Now that the recording is over I can talk about this without fearing it’ll get lost between updates and screaming.
First of all: DON’T REPOST/REBLOG/RETWEET PHOTOS OR VIDEOS THAT MAY SPOIL THE BROADCAST AND/OR THE RESULTS OF CERTAIN EVENTS I mean, I’m pretty sure most of us already know the results but please try to avoid spreading the spoilers as it’ll be easier for MBC to find them and they’ll end up cutting those parts. Don’t believe me? Well, remember last year how Tzuyu’s archery gif went viral before the broadcast? And how ARMYs kept sharing fancams of BTS’ performance during archery? This gave MBC editors a plausible excuse to cut short the entire archery event and it looked weird, you can tell it was an almost last minute edit. “Oh, but it had to be done because the entire broadcast was cut short” Yes and no. ONCEs knew how much the gymnastics event meant for Mina and even though she kept going everywhere with a hoop they tried their best not to spoil her routine. The time that could’ve gone to the archery event was used instead to show the footage of her practicing the routine the previous night. There was absolutely no reason to show that, having the MCs comment on how she had previously done perfectly during practice was more than enough, but they decided to add it because they had time to spare and ONCEs earned it since they played by the rules and didn’t spoil the event.
Now: STOP THINKING ISAC IS DANGEROUS. This is something that keeps bothering me every year. NO, IDOL STARS ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIP IS NOT A DANGEROUS THING TO DO. OF COURSE they can get hurt, just like everybody else when doing sports. Lately fans are treating idols like precious things that can’t get tired because that means they’re being overworked and need rest… Look, I get it. Being an idol is hard work, but complaining that ISAC should stop being a thing and that they should take better care of the idols participating to the point of spoiling your idol’s participation in hopes of them “not being invited anymore” is just dumb. Most idols join the games because they find it fun. Treating them like kids and demanding MBC treats them like they’re special only spoils their fun. This even made MBC remove futsal from their schedule. Do I need to remind you guys futsal was one of the most anticipated events by male idols to participate in? Same goes to basketball. They’re now considered “too dangerous”.
Futsal was VIXX’s Leo’s sport and it was taken away. BTS’ SUGA gave up on basketball so he could join BTS and (although it hasn’t been official) that’s another event that we’re taking away from him. This year Leo had to move onto archery, SUGA did so last year and now he’s trying the relay event because the one event each of them were looking forward to is gone. Yes, they are not athletes. Yes, they can barely squeeze time to prepare. Yes, they’re trying their best. No, they’re not being forced to participate in an event they don’t want or can’t take part of. No, they’re not being forcefully added to the lineup. All idols take part of any and every event the want to be part of. Remember when they had the high jump event? And (former) EXO’s Tao injured himself? NO ONE forced him to do it, he thought too highly of himself and ended up making a mistake which led him to the injury. He’s not an athlete but practiced really hard and tried his best, it earned him an injury but it was his own decision to join the event. While I agree that there being no news of injured idols is a good thing, you got to realize that you’re taking away one of the very little opportunities athletic idols have to show their talents.
Which leads me to: STOP ASKING FOR ISAC TO BE CANCELLED I don’t think you guys realize what you’re asking for. One thing it asking for safety measures and another is asking for the entire show to be cancelled. As I said before, you’re taking away one of the very little opportunities athletic idols have to show their talents. Rhythm Gymnastics are important for TWICE’s Mina and WJSN’s Cheng Xiao, without ISAC they won’t have another place they’ll get to show this. Asking for the games to be cancelled is asking for one of the very few opportunities idols have to be themselves and enjoy with their friends. Yes, it takes almost all day to film and that’s tiring but most of the time they’re hanging around enjoying themselves. It’s a schedule that takes all day and instead of running around sharing formalities, practicing the same routine over and over again, trying to get in time and act like the perfect idols they are, they get to run around, lay around, laugh and share with their fans.
My main point here is ISAC ISN’T AS BAD AS YOU’RE MAKING IT LOOK. TRY TO ENJOY YOURSELF JUST LIKE HOW YOUR IDOLS ARE TRYING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.