5 of “when and if we end up together it has to be as equals”, skipping to the end, Chuck is seen in the flash forward as a great husband and an amazing father that actually cares for his son and his happiness. You all can try saying Chuck didn’t change or that his change wasn’t believable, but let me explain you one thing: people grow up and mature, I was 11 when I started watching GG, now I’m 18, do you think I think/do the things I used to when I was younger? Not at all, neither does Chuck, people change either if it’s for better or worse, and some situations force them to change regardless of what they want. Chuck’s personality plus character development was the best one in the show no doubt about it, totally believable (not all the time, but what in Gossip Girl actually was, right?) and for the ones that keep on saying that he’s either good or bad that’s a thing called manicheaism and it doesn’t exist in the real world and NO ONE is perfect, being good all the time only doing great things does not exist, everyone has a dark side, some are simply better at hiding it. Did you see how many times I mentioned Blair on this paragraph? Well, I think she played a great part on that and I’m a firm believer that being a good/better guy for Blair, even if they couldn’t be together, was one of the biggest motivations for Chuck. His development was the only one mentioned here not because Blair’s was less important, but because for me it was one of the things that made me love this couple so much. He matured and fought for change because someone out there loved him and cared if he was doing good or bad. He wanted to be a better person, grow out of his past mistakes and stupidities, and be responsible and mature, because was needed.
Queen B and her Dark Knight: This paragraph is Blair centric. Blair dreamt and wanted her life to be a fairytale, especially when it came down to her Prince Charming. Instead of the blonde, blue eyes, athletic, old money guy she dated and thought of marrying she ended up with the dark haired, hazel eyes, disturbed playboy, billionaire, but I truly think she wouldn’t have it any other way. Chuck was the only guy that she ever dated/went out with, that saw the real her. Even when they were friends, she never hid her true self from him and he was the only one that never judged. He loved his Blair, the raw, maybe disturbed, little UES princess, with her unique sense of style, her scheming and games, her love for power and dominance, and her never ending love for him. She always had to put on a façade for everyone that she was this perfect society girl, with her perfect A’s, amazing GPA, lot’s of AP classes, fluent in french and amazing boyfriend. She wanted Yale, she wanted to be an Archibald and meanwhile she was skipping classes to hook up with Chuck Bass. Chuck never wanted the perfect Blair, he wanted the real one, her true self, with all qualities and flaws. He always saw her for who she was and loved every bit of her nonetheless. Blair always had to hide or pretend with other guys, but not with Chuck. Blair struggled with self confidence, body issues, constant overshadowing herself on her own mind because of Serena, always trying to be the perfect one. She wanted her mother’s approval with an outstanding body, even if she had to skip a few meals and purge the others she didn’t skip; her dad’s with getting into Yale, even if she had to blackmail a teacher into giving her a perfect score after her first B ever; Nate’s by accepting every stupid thing and damaging thing he did to her (the Serena thing), even if she had to downgrade herself; her minions, doing everything possible to get their love, even if it meant running over other people. Blair got the things she wanted, no matter who she had to hurt in the process and everyone judged her for it, but no Chuck. I’m not saying “Wow amazing Blair, keep being a total bitch and ruining people’s lives”, but saying that even with all that, Blair was Chuck most precious thing. He knew the flaws, very well, loved her regardless, but focused on the qualities instead, and always tried to make her insecurities go away, because she was, at least in his eyes, the most perfect girl in world. Blair didn’t get what she dreamt of when she was 16, but she got much more. She had a family that she loved and she was sure loved her back, she wasn’t married to a Prince, but she had the best by her side, she was happy with her body and herself, she accepted her destiny and was happy with it. In the end she was surrounded by people who loved her and cared about her, and she did the same to them. She got nothing of what she wanted, but at the same time everything and more.
No words needed: Saying that Chuck and Blair knew each other better than anyone else in the world is an understandment. They knew each other in levels that are even weird lol, but they could read each other’s facial expressions and mind like pros. No words were ever needed to express anything in that relationship, even the non professed love during their beginning. I think this trait to their relationship is something amazing. Chuck knew what she wanted, when she wanted and if she wanted. Blair knew when he was sad or with a problem. They couldn’t hide anything from one another, not because they didn’t try, but because even with their best efforts, in the end Chuck knew Blair and Blair knew Chuck. They always understood each other and their feelings, just by a simple glance or movement.
