Kpop and Kdramas: Jungkook Appreciation

Photo of Jeon Jungkook of BTS in a photoshoot for the ‘Be’ album. Copyright goes to BigHit Entertainment.

Hi! It’s Annie!

I noticed that I missed Jungkook’s birthday when we first started this blog. I am so so sorry, but honestly I didn’t think I was going to be doing these birthday posts until it became a thing for me later. Obviously, I love Jungkook so much more than I can say. He’s a consistent contender for my bias wrecker and a constant comfort to me. There’s also a lot of things I want to cover about Jungkook, so this isn’t going to be as concise or organized as many of my other posts are. I’ll talk about some of his music singularly, but there’s no denying that Jungkook gets a lot of hate that I hope people will stop, so I’m going to address that too. Without further ado, let’s get into some of this!

‘Still With You’:

Jungkook did not release this song too long ago. I am listening to it as I type because it’s one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever listened to. I have used those hour loops for this song before because I really just can’t get enough of it. Fun (or not so fun) fact about this song, it wasn’t released super officially because Jungkook wasn’t confident in it. I do not care what your opinions on BTS or K-pop are; everyone needs this song in their life. I’m not just saying that, this makes me want to cry at the same time it’s great for calming down my anxiety. There’s my advertisement, now go listen to it.

‘My Time’ and ‘Begin’:

I put these in the same category because it’s important that we give Jungkook credit for how much he’s given for this band. Jungkook was extremely young when he started training with BTS, a topic that is covered by ‘My Time’. This band is where he grew up and what his roots are. He often says, as all of them do, that he can’t imagine his life without BTS. Considering he was so young, that’s so much more real for him. BTS has been much of his life. Because of that he also credits the other members of BTS for raising him. This was the idea that brought about ‘Begin’. According to the other members of BTS, when he was explaining to them the idea of ‘Begin’ he cried. That song is about how the other members of the band raised him and helped him find himself. Not only are both of these songs beautiful; they are also raw and so incredibly personal that I can only be grateful he shared all of this with us.

His Perspectives on Growing Up:

As someone who is also in my early twenties and struggling with finding myself, I often find comfort in Jungkook talking about going through the exact same things. I have often wondered whether I am always being truly genuine or whether or not I truly know myself. We all know that this is the time in your life for finding yourself, but sometimes it’s difficult to see that. Jungkook has talked about worrying that he’s not being genuine when talking with other people and worrying that he hasn’t bridged all of the gaps between himself and the understanding of himself. Something that he says a lot is that he is constantly searching for himself. When I realized that he put words to what I was feeling, I just couldn’t let go of those words. It’s amazing to see him become more and more of a warm and open person and realize that I’m growing right along with him. When he first joined the band he was shy and very reserved and now he laughs freely. It’s inspiring.

Jungkook Hate:

The maknae line gets a lot of hate, probably because they are all so popular. All three of them are constantly battling it out in polls for international popularity. Jungkook receives hate for how many lines he gets in comparison to other members or for just being him. I should just say here that the entire maknae line gets hate for having more lines than Jin as they make up the rest of the vocal line. There are a couple of other things that people more recently jumped on him for. For instance, going to a bar at the very beginning of quarantine which was actually much safer when he did it. The area he went to had no cases yet and it was right after quarantine hit. Not that it was right, but he apologized profusely and never did it again which is more than I can say for a variety of other celebrities. He also got into a minor fender bender which caused several people to proclaim that he was drunk when it happened even though that wasn’t true. Not only that, but the very minor crash wasn’t even entirely his fault. What I’m saying here is that, if you are looking for a reason to hate any celebrity, just be honest with yourself and stop. There is no reasonable excuse here. That’s an issue with you; leave them alone.

His tattoos:

This is what I’ve seen fans complain about most recently. I know that tattoos are more accepted in places like California than they are in South Korea, but I still have no idea what the big fuss is about. It’s not like he’s getting anything crude tattooed on him. In fact, I love seeing this way of him expressing himself! Especially when he began this so reluctantly to do so. I personally like his tattoos, but even if you don’t that doesn’t mean you should be telling him what to do. I saw so many people asking “what did he do to himself?” and it just made me a little sick. It’s his body, he can do what he wants with it. It’s not affecting his health. Once again, all he’s trying to do is express himself. I love it.

His hair:

It feels impossible to talk about Jungkook and not mention his hair right now. Firstly, I think we can all agree that Jungkook rocks long hair. But on top of that, he’s also bleached it blonde. Yes, this will go down in history as one of his best looks.

There you have it! My ramblings on Jungkook! Obviously, I love him so much. He’s so inspiring to me. I was going through a pretty rough time when Yoongi wasn’t there because of personal reasons, and I have to say Jungkook was one of my main distractions then. I’ll always have a soft spot for him and hopefully people can learn to accept him for the amazing person I know he is and will become. Tattoos and all.

See you across the pond!

Sincerely, Annie

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