If I had a time machine there would be so many things I would do with it. Heh heh heh, I’ll save that for my journal of evil, but I will share that one of the things I would do is prevent Lee Min Ho from starring in Personal Taste. My problems with that drama are legion, but the one issue I have with it is the sartorial style it spawned on the K-drama world and personally how its stuck with Lee Min Ho like some sort of tentacled beast. What style, you ask? Pastel pants and jackets, pants that are an inch too short, not wayfarers or clamdiggers but just an inch too short, shoes with no socks, pants that are so tight the slightest surprise turn and it might split down the middle. In the context of PT, it was hilarious because Lee Min Ho’s character was pretending to be a gay guy, and no, I don’t think any gay guy with good taste would be rocking those outfits then or now. But it was rather the PT’s stylist’s idea of what a hip gay guy would wear. Whatever, am too tired to be offended by that fashion assumption. A good chic friend of mine told me she adopted Lee Min Ho’s entire PT wardrobe for her Summer of 2010 style in New York City that year. Emphasis on the “she”. And she looked good. But to see a that particular style endure for years and now show up in full fledge matching splendor on Lee Min Ho this weekend just sprinkles frustration powder all over me. Lee Min Ho was in Taiwan holding his 5th solo fan meeting/concert there and as usual the airport and concert venue was jam packed.
He must’ve left for Taiwan right after the first script reading session for Heirs. At the fan meeting he sang songs from his recently released EP containing songs he recorded for charity and as a treat for his fans. One of the songs was performed with a very lucky female back up dancer who seemed quite tickled to be the object of his affections. He also played games onstage, including one where he had to reveal secrets about himself and he shared that he likes to sleep without underwear on. I don’t know if this is true or just him being cheeky, but clearly he knows how to get his fangirls in a tizzy. He practiced some Taiwanese beforehand and was able to greet the fans in the dialect and ask if everyone’s eaten. Awwww, that’s sweet of him, even if his pronunciation was way off, it was still cute. As for the periwinkle tighter-than-tight suit with vest combo he wore (with too short pants and shoes with no socks), I declare it hideous and passe at this point. I recently had a non-drama watching friend mention about Lee Min Ho, who has reached a wider name recognition now in the Chinese-speaking world, that he is cute but seems very 粉粉, which is Taiwanese slang for rather effeminate. I can’t disagree that Lee Min Ho in real life entertainment events gives off that vibe, which is why I much rather watch him act because he definitely does not come across as anything less than a very striking manly intensity.