Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I had forgotten how funny Lets Fight Ghost was! And how awesome the female lead is.

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My fanwall made me want to rewatch School 2017 and Lets Fight Ghost. Im just not sure which one to start with

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And I just re-read a 30+ thread on the care and keeping of bras from a year ago. I go off topic so often. Ive also found several “1st convos” between me and loads of favorite beans! aww

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I haven’t shared this video in awhile. Looking at Taecyeon in that white shirt is making me want to rewatch Lets Fight Ghost. Looking forward to his return from the military and his obligatory post military shirtless scene. He was already hot like fire. Can’t wait to see how the military did his body better.

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I\’ve reached the part on my fanwall where I couldn\’t tell the members of GOT7 apart and I was momentarily bias-wrecked by