BTS at the AMAS

BTS was announced to perform at the AMAS on November 3rd, (the AMAS were on November 19th) and the fans were excited about it. People that are fans of BTS were absolutely freaking out about the fact that BTS is the first K-Pop group performing at the American Music Awards, which is a really big deal considering they would be making a mark in the history of performances, making the awards more inclusive with different music types. BTS was one of the last acts going on, and they actually put them on to perform towards the end, because they were expecting a lot of people watching the AMAS just to see their performance.

The whole time during the AMAS the cameras kept going to BTS to get their reactions to the other performers; showing them on screen a lot. Many celebrities were very excited to see BTS perform, and they posted about how they met BTS and how they are now fans of them. People were really supportive of BTS and were hyping them up often, which made them feel really included, considering they had to travel to America and only one of the members speaks fluent English.

The performances at the AMAS were pretty good, but in my opinion BTS was really well done. They sang their newest hit “DNA,” and danced the choreography that they did in their music video. The audience, I could tell, was blown away by the fact that they danced and sang at the same time, because most of the other performers just stood around and sang, or sat down. The fan chants were actually so loud that they had to mute them out on the TV while BTS performed. I can tell people really liked it, especially Ansel Elgort, he was talking about them a lot. The camera went to him while BTS was singing and he was holding his phone up recording them with a really big smile on his face and now all the fans are relating to him.

 

BTS fashion

BTS is probably my favorite music group right now, and I’ve noticed that pretty much whatever they do they dress up (nicely) in some sort of way. I love their style so much, honestly, that I believe they are fashion icons. They don’t pay attention to masculine or feminine standards of clothing; BTS wears whatever suits them, and it is so great to see them wearing things you don’t often see men wearing. For one of their most popular photo shoots (for their album Wings), they wore a lot of colors, patterns, and textures of clothing. An example is of the member Suga, he was wearing a silk pink suit with a knit white sweater, which you could say is not the most masculine, and I think that is important. It’s not just photo shoots where their clothes stand out, because that’s somewhat expected to wear something unusual and different, but they are seen out in public wearing things like this as well.

Another thing they do, that is pretty uncommon in fashion, is the fact that they dye their hair very often. They don’t just dye their hair blonde or brown, but colors ranging from orange to mint green and so on. I think it’s really cool seeing them not only with their outfits, but the fact that they dye their hair and then style their outfits to go with their hair color. This is just truely iconic.

BTS have a great fashion sense, and that’s why I love them. I love the fact that they go to the airport, and instead of wearing comfortable casual clothing, they dress up! BTS member Jin actually wore a suit in the airport, which I mean is pretty common for people in business, but they all dressed up like that, (not in a suit but layers and such with accessories). They can just be out in public and they wear basically the same things you would see them wear in photo shoots.

BTS “Love Yourself: Her” album review

BTS is a South Korean boy band that is popular all over the world (internationally famous), and recently they released a new album Love Yourself: Her on September 18, 2017, by Big Hit Entertainment. This album has a total of 9 tracks (not including hidden song “Sea”). This was their comeback album, which also came with a performance of them singing while dancing specific choreography for the songs.

The songs they put on their newest album are:

1. Intro: Serendipity
2. DNA
3. Best of Me
4. Dimples
5. Pied Piper
6. Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech
7. Mic Drop
8. Go Rather Than Worrying (Go Go)
9. Outro: Her

“Serendipity” is a solo song sung by Jimin; he even has a music video made for it with over 37 million views on YouTube.

“DNA” is the most popular song on the album, sung by all the members of BTS, and they made a very colorful, energetic, and beautiful music video for it that has over 134 million views. It was #1 on iTunes in over 29 countries. They also released teaser trailers for the music video, which were very popular trending videos on YouTube for awhile.

“Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech” is a 1:47 speech they gave while receiving their Billboard Music Award, which was received by them in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 21, 2017. BTS was so grateful that they won this award, they traveled all the way from Korea to America to go to the Billboard Music Awards just because they were nominated. You could tell they were very happy about the outcome of them winning.

“Mic Drop” is a song sung mainly by the rappers of the group: Jhope, Suga, and Rap Monster. This is a very popular song on their album, because of its strong hip hop influence, which is very different than the rest of the album. It still fits in though. Rapper “Rap Monster” (or Namjoon) has revealed in an interview that this song was inspired by former president Barak Obama’s mic drop after his speech. (This song has been rumored to have a music video coming soon)

 

Gender roles

by: Ali Limback and Eddie López

The definition of gender roles (according to Google) is basically a set norm of what each gender is supposed to be/act/look like.

image taken from Twitter @Thynative

The typical norm for guys is to be fit, act very tough, and be interested in sports. Guys can also be intrested in other things besides sports, like video games, and more. Most of the time when guys find things of interest, that are typically “girly” things, they get excluded. Often, since they are not intrested in the same thing as most guys, they find the person weird, so they call them names like “fag” or “queer.”

The typical norm for girls is to be super social, very dainty, with no muscle, and very much into their looks. It’s not the usual to have short hair because that’s a “boys hairstyle.”

A good example of exposing people to non “normal” looks is through celebrities and their fashion choices. Honestly, it is more socially acceptable for a girl to wear “boys” clothes than the other way around. That is why I chose to focus on male celebrity

fashion choices.

Harry Styles has recently been wearing outfits that don’t fit into the standards of normal masculine fashion. He has been seen wearing a lot of woman’s clothing (like blouses) and colors men wouldn’t typically wear. We personally think that it’s great to see someone so high in the music industry (a lot of people look up to him) wearing what he wants to wear, and showing people that we can mix fashion, and there’s not a set gender in clothing. A lot of people are being really great about his recent change in fashion and supporting him through it all.

From Glee, the character, Kurt Hummel, was known for his fashion choices. He was bullied and called very rude things because of what he wore because he was different. He was definitely a character to look up to because even through all the bulling, he did not change his fashion choices because of what other people said. It ended up great in the end because he got such a great job in fashion, and he never gave up on himself.