Jung Hae In Thanks Fans in First Statement After Baeksang Center of Photo Furor

I’m of two minds about the Jung Hae In controversy stemming from his center of photo position in the official winners picture. On one hand it’s not the biggest of deals even if he intentionally planted himself in the middle spot to milk his current It Boy fame. But it does color my impression of him and that’s hard to fully erase going forward, being thirsty for fame to the point of ignoring social protocol that is highly important in Korean culture makes him come off as arrogant and self-absorbed. His agency continues to stick with the story that Jung Hae In was directed to stand in the middle by the staff organizing the picture, which could be true except there are tons of instances with younger rising stars intentionally move away from the spotlight to defer to more senior stars.

In this case it wasn’t just Jung Hae In’s age it was also that he won the popularity award which is just a side thing compared to the winners of the best acting trophies. He’s certainly not doing himself any favors by not apologizing, sometimes just saying sorry goes a long way in smoothing things over even if one didn’t do the faux pas intentionally. This week Jung Hae In updated his SNS to share that he just finished the final filming for Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food, thanking his fans for supporting him, and promising to walk his given path. I think he’s shooting himself in the foot in the long run with this ignore the controversy approach but we’ll just have to wait and see. Continue reading

The 2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Rolls Out the Fashion Red Carpet for Top K-stars

The fashion do’s and don’ts remain my favorite past time for awards shows, mostly because I can’t bother to care about winners that sometimes feel arbitrary or tied to popularity. The 2018 54th Annual Baeksang Arts Awards took place Thursday … Continue reading

Goblin and Gong Yoo Lead the Nominations for the 2017 Baeksang Arts Awards

The nominations are out for the 53rd annual Baeksang Arts Awards, to be held on May 3rd in Seoul. Leading the pack on the television side of the nominations is last year’s runaway cable drama hit Goblin: The Lonely and … Continue reading

The 50th Annual Baeksang Awards Wrap Up with Jeon Ji Hyun and Song Kang Ho Winning the Daesang

The 50th annual Baeksang Art Awards concluded last night and actually managed to not render me wholly disappointed even with next to zero expectations. I can’t say the entire endeavor rewarded and feted the most deserving movies, dramas, actors, and … Continue reading

Winners and Pretty Outfits from the 49th Baeksang Awards

Kim Min Hee is having arguably the best year of her life – she’s the newest Best Actress (Film) winner at the just completed 49th Baeksang Awards, and her newly outed relationship with Jo In Sung lit up the news … Continue reading