This is weird. And squicky. Not to mention a little bit icky. Korea has a fixation with Lolita much? I love both Lee Sang Yeob and Kim Yoo Jung, but to see them in the same frame as anything other than cool uncle takes his niece out to the amusement park does not work for me. Lee Sang Yeob was born in ’83 which makes him turning 30 this year. Kim Yoo Jung was born in late ’99 which makes her 13-going-on-14. And imma not talking about Jennifer Garner pulling a 13 Going on 30 transformation, this little lady is genuinely still in junior high. Which makes this latest January 2013 edition of Sure Magazine retro photo spread with Lee Sang Yeob and Kim Yoo Jung as a Prohibition era couple random and rather inappropriate. Yes, I just said couple, because that is what the freaking magazine is calling it! A couple spread. What. The. Hell. I’ve heard complaints about how K-dramas have been mired in the noona-dongsaeng romance trope for the last few years, with lots of still sexy and beautiful thirty-something leading ladies romancing twenty-something leading men. Some work, others don’t, and it’s not a matter of morality or suitability but rather of chemistry and compatibility onscreen. I would feel the same way with the same age difference older man with younger woman. But this does not extend to being okay with pairing a nearing 30 actor with an supremely underage young actress. Kim Yoo Jung is not at the cusp of adulthood, she just finished getting rid of her baby teeth. Sang Yeob is beyond adorable for me but I just want to slice these pictures in half and separate them before he’s booked for being a pervy ahjusshi.
Why does Korea want its young child stars to go grow so fast? Lately there have been a lot of photo spreads for the red hot Kim So Hyun and a few of them really raise my eye brows with how suggestively sexy they are. And she’s also still 13! Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t like it and don’t see a need for it that is positive and necessary. It’s purely for titillation value and that is not okay with me.