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Shin Mina, So Ji-sub weigh in on Oh My Venus

Ah, now we have a proper teaser for upcoming rom-com drama Oh My Venus (I don’t care what KBS says, this clip of a gym workout hardly counts), and it gives us a glimpse into the cute sparring dynamic between leads Shin Mina and So Ji-sub. I have to say, it looks adorable.

I’m still unsure about the premise of the show, since an overweight woman wanting to lose weight doesn’t seem like a very thrilling plot, nor is that a message I want in my dramas: Lose weight and gain love! I hope the story turns out to be much richer and more progressive than that, and if that happens, I’ll be all set to enjoy what looks like a funny, effervescent tone. If not… well, let’s not go to the angry place yet.

If anything, it’s great to see both stars taking on another romantic comedy, since it suits them so well. (Who would’ve known that So Ji-sub would be so drily funny, given his early image of tragic melodrama heroes?) Oh My Venus touts itself as a drama about fitness and health; let’s hope that the themes are just as healthy.

Oh My Venus premieres on November 16.

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SO CUTE

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the 8th picture after the video....
i cannot XD
SJS be derping

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The teasers are cute... but I sincerely
hope that her body in the teaser isn't her when she's "overweight". It can't be? Does anyone know how they will do that part in the drama?

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He he he he. Shin Min Ah is "overweight" here:-)). You might not have noticed that her cheeks are ever so slightly fuller than in Arang and Magistrate. I'm sure she is a whole kilo bigger:-), than her regular weight.

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Honestly if this is her overweight, which is feels like it is....I may not be able to handle this show even with loving the cast. And her scale said 49.5kg which really should get people punched if they're promoting that as overweight.

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Looks like this is supposed to be her 'fat' look. Which would be ridiculous.

http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae145/ockoala/K-dramas/K-dramas001/omoi.jpg

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It is not her overweight, they are not going to put that in the teasers is a surprise, they wouldn't ruin it like that this way it will attract people to watch the show...

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yeah they are going to have to be careful here. if they do it so that she is "skinny fat" and wants to be healthier ie despite being skinny she is feeling lethargic and gross from too much cake then whatever. But judging from the scales it doesn't sound like that... :/

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I'm sorry, but honestly why would Koreans use the word "Venus"? We all know how it sounds (e.g. Jo Kwon's pronunciation of BoA's song Hurricane Venus).

Oh well, Ji Sub's back!

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So what?! Why should they be considerate of a language that's not their own. And judging from the teaser, I'm hearing bheonis. In the end PENIS is just an organ, it's hardly offensive.

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I don't get why you need to BOLD it LMAO!
venus is hardly sounds like penis unless it has double meaning like anaconda ???????

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GASP. I don't know what happened. Maybe it felt discriminated against. *hides in a corner*

IKR. ;-)

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Honestly, I don't think Venus sounds like penis in Korean at all. It's a nonissue.

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I thought it said penis when I first read the hangul, too.
I think people who speak Korean as a first language can easily tell the difference between the Korean p and b/v but for non native speakers, they sound sooo similar.

For example, I thought my coworker was talking to another coworker about blood when I used my context clues to figure out she was talking about rain. I told her how I got the words confused and she said, "Really?! They sound so different to me."
There are many things that natives and non-native hear differently. I remember watching a video in which almost none of the native Korean speakers could tell a difference in the consonats of 가게 where as every native English speaker would say the first one is a "k" and the second one is a "g". Sorry for going on for so long, I just find it interesting heheh

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Sorry, also wanted to add that maybe some of the confusion is because in some English accents (like mine) Penis and Venus have the same end sound. I'm sure some people pronounce the "e"s differently or their "-nis" and "-nus" sound different.

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uh well why do they need to care about how it sounds in a language that isn't their own lmao

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I'm really baffled why people are saying people don't need to be considerate of a language that's not their own?! If you're purposefully using words from another culture then yeah you really should be aware of them. (This argument is also used when people allow cultural appropriation so I think that's a really messy argument...) If you chose to use something from another culture then you are responsible for how you use it, and that includes language.

On the other hand, the Venus thing doesn't bother me.

