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You Did Well, Jonghyun.

It is with a very heavy heart to say that our beloved SHINee member, Kim Jonghyun has passed away on December 18, 2017. He had committed suicide by carbon monoxide. He had sent a last text message to his sister who, in turned, called the police to save him. Unfortunately, he went into cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived.

SM Entertainment has long since released a statement regarding his death – all activities have been ceased and they are to have a private funeral with family, friends, and colleagues only. There will be a separate one for fans to attend and give condolences to.

Right now, his suicide note, along with the text message he had sent to his sister (along with the apartment they found him in), has been surfaced and is currently being passed around Twitter, Facebook, and all the other news sites.

Don’t be a disgusting piece of shit and spread this around – without warning the contents.

All I can say about his suicide note is that he had a lot to say about how the Korean entertainment treats their depressed idols. In short, like garbage. Continuously, the Korean entertainment has brushed aside depression and are always “surprised” to find out when an idol commits suicide. However, Jonghyun, for as long as he could, tried to fight against his mental illness and he tried to help those who are like him by being a voice for them, along with the Korean LGBT.

While we here at Korean Beef always teased him – calling him Donkey Kong – we always had a very soft spot for SHINee. We love SHINee very much. We were there since the beginning when they asked to Replay for their Noona.

To say this affects us, or at least me in particular, is a vast understatement. I hope Jonghyun finds peace and I hope he’s free from his torment.

Please, if you’re having trouble coping in this world of ours, please check out this site, find your country, and call the suicide hotline. There is absolutely no shame in that. If you have friends, family, please talk to them and use their support.

As someone who’s been diagnosed with clinical depression for 13 years (officially diagnosed, that is), I cannot begin to tell you how important it is to understand that you have people around who love and care about you. Reconnect with some friends. Reconnect with some family. We are all here to support each other.

You did well, Jonghyun. Rest in peace.


December 19, 2017 at 1:26 am 1 comment

Some Old Ha–I mean, Seo In Young Releases MV Teaser for “Into the Rhythm”.

Looks like it’s not just men who go through a midlife crisis.

Jewelry’s Seo In Young has been doing some solo work here and there (Elly is So Hot and Elly is Cinderella, most notably if older KPOP fans have Alzheimer’s) since Jewelry aren’t as active as they used to be, although, they are the longest running girl-group out there. Even though, you know, two of the original members already left, they replaced one of them, and they’re supposedly going to come back with a new name any minute.

Yep, any minute.

Anyway, at first, Seo In Young had a very strong hip-hop influence in her Elly is So Hot (no, really) and in her second on, Elly is Cinderella, it still had a lot of hip-hop influence but you could tell that she wanted to try out techno. It didn’t work too well but whatever. And supposedly in her third album, Lov-Elly, there’s a lot of ballads which contributes to the annoying levels of ballads, as I mentioned before.

But now she’s releasing a new album called Into the Rhythm, which is supposedly going to come out on the 10th of December. All we can say is – what the fuck is this audio mess? This is worse than BoA’s song of wanting to come out and bump uglies with you. Gross. This is her second attempt at bad techno. I suppose the winter’s not quite tired of techno vomit just yet. The teaser is just weird and, again, it’s just nothing but noise.

I think this is her way of trying to breaking the Elly trend, which is surprising all things considering – her hip-hop stuff is more creditable than it may seem.

But, really, Beefcakes, should Seo In Young keep trying to get into the techno rhythm or is this Cinderella permanently banned from the techno ball she wants to so badly go?

December 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm 1 comment

Hyesung Wants To Be “Close to You”


It seems like Shinhwa are gradually coming back from the military. Following in the footsteps of Eric, JunJin and Dongwan, Hyesung returned on December 4th.  Why are we just reporting Hyesung’s return? Because we’re lazy.

Hyesung held a two hour long concert in a smaller venue to create that “intimate” feeling with his fans. Hopefully it wasn’t too intimate, because we want to believe Hyesung came out relatively un-violated by any enthusiastic fans. He performed his older songs such as “First Person” and covered other artist’s popular songs, one being “I Don’t Care”. We believe that this is his subtle way of saying if you are the first person he sees, he probably won’t care. He still won’t like you.

