I just thought this was quite interesting and alarming.
It makes you think about the sudden change since 5 out of 6 of the members of EXO-M were together as seen in the first video.
Then (I laugh at how the camera zooms out, zooms in, and then zooms out and in again xD):
Now (By the way, whenever I come out of the airport like this and see a large group of people waiting for others, but looking at me at the same time when no one else is coming out, I always feel like laughing xD LuHan kind of looks like he wants to control his laugh):
And another one (I am happy that they have many fans now, but look at the fan girls running up the opposite escalator just to capture pictures of the members…crazy! Where did dignity and sensibility disappear? What happened to LuHan is clearly unacceptable):
Leader Kris surrounded by a sea of cameras (Credit: To the rightful owner)
Kris‘ blonde hair really makes him stand out from the crowd xD It looks like the fans want to shoot him with a camera o.O (Credit: To the rightful owner)
Fans swarming around EXO-M (Credit: To the rightful owner)
EXO-M engulfed in an ocean of fans (Credit: To the rightful owner)
In the first video, it is evident that the members are roaming around in a very carefree manner, then a few months later, there are several people going crazy after them to the extent that have absolutely no privacy. Moreover, it’s a little sad to see how there are close-up pictures of what Tao is carrying in his hands while walking from a convenience store or the zoom-in picture of the panda earring he is wearing, and a zoom-in picture of Kris‘ hands circulating around the internet. I mean…it’s ridiculous (sometimes I wonder, “What am I doing with my life by looking at these pics.?” It’s kind of hard to avoid such pics. as they are practically everywhere on social media sites as I scroll through my newsfeed or dashboard >_<)! Imagine someone taking a close-up shot of every detail of you, such as your eye or your nose… xD
Apart from the chaos that occurred at their arrival in Beijing, I have a feeling that our lovely members (or any member of a K-Pop group) are quite different from the image that they actually show us in public. I don’t know…I just have a gut feeling about it (but I also have a gut feeling that Lay is a very humble and considerate person…there’s something very pleasant about him since I first saw him in the beginning of EXO‘s online promotion – way before I even read some of the stories his close ones or other fans have mentioned him in). As Anne Ruthmann from the article, “Would You Rather Be Famous or Amazing?,” states:
Being famous is hard and requires a lot of personal compromise, but being amazing only requires you to be your personal best and be true to who you are.
What do you all think? This is just my honest opinion…I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t have looked twice if I had seen the members walking around on the street in real as displayed in the first video, unless I knew them personally ’cause I see guys roaming around like that over here quite frequently =P Then again, the current situation that the members are now part of is the work of a well-implemented marketing strategy by an entertainment company!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of them and have been keeping a close watch on them since the beginning (plus I get a good laugh from the fandom), but I think I would rather keep myself sane and not completely crazy about them for the reason that I would not want to be disappointed if I had found out how they are like in real (far from the ideal image we have of them in mind) and not the way they are portrayed in the media or told to act in front of fans.
I guess I can say that philosophical thoughts come to mind when I look deeper into things xD I feel like everyone should be treated equally regardless of whether they are a celebrity or not. I do wish EXO all the best and I hope that the next time EXO-M arrives in Beijing, they are not pushed around by a huge crowd like that. There is something called personal space ’cause I’m sure nobody would want a random stranger to come and touch them (imagine, this is only the beginning and they are already under the surveillance of so many cameras…). Personally speaking, as a leader, it would have been best to inform the members to link arms and walk together as to ensure that none of them get left behind in the crowd. However, I understand that the situation must have been unexpected and Kris was being accompanied by the manager so he couldn’t really do anything.
On the other hand, I would like to see more of this natural and fun side to them. For me, this is real entertainment…hahaha!:
The maknaes, Tao and Sehun, get water splashed on them. Their reaction is epic! xD (Credit: hun-yeols.tumblr.com)
Evil Kris points and laughs at the maknaes (this is definitely Kris‘ real side =P I wonder if he laughs like this at all the delusional fan girls…hahahaha!). I couldn’t help but laugh at all of them…hahaha! xD (Credit: hun-yeols.tumblr.com)
It would be great to see everyone free and happy…
Love and peace to all~