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Preach.

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If you’re purposefully using words from another culture then yeah you really should be aware of them.

Another culture as in English culture? But Venus is the Roman version of the Greek goddess of beauty, Aphrodite. I very much doubt Greeks or Italians spell or pronounce it as "Venus" in English. So Koreans use their pronunciation for that word. Personally, I don't think that's inconsiderate toward another culture either.

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Well 1) As I said, I don't have an issue with their use or pronunciation of the word Venus. What I have an issue with is people suddenly saying you're not responsible for usage of a language when it's not your own. I personally don't think this is an 'irresponsible' use if the word at all and I'm fine with it. I just think people's arguments about it not mattering cause it's not their culture is inaccurate.

2) While Venus can come from many cultures, 'Oh My Venus' is specifically an English language. If you asked the person who came up with it what language they were speaking they would say English not Greek an not Korean. So yeah you're responsible for understanding how you're using it.

But like I said, I don't think they're using it incorrectly not do I have a problem with the title. I just have an issue with people saying you don't have to be responsible for things you take from another culture.

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Ok, but if it's ENGLISH it's another story. There is something called WORLD ENGLISHES now that accepts that there is no "standard" accent. To say that there is a "real english" is to perpetuate colonial centering.

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I will reiterate that in my post I did not once say I had an issue with them using the word Venus, not do I have an issue with their pronunciation. I don't think they've misused it....not did I say it's incorrect. What I have an issue with is the phrasing that was used multiple times specifically saying that one shouldn't be responsible or using a language that is not your own. Yes you should. You should always be responsible for what you take from other cultures. In this case I don't think they've done anything wrong. I just have an issue with people's arguments on here about the responsibility of language.

I've seen Korean singers use some pretty offensive words in English and their fans have shielded them by saying they're not from that culture therefore they didn't know and therefore they can't be held responsible. Bull. If you use words you are responsible for your understanding of them and your usage of them. That's my definition of responsible and why it irks me that people say you shouldn't be responsible when it's not your culture. If you don't understand a word then don't use it.

I feel like a broken record but once again: I have no issue with this title or the pronunciation. I have big issues with people saying you're not responsible for culture that's not yours even when you're choosing to partake in another culture/language.

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as other commenters have said, not when it's english.

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I’m really baffled why people are saying people don’t need to be considerate of a language that’s not their own?!
A bit an oversight from my part, but I was specially referring to the many annoying comments that insisted that the title would be mispronounced, which is not something to be hung up on so much. Languages evolve, and when different ethnics barrow a word it's bound to be pronounced differently.

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It kind of tickles me how people insist the English pronunciation of the word 'Venus' applies. It's Latin and all European languages have different ways of pronouncing it. Technically then, the English pronunciation is just as right/wrong as the Korean one.

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+1

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Exactly!

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seriously?! it's not. it's pronounced BI-NO-SOO in korean.you and your dirty mind!

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I wasn't planning to check this out but the teaser looks fun ?

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Ohh So ji sub is looking sooo cute...looking forward to it

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Maybe they will play rival, like SJS as bodybuilding instructor and SMN as yoga instructor and the management merges their team and so on so they are forced to work as team /Cheer Up reference :D

Hope there's no love triangle/square tho

And glad OMV and DFTS won't do head to head or else KBS slain my life O<-<

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I like Shin Min Ah's toe polish! Does anyone know what shade it is/company?

And please no more jokes about Venus being pronounced by Koreans...it's not funny to make such 'observations' about how the accent of non-English speaking people might sound while trying to pronounce English words.

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Not Safe For Work for me because everytime Min Ah smiles I get this big, goofy grin on my face.

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this is just TOO CUTE.... I can't even????

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That is her overweight body? tsk tsk...I wished so ji sub with return with a witty drama...not an eye candy one lol.

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would return*

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I doubt that's her actual body for the drama. They probably want it to be a big reveal. But, I am also curious how they will pull it off.

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Ah the teaser is borderline cute. Can't wait. (But omg that means I have to say sayonara to Sevit high schoolers. noooooo).

