Top 10 Reasons Why the K-Pop Industry is Horrible

While I like some K-pop artists and songs, I don't listen to them that much anymore because the industry is as toxic as hell. We need to shine a light on this horrible industry and the pain it causes the artists involved in it. If you still want to listen to K-pop, just listen to it less and you can also listen to covers (JANNY makes good English covers and listen SOMIN makes awesome Korean covers).
The Top Ten
1 It has caused depression and even suicide

In 2017, a member of the boy band SHINee committed suicide. In his suicide note, he revealed that one of the main reasons he took his own life was pressure from fame, which caused depression. Another case was with Blackpink member Jennie, who was often in the spotlight and received most of the attention from her company. She was frequently bullied by fans who told her to leave Blackpink. While Jennie did not commit suicide (thank God), she has shown signs of depression and anxiety.

2 The K-pop artists often live in cramped dorms and have barely enough for one meal

Why can't they just go out and eat whatever they want? It's not like they're going to go to jail or something like that for eating how you're normally supposed to eat.

3 The K-pop artists are forced to get plastic surgery and advertise it to kids and teens in Korea
4 A lot of times, the artists lose a shocking amount of weight in the name of beauty

OneKet from Global Icon only consumed one bottle of soy milk per day. The girl group Nine Muses reported following the "Paper Cup Diet," where they only ate things they put in a paper cup (rice, fruit, anything but sugar).

A lot of musicians are liked for their looks, not their sound.

Being underweight is just as unhealthy as being obese.

5 The artists and trainees have to work 18 hours a day
6 The executives have far too much control over the artists' personal lives
7 Managers blackmail artists to keep them from breaking contracts
8 The industry takes advantage of rising trainees
9 The artists are forced to do extreme food diets to become skinny
10 No creative freedom

The idols usually cannot show their own ideas, or the company may reject them. Usually, it's the company that decides what should be done, from the music, visuals, hairstyles, outfits, stage names, etc.

The Contenders
11 Being LGBT is taboo

That's sad. Idols should be able to love whoever they want/be the gender they want to be.

In Asian cultures, being LGBT is considered a taboo subject. Because of this, many K-pop stars find it difficult to come out, although some have come out.

12 It's misogynistic

Male stars get away with scams more often than female stars do.

13 The artists cannot eat whatever they want
14 The idols are like slaves to the company
15 Idols with darker skin get bullied
16 Racism towards black people

Wait, racism played a role there?

There's a lot of racism towards black people in the K-pop industry, such as appropriating their cultures and making fun of them. I don't think the idols hate black people. I'm just saying that it's stupid to make fun of black people while using their styles.

17 Sasaeng fans

The obsessive K-pop fans, putting the idols under stress.

18 The music is often uncreative and boring and all the same
19 Crazy, stalker fans who go berserk over the smallest bad detail
20 They play the same notes over and over

There should be more variety and creativity in there. What about a Down syndrome idol? Or a half Italian, half Korean idol who looks like a mob boss? Or what about a very silly and weird idol who got plastic surgery to look extra goofy? What about a fat and curvy idol? There are so many ideas!

21 Idols cannot be fat or the slightest bit curvy
22 Female idols are forced to wear summer like clothing even in cold weather
23 Female idols wear heels to the point that their feet are deformed
24 It is too bright and sparkly
25 It is very addictive to some people
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