I’ve been getting, like, a bazillion searches lately aaallllll about the various members of Block B and have! they! had! plastic! surgery!?!
It more or less started when this aired (go to the 3:50 mark):
Which is hardly the first time someone in Block B has copped to and/or joked about cosmetic procedures.
If you get tired of that, you can realize that they usually wear heavy makeup and are shot through filters and then the resulting images are Photoshopped!!! Their vocal quality is affected by production!!!! There is truly no end to the perfidy!!!!!!
You know, my father was a doctor, I covered health care, and I have some pretty adamant beliefs about unnecessary surgical procedures. I freely admit that it bugs the shit out of me that performers in K-Pop are forced to have plastic surgery, because you’re removing medical decision-making authority from the person who has to undergo the risks and the pain of the procedure, and that to me is simply unethical.
And I feel like people who perform surgical procedures (be they cosmetic or not) tend to downplay the risks, because hello, that’s how they make a living. (A few years ago where I live, they were playing radio ads for bariatric surgery that implied that diet and exercise were, you know, too much work if you wanted to lose weight. Because abdominal surgery that will forever impair your ability to absorb certain nutrients is most definitely the easy choice. And don’t get me started on the overuse of Cesarean sections and induced labor–we’ll be here all day.) That makes me rather skeptical that, for example, P.O knew he was potentially signing up for a lifetime of pain while eating when he had his teeth done.
But the “concern” many K-Pop fans seem to show about plastic surgery and dieting at best is profoundly unrealistic (and at worst is a transparent effort to make the fan feel about themselves better by shitting on someone else). It’s fine for me to not give a fuck about how I look, but that’s not actually OK for anybody in any field where appearance matters. And if you perform, appearance matters a great deal.
When I was in graduate school I used to joke that you could kidnap a random person off the street, throw them into NYU’s journalism department, demand that they immediately identify the people who worked in television–and they would be able to do it. Regular manicures, full face makeup, dry cleaned clothing, and perfectly coiffed hair were de rigueur–and that’s just to report news.
For us slobs in print all that work on our looks would be overkill, but so what? No audience was watching us, and it would have been really douchey and idiotic of me to, say, walk around the broadcast journalism department waggling my finger and lecturing the people there about how they needed to accept themselves for who they were. These people were not spending hours getting ready every morning and constantly watching their weight because they lacked self-esteem (and things like getting permanent makeup done can save you lots of time when that’s your lifestyle).
It’s not like we print people were any less unhealthy. What do writers do? They sit. A lot. Sitting a lot has some very negative health ramifications–I for one first developed varicose veins when I was in my 20s, and to this day I wear braces when I type because my wrists are fucked up.
Obviously, like most people, I do my best to manage the health issues caused by my choice of vocation. What’s not helpful is a bunch of lectures from keyboard nannies who have no idea of what’s involved in what I do. You probably will never have to be as focused on your appearance as the members of Block B are–good for you. Don’t borrow trouble. But also don’t act like the fact that you don’t face the same pressures as somebody else makes you a better sort of person.