170608 Thoughts: BTS and THAT Japanese Article
Colorism is an issue, especially for countries with mixed skin tones. No. It isn’t that it is not frowned upon in Asia (as I’ve read some people say) it is an accepted mindset that quite plainly, sucks. It is truly more about your color and what it means as opposed to what race you are form. It is sad how some people still equate lighter skin colors with people who are more learned and urbanized. Here in our country it roots from the idea that those with darker skin tones work in the fields or by the seas while those with lighter skin tones spend days working in doors. This is also the reason why in some countries like Korea, Japan, Philippines, whitening creams are all the fad.
That is the root and it is stupid and it should stop. It would be hard for this mindset to just abruptly die, but seeing all skin colors as beautiful and understanding that it does not define what you do and what you CAN do can be a start.
On Bangtan having preference:
This question of ideal lover (no, not just girl as Yoongi have stated clearly in the past) should never be asked. No matter how many times they get asked this, they always have to create a BS statement that would have to be vague enough for any fan to fit in anyway. So what is the point?
Everyone is allowed to have ideals and preferences, but when you are being followed by millions of people worldwide, saying something that will hit any type of sensitivities is possible. They have the right to have ideals and preferences especially if it is with respect to the type of lover they hope to have, but do we really need to know? No. It should not affect how we love them or their music. So please, for the love of world peace and fandom fam love. Just don’t.
On that Japanese article released:
I was surprised when I saw the questions and answers to be honest, because some of them did look familiar, and yet some where not. The last part about the member’s relationships with each other was clearly from their profile release in 2016 BTS Festa. Some descriptions like whether the girl should be taller or shorter seemed rehashed from a 2014 interview (Jimin didn’t say short, he said shorter than him, LOL). The jeans or skirt question has also been answered in a 2014 interview, but I remember Yoongi said skirt instead of jeans. Even the type of hair and heels/sneakers question has been old. Of course they answered sneakers, this was in 2014! They were younger then!
Anyway, on the topic of the fair skin/wheat skin issue. Based from what I have seen in the article, the responses were all rehashed and put together in a very shady manner. Taking bits and pieces from wherever and editing other bits too. But for this question, in my memory, only Kookie and Namjoon ever mentioned a preference (Kookie – fair skin, Namjoon – pale skin) and they both received heat for this.
When I read what they answered at first, I was surprised that the BTS we know today would answer something like this. And that’s the thing, based from the questions and answers in the articles, it does not seem like they did an actual interview with the members.
I think the article is shady and that BTS now knows better than to say anything like that. Unless it is an official update, meaning the interview was shared by either BTS or Bighit, or you have seen and heard them say it (warning sometimes even subs and trans are not accurate), take everything in with a grain of salt.
please don’t quote any part out of context. Ty!
The article in question:
Link to the article trans thread: @Naikyuu