It’s the first official summer long weekend here in Canada (a.k.a. Victoria Day weekend or May-Two-Four). Lock down continues and has been extended to 2nd week of June. Now, the plan shifts to different re-opening decisions. Rather than focus on new COVID numbers per day, the government will not loosen restrictions until at least 60% of the population has received their 1st dose vaccination, as well as determine how our hospital ICU and emergency rooms are doing.
I’m sure a lot of people are pissed off. Actually, I know they are. Up here, there’s not as much fear in getting vaccinated as there are in the states. However, the availability of vaccines has been very unstable. One week, we open up to new groups, then the other week, we’re told vaccinations are running low or running out completely. Plus it puts pressure on those who don’t agree with vaccinations. Whether or not I agree with anti-vaxxers or not, bottom line, it is their body and they have a right to decide what is done to their body.
What I don’t agree with – in terms of anti-vaxxer arguments – about how some establishments such as vacation resorts and cruise lines, may require customers to show proof of full vaccinations. They feel this means they are being forced to get vaccinated. Which, I feel is a stretch of what ‘force’ means. We’re quite privileged to be getting the vaccinations for free here. Where as places like India, suffering massively at the tragedy of COVID, would give anything to have enough vaccinations.
I think people need to realize what truly is ‘force’ and to recognize the privilege we have compared to other parts of the world. In other words, lets be thankful and much less bull-headed.
By the way, I got my 1st dose of AstraZeneca. I felt like shit for the next two days but was comforted in knowing it only meant my immune system was doing it’s job and the vaccination was working through my body. Fingers crosses it works! For all our sakes.
On to k-pop news….
The biggest, of course, is BTS’s release, Butter.
So… unpopular opinion here. A confession, really. After BTS released the teaser for Butter, I was not impressed. I was still hopeful but what I heard just didn’t grab my attention.. It was a first for me. Still, I waited for the full song to drop.
And then it did drop. And… I was a bit more impressed. But not crazy about it. True, I really did enjoy the video and recognize it to be quite the bop. Which is what BTS planned to do – to create a fun, summer-vibe bop.
I’ll admit, after listening to it a few times, it’s growing on me. Except I don’t like the way it starts. I don’t know why… yet. But something about it reminds me of a commercial jingle. And I can’t place my finger which commercial.
And, I really do miss something more dramatic, deep and/or edgy. I feel we’ve been without that edge since ON or Black Swan.
Some highlights of the song and music video…
- Suga’s rapping
- J-Hope. That’s it. Just J-Hope. Like his rapping and his singing. And his freestyle in that elevator scene. Except when he eats a chunk of butter at the end. I just want to know if he spits it out on the ‘CUT!’ Or maybe it’s not really butter but something that is made to look like butter.
- Jungkook’s long hair. Jungkook’s purple hair.
- How they spelt out ARMY with their poses – especially Taehyung and his biggest smile!
- Jimin’s vocals and when he’s at the press conference about to introduce the group.
- Jin’s vocals – because he sounds great and he gets a decent amount of lines.
- Namjoon rocking out during his freestyle
Of course, this is just my opinion. Lets face it – it’s taking off so strongly, already breaking records. I won’t be surprised to see it on Billboards Top Hot 100, if not at no. 1.
The second news I have is a very sad one if you ask me. It’s that GFRIEND have decided to disband. This shocking news seems to have confused and saddened fans. I don’t believe they saw it coming.
I myself am very sad. I knew of them, but only got into GFRIEND when they released Apple. And then I was so impressed, still am impressed as I play it pretty much everyday, with their latest release MAGO.
I wish the members all the best and thank them for providing such great music!