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Posted by Kosmo_Lap Sunday, December 16, 2018

Were members of K-pop girl group, April, inappropriately touched by their managers?


I recently took an interest in the K-pop idol group, April, and have been binge-watching their first reality TV show, called "Here Goes April".

On Episode 18 when the girls went to the beach, I noticed that their managers had no qualms making body contacts with the girls so much so that it seems to me that they are using fun as an excuse to inappropriately touched some of the girls.


As you can see from the screenshot, one of the managers grabbed one of the members from behind to such an extent that his crotch would have no doubt been in full contact with her buttocks.


Although the show was recorded several years ago, do you think that it is right for managers to behave that way?





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    eager_beaver Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    I watched the episode and my verdict is: no, nothing inappropriate happened. The managers were playfully teasing the girls. Whether that's mature behaviour is a whole other discussion, but what the managers did did not cross the line. That screen cap at the beginning of the article might look bad, but the reality is, if you grab a person from behind in order to lift them in the air, your crotch will be against their butt. Without any sexual intention, that is just what happens when you wrap your arms around someone. And most of the time the managers did not grab the girls by their waists but by their arms.


    There's nothing wrong with friends playfully touching each other, and I assume that managers don't just have a professional relationship with the members but the relationship is quite friendly. And this is an important point to note; what the manager does in that picture would not be OK if he did it to a stranger on a subway, but the more people get to know each other, the more comfortable they get around each other and also more accepting of physical touch. We all know how friends can sit on a couch side by side, wrap their legs around each other, playfully tickle each other, hug each other without any discomfort, etc. When people get closer to each other, they have less of a problem with physical touch, something that would be deeply uncomfortable if a complete stranger did it. So what happened in the video falls into the category of playful teasing. It really did not look like the members felt like they were being sexually harassed. They looked more annoyed by their shoes getting wet.

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    Ninja_Poster Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    Christ, people like you make the world very bleak.

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    Naruta Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    It depends on the relationship between the members and the manager. If they are close and comfortable enough for this kind of joking around, there is nothing inappropriate at all. Not everything happening between men and women is meant in a sexual way. Just because YOU, dear author, feel uncomfortable doesn't mean the girls felt the same. Stupid speculations like that ruined other peoples lives. It's called diffamation and you could go to jail for that.

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    annabts Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    do you know who decides? No one but the girls themselves. If they felt uncomfortable and thought they were touched inappropriately, they should claim that themselves, knetz, your opinions shouldn’t matter

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    johnny AKP STAFF Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    PC Culture has gotten totally out of control. What’s next? April member accused for inappropriately groping themself?

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    manongja Sunday, December 16, 2018 1
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    As Freud said, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

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    StCatMouse Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    I don't trust Freud. He probably had some sexual subtext about the cigar being just a cigar :)

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    nnani Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    Literally only person who has a problem with is it you. Please gtfo out of our fandom if you're going to bitch about something that is not only old but not bad at all. If it was a problem it had been stated months ago already. Some people are just close to their managers or any type of staff. Literally stfu and stop bitching.

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    xhecthor Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    I want to be a manager for a K-Pop girl group so badly...

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    Armyinthehouse Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018
    Chill comments, the writer just opened a debate. We also need to keep in mind that the touchy culture is really different for each individual and each cultural background. It's safe to say that generally speaking, that would be nothing in the west, but I have being in places were that wouldn't be proper in public, even between lovers. In my opinion, if everyone involved was ok with that, then it's perfectly fine, if not, then someone needs to speak their mind and put an stop somewhere.
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    kizaru_hijin Sunday, December 16, 2018 0
    Sunday, December 16, 2018

    another pathetic menhating piece of shit trying to make a victim and blame a men for no reason whatsoever...degenerated scum like you are still part of the problem of this world...

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