Sexy as hell: Not much to say beside the obvious here: Chair was sexy as hell. Any hook up scene, or eye sex or just a simple smile, was something amazing. I honestly don’t think that their make out/sex scenes were the strongest on the show, meaning that Serena’s were way more R rated haha, but still they were intense. Every move, eye contact and kiss was sexy and breathtaking. There are a few scenes, especially on seasons 2 & 4 that I love so much. Blair trying to seduce Chuck (by the way Leighton congrats on your flawless body. total girl crush on that), on the second season was so funny and hot and amazing, but most importantly so them. On 4x09 when they are making out, in their “beautiful friendship” scene, and Chuck professes his love and they both pretend like it didn’t happen, is something that is totally them, and is a good example to show everything mentioned on this paragraph.
Chemistry: The chemistry between this two doesn’t even have to be explained. It’s just there and you can feel it. As friends, lovers or haters they always had that pull to them, that every look and touch made the scene more than it was meant to be. A simple glance could show so much more, and the make out scenes were just perfect. As I said before, CB’s hooking up moments were never the most intense, but they still managed to be outstanding. I give props to the soundtrack here that made the chemistry between the characters something more, giving that edgy edge to them. The first time they kiss, and have sex, is just so alluring, the way Chuck tries to get a hold of her hand, the way Blair simply just let’s go of her insecurities and they are just there, being them, enjoying the moment. Chuck and Blair never had spark. They were always so much more than that. As Chuck himself mentioned, they had fireworks. They were intense and dangerous, but still beautiful and fascinating.
Heart felted scenes: This is another reason why I love Chair so much. I could name all the scenes during those 6 years, that made me sob and left me speechless, but that would take a lot of time, so I’ll mention a few. Chuck’s speech on Bart’s weeding. He had just admitted to Nate, and I think for himself at that moment, that he loved Blair. He gave the speech to Bart and Lily, but we all knew he was talking about him and Blair. His intense gaze on her, showing everything and nothing, proving that yes he was in love and wanted her. It was tender and sweet. It was a promise of a future, that they both were so uncertain about. Another scene that kills me everytime is the one on the white party. Chuck is begging for Blair not to leave, admitting his mistakes and showing a different part of him. Blair wants to stay and be with him, but at the same time she is protective of her feelings and she knows how much he had hurt her and she doesn’t want to go through all that again. It a really sad scene, but liberating in a way. And one thing in particular I think it’s so strong: Blair is there, begging for an I love you and almost crying, wanting to get her everything but leaving with nothing. The moment she turns around to Marcus and puts a smile on her face like she is the happiest girl in the world and pretends like nothing is happening, in my opinion represents a lot, especially on their relationship. Then the bedroom scene after Bart’s death. This one definitely messes up with my emotions. Blair had professed her love for Chuck earlier and was let down, so when she steps inside her room to see Chuck sitting on her she is mad, but the moment he turns his head and she sees him everything is forgotten. Chuck had let all his guards down and was crying, mourning his father’s death, but he didn’t want anyone to see him like that. Blair is not anyone though. She’s the girl he trust and loves, the girl that loves him back and that cares about him a lot. It’s a strong moment for their relationship, even the goodbye letter. He wanted her, but he wanted her happy and he didn’t think he could provide that to her. It’s sad, intense and amazing. My next favorite is the break up scene. I know it’s weird but that scene is just so fucking great. The lines, the slap, the tears, the song, the setting, the sorrow, the regret and everything pretty much. It’s on my top five favorite CB scenes actually and I love everything about it (of course not the break up itself but yeah), it’s the most intense scene they share, even though it’s a short one. Season 4 has quite a few that get me, but I guess I can narrow down to two. The train station scene is the best scene to ever be created in this world. It’s so intense, sad and filled with unsaid things and guarded emotions. You have the contrast between the two, the façades they are trying to put on to let go, the hurt in both their eyes because of what had happen, the sorrow and regret. It’s a beautiful tragedy. I could go on about this scene, but I rather stay on just this. The season finale episode and all the scenes they share in it are my ultimate weakness, but when they are saying their eternal love and admiration it breaks me. It’s the moment that they are growing up, trying to move on and forget past mistakes and accept the good side of everything. Their love for each other will never die and they both know it, no matter what they do to one another, no matter how harsh are their mistakes, everything will always be forgiven, because they are more than that. They have so much love and caring for each other it’s ridiculous. Another remarkable moment is when Blair tells Chuck that she is pregnant. That exact second you can see in the way Chuck’s eyes widen that he’s hopeful that it’s his, but the second Blair tells it’s not he breaks. This simple moment expresses a lot and I love that. The other one on this season that I absolutely love is the apology. Both Chuck and Blair are trying to move on with their lives and trying to be happy on their own. Everything Chuck apologizes for it’s what it was needed. He is trying to change and be better, he wants a clean slate. When Blair says “You know, this is never gonna change” it shows that she wishes it doesn’t, he is hers most precious thing ever, even if they are not together. Different things are implied in that scene and the chemistry here is incredible. The last, but not less important scene is the proposal one on the series finale. They quote their own selves, things said in the past and in that moment they put the bad and stupid things of the past away. The were happy for so long, they had shared so many special things and moments. They both had hurt a lot as well, but this wasn’t nearly as important as a promise of a new happy life. They get married after having had all the troubles possible, but having solved all of them. They are equals, in love and war, and they want a life together, forever. The time apart and the time together made them realized that that was what they logged for. The proposal is made under a stupid situation, but it’s filed with so much of their history, that the ridiculous plot line can be forgotten for those couple of minutes.
