…But not entirely in the way you might expect. Hi, I’m back!

Hey everyone. First off real quick, a sincere my bad for the lack of content on the site lately. The IRL’s got a little intense for a while with some work-related things and I fell off the wagon. I definitely didn’t mean to abandon the site for a month and change, but I’m getting myself back on track slowly but surely so be on the lookout for new content coming soon.

For those not in the know, Honey Popcorn is a new Korean pop group comprised of Japanese adult video stars Mikami Yua, Moko Sakura, and Matsuda Miko. All three of them have experience in music from being in Japanese idol groups before moving on to the adult film industry. Their music video was revealed today, and I gotta tell you it’s pretty damn shocking.

 
I was expecting a total train wreck with this group. I mean, I think we all were more or less right? What we got instead is a rather high quality release that honestly blends right in with other decent K-Pop material. The video itself is very bright and energetic as is typical for the genre. Scenery consists of greenery and a few conservatively placed mirrors, and a studio with a galaxy-themed backdrop and a few balls hanging at varying heights. I’ve read this happens in nature because of temperature regulation. Oh, uh, wait… they’re just plastic bouncy balls. Not even remotely sexual. Disregard that statement.

Seriously though, this is a by the book video that fits right in with anything else in recent memory that has come out of South Korea. If anything I would say it’s one of the more conservative releases I’ve seen. K-Pop is quick to use sex to sell, with less-than-subtle dance moves and hot pants being an easy attention grab that’s used by the most and least popular of groups. Honestly I was expecting Honey Popcorn to be something more akin to some shameless hotness like Pocket Girls than something calm and classy like OH MY GIRL. The choreography and outfits are all very tame. If I scan this video with the tightest lens, there’s one shot where Yua touches one of the aforementioned plastic bouncy balls and it twitches. That’s it, and that’s a big, big reach. This video is tame as can be.

The song itself, pretty much the same story. The studio vocals are pleasant and calm, with no heavy breathing, interlaced moaning, or even sultry tones that are in nearly every K-Pop song. It’s an upbeat, slightly retro-sounding, enjoyable song. Honestly it’s kind of up there with what’s been released so far this year for me. Overall, I’m really digging this release. I was expecting low hanging fruit for this project, but they’ve actually delivered something worth checking out. I’m pleasantly surprised and will definitely buy the single when it makes its way to iTunes. This is worth supporting.

We’re not quite done here, though. The reaction to this video has been swift online. I’m going to be honest here, I don’t know a lot about South Korean society. I speak next to no Korean, and I don’t watch Korean TV like I do shows from Japan. I just like the energetic pop music, that’s about all. I had no idea that South Korea had such a prevalent, borderline hostile attitude towards porn. I know that it’s super regulated and borderline banned there, but these Japanese AV girls have received a noticeable unwelcome from Korean netizens. The music video’s YouTube page is littered with comments in Korean, but also some that have Google Translated their opinions to let people know just how much they are not happy with this situation.

The major recurring themes are, “These girls aren’t someone little girls can look up to.” “People will look them up online and see porno!” Honestly, I can’t help but laugh. They’re worried about this, but I can look up nearly any K-Pop group online, and I will find a plethora of sexually overcharged choreography and outfits that most of those terribly misguided social justice warriors would label as objectification. So, it’s okay for TWICE, or 9 Muses, or SONAMOO to do it, but these AV girls can’t even bring forth what has so far been a fairly tame, safe project just because of what they do in Japan? Pfft.

I guess it’s just a matter of values and taste. If you read my Twitter you already know I’m pretty liberal when it comes to sexuality and whatnot, so my opinion is pretty clear. It’s been an educational experience at the very least. I didn’t realize South Korea’s attitude about porn was this harsh. As for the western fan’s reaction, I expected ridiculousness. I don’t mean to label all English speaking K-Pop fans as scary people who post bizarre things on the Internet, but real talk, the vocal side of K-Pop fandom ain’t my thing. The snowflake-y attitude they have about the industry has been on full display, with people going as far as repeatedly posting that this should not be called K-Pop because the girls aren’t Korean. So I guess TWICE is only 56% KPop? And let’s not even mention WJSN. What a stupid, petty argument. It’s music, in Korean, being targeted at the Korean audience. You’re free to not support it. People forget that these days.

There’s also some extremely ridiculous comments about how this shouldn’t be supported because of Japan’s actions in World War II. Yeah, uh, if you’re having to reach that far to be a hater, you’re a legitimately bad person. You’re right up there with the fans who shame stars for gaining a kilogram of weight. Fix your shit.

So yeah, that’s my hot take on the happenings with Honey Popcorn. Personally, I’m officially a fan. It’s high quality, enjoyable content and I’m eager to see what they do next. I just hope the project isn’t squashed because of nonsense. Either way, we’ll see what happens moving forward and in the meantime, they have some made in Japan content you can enjoy too.

Mike
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