The dancers/actors/extras in K-Pop MVs are also good-looking.

Some of you might say “The background people are obviously good-looking. How could you not have noticed that until now?” 😂. But hear me out:
We definitely hear a lot of talk about the looks of idols and other Korean celebrities, but not so much about the background people because they often go unnoticed.
And, a lot of people (including the background people themselves) probably don’t think that they’re good-looking.
Why? Well, I think it’s because idols are are often seen as representatives of what beauty should look like. And thus, it’s hard to take your eyes away from them.
I was one of the many viewers who never noticed how good-looking the background people are (and a bunch of other related things) until I dated an extra myself.
I was on my first date ever. While my date and I were walking around DC, I brought up the fact that I did some extra/acting gigs and pointed out the filming locations as we walked by them. To my surprise, he revealed the fact that he’s one of the athletes in AOA’s “Heart Attack” MV. I never heard of this group or song until he brought it up, so he (of course) pulled up the MV so that we could watch it together. It was an eye-opener.
Some of you might also say that my ‘unpopular opinion’ is a bit biased because of my experiences. …Still, hear me out 😂:
One thing I realized from the guy I dated is that not everyone in a K-Pop MV is considered to be beautiful/handsome in Korea.
My date grew up being called ugly by his peers because of his ‘exotic looks’. He’s not only naturally dark-skinned (instead of fair-skinned like most Koreans), but he also didn’t look Korean to me. In fact, I thought he was Hawaiian when I met him.
He wasn’t featured in the MV because he “was the best-looking athlete they could find” or “was a rising star”; he got in simply because of connections. Someone who was involved with the making of the MV was probably a big fan of lacrosse, and he probably had to pull some strings to get lacrosse players into the MV because the sport was virtually unknown in Korea at the time (from what I’ve heard).
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that some of the people you see in K-Pop MVs are the same people who walk the streets. They’re not ‘models’ or ‘the popular guys from high school’; they’re ‘average-looking’ or ‘ugly’ people.
They may have been called or think of themselves as ‘ugly’, but I swear to god… Where’s the ugly? Where’s the average-looking? Because I 👏 don’t 👏 see 👏 it 👏. No, I’m not saying this because I thought my date was handsome; I’m saying this because I’ve looked at the background people in MVs and genuinely think that they’re good-looking! For instance, I watched the dance relay to Jessi’s “Down” after noticing the dancers in the MV. They look so pretty, and they sure know how to “seduce the camera”.
My question to y’all: Have you ever noticed the background people in MVs? Is there anyone that stands out to you? Do you think some of them ‘look’ like they’d be idols (or trainees, perhaps)?

BLACKPINK is due to disband ―soon―. How will YG do it? How will BLACKPINK do it? (My ‘Unpopular Thoughts’)

I was in a karaoke lounge with friends when I came across BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love” in public for the first time. The karaoke machine also had songs from other K-Pop artists (mostly 2nd Gen), but the multilingual song selection was very limited. (No, I wasn’t in California where they have a visibly large K-Pop community; the karaoke lounge I went to is at a Round One arcade in Maryland.) Anyways, BLACKPINK only had one song in the machine while the other K-Pop artists had two or three songs (again, mostly 2nd Gen). That got me thinking, “Why only include one BLACKPINK song when they have seven hit singles, and they’re one of the newer K-Pop acts?”

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One of the more interesting approaches to classifying CRPGs has been the development of the labels WRPGs, or Western role-playing games, and JRPGs, or Japanese role-playing games. The key part to any RPG has always been its storytelling component, and there tends to be a contrast between how WRPGs and JRPGs tell their stories. WRPGs often give the player a single, fully-customizable avatar. This avatar will often end up meeting other characters along the way, who will join the crew and form bonds with them. Eventually, this team will progress through the main story (and many side quests). Emphasis is often placed on choice: “Do I do this, or do that?” Many games take this opportunity to blur the line between good and evil, so that what you have achieved genuinely makes you the good guy from your point of view, while others make a clear distinction so that you know you are being the bad guy or the good guy.

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That One Time I Saw Randall Park In Person

I was in my sophomore year when Randall Park came to my university as a guest speaker. He came to the speaker event a little late because he had to drive through the LA traffic. But he nonetheless was greeted by a patient and friendly audience.

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Reinventing the US Film Industry for More Asian Representation

I’ve been rejected for acting and extra roles long before I even set foot into audition rooms. Rejection for me comes from reading the typecast description “Caucasian only” when I’m Asian-American.

I already knew from the get-go how extremely difficult it is for Asian-Americans to land roles in movies, TV shows, and even commercials – at least 30 seconds of media time.

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The Journey To Liking Lacrosse… So Far (Encyclopedia Readings, Duke Lacrosse Case, Knowing A Lacrosse Player, Visiting Johns Hopkins)

In some old blog posts, I briefly mentioned my growing interest in lacrosse. After much thought, I decided to write this post to share with other lacrosse fans, sports fans, Native American geeks, and other curious minds out there. 😉

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Metal Gear Solid 3 is a cinematic experience. (Part I: First Impression Review)

This gives off James Bond, Mission Impossible, and Sherlock Holmes vibes… and yet, it stands on its own. What makes this game a cinematic experience? Music, character and setting designs, voice acting, dialogue, storytelling, and, above all, the controls.


(Before you start reading my game review, I wanna send a message to all gamers and non-gamers out there: Don’t let outdated graphics turn you away from playing games.)

(Also, disclaimer: I’m only writing a review for Metal Gear Solid 3 (MGS3) because it’s the only game from the Metal Gear series that I’ve ever played.)

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