Multiple luxury brands have dumped Chinese Canadian actor Kris Wu after claims of his sexual misconduct triggered public outrage and boycott threats.
The allegations: Wu, 30, who shot to fame as a member of K-pop boy group EXO, is accused of coercing young women into sex by offering opportunities in show business.
K-pop’s biggest male stars may be beauty gods but they’re hardly a new trend. While Korean pop stars may wear porcelain foundations, colorful eyeshadows, and blood-stained lips, there were men who walked — and worked — the earth centuries before. They were called the hwarang – literally “flower boys” aka “pretty boys” of Korea’s Silla dynasty – who sported crimson eye shadows, powdered faces, and slicked-back hair as a spiritual practice. These warriors were chosen for their beauty, as Silla’s king, Jinheung, believed beauty was power. In the excerpt below, we understand Korea’s rich history of beautiful men and how cosmetics, makeup, skincare isn’t a new phenomenon — beauty is literally embedded in the very culture. Here’s a history of the pretty boy warriors who were precursors for K-pop stars to thrive in our modern era.
South Korea is now known as the beauty capital of the universe, and its men hold the title of world’s biggest cosmetics consumers. Korean men glisten and glow, their complexions plumped and hydrated, as if serums pump through their very veins. But to understand why Korean men today care so much about their aesthetics, we must look to Korea’s sixth-century Silla Dynasty, and to the hwarang. The hwarang—which roughly translates to “flower boys”—weren’t only some of the fiercest weapons-wielding, martial arts–practicing assassins in Asia. They would become legendary for their fight and their faces. Aesthetics, and the spirituality behind beautifying, were paramount to their ability to defend their kingdom for over two centuries . . . and to lead the way for generations of Korean beauty boys to come.
MGM Worldwide Television Group is working with South Korea’s SM Entertainment to create a U.S.-based K-pop competition series and form an NCT subunit.
About the series: The televised series will recruit American men aged 13 to 25 to create NCT-Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Members of K-pop sensation BTS have expressed “grief and anger” amid the rise of hate crimes toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in recent months.
The South Korean group tweeted a statement supporting the #StopAsianHate movement on March 29.
Topps, an American trading card manufacturing company, has apologized for a newly released product that depicts a Grammy Awards trophy ready to injure the members of K-pop group BTS.
A North Korean propaganda website has accused South Korea’s K-pop industry of treating popular groups such as BTS and Blackpink like “slaves.”
“Slave-like exploitation”: In an article published on March 13, the North Korean propaganda website Arirang-Meari claimed that K-pop record labels are exploiting young artists, according to NK Economy.
Hundreds of songs by K-pop artists from Kakao Entertainment (previously known as KakaoM) are returning to Spotify after the two companies finally settled on a new global licensing agreement.
Expired license: K-pop fans were left outraged after many of their favorite songs disappeared from the popular streaming platform on March 1, as NextShark previously reported.
A K-pop girl group that slays evil spirits is currently in development at Sony Animation.
Directed by Maggie Kang and Chris Appelhans, “K-Pop: Demon Hunters” pays tribute to Kang’s “Korean roots and her die-hard love of K-Pop.”
Music streaming giant Spotify has removed hundreds of K-pop songs from its library on Sunday, leaving many listeners outraged.
The Swedish company confirmed to NME that it has removed specific K-pop songs because its licensing deal with Korean distributor Kakao M has expired.
A German radio station has issued a public apology after fans and artists called out a radio host for comparing BTS to the coronavirus.
Bayern 3, a radio station in Bavaria state in southeast Germany, released the apology on Feb. 26 after its host, Matthias Matuschik, shared his opinion on BTS’ cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You” that fans deemed as racist, according to the Associated Press.
YG Entertainment Addresses Rumor That 2 of K-Pop’s Biggest Stars Have Been Secretly Dating for a Year
The label of BLACKPINK and Big Bang, YG Entertainment, has addressed the rumor that two of its talents, Jennie and G-Dragon are dating.
K-pop fans have once again flexed their social media muscles after successfully drowning out tweets of support for the hashtag #ImpeachBidenNow.