This post will focus on Jungkook’s famous abs-flash. And no, it’s not going to be THAT kind of a post. Sorry. 🙂 I want to discuss something, not actually focus-focus on his abs. In the literal sense at least.
I suppose it started with the release of BTS’s FAKE LOVE music video. But lets face it, if anyone watched the live performance at the BBMAs 2018, it was pretty evident the flash was much more compared to the video. I don’t know if it was an accident in that he didn’t mean to pull his shirt up as high or if he was taking advantage of his liberty on American soil (the little shit), but regardless, I’m pretty sure I could hear a collective POP as hundreds of thousands of fans’ heart exploded at the same time clearly across our vast universe. My daughter’s included.
See for yourself – and this is probably the best HD fancam of the performance. It’s been audio edited so the fans’ screaming is toned down in order to hear the actual song. When I watched it I thought to myself, “What a pity. They did so well and yet we didn’t get to see 1/3rd of their performance.”
To back up a bit, my first thought after seeing Jungkook flash his abs was, well… I was surprised. And a little sad. I know, I know… obviously my feelings on this topic is very unpopular. My daughter said I was crazy. And I had to explain myself.
I’m not judging. Not at all. I am human. I am a woman who appreciates nice abs and a toned body. But last September to November, when there were a lot of comeback shows happening during that time frame, and a lot of kpop groups marketing themselves and hyping up their fans as MAMA and Melon Music award shows approached (and hence, all the voting), I couldn’t help myself to notice how much bare chests and abs were being exposed. And not just a tease. I mean full out, ripping off shirts and such.
It was entertaining at first but then I just got tired of it. Granted, I’m more a less is more and leaving it to one’s imagination type of woman. I prefer seeing a guy in a really nice, tailored suit, for example. For me, that’s so much sexier than just baring themselves. Especially when it’s All. The. Time.
Wonho was stripping off his jacket on stage, along side his Monsta-X leader, Shownu. Then little maknae, Sehun from EXO showd his bare chest and abs in exchange for pizza from Yeol (or was it Bakhyun?) at one of their concerts. I realized then, I was actually relieved BTS kept themselves covered. I felt they didn’t have to do any of that to draw themselves more attention.
Their artistry, talents and skills, were in my honest opinion, enough.
But as I said, I’m not judging. I’m not at all bashing BTS for making this bold move. I know it was a big deal. How long have people been waiting for BTS’ golden maknae, Jungkook, to pull this stunt? How long have they been waiting for him to go from boy to man? I’m guessing as long as 5 years since he was just a baby when he debuted with BTS.
At the least, it was just a flash. A tease, if you will. He wasn’t taking his top off and strutting around stage. By the way, I think it’s a little gross seeing them bare chested and sweaty. I guess it’s just me but I can’t help but to think they would feel a bit sticky. LOL!
So long as Jungkook was not pressured to do it and so long as he is comfortable pulling up his shirt like he did in FAKE LOVE, over all, I’m okay. I trust BTS will remain tasteful about it. I just had to get this out even though I’m sure a lot of people are thinking I’m crazy here.
Anyway – I’ll leave you with some very nice, classy photo shoots of Jeon Jeonnguk from BBMAs 2018 (Source: Naver x Dispatch – for all Jungkook photos, click right):