Jerk Chuck: The anti shippers always point out how flawed Chuck is, and how he always wanted to hurt Blair and never cared for her. This is just a little Chuck thing that made me love this couple like crazy: the selfless/anonymous Chuck acts towards Blair, aiming only her happiness because, well he’s a jerk after all right? I’ll just name a few because I can’t remember them all… First, Chuck telling Blair that their relationship is just a game because “I love her, but I can’t make her happy”, meaning that if she chooses Nate or anyone else, she’ll be happier than with him, even if he loves her. Second, the perfect prom he gives to Blair and Nate, voting for her 150 times for prom queen and doing everything she had ever dreamt of, just so he could see a smile on her face, even though she thought he had ruined everything. Third, when he pays a photographer to pretend that he wants to take pictures of Blair, just so she can have a self steam boost and feel better and happier about herself. Fourth, applying for Columbia in her behalf, because he knew how much she hated NYU. Fifth, when Chuck stops Louis from leaving Blair, because it’s not worth him [Louis] waisting a chance of happiness, just because of a stupid novel. Sixth, kissing her so she thinks he hasn’t changed, so she can move on and be happy with her choice and Louis, without regretting letting him go. Seventh, stopping drunk Dan from ruining her engagement party, even though he knows about Dan’s feelings. Eight, stopping the priest from ruining her wedding to Louis, because he was tired of people trying to sabotage her happiness. Ninth, paying her dowry so she could be free to date whomever she wanted to, even if it wasn’t him, at the time anyway. (thanks to NJTversky for posting this a while ago).
Overall: I honestly don’t know if I forgot to mention something about these two explaining why I love them, but hopefully this will be more than enough to at least pin point a few things that make Chair amazing. I know how messed up they are, as I mentioned quite a few times, however they make each other happy regardless of the flaws. Remember, in love and in war everything is fair. Although, it’s your choice to accept it or not. Anyway, Chuck and Blair are fucking awesome and definitely not perfect, but neither are and they just simply fit together and make each other happy. I hope this gives you Anon a little view on why I love CB. I had more to write, so much more, but I tried to keep as succinct as possible, and therefore some things may have been forgotten. (Yup, I wanted to put the sex games there but decided not to, because yes this is one of the reasons why I love them, but maybe not the most important ones).
“And out of all these things I’ve done, I will love you better now"….
ps. I haven’t reread it so if you encounter any grammar mistakes or something pretend like you haven’t seen it lol.
I think you’re both really selfish people. I helped you do well in your tests. I don’t even know your results but I know for sure you both did better than I did and it was thanks to the past papers I managed to get. But when it comes to helping others you won’t. all you had to do was show me one fucking line of coding. You said you would and you didn’t. because apparently your email didn’t work. Even if that was true you could have just let me take a picture. You selfish brats.
I know your future will be great. You will both get into the postgraduate programme and graduate on time. You will get good jobs. I don’t know what will happen to me.
I wished I could be like you. But now I know better. At least I wouldn’t sabotage someone like htat.
Why I am convinced that CB's relationship is genuine!
