alan: “Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~” (2011)
I’m just hearing this now, though it was released about a month ago. As far as I recall, not much was said or made over this single, probably because alan really hiccuped when she tried to do straight pop instead of sticking to fully utilizing her vocals for epic ballads like this. It’s a wonderful return to form for her, allowing her vocals space to roam without trying to be trendy or compete with singers whose popularity reflects very little true talent as amazing as this. “Minna de ne ~PANDA with Candy BEAR’s~” might be the dumbest title in her discography, but it’s the best thing I’ve heard since Voice of Earth.
I have hated everything about this group’s angle since they debuted and I hate them even more now. Even if we do somehow suspend reality and choose to believe that “they lost weight naturally in the past few months” and were not “purposely dieting,” the fact that this is the basis of promotion for their new music sends the worst message possible. And this article’s tone gives me the creeps.
“After shedding tears over their body image and the inability to perform to their heart’s content because of their weight…” They were so fat they couldn’t function!!
“The girls debuted with the hopes of giving other overweight people the confidence to stand out…” So now what? They’re going to give overweight people the confidence to lose weight?
Seriously, just forget this whole group and every single article on allkpop that begins with “[so and so idol]’s secret diet tips.” I’ve been thinking about doing an entire article about this buffoonery and while I procrastinate over that, let’s look at a wall of other articles on allkpop that encourage culturally sanctioned eating disorders:
Spending the better part of one’s youth reveling in a despised form of cultural production is rarely good for a person’s perspective. Whether you delight in superheroes or Sweet Valley High novels or Japanese pop bands…