Recent comments

Bestseller

K-pop star CL body-shamed by media

K-pop star CL body-shamed by media

Skip to main content

Thank you for reading The Straits Times.

Your account has timed out, login for full access to premium stories.

Login"; document.querySelector('body').innerHTML += noteHTML; document.querySelector('.timeoutmsg-area .close-button').addEventListener('click', function() { document.querySelector('.timeoutmsg-area').classList.add('hidden'); }); } } function timeoutNote() { var oneMin = 60000; var timeDur = 120; var timeoutDuration = timeDur * oneMin; setTimeout(timeoutEvt ,timeoutDuration); } K-pop star CL body-shamed by media
CL at the premiere event of the Mile 22 film last Thursday.
Published7 hours ago

SEOUL • CL? Her professional stage name should be XL instead, suggested a critic.

K-pop singer CL was bombarded with headlines and comments on her appearance after pictures emerged in which she appeared to have gained weight.

The 27-year-old was photographed at Incheon Airport where she caught a plane to Singapore to perform at the recent Hyperplay event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The singer from defunct girlband 2NE1 was labelled as XL by a local media outlet, an abbreviation of the extra-large size, which was intended to rhyme with her stage name, reported The Korea Herald.

Another Korean media outlet even used abusive language to run down CL's appearance.

As fans jumped to the defence of the singer, rumours spread over her health as well as her allegedly "shaky" relationship with her former agency YG Entertainment.

But even as the media has been slammed over body-shaming reports, Korean female artists seem unable, or unwilling, to fight for change, a researcher noted.

They deem the strict diets a "ritual" that cannot be dropped in the quest for fame, said Centre for Culture & Society's Lee Jong-im.

Lee, who recently wrote a book on the hardships faced by idol trainees, said: "It's not K-pop itself that is the problem, but agencies, the media and the public that expect their idols to look like they do in music videos all the time."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2018, with the headline 'K-pop star CL body-shamed by media'. Print Edition | Subscribe Topics:
  • MUSIC
  • SOUTH KOREA

Branded Content

Sponsored Content

JCU finds success in its 'Students First' approach to education Read the latest ST Specials and Supplements right here! Asia’s top medical and healthcare exhibition returns

We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs.

Source: Google News K-Pop

No comments