Hello, this is anon-dream :) As I have told you already, admin-nim, I had originally planned to make a post about how obvious I think CB have been lately. However, due to the fact that I am a big IDIOT who accidently deleted that post by clicking some random button (T.T) and because of the recent news that Dispatch has released regarding Kai and Krystal and another alleged dating scandal that is going to be revealed soon … I would like to be more careful and thus rather not write a post like that. We all don’t know what will happen in the next months, therefore, I don’t want my assumptions to influence people and make them raise their hopes up while we are in such a critical situation. However, I would like to talk about something else instead: CB’s - which I think - genuine relationship (regardless of it being interpreted as romantic or platonic). I have seen many CB shippers who have become somewhat sad/disappointed because of this post by an alleged insider of SM (People say it’s from 2012) : http://baoliao.tumblr.com/post/90316568632/insider-info-2012-the-inner-workings-of-sm In this post, it says that OTPs, including CB, were planned by SM from the very beginning, that they deliberately make them do lots of fanservice as some kind of marketing strategy (I recommend reading that post if you haven’t already. It’s quite long but the person who wrote it has kind of foreseen KaiStal and BaekYeon … which is scary :’) ) Plus, I have read this post by our dear @parkbaekssi today, which is dealing with the subject of SM being aware of CB being shipped by fans: http://parkbaekssi.tumblr.com/post/142178522001/hello-i-have-been-an-avid-shipper-of-chanbaek I wanted to submit this post to her as well, but sadly, I couldn’t find the “submit” button on her blog T.T (I told you, I am a big idiot), therefore, I would wish for her to read this as well if she likes because she asked her followers to share their opinion. Okay, I will get started on the actual post now. In case that this will become a super long post, know that I am deeply sorry for every pair of eyes that are reading this T.T haha!
First of all, I would like to agree with the statement that SM is indeed aware of popular pairings within their company and that they also make use of this knowledge by either pairing two shipped members up (eg. by forming a subunit like they did with EunHae) or by encouraging said members to interact in a certain way in front of the fans. Even though this might sound very strange to some people (it is sounds strange to me as well, tbh), it also makes a lot of sense because, as we know, so called ‘bromances’ are totally loved in Korea (note: bromances, not actual gay couples!). Therefore, what better and easier way is there to additionally promote a group if not through OTPs? It makes sense to me, totally. However, as much as this is true, I strongly disagree with the statement that ChanBaek is purely based on fanservice (note: parkbaekssi didn’t claim this! :) But other people do and it makes me a bit angry)
As parkbaekssi has mentioned in her post, there are some CB moments that could be deemed as fanservice (e.g Chanyeol giving Baekhyun a rose on stage, the high5 during growl - I myself would like to add the forehead touch thingy they did some years ago - still a beautiful moment though ;D ), meaning that yes, ChanBaek do fanservice as well and yes, they are aware of the fact that they are a popular ship. And SM obviously is, too, as the following post shows: http://94ohsenshine.tumblr.com/post/142164246659/chanbaek (note: There is so much CB in Korea these days, hm.. everyone, let’s go there and have a big party! haha ^^)
HOWEVER, there is one thing about ChanBaek that makes them special compared to other super popular OTPs in my opinion. We all know that Chanyeol and Baekhyun are mostly about stolen glances and subtle touches. Their moments are pretty toned down compared to their moments with other members or other OTPs. Even their most ‘intense’ moments are pretty toned down, don’t you agree? Take the legendary hug in Manila as an example. It lasted for like, what, a few seconds (it still killed us though). If they know that fans love that kind of stuff, why didn’t they make a show about it by pretending to kiss or other things their fellow members have done before? Also, note that this was the first real hug between ChanBaek since ISAC in 2012 - It took these two 4 freaking years (!) to hug properly and they didn’t even initiate it! It was Sehun who made them hug! (Bless you, Oh Sehun!) Now, some of you might think: “Maybe they are just uncomfortable with the fact that they are being shipped?” That’s not a stupid thought, actually. Anyone would think like this at first. However, if the thought of being paired up with a guy disgusted you that much, wouldn’t you generally try and not initiate too much skinship with males? You would, wouldn’t you? But ChanBaek both don’t:
1) Baekhyun is all over Sehun (+ other members) most of the time, touches him in a way he would never touch Chanyeol in and is generally a touchy, flirty (and adorable) human being - except with Park Chanyeol!
2) Chanyeol, although he is the one who initiates skinship in CB, also touches his fellow members in a way that he would never touch Baekhyun in. He can hug Yixing, Kyungsoo freely, and grab/pinch Sehun’s butt while he almost freaked out when Sehun brought Baekhyun to him during Peter Pan in Manila …
Now, my aim is not to prove to you that CB are involved with each other in a romantic way - that is something that you have to make your opinion of. However, concluding from the aspects mentioned above, I can draw the conclusion that these two, despite of being aware of the fact that they are being shipped, despite of the fact that fans are dying to see them interacting, do not flaunt their close relationship at all - at least not by doing heavy skinship with each other. Actually, not even on SNS - at least not openly. While their posts are often similiar and posted right after one of them has uploaded something - they rarely post selcas these day despite of having been seen together off-cam. It’s strange, since Chanyeol has posted a lot of pictures with Sehun, since these two have spent a lot of time lately … Anyway, what I am trying to say is that, whatever relationship Chanyeol and Baekhyun have, they don’t flaunt it, they keep it private, thus, hidden from the public’s eye. And anything hidden from the public’s eye cannot be deemed as 'fanservice’ anymore.
