I can absolutely accept and understand why Park Bo Gum may not work for everyone, he’s not exactly polarizing but there can be a whiff of try hard with him. But I’m watching Winning Time these past few weeks, partly cuz I bleed purple and gold and partly cuz Mr. Koala is addicted (and I tolerate the wildly dramatized versions of legendary Lakers), and I realize that part of my love for Park Bo Gum is because he absolutely reminds me of Magic Johnson’s EQ and showbiz personality. The million dollar smile, the sincerity in that moment towards anyone and everyone, and the genuine effort put into the job at hand, it can come across as packaged so to speak but when everything is packaged it’s as legit a reflection of the personality it gets. Which is why I’m not surprised the Park Bo Gum will be making his first post military discharge appearance hosting the upcoming 2022 Baeksang Arts Awards, he’s host before and clearly that combination of charm and genuine connection has him invited back behind the podium. This weekend he also posted on his SNS a picture from his army days to commemorate his official discharge date and looking forward to life ahead.