He even added to this insult by treating his fans to a teaser of a new track, “Think About It”. Such as, think about why I’ll never like you. Okay, maybe he really isn’t that much of a grouch towards his fans, especially since his closing words were,

It’s been a long time since I’ve performed and this moment right here makes me so very happy. What strengthens my will to continue singing is all of you. I will return soon with good music.

With four out of six members having returned to the K-POPosphere, we’re going to have to keep waiting for the other two. Hopefully after all these new stars, the fully-returned Shinhwa won’t seem like old, washed-up artists trying to relive their former glory.

December 5, 2010 at 3:38 am Leave a comment

KBS Continues to Hate Artists

sauteed-broccoli-482862-hero-5b96d87146e0fb0050721d12They hate real broccoli too.

In an act that only surprises people who’ve been living under the ground as dinosaur fossils for the past four million years, KBS decided to ban another song for stupid reasons, because why not?

Broccolli, You Too  recently released their second album “Graduation”. While all the other broadcasting companies reviewed all the tracks, including the bonus ones, and deemed them fit to broadcast, KBS decided to be a great big wanker and rejected them because, well, why the hell not?

Unlike HAM being too hot to handle, Brocolli, You Too was accused of using “sex-appealing lyrics” promoting prostitution and human trafficking. The following lyrics were pointed out,

when it becomes tomorrow, the children that are still half asleep in their dreams, will be absorbed into copulation… looking at each other, selling (ourselves), we say our lonesome farewells.”

The committee understandably being populated by old geezers, explained the word “copulation” (Korean: 짝짓기) means the pairing of animals and is associated with people having sex. The use of  the word “selling” (Korean: 팔려가는) implies prostitution and human trafficking, which is not advisable for the young’uns to listen to. Or something.

Broccoli, You Too asked them to re-examine the song. The expression of “copulation”, while it does have sexual meaning depending on context, was intended to mean “people who like being paired up.”

The “selling” section was, also, ripped out of context like a zombie rips out intestines. It was intended to mean people selling themselves over to dead-end jobs.

The overall meaning of the song was meant to be upon graduating, many people often find themselves in employment they don’t want to be in, just to make a living.

In other words, this song was basically about being fucked over as an adult once you graduate. Maybe the people at KBS are bitter because this song hits them straight at home — that they were never sexy enough to touch someone’s magic stick or take a devil ride in the moonlight.

December 4, 2010 at 2:39 am 4 comments

G-Dragon and TOP are Fashionistas

G-Dragon and TOP were spotted at the John Galliano party sporting their signature outrageous fashions. While TOP veered towards a hipster version of G-Dragon’s Heartbreaker days, it seems like G-Dragon wanted to go for a more nostalgic look of mad scientists from the 1950s era.

Artists from YG Entertainment are known for being fashion forward. Between these two, who do you believe is dressed better?

As for Big Bang, they are rumored to have a comeback sometime in February. We trust our readers won’t be deceived by YG’s hype, as the company has a reputation to keep postponing these sorts of things. Don’t worry though, with Big Bang as one of their biggest commodities, you can still expect their comeback in February, 2030.

December 4, 2010 at 2:08 am 1 comment

“North Korea is Best Korea,” states successor Kim Jong-un


Shit just got real for the Korean peninsula.  After years of real life trolling from the folks at North Korea, with plenty of “Maybe we have nukes, maybe we don’t. How about you try invading us?” assisting a cheeky wink, they were inspired by the 4chan raid on Tumblr and decided — hey, why don’t we just show these bitches who’s in charge?

Unfortunately, North Korea, opening fire at random won’t make up for Kim Jong-Il’s miniature dick. Nor will the South come groveling at your feet. If anything, China will ground you and stop giving you allowance for a week.

Artillery fired at Yeonpyeong island for about an hour around 4pm, injuring two civilians, wounding 15 South Korean soldiers and killing one soldier.

It also demolished dozens of houses and caused civilians to shit themselves and flee to the mainland. All in all, North Korea fired 200 rounds just to show how many guns they have, while South Korea only fired back 60.