“What if they aren’t close with each other after all? / What if they don’t spend that much time with each other after all?” -> These are also questions you might ask yourself right now - You have every right to! Of course I cannot provide you solid facts about Chanbaek’s relationship, none of us can, as we are only outsiders. However, based on my own experiences regarding human nature, I can tell you this:
Chanyeol and Baekhyun - all romantic, fanfic stuff aside - although they are not phsysically close, are definitely connected to each other, let’s call it mentally connected. This, in my opinion, becomes evident in the most simple interactions these two have, starting from all their inside jokes/ (e.g “Cha-cha-cha Chanyeol!” / “Bae-Bae-Bae Baekhyun!” / “Tomorrow is monday” / that weird dance that both of them did on stage, idk how to describe it but I am sure you know what I mean haha! / their voice imitations during V-app (vroom vroom) / that “I am going to cry” joke Chanyeol pulled during their bed broadcast etc.), the way they keep completing each other’s sentences although they’re 5-6 members apart from each other, the way Chanyeol always seems to lose it whenever Baekhyun makes a joke and just the general chemistry they have between each other! Our dear Parkbaekssi, who has seen Exo live, has made a wonderful post about Chanbaek’s chemistry live, you can read it here:
(fun fact: the anon who asked about this was actually me *hides*)
Do you see what I mean with “mentally connected” now? All those insiders, the way they pay attention to each other’s utterings and everything else listed above. They might not prove that these two are a couple but they certainly show that they must have spent and probably still spend a lot of time with each other and might even be soulmates. Somehow, these two remind me of me and my clostest friend sometimes. We are never really touchy with each other, never post a lot about ourselves on SNS - but we understand each other, we know each other well, we laugh about the same things, have insiders only we understand, have similiar taste in music and very, very often think and utter the same thing at the same time. Note that we are not together 24/7, but we have spent enough time with each other to become like this. We have talked about things we never talked to anyone else about, we have done a lot of things together. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean that CB have done the same. Maybe they didn’t. However, there is a possibility. You don’t become like this with just any person. Such a bond is special, precious and very beautiful. Therefore, dear CB shippers (and also dear KaiSoo shippers), whatever might happen in the future, know that this bond won’t and cannot vanish just like that - I can promise you that :) !
Now, let’s come to the last part of this post (You were brave my friend, you made it this far. Your poor eyes T.T) Until now, we have only talked about CB from Chanyeol’s and Baekhyun’s perspective. But what about SM? After all, we did agree that they do take advantage of their OTPs. But what makes CB special regarding this matter?
Well, the thing is, SM definitely makes use of CB’s chemistry and their talents regarding variety shows! Therefore, I agree with Parkbaekssi. CB are a perfect duo. They are both talkative, funny, hyper, social. The fact that they are also being shipped by fans is like the cherry on top. Like, what could go wrong with a duo like this? HOWEVER: As much as SM seems to be promoting Chanbaek, I still have some questions:
- If CB are so popular, why aren’t they paired up during dance performances (except Growl)? Why does the order in which Exo members usually stand ensure that Baekhyun and Chanyeol are “far away” from each other?
- Why was “Sehun Time” instantly changed to “Chanyeol Time” right after the Chanbaek hug in Manila happened? Doesn’t this mean that another hug is “impossible” because Chanyeol is the one who chooses the members? (Question to Chanyeol: Why did you always choose Baekhyun+ another member during Peter Pan?)
- Why has there never been another CB duet after “Love Song” although it was obviously liked a lot by the fans? We got ChanSoo’s “Boyfriend” (which was awesome!) but still …
- Why were so many scenes from CB’s Roommate episode cut? (including a duet between them) Same goes to some episodes of Exo Showtime.