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( :( )

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Venus = roman goddess of beauty
Oh My Venus = Oh My God

Some just can't help but be green minded

South Korea loves/worship beauty and visuals (which I think is okay and not bad because people desire for the best) but I hope that this drama have a good message or ?

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correction : not only S.Korea but everyone likes beauty and perfection but since this drama is korean so I only indicated S. Korea in my first post

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looks promising except......sobs this is the drama that's after sassy go go isn't it :( :(

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omo...can't wait for this drama♡♡♡ jisub oppa...long time no see...really miss your acting...^^ anyway....good luck for your drama... fighting!

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i thought this was a CF rather than a teaser..lol..but SJS is so cute..

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Does anyone notice the font is similar to Oh My Ghost??
And does TvN design team move to KBS? Because the teaser and teaser concept is just something you'd normally see in TvN.

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I don't think that is shin min ah's overweight body they're not going to show us yet until the show premiers

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I was expecting to see Shin MinAh's overweight body in this teaser. or is it the overweight body? I hope not. Despite having a star studded cast I am still so not sure about the synopsis. And KBS will have a tough a difficult time in the rating fight as Cheerful Go Go is not doing well. Two weeks more. Let's See

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ONE WORD: Adorable

But you are right, javabeans, if the plot is meant to be as slim as "being slim to look good" then it needs more depth and progression. IMO, Korean society is already mean to overweight people. Eating vegetables is a default for them because they want to shed mooooore weight. So to glamorize "being thin" as opposed to "being healthy" or "being fit" through a drama does more harm than good. Hope they classify this as "health-promoting drama" coz the leads are very likeable, beautiful and big-time. I love em!

(I have always loved So Ji-sub, esp his Glass Shoes days. The only time I didn't quite liked him was when he was with Gong Hyo-jin. Urg. Now I'm back to lovin' him hihihi!)

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Cute!

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They are adorable!!! I soooo love it!!!! And finally SJS is back :)

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I can't see how making the distinction between losing weight for health reasons rather than beauty makes the plot line any more acceptable. If falling in love hinges on a persons weight or health then it's still a sad and insidious message. I'm sure they are going to be falling in love during the course of her weight transformation but what would the harm in a good looking guy falling in love with an overweight girl despite her weight or overall health? It's a bullshit excuse to say it's fine to send the message that a person's weight or even their "health" is a criteria to receive love or even sexual desirability. So it doesn't matter why she loses weight but it does matter why he falls in love with her. Unless the plot makes it clear that she is desirable and worthy of love regardless of her weight. Basically he has to still love her even if she's fat or it's just fat shaming which is something women in most cultures must endure.

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I totally agree with you! I really really hope he loves however she looks like at the beginning of drama! Like love her for who she is not what she'll look like at the end of the drama.
But I'm soo looking forward to this drama. There are so many good dramas this fall! I know I'll have LOTS OF DRAMA binge-watching to do over the winter break!! :D

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I disagree with you. I think we should try to be better.

The father of my best friend got diabetes, He wasn't overweight at all, but his diet was a mess.
He faces serious health consecuences and we are all very woried.
I think our health should be, at the very least, a concern if only for all the people that will suffer if we don't try to be healhy.
Isn't that the responsible thing to do?

And I personally lost 30 something pounds, (about 15 kg), some 4 years ago and it has made wonders for my general confidence and well being.
I had zero presure from the outside, I just thought, Is gainig weight uncontrollably something good for you in any way?,no? so I did something about it by eating wisely.

Taking control of that aspect of my life made me feel better.
Specially this late in life when peole is used to see you in certain ways, being able to change yourself in to something you like should be encouraged.
Just my two cents.

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I'm pretty sure her point was not that there isn't a difference is why you should try to lose weight but that it should not be a pre-requisite for romance. It's just like the girl who get the main guy to realize they love her after she has a makeover. It doesn't matter the reason of the makeover....it still comes off as the guy being shallow. The idea that you're only worthy of being someone's love interest when you look a certain way is not a good one imo.

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Look I'm not going to argue about what is or isn't healthy. That's the not issue. The issue is that some arbitrarily assigned weight goal should be a criteria for someone to receive love and respect. Overweight people deserve both of those things because being overweight is not a character flaw. It is not an accurate measure of a person's worth or even their sexual desirability. Koreans are way too hung up on looks. We Americans are too but we're working on it. We are slowly coming around to the idea that judging people based entirely n their physical attributes is shallow and wrong. For all the social policing I see on the internet about racism, sexism and cultural appropriation it's still just fine to fat shame.

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What it sounds like to me is that losing weight is what puts them into each other's orbit, but that both of them will learn lessons and to love on the way. A personal trainer gets all up in their trainee's lives, so it seems like a perfect opportunity to get to truly learn about someone while also helping them be healthier, not to mention all the wonderful skinship opportunities I'm sure they'll exploit. lol it would be harder to fall in love with just the look of the person after the transformation when you saw the transformation happen right in front of you.

The premise will be tricky to pull off without accidentally sending out the wrong message, but I'm willing to see how they do it.

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I agree.

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Ha! So Ji-sub being goofy!

Will check this drama out and give it a try.

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I love Shin Mina, so I'll watch this, but I really hope there's more to the plot than beautiful slightly overweight woman loses weight.

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She better not be showcasing her "overweight" body in this teaser but then I'm probably 20 whales combined in comparison...shakes head.

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Teaser looks adorable .. Here for the Beauty and the body ?

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Whose body are you referring to? If it's SJS's then you have @TurkishRose to deal with!!! :D :p

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@giegie well you know I am here for pure eye candy .. Sjs...well @Turkish rose will be happy to share ?

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Sumee and Giegie who said I like to share :P?

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Truly on the fence with this one. If the first ep isn't magical, then I'll just watch that video of JSJ doing pull ups instead.

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I don't know what they said in the end but I'm vaguely hoping that he messed up her reading the scale because he doesn't want her obsessing over numbers? And as a trainer he knows that's now what being healthy/looking good is about?

I'm trying hard to be optimistic.

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That was such a cute teaser! Still not feeling too good about the drama itself though. Hoping against hope that it turns out better than it seems on paper because it would be such a bummer to waste the leads.

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Not hard to pull off, I remember there was a venezuelean telenovela, soap opera 'Mi gorda Bella (My sweet fat Valentina) where they had a skinny actress play an overweight character for awhile and it didn't look fake. She was using a costume and had her cheeks stuffed with something.

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I hope this isn't Shin Min-ah's overweight figure or else we should be worried about Korean people's idea of "overweight"... and the consequences of that drama on millions of teenage girls and women's image of themselves...

I'll still watch it because the idea of seeing So Ji-sub and Shin Min-ah together in a drama is appealing to me but I really hope there is more to the plot than what we know :/...

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omg YASSSSS!!!!!!! im gonna be honest - im excited about their chemistry more than anything!!!

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I hope there's no bodyshaming in this drama bc if there is it'll send the wrong message to everybody

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Lol you know there will be, but in Korea it's normal to call people fat if they're not looking anorexic. You can't expect them to go by western standards of correct weight, they're not aiming at international audience anyway, their public is the korean one.

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I have a little more faith in the premise now. She was pretty's premise seemed a little shallow before the show aired but it turned out really well.

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He's good at comedy, but i feel like she's better at melos. I didn't like her 'funny' scenes in Arang. Sigh we'll see.

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SMA is good at comedy (MGIAG and films like "Madeleine").

The writing in "Arang" stunk.

Anyway, the promo was cute (SMA is one of the few actresses who can do cute naturally as well as be cute and hot at the same time).

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Be as it may I'll be watching it for So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah's chemistry. Daebak!

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I just have so much trouble believing that Shin Mina is supposed to be chubby and unhealthy...

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:/ I could get behind Birth of Beauty because they actually had a genuinely overweight character being portrayed (even if it wasn't Han Ye-seul herself). This seems... very, very iffy. I'm hoping they're saving Shin Mina's actual fat appearance for shock value because if this is what they're calling fat, then... yeah. Not okay. Even if I adore both SMA and So Ji-sub.

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please who nows the name of the song they play when So Ji Sub alone? they play guitar on it pleaaaaaaaaaaase TT

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