I guess I should warn everyone that I’m feeling rather upset and grumpy. The universe has thrown a boatload of bad news of all sorts at me over the weekend which tarnishes the appeal of writing up this post. Nevertheless, soldier on we must, and to cheer myself up, here’s something I found on tumblr in honour of International Women’s Day, a collage of some awesome drama heroines:
Which by the way, also brought some clarity as to why I’ve dropped some popular dramas in this season–because the women in them deserved far better than the men they got saddled with, no matter how hard the dramas tried to convince me otherwise. Sorry, I’m supposed to be cheered up but the grump is too strong.
1. Lee Bo Young’s time-slip thriller God’s Gift-14 Days premiered to a good start, despite a tasteless promo passing off a fake missing child poster that netizens took for real. Bravo SBS, for mocking the plight of families of actual missing children and duping the public.
2. KBSWorld has uploaded the first two episodes with English subs of Wonderful Season to it’s Youtube channel. This family drama from Thank You and Nice Guy scribe Lee Kyung Hee is a keeper for me, despite it’s length and the fact that I’m watching another 50-episode family drama Life Is Beautiful. And I will overlook Taecyeon stomping around and Kim Hee Sun’s laborious attempt at speaking in dialect which is painfully apparent even to me. Why? Because Lee Seo Jin, and I need some of it’s low-key, bittersweetness in my life. By the way the channel also is now livestreaming content to about 50-some odd countries. If you happen to live in one of them, enjoy!
3. I am a k-pop novice and my knowledge is woefully limited, but even I know that then when news hit the net that 2NE1’s (or more specifically CL’s solo) song ‘MTBD’ contained a sample of a Quranic verse, that this is a potentially epic shitstorm that YG is not prepared to handle. In brief, CL is now getting death threats, there’s a petition going around, fans are divided, and predictably, all this has been met with stone-cold silence from YG. I have nothing to add, except to say that I’m pretty sure that 2NE1 fans here can kiss their May concert date in Kuala Lumpur goodbye.
4. Since it was International Women’s Day, I was happy to learn that renowned Malaysian feminist activist Zainah Anwar was awarded the Legion of Honour from the government of France. What does this have to do with K-ent? NOTHING! But it’s good news. Google her. She’s a great writer too. And a brilliant cook I hear.
Have a good week ahead, and stay safe.