UP10TION'S 'Star;Dom' - Are they angry at the people who caused Wooshin's depression?
Now don’t get me wrong, this is obviously just my opinion and a theory that I came up with at the dinner table and the main point of theories is that they’re stupid. I just like coming up with these sorts of things. It’s most definitely not what UP10TION intended with their new album but it’s still fun to think of these things.
To start with, their new song ‘Runner’ is one of the best comebacks that have happened in a while, but there is an obvious difference compared to other comebacks. Wooshin isn’t there. Wooshin decided not to be part of this comeback because of the events that have happened with him. This is where a part of my theory starts focusing on their song ‘Runner’
Firstly, let’s focus on the lyrics.
At the start of the song, Bitto says at the beginning ‘Did you love me lady? Anyway, I was so lonely’. One of the reasons I think this could be a sign to Wooshin missing is because a big part of UP10TION’s fans are women. The line ‘Did you love me lady?’ could be a question to the people and possibly fans who accused Wooshin of 'harassment’. They are basically asking 'Do you actually love/care?’ about him. The second part of the line 'I was so lonely’ could be a link to Wooshin’s depression. Depression often makes people feel very lonely since many struggle to talk about it or find help leaving them on their own.
At the start of the first verse, the lyrics are 'Ready now, let’s run together. Let’s go at the sound of the gunshot. Run as fast as you can’. The first line 'Let’s run together’ could reference UP10TION’s team work and that they will always be together as a team. The whole first part of the song is a reference to their team work and by saying that they will 'run together’ could suggest that they want to go through life as a team. However, after the first part, the lyrics seems to take a bit of a downfall which leads on to what I want to talk about next: the actual video.
If you notice throughout the video, there are a lot of shots of the members sitting on the floor or lying down looking tired. There are also a few shots of them showing aggression, mainly Kuhn and Bitto and even Xiao at one point (we all know they are absolute beans so this could mean something). But, I just want to focus on the tired looking shots. In shots such as Sunyoul letting his drink fall and spill and Kogyeol touching the punchbag in a more defeated way, I feel like it shows that they don’t really know what to do. People with depression can affect the people around them and many people who know someone with depression often don’t know what to do. So some shots ,such as the fallen trophy by Hwanhee’s feet, could be metaphors for them not knowing how to help Wooshin cope with his depression. The lyrics 'I’m tired’ and 'Just hold on’ link to this thought.
But, not all of the members are clueless. Throughout the start of the video, there are shots of Kuhn punching a punch bag. But when he starts rapping, his punches seems to get more aggressive as if he is trying to get anger out of his system. Is it possible that he is angry at the people who made Wooshin feel like this? It also shows a shot of his looking distressed during his punch out. Could that mean that he’s felt like this for a while and doesn’t know how to get it out of his system? Similarly, Bitto also lets out his anger by punching a bag. But, during his part, even he ends up sitting on the floor defeated. Could this mean that Kuhn and Bitto were fighting for Wooshin, but it got too much for Bitto? And at one point, Xiao shows some aggression. We all know that Wooshin and Xiao are quite close.
Coming to the end, it looks like Kuhn is the only one still fighting for Wooshin since he is seen doing sit ups near the end of the video. However, it seems like Hwanhee decided to take some action when he picks up the fallen trophy. It’s as if he’s saying that they will not go down without a fight. The dance near the end of the video seems more aggressive as well. So it seems like they’ve decided to stand up for Wooshin. Also, in Wei’s part, the phrase 'Let me be there’ could be a way for UP10TION telling Wooshin that they will always be there for him.
What? [taking off jacket] I told you to bring more layers but of course you didn’t listen and now [piling scarves on him] now look, I’ve got to make sure you don’t FREEZE to death and [taking Kogyeol’s hat] how long have you been cold? You should’ve said something sooner.