[article] A Long Drought (or, when your Ultimate Bias reports to the MMA.)
KPop Kollective 10/11/2011 — written by KDK
A Long Drought (or, when your Ultimate Bias reports to the MMA.)
I didn’t really care about it when it was Hyun Bin. I was slightly waylaid when The Heech did it suddenly. But now, it’s personal. About thirty minutes ago, Jung Ji Hoon (Rain/비) reported to the Republic of Korea’s Military Manpower Association (MMA) to begin his mandatory two-year conscription. As I write this, I’m listening to “Instead of Saying Goodbye” and trying not to weep like a school-girl. Much to my surprise, I think the school-girl in me may win.
As you all know, Rain is my ultimate bias. Besides his dual personality of strong and sweet masculinities, his music got me through some wily times of transition. In particular, his song “My Way” became my anthem in late 2010. A song about Rain’s own path to self-actualization and an announcement of his motto (Endless effort, Endless endurance, Endless modesty), as I played this song over and over again, it ended up as a soundtrack to positive changes in my own life. It sounds cheesy when I write this, but it was Rain’s music that made me feel like I, too, was free to make my own path (something that I’d forgotten, apparently). And I have – these past two years (the same two years I’ve been listening to Kpop) have been witness to many a change and the realization of dreams and goals.
When folks find out that I like kpop and I tell them Rain is my favorite, they often ask me, “why Rain?” Now, I’m not going to lie and say “abs? what abs?,” and the fact is, I like Rain because he works HARD. Like, HARD. At first it was all “dang, he is killing it on that song ‘Ways to Avoid the Sun,’” but then I started finding videos about his childhood. About him losing his mom. About his tortuous audition with Jin Young Park… not to mention the tom-foolery that none of us would put up with for a movie. As we move forward in his head-spinning career, we then see of course, that when it comes to the ever-growing transnational nature of Kpop, the fact is that Rain did it all FIRST. It is not lost on me that while the KPK is planning to head to SMTOWN NYC at Madison Square Garden, it was Rain who did it first. It is also not lost on me that while G.NA, Beast and 4Minute visited MTV(K) and were broadcast yesterday, Rain…did it first…for MTV’s Total Request Live (that’s MTV America, y’all). The first Korean artist to pull a actor/singer/dancer career off ? Hmm mmm, yea, that’s Rain. Let’s not even get into Ninja Assassin… Lots of folks were surprised to know that he was a star in his own right before he snagged the role of Raizo – including his co-star…
I also like Rain because he is smart. Like, SMART. As they say on Tumblr, I SEE WHAT U DID THERE, Rain. He worked the star and military systems like a boss. You see how he worked on a film that afforded him Air Force Training? You see how he wrapped up filming for The Red Muffler/Soar into the Sky/Take Off: Closer to the Sun/WHATEVER IT’S CALLED right before he reported to MMA?! Did you see that?! Yea, that movie won’t release til next year sometime…so he will be in the public eye, as a celebrity, WHILE HE’S SERVING IN THE MILITARY! My UB is a business *genius*. I’m not even going to get started on the founding of J.Tune Entertainment or the care and feeding of the hot group, MBLAQ!
This is the thing: I don’t know why I feel compelled to even write about this. It’s not like I didn’t know he was going to go. He’s a Korean male and a Korean citizen; therefore he *must* report. I saw all the reports saying when he was going to head to the military, including the one saying exactly when he was going to go! It just didn’t seem real, I suppose. Seeing him up on that stage at the military gate thanking the fans for their support just did me in. I just kept thinking Color Purple style: “What us gon’ do?!” My only hope is that as much as we’ve seen The Heech here, there, and everywhere in the past few weeks, SURELY Rain will be coming to us live once a week, telling us all about how they hooked him up with his own barracks, mess hall, and laid-out latrine…right? …Right?!
Perhaps you’ve already gone through this with your favorite idol(s). If you have, how did you deal? I mean, I have all of Rain’s music, of course, and I’ve saved all of his videos in special YouTube playlists…and of course when his new movie is available, I’ll watch it as soon as I’m able to. For now, I’m going to do my best to not retreat into a closet with my Ninja Assassin DVD, Rainism CD, and a couple of green glass bottles.
And to Rain, I know your family is proud of you, and that you’ll do your best to train and protect your fellow citizens and defend the Land of the Morning Calm. The KPK – and I – will be here when you return.
FIGHTING (For Real),
Source site: KPop Kollective
~ by Cloud USA on January 27, 2012.
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