It’s been a while since I last posted about Girls’ Generation, the Korean, all-female, nine-member pop ensemble that for some reason I still may not be sure of captured my interest. Part of that is because they haven’t really put out new music in some time. Well, I guess that’s not true. They had a best of album released not so long ago. I have strong feelings regarding best-of albums, especially ones released after only three full-length albums, or whatever the count is. I was a little bit in the dark about what had been happening with the band except for some updates on Facebook from SMtown but they were talking about TTS (boooo!)
So imagine my surprise when I saw a comment from regular contributor Kiko stating asking, “Did you know that Girls’ Generation kicks out one of their member?”
A quick google searched revealed, well a whole mess of things really. The showed up at a fan event in China without Jessica, and were noticeably upset.
I read for myself how she is no longer with the group but still the exact circumstances regarding her departure remain unclassified. She started her own business on the side with a brand of Sunglasses and other things under the name Blanc. Apparently that is the cause of all the trouble. Is she too busy with her own business to fulfill her obligations? That’s what her management says (though they just resigned her to a new contract only days before). Or is the fact she’s making money on her image, and that money doesn’t go to her GG management team the problem?
I don’t know and I don’t really care, to tell you the truth. All I know is things have gotten ugly and I’m glad I am relatively distanced in my fandom as it doesn’t bother me too terribly. But apparently, I’m the only person on the internet in that position. When I was google-searching I came upon tumblrs and message boards and social media thingies and so many people were writing (stupid) things like “I thought they would grow old together”, “I’ve been crying all day since I heard the news”, “I’m so depressed, I don’t know what to do!” Holy crap, people! Get some perspective!
My first exposure to Girls’ Generation was the video Genie and the girl who first caught my eye was Jessica.
Looking at, I mean into, them a bit more I learned that she spent her childhood in the U.S. and speaks perfect English. I, too, speak perfect English. Jessica and I have so much in common. I bet we could have an enjoyable conversation if we were to meet. Somebody set that up!
Anyways, things change over time. That much is certain. And it seems the makeup of the group is changing at almost the same time that my interest in them is changing. Maybe it’s a good time to hang ’em up.
P.S. I’m also 40 years old and maybe I should act my age.
(Maybe I am acting my age.. mid-life.)