I was not going to post on this girl group, because I had no idea if they were going to last- they don’t even have an MV out yet. However, a fervent commenter alerted me to the fact that this girlgroup was posted on allkpop.com, and furthermore, with a picture that wasn’t even of them, of someone else in SNSD outfits, just to bash.
Ok, so first, the second picture of them wearing the sailorsuits, is of COSPLAYERS who aren’t singers at all. These girls are a different group, with only the member number 9 the same, a number that both Morning Musume (Jp) and Hey Girls (Tw) had before SNSD. And SNSD is not really that popular in China – all 3 groups have about the same popularity in China, aka, not a lot – only around 3000 registered fans at their baidu.
These are the only sets of pics of the girls that I know of. Some individual pics can be seen here. These girls are from a new company called Ai Duo culture. They just released an EP (digitally?), with three original songs. They also have guys in their company that may possibly debut in the future.
Their debut is unfortunately marked by all the bs that Chinese groups had to face. When there was that influx of boybands last year, news compared them to SJM, and the attacks were vicious. Poor, hardworking A-One got bashed. Top Combine got booed by elves when they went on stage to perform as newbies, and allkpop wrote another asinine article using SJM’s popularity to say Chinese groups suck.
I’m not thrilled about an influx of idol groups in China, just like I wasn’t happy about the boybands but they serve their purpose. In the meantime, these girls make a nice diversion until the anticipated eeMedia girl group (Top Combine’s female version) comes along.
Hetalia, a Japanese manga spoofing all the different countries, spoofed Korea’s reputation for claiming things as theirs first. And Korea, despite being only one of the many, many countries spoofed, was the only one who kicked up a storm about it, calling for the cancellation of the anime version. This copy-cat calling doesn’t really help that reputation. Promoting your culture is a good thing, but if you have to continuously mock others and look for “copy-cats” to show how popular it is, then that’s just in poor taste and projects that distasteful image to others.
Most of the people I’ve met from Korea were really nice. It’s just the vocal few who feel the need to bash others to make themselves feel better that ruin it unfortunately for them.