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I love you – 2NE1

2NE1 are the most accepted of the Korean girl groups in the English speaking world, i feel. And often the only accepted Korean girl group. There’s SNSD, sure, but i feel as much as appealing to and meeting a standard of cringeless, passable, even possibly transcendental pop music, for the astute, correct western K-pop fan there’s only 2NE1 to keep up your appearance. I find this feeding into a restriction. On two points: On what pop music – even “bad” pop music – can be and mean to people; and what “good” pop music should look like and appeal towards – what images and trends it should meet. 2NE1 are drawn into a corner here as much as those groups people disparage.

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