If you check out the tags at the Playground, it’s pretty clear that I must love Jang Geun Seok a lot otherwise I wouldn’t have written so much about him since I started blogging. I write about dramas for the most part and he’s really done only one drama in the last 3 years (Love Rain, which I hated), so I’ve rarely written about him in the last year or so. He’s been primarily focusing on his singing career, releasing albums under the label Team H with his collaborator DJ Big Brother, as well as holding mini-concerts and party events all around Asia. He’s been busy, just not busy doing anything I care to follow much less write about. I do wish he would cut his hair, which has been in that wavy shoulder-length bob for what feels like forever. I actually liked it in Mary Stayed Out All Night since it fit with his bohemian rocker character, but since then it feels both stale and dull. I ran across pictures of Jang Geun Seok last week as he was spotting at Seoul’s Incheon Airport heading back to Korea. It was so shocking I had to say something – he looks absolutely terrible. What happened, Seok? He looks like he’s pushing 30 with the sallow skin and pasty image. If Song Joong Ki looks like he’s preternaturally young and aging backwards sometimes, Seok conversely looks way older than his 26 years of age (27 in Korean years). I’ve always thought one thing he had going was very handsome features and a ridiculously sexy voice, but with all that partying and living it up lifestyle he’s been enjoying for that last few years, I feel like he’s sacrificing his youthful good looks at the altar of dissolution. Feel free to disagree with me, but pictures don’t lie and he looks positively fugly here. I miss the old Jang Geun Seok, who managed to make the costume ridiculousness in You’re Beautiful look funny but cool. I’m also tired of fans giving him a free ride to “sow his wild oats” and “do what he loves”, because that is the refrain of all twenty-somethings justifying their sometimes poor life decisions. I think he’s been making seriously poor career decisions when it comes to being an actor and I hope someone either talks some sense into him or he has an epiphany on his own.