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The Dark Side Of The K-Pop Industry And Idol Groups

If you've watched any K-pop videos, you probably thought the bright and shiny Korean pop star lifestyle portrayed a perfect world of bubblegum, rainbows, beauty, and whimsy. Unfortunately, the candy-colored sheen coats a sinister underbelly with ugly truths about K-pop. From a young age, these bright and peppy performers essentially enter an uncaring, exploitative entertainment harem in the K-pop industry.

Any faction of the entertainment world is bound to have its secrets; sometimes these are dark yet open secrets overlooked because of convenience or greed. However, what's going on in the K-pop industry isn't hidden: Children who grew up in the industry as manufactured pop products have exposed the mental and physical abuse they suffered through their careers.

From what K-pop trainees endure at the start of their "boot camps" to the suicide attempts, racism, and sexual and physical assaults, the truth about K-pop stars and their industry is anything but glamorous.