During this time, government leaders issued a Code 1 from their secret Seoul bunker — meaning “time to whoop some ass”.  Meanwhile, we speculate an Asian version of James Bond (Zhang Wong?) was infiltrating the evil, hidden underground base in Pyongyang in a Ferrari.

North Korea is not concerned however. Ever since revealing their brand new nuclear power plant, many fear North Korea is building even more weapons of mass destruction.  Sources say that all these activities from the North may be due to unstable political power. It’s also the worst attack since the end of the Korean War.

It’s also at this moment in time when K-POP fans showed their incredible stupidity and tweeting such gems on Twitter as,

“#prayforkorea Hope #UKiss and #SS501 are safe.”

“#prayforkorea and heechul-oppar.”

“#prayforkorea so i can slep w/ kikwang.”

“#prayforkorea…. naaaah, #prayformydog instead.”

“Problem, South Korea? #notkimjongun”

We at Korean Beef are not idiots and we don’t want to join their ranks, so we’ll stop it there. All we can say is we hope the families and people involved are safe now and the injured are being treated. Also we hope we won’t be abducted in our sleep tonight for writing this.

November 24, 2010 at 1:27 am 1 comment

Yunho & Changmin Come Back in 2011; Fans Shit Bricks

“Silly Cassies! Did you really think we’d set aside our differences and come back for you?”

In a sucker minute, SM Entertainment came out with a statement that Dong Bang Shin Ki are coming back in January 2011. Only they don’t have Jaejoong, Micky, and Xiah with them. Instead it’s just Yunho and Max.

They released on the homepage, “2011, TVXQ is returning to you all”, as though that they took a quick hiatus to gain some composure from getting their pants sued off by not just JYJ but Hangeng as well and after losing four million won in a failed attempt at a karaoke business.

Naturally, fans are shitting all over themselves (even after getting comfortable in their BEAST, F.Cuz, or even 2NE1 panties) about the news but as they scroll down further they realize something.

Hey, wait a minute. Only Yunho and Changmin are coming back? Granted, this is good news if you’re a washed up idol fan but fans have been chanting “Keep the faith, our five angels will settle their differences and grace us with our presence (all while throwing shit at their head)!” But of course, Cassies are stupid and they don’t know anything in regarding to ruthlessness of the entertainment industry.

SM Entertainment also released a statement saying:

“After the 3 TVXQ members left, for over a long year, both U-Know Yunho and Choi Kang Changmin have refrained from musical activities.

The two members as well as the company wanted to keep TVXQ alive, thinking about the never changing hearts of our loyal fans who have waited a long time.

As indicated by the ruling, all of TVXQ’s activities need to be done through SM, unfortunately, the three members that left have regretfully not responded to any of our offers for activities as TVXQ. After long and careful consideration, we made this decision.

For U-know Yunho and Choi Kang Changmin, who never left and kept their dreams as TVXQ, we have decided together with the two members to keep TVXQ alive.

No matter what happens, we believed that TVXQ should be continued for the love and trust of the fans who created TVXQ together with us.

We are not ruling out any possibilities in the future. Continuing TVXQ is the best way to repay the fans who love and waited for TVXQ.”

Because financing a goddamn Chinese perfume company against SM’s will is totally keeping the faith, right, Cassies? I don’t think Cassies realize that SM are just catering to their (blind) faith that JYJ will come back. They’ve already have success in Korea, (somewhat) in Japan, and in America. Why fix what’s not broken? Why stop them if it’s working?

Fans may call JYJ money grubbers and entitlement whores but what they don’t realize is that Lee Soo  Man and the other devious masterminds behind SME are already planning which trainees to debut under the second TVXQ name. This is certainly unprecedented but SM are willing to cash on TVXQ while Yunho and Changmin are still walking and somewhat breathing.

I mean, after all, they’ve got to make up their four million won and other fees brought on by the lawsuits. As usual, Korean Beef remains cynical – they’re not going to be the same ever again.

We’re positive that the next announcement in regards of TVXQ’s comeback will be the trainees who suspiciously looks and sounds like JYJ.

November 23, 2010 at 1:06 am 7 comments

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