Now, these questions were not meant to be written in an accusing tone but rather in a curious tone. I am sure there are answers to these questions. But at the moment, they are just confusing me a bit. Like, SM does make use of CB on the one hand, however, on the other hand they also seem to not promote them very much as a duo. I cannot say much about EunHae since I am not familiar with them at all, but I know other examples from YG artists, namely GTOP (GD & TOP from BB) and Gri / Nyongtori (GD & Seungri from BB). I am aware of the fact that YG and SM are two totally different companies with different strategies but I must say that YG promoted GTOP a lot (gave them a sub-unit, made them act as a couple in a drama parody in which they even kissed (!) ) whereas Gri promote themselves a lot imo (They are like, super, super touchy on stage, affectionate in public and on SNS). And again, compared to these examples, Chanbaek are, in my opinion, pretty toned down. It’s confusing, right? The idol industry is confusing … haha!
Okay, this was my opinion on this whole topic :) Of course I am in no way guaranteeing that what I am saying is true. These are merely speculations based on what I have read, seen and experienced myself. Basically, all statements above are subjective. Of course you can disagree with me and call me a big idiot! - That’s totally fine! :) Let me just tell you one thing before I finally leave you alone: Idols are human, just like us and although they seem so far away from us and so unreachable and different - they aren’t :) They cannot fake certain emotions, no matter how experienced they are and they deserve as much love, respect and acceptance as all human beings do. Therefore, try not to think of your ships as “ships”. Try thinking of them as “relationships between two human beings” - because that’s what it basically means, right? The word “ship” is automatically associated with delusions, fanfictions and immaturity these days. And sadly, some shippers are going way too far, thus seemingly proving those assumptions to be true… However, do not let yourself get generalized like that, okay? :) After all, there are plenty normal, friendly and totally down-on-earth shippers out there!
Okay, I am out now ♥ Omg Admin-nim, I am sorry for this being too long! I hope it was at least an acceptable post T.T Keep up the good work on your blog! We love it! :)
AHHHH YAS MAN! I was waiting for this submission. Just by reading the title I got excited~
So I also agree with how SM is very very well aware of the OTPish pairings of their groups, they would probably, if that would help raise their groups success. Like they would help feed that ship stuff, like I don’t know making them pose in a picture together, and stuff like that. AND IT’S TRUE KOREANS LOVE THE INTERACTIONS AND STUFF! It doesn’t even have to be a bromance thing but heck they would love it if they kiss! (aham Sexing ahem) Like see fancams in korea and stuff and when oh for example a CB moment, boom they go just and wild as we do. And to the people that say Chanbaek is fan service.
Ok I’m good
And of course they will have fan service. They still need to please the fans, can’t have anything in secret right? And of course these two know they are popular, we see pictures of them looking at the handmade CB signs (I need one) and SM…they probably keep tabs on everything to promote…something.
And yes, the very reason why I love Chanbaek so much is because I can really sense genuine stuff, they don’t have so much skinship where you are like, oop they are just friends and do lotta fan service, but they do enough where we don’t go like “AHHHHH THEY HATE EACH OTHER” but the have skinship where I feel like a pairing that are “just friends” do, but of course that’s just what I think. And I love seeing how they act differently to each other than they act with other members, shows you they are…well…different.
YAS CHANBAEK IS LIKE THE LEGIT SECRET SHIP IN AN UNDER SECRET MISSION WHERE NOONE CAN GAIN THE TRUTH ABOUT THEIR ACTUAL RELATIONSHIP. AND THAT IS VERY SUSPICIOUS BECAUSE IF THEY WERE JUST FRIENDS THEN THERE WOULD BE NOTHING TO HIDE AHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA!
I can’t understand how anyone could wonder if these two ain’t close and that’s why they don’t have much skinship. Like these two probably have one of the best chemistry and relationship out of the nine, they actually stand and sit by each other a lot, they always make each other laugh, they are compatible with each other, they enjoy each other’s company (they are always happy together) and the two even announced that they were close on tv and radio, even if that was years ago, it’s obviously not changed. Plus have you seen how in sync they are. IT’S SCARY HOW MENTALLY CONNECTED THEY ARE.
I love the personal reference, those are always great for making analysis. But Chanbaek, they have a very very special bond, whether it’s romantic or purely friendship, it’s a bond that I envy and I find so beautiful.
*sigh* anon-dream I absolutely love love your submissions, even though they are long, it’s worth the read ;_; and the last paragraph tho yasssssssssssssssssssssssss!
Thanks as always for your kind words anon-dream ;_; *sigh* I’ll try to make intresting post always for you guys, but anon-dream…yours are probably more credible than mine XD I’ll keep working hard~
Thank you again for the submission anon dream! As always I try to elaborate on your posts but I can’t! You already say all the good things ;_;