here. But to reiterate: Legit. Not because it's 'legit', in the same way that indie bands are 'legit', but legit because guilty pleasures aren't something I've had since high school. Going to art school will cause you, if made of the same stuff I am, to give up on feeling guilty about liking what you like pretty quickly. Because being cool is so uncool. And once the ones not following the herd become the herd.... well. I won't get into all of that. But I don't do song and dances trying to cover over what I genuinely enjoy anymore. That shit is for the young and unemployed, who have time and energy to worry about such things.
I don't like all Kpop. In fact, I only like a very small portion of it. Some (maybe even most) of it annoys the shit out of me. The girl groups in particular tend to send me over the edge, because their shit tends to be so fucking saccharine (not their fault -- definitely a byproduct of the culture). I only really like Big Bang and 2pm, the former mostly because of T.O.P. and G Dragon (both of whom I think are legitimate cultural icons, who will change and affect Korean culture -- also, T.O.P. is hot as fuck), and the latter possibly because they are described as "the noonas' desire" (as opposed to SHINee, who I can't stand and are described as "the noonas' hope"). There are more than one of them who definitely fall into the category of this noona's desire.
That having been said, I am fucking fascinated with the way Korea basically enslaves these kids at a young age and controls every aspect of their lives for decades. I know the music is overproduced, definitely over packaged and mass marketed. And I know a lot of the members of these groups are only as good as they are, because anyone who trains at something all day every day for years basically should end up being good at it. But. You can't overlook what these kids have been willing to give up to accomplish their dreams. It's incredible to me. I don't think I could ever be that dedicated to anything. That aspect, at least, is completely legit, no matter how you look at it. And worthy of respect, in my opinion.
To finish you off....
Kpop I like:
Seung Ri -- VI (Seung Ri means "victory" in Korean)
Brown Eyed Girls
Kpop I hate:
Ask me anything.