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Weekend Update | Running Man’s Lee Kwang Soo’s Emotional Acceptance Speech + Running Man Issues Apology + “The Show”, MCs Jeon Somi And Wooshin’s Controversial Video Response

And here it is! The Weekend Update! No delay, let’s get started!

At the 2016 SBS Entertainment Awards, Running Man’s  Lee Kwang Soo was nominated and won in the category of Top Excellence Award. But it wasn’t just the award that’s garnering attention, it was also his very emotional acceptance speech that had even the cast getting emotional as well.

In his speech, he talked about how he felt about the cast and production team of Running Man, even giving a nod to fellow co-star/”older sister” Song Ji Hyo who referred to as “his real older sister”. Following the speech, he gave hugs to all of the Running Man team in attendance. Truly an emotional moment following the controversy that left the fans of Running Man extremely disheartened and confused.

No hard feelings?

And of course, all this is happening around the same time that the Running Man production team issued an official apology on their recent show.

“The December 25 episode of SBS’s “Running Man” was a Christmas special that featured a guest appearance from Kim So Hyun. At the end of the episode, all six cast members could be seen coming together. The scene was filmed after the recent controversy, and Kim Jong Kook broke the ice by saying, “I thought I wasn’t going to see your faces again, but here we are… Yoo Jae Suk then opened the big box in front of them. Inside the box was a bouquet of flowers and apples, along with a letter that read, “To our loving “Running Man” cast members. We apologize for the hurt and pain we have caused you. We will do our best to be a more mature and hardworking staff from now on.”

(source: soompi)

Fans are saying, that whereas the gesture was nice, it is far too little too late. Claiming that the show is now “ruined” and “the damage is done”.

I can’t say I disagree with their sentiments. The show ends February 2017.

And finally, the controversy heard around the world. Allegedly, during a Christmas greeting video from “The Show” MC’s UP10TION’s Wooshin and I.O.I’s Jeon Somi, it can be seen where Wooshin supposedly touches Somi’s chest. There was fan outrage and now public statements have been released to deny any and all physical contact between the two MC’s.

“When the controversy escalated and spread, “The Show” released a statement on Twitter that read, “The show’s staff were there on location when the two MCs were filming this video to monitor the footage. The scene was filmed with the two MCs keeping a reasonable distance between each other. We hope that there are no more misunderstandings regarding this.”

(source: soompi)

Here’s the thing, if you watch the video, you can clearly tell that it is simply the angle at which the camera is being held. There’s nothing physical going on here.

False alarm folks.


Weekend Update | ARMY vs. Pillow Talk, The Case of Plagiarism + “Law Of The Jungle”, Viewers Want Choi Yeo Jin Edited Out + Olympics, North Korean Olympians Won’t Receive Samsung Gift

Alright so, instead of a Weekend Kpop Update, this is just a regular old update. And in my mind, it’s a bit more excited that way.

DIA is doing something really cute for the fans! They have decided for their comeback to record a new song, expressing their gratefulness to their fans, but the treat is, they’re recording this song with the fans. That’s right!  “The Love…”, which is a tribute to their one-year debut, will be sung with fans about the fans.

How cute is that?

With 2NE1 going from a foursome to a trio, many Blackjacks were left to wonder, “what’s going to happen to Minzy now?” Like I knew was going to happen, Minzy is doing just fine solo.

“On August 13, Minzy enjoyed an intimate gathering with about 40 fans at the Private Cinema in Cheongdam Cine City. The meeting lasted about an hour long and was broadcasted live via Naver V App for fans who couldn’t be physically present. “This is my first step,” Minzy shared. “I want to be with you all going forward until my 100th, 1,000th fan meeting. I am so happy. Let’s stay together.”

(source: soompi)

That solo debut is coming any day now and I can’t wait!

But all is not well in the world of K-pop, the BTS ARMY has picked up on something a little suspect in the YouTube world with an American group by the name of “Pillow Talk”. They have allegedly stolen the beat from the song “I Need U” for their song “Body Pillow”.


Apparently, Pillow Talk may have actually legally obtained the beat. There isn’t exactly a lawsuit pending nor is anyone affiliated with BTS talking about this, which leads me to wonder, is ARMY blowing this whole thing out of proportion?


Viewers of the show “Law Of The Jungle” saw an episode that included  Choi Yeo Jin and let’s just say, they weren’t pleased.

But why?

Well, this is a strong case of “guilt by association”. Choi Yeo Jin’s mom made a wave in the news, and not in a good way when she insulted Olympic medalist Ki Bo Bae. Later, Choi Yeo Jin and her mother both took to their SNS to apologize but by then the damage had been done. Now fans think that Choi should be edited out of the episode even though she did nothing wrong.

So far no comments from anyone associated with the show involving the viewer outrage has been released but as it stands, I doubt that will happen.

Okay so this last story is one I wanted to talk about because I saw it in a few places and thought this would be a pretty important issue to address for a lot of you interested in what was going on.

So word got out that the Olympians receive gifts and one of the gifts given this year were cellphones from Samsung. People also found out that the Noth Korean Olympians were not accepting the gifts and reactions ranged from outrage to shock to confusion to “why are we surprised?”

Well, there’s a reason why they turned the gifts. Though this isn’t the first time they’ve refused to accept gifts for various reasons, this time, it’s a bit more complicated. Cell phones are actually not allowed in North Korean. You could say they’re kinda… banned. Phones are actually smuggled into the country.

“…Smuggled-in Chinese mobile phones, which enable North Koreans near the border with China to gain access to its mobile networks, are an increasingly vital bridge between the North and the outside world… They connect North Koreans to relatives who have defected abroad, mostly to South Korea… [Mr. Kim] strengthened a crackdown on mobile phones smuggled from China, deploying more soldiers and modern surveillance devices along the border to jam signals or trace them to those using the banned phones…”

(source: NewYorkTimes)

This story is actually one of the many that tend to shock outsiders who know very little about the tight and restrictive access in North Korea but I encourage you all to read the article to learn more about it.

Though it may be a small issue to us, it affects them greatly when they can’t communicate with the outside world nor family that have defected to other countries.

That’s all for the Weekend Update!