Congratulations to EXO for their win on SBS Inkigayo! I had a strong feeling that EXO would achieve a “Triple Win” aka three consecutive wins.
Here is a video of their performance and oh-so-amusing win. xD
In addition to fans being thanked in Korean by Suho and thanked in Chinese by Luhan, Kris thanked International fans in English. International fans have finally been recognized! Thank you, Kris. All International fans now feel “accepted” rather than “abandoned” by EXO. =P
Moreover, I couldn’t stop laughing at Kris‘ victory dance. What was THAT!? Hahahaha! Everything that Kris does these days makes me laugh. I can’t… If I ever saw someone come up to me in public dancing like that, I don’t know how I would be able to control my laugh.
The awkward turtle drawing that Kris made at the fan signing event in Incheon yesterday perfectly illustrates his “awkward turtle” moments. xD Angry Bird also had the opportunity to meet his fellow Angry Bird. If that’s not all, at today’s fan signing event at Hallym University, Kris drew a duck with FOUR legs. A duck has two legs. I think this gives me an even bigger reason to throw a rubber ducky at him if I ever see him one day, iA. =P
Furthermore, every time I see Kris‘ pre-debut photos in this post and in this post, and then see gifs. of his victory dance that he did yesterday on Inkigayo and two days ago on Music Bank…it doesn’t make any sense. I also don’t know what’s going on here in this gif. …and what is this semi-balle balle dance that he is doing? I think he has lost it. xD Nevertheless, I’m glad to see that he is enjoying his time.
It also appears that the bandanas for every member of EXO ended up on Kris‘ right arm today. Kris has become EXO‘s bandana boy. If you think about it, that could be a new nickname for him. =P
I don’t know what to say about D.O.‘s outfit…Kyungsoorella?
Since EXO has achieved a Triple Win, I suggest that they should give fans a treat. xD Back in my undergrad. university and where I’m ethnically from, whenever somebody would win something, or land a job, or get a promotion, that individual would give a treat to all of his/her close ones and supporters. Usually the treat would be either breakfast, or lunch, or dinner, or simply a dessert.
If I were to think of something interactive for fans, which could also be considered a treat, I would have suggested that EXO appear live on their official YouTube channel and show themselves cutting a cake in celebration of their victory. Maybe one of the members could place a slice of cake in front of the camera for fans to see and fans can pretend that they are eating cake with the members as well xD Having said that, I suppose I should keep many of my ideas to myself, just in case anyone from the marketing team in SME lurk around here. =P
I pray that even after winning all these awards, EXO will remain humble and down-to-earth. They have already achieved so much for a rookie group, and that too within a short amount of time, unlike their seniors that had to work very hard for a couple of years in order to receive recognition. Moreover, the more fame, the more easy it is for one to lose himself/herself in the midst of all the attention. Remember, fame can become an addiction that can sometimes destroy someone from the inside. It doesn’t guarantee happiness – especially long-term happiness. As stated several times before, one should find happiness through God.
Some individuals that have worked in the music industry have already shared their experience of how their life was like as a celebrity and how they turned to the path of God after realizing what their purpose in life was.
For example, there are two videos that I have watched recently of people from the music industry that have turned to the path of God and have shared their experience with the public. One is From the Streets to Islam by Muslim Belal and the other is A Mighty Long Way by Dwayne Lemon. I found the former while browsing through YouTube and the latter was shared by a K-Pop fan and he/she recommended other K-Pop fans to watch it. Both videos are very eye-opening for those that don’t know what goes on behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Both of the speakers touch upon the topic of family problems (particularly growing up in a one-parent household) or dropping out of high school, struggling to obtain money in their youth, joining the entertainment industry in the hopes of overcoming those problems and finding happiness through materialism, their experience of receiving attention from fans (especially girls/women), gaining awards or telling themselves to work harder in competing with other groups to receive public recognition, witnessing disappointments as their happiness is not long-lasting but temporary, the corruption of the soul, and then going on a spiritual journey in search of the purpose of life. They also describe the hypnotic effects of music.
What one of the speakers, Dwayne Lemon, said really caught my attention:
Do you see how Satan works? First he gets you to take your mind off of God, and then after he gets you to take your mind off of God, he then uses you as his instrument to help others get their minds off of God. It’s exactly what he did with me.
This is something to think deeply about. I think, even we fans, should reflect upon some of our actions. Have some of the things that we’ve been doing while indulging in K-Pop have had any positive contribution to our spiritual well-being?
The first video is one hour long and the second video is around two hours long, but they’re definitely worth watching. You will realize how some of the experiences that the speakers discuss could apply to our favorite groups, or our favorite stars, because from what I remember from watching EXO‘s past interviews, some of the members of EXO-M did mention that they would often sit and talk about happiness and life at the end of the day. Since everything in the Korean music industry tends to be very secretive, and no one in it speaks up about their experience, we don’t know what’s really happening behind the scenes there. However, all entertainment industries are more or less the same all over the world, and I feel that these videos can also apply to K-Pop stars in one way or the other.
Even so, I still have faith that some of our favorite groups will remain humble, iA…but just remember, people sometimes change, either for the better or for the worse, and with power comes great responsibility. Anything can happen.
I should be clear, though. The difference between Islam and certain sects of Christianity (because some sects have the same beliefs as us), is that we, Muslims, don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God. We believe that Jesus is a prophet just like Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who was sent by God to deliver God’s message to mankind. For us, God is One – he has no wife, daughter, or son. Also, there isn’t supposed to be sects in Islam, such as the one that Dwayne Lemon described in his speech. In fact, none of the Abrahamic religions are supposed to have sects. I respect all beliefs, but I just wanted to point this out in case anyone was wondering. I understand that religion is a very sensitive topic, but I think it’s much better than talking about entertainment in general, because talking about entertainment does fall under idle talk, which is considered a sin for all of us.
Overall, our purpose in this life should be to serve God, to follow His path, and to deliver His message. Even for the believers there will be obstacles in this life and it is during those times that we will be tested on how strong our faith is. We’re all on this journey together, so let’s make the most of it! The believers may not be “celebrities” in this world, but they will be “celebrities” in the Hereafter, iA. That’s true stardom right there! ^^
None of us are perfect, but we can always strive to be a better person and a better follower of God. If we are given the opportunity, then why should we waste it?
If you’re looking for the purpose of life, sit down and open any of the Holy books…be it the Qur’an, the Bible, or the Torah. If Arabic, English, or Hebrew is not your first language, that shouldn’t be a problem as you can find any of the Holy Books translated in one of the languages that you are most fluent in. If you can take out time to read Twilight or any other similar book (=P), then you can take out some time to read any of the Holy Books. When you read through them, understand and reflect. Trust me, if you put your heart into it, you will find the answer eventually, iA.
I, myself, am reading the Qur’an in its English translation and have been incredibly amazed by the fact that some of the things that I’ve been talking about in my blog, in regards to what’s happening to the world and some of the things that we, Muslims, believe in, I see the EXACT same topic being discussed in the Qur’an when I read it the next day or turn to the following page where I had left off from.
Yesterday, my jaw was left hanging open when I read through the Qur’an about a topic that I had previously discussed in the post, Flying Over the Sun, Moon, and Stars. My reaction was, “Whoaaa! I just talked about all of this a few days back in one blog post and now I’m seeing this all on one page in the Qur’an when I haven’t even read through this in English before!” I was really surprised! The sun and moon was also mentioned a few pages before the one that mentioned the purpose of stars, the devil, and what humans and jinns are made out of. This is not the first, but the third time this has happened to me! I can feel that God is talking to me when I read through the Qur’an and is watching me closely. It’s a beautiful feeling, subhan’Allah, and I pray that all of you will find this feeling too, inshAllah.
P.S. I know I’m a little late in updating this post, but I wanted something more meaningful to say and to think about and reflect on.