Hyun Ah’s “Ice Cream” vs. Ga In’s “Bloom”: Cut The Shit The Fuck OUT.

There seems to be this lovely, civilized debate circulating the K-pop universe that is comparing Ga In’s Bloom to Hyun Ah’s Ice Cream. Oh, did I say civilized? I meant, war zone between the “slut-shamers” and the “whore praisers.” It has irked my nerves more than the netizens accusing T-ara of bullying Hwayoung. It’s time for the shit to STOP.

 I’ve always wanted my blog to touch on controversial topics(and I have), but I haven’t done such lately. I never wanted “bad press” when it comes to my blog and when someone can’t state their opinion civilly and it pisses me off, I have no problem going off. But, when you want people to come back and visit, you aren’t supposed to act like an asshole, right?

After seeing blogs like my recent favorite, Plastic Candy, and the much more popular news blog/website, Seoulbeats, do it, I’m no longer holding myself back. Hey, it is my opinion and this is my blog, right? You don’t have to fucking agree with me. I was originally going to wait for the October Edition of The K-pop Round Up to talk about each video separately, but it’s come to the point where I cannot wait any longer. It just has to be done.

The beginning of the video shows a gentle, quiet, and quite awkward Ga In. Throughout, she is usually seen with some sort of fruit or flower–these symbols are very meaningful to the theme of the song. Toward the end of the intro, she is seen with her partner, as he traces his finger up her shin. A simple, but extremely romantic gesture.

The song begins as a much more fiercely-natured Ga In sings and dances to the song–in much more revealing clothing than was seen in the intro. Eventually, the video emerges into the mature themes that have seem to have gotten backlash. Ga In is seen, well, masturbating. Oh gee, was she naked? Nope, she was fully clothed. And about the only suggestive thing we see in this shot is her hand fiddling with the top of her jeans. Soon enough, the sex scenes. Is there nudity? Kinda, the guy is topless. That’s it? Yup, that’s it. THAT’S IT. The guy is shirtless and everyone is freaking out. There isn’t any bed-shaking, she’s not bouncing on top of him, she’s not making sultry faces at the camera–in fact, the viewer is never even provoked during the story shots. Why? Because it’s a freakin’ story.

Nothing about these scenes is even really that sexual. Sure, I’m not gonna show this video to my 6 year-old sister because these are clearly topics that a child could not relate to; but frankly, a normal, teenaged kid should have no problem viewing this. In no way, shape, or form did I ever feel uncomfortable watching this video. Really, the only provocative thing about this video is Ga In’s short shorts and stockings in the dance shots.

The video is absolutely tasteful and I find nothing wrong with it. Ga In was always full clothed, never implied anything beyond the realm of womanhood, and quite frankly, did it the right way. Yes, there is a right way. There’s a total difference from saying how you wanna “ride that man so good,” rather than metaphorically comparing yourself to an unbloomed flower. I’m not saying that if one talks metaphorically it’s automatically okay, but there are standards, and there will always be standards. Face it, people will respect those who respect themselves, and not allowing everything to hang loose is called self-respect. Something that Ga In has and what people fail to understand simply because of the “sex scenes.”

Psy makes an appearance in the beginning of the video, but it is clearly overshadowed by what everyone else has been complaining about: the sound effects. Especially those sucking noises. Um, ew much?

Anyway, the video has a bunch of bullshit going on, so it’s basically just another K-pop video. The song is sub-par at best and quite frankly, she sounds as bad as she usually does.

Notice how short this “recap” is? Because there’s no point, meaning, or catch. It’s just a video and song filled with sexual innuendos. Melt you down like ice cream? What the hell does that even mean? Who the fuck wants melted ice cream? Clearly, another innuendo referring to, well, manjuice. Oh, and did you see the last scenes? All the girls were pissed on the side while the boys begged for Hyun Ah’s “ice cream?” Another innuendo. Oh, and what about that bubble scene? She’s in a latex dress and rubbing herself while looking at the camera like it’s a burger. Oh, yes, very classy. Don’t you just ooze self-respect, Hyun Ah.

Of course, I don’t necessarily blame Hyun Ah for all of this, management is a big cause of any type of promotional work Hyun Ah does. And quite frankly, they fail. She is nothing like Lee Hyori, so stop trying to shape her to be such. Just stay as the rapper in 4minute because honestly, that’s about all she’s good at, and not even.

So what’s exactly wrong with this song and video, and why compare it to Ga In’s Bloom? I really don’t know either. But whenever I see an article talking about Ice Cream, Bloom is dragged into it. While writing this, I’ve come to the conclusion that these are two unrelateable songs and videos. Ga In’s song is meant to actually be meaningful and have a purpose while Ice Cream is just meant to be a club song.

There is also something else that I must address, and that is the term that is being thrown around like candy from a pinata: slut-shaming. What is slut-shaming you ask? Let’s Urban Dictionary it:

slut-shaming: verb.

~ an unfortunate phenomenon when people degrade or mock a woman because she enjoys having sex, has sex a lot, or may even just be rumored to participate in sexual activity.

~ used by feminists and a talking point given out to mangina white knights because they have an inferiority towards real women who are not sluts.

Honestly, I have no idea what the second one is trying to say–it’s worded like a crackhead wrote it. And really, the first one is a bit iffy as well. The fact of the matter is, why promote being sexual with numerous partners? Isn’t that what a slut is?–a female who has no problem with sleeping around with men who mean nothing to her? Am I missing something? So, people are actually supporting a “slut-like” behavior when it comes to these idols and artists?

Feminists have been throwing this word around whenever people refer to either Hyun Ah’s or Ga In’s portrayal of sexuality. Somehow, it’s bad for Ga In to suggest virginity in such a hidden and deep way, while it’s perfectly fine for Hyun Ah’s boob shots and her implications to manjuice. It boggles my mind. In everyday life, girls are judged for wearing shorts and exposing cleavage but when it comes to “expressing sexuality in a music video,” it’s okay because expressing sexuality is different for everyone? And everyone who feels that a line should be drawn at some point is a “slut-shamer?” No. It really isn’t. I really don’t believe that. I really, really don’t. In that case, you’re a “whore praiser” and I’ll continue to use that term until “slut-shamer” is never said again.

To finally conclude this and give my eyes, brain, and fingers a rest, I’ll say this. For everything, a line must be drawn. There is a such thing as too much of something, and it applies to almost everything. Hyun Ah’s boob shots and sexual innuendos are not cute nor endearing–they lack self-respect, something that this young girl should have learned a long time ago. Ga In’s classy and innocent portrayal of virginity and sexuality is absolutely acceptable. By the way, Ga In is a grown. ass. woman. Grow the hell up and choose your words wisely because sometimes, you make us all look like fucking idiots.

Thank you and fucking goodnight.

~Kioku

4 thoughts on “Hyun Ah’s “Ice Cream” vs. Ga In’s “Bloom”: Cut The Shit The Fuck OUT.

  1. I feel so honored for being considered one of your favorites! ♡ Thank you!

    The term ‘slut-shaming’ bothers me a lot because the very idea of a slut is pejorative, so why are people fighting against something that in itself is already a partial point of view of prejudiced people? It’s like, instead of looking at it as fighting prejudice and double-standards, you’re looking at it from a point of view of protecting the right of others to experience prejudice… when the term ‘slut-shaming’ is thrown around, it just sounds like the person is protecting something that is already incorrect, judging by the utilization of the word ‘slut’… like, ‘terrorist-shaming’ haha

    I understand that most people who point out acts of ‘slut-shaming’ are promoting respect towards women of all lifestyles, because it’s important to get rid of the double-standards that say it’s okay for men to lead a promiscuous lifestyle while women have to be chaste and committed to few men. But at the same time, isn’t that a wrong way to go about it? I honestly think that instead of people defending anybody, we should just promote self-respect, and the value of singularity instead of judging someone who judges somebody else. After all, two wrongs don’t make a right (most of the time :P haha)

    Judging is always wrong, especially when it develops into bullying, but if we just accept ourselves and embrace the idea that difference is what makes us beautiful and unique, we won’t be able to judge the difference in other people to begin with! The important thing, though, is to always remain respectful to yourself and others!

    • Very much a favorite~ :D

      Indeed, the term slut-shaming is almost a double negative which bothers me as well. It’s an absolutely pointless term.

      Also, I absolutely agree with you. My whole point in making the post was to say that everyone should stop comparing such different songs, videos, and girls and start focusing on the “self-respect” aspect of it all. And drop this whole “slut-shaming” argument–it’s stupid!

      Thanks for your comment~! :D

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  3. This was a really good post.

    I’m quite tired of people slut-shaming the idols when it’s not their fault. The companies mostly pick their image and since Hyuna has been slut-shamed for a long time, loads of people don’t realise that Cube has marketed her that way for a while. Plus she is known for dancing well to more “mature songs” but it really does suit her. Not a slut of course.

    With Ga-in, I have no clue how people can actually slut-shame her in Bloom to be honest. Like in Plastic Candy, it is a very good example of a girl losing her virginity, falling in love and being a woman. Do people find the bed scene and her touching herself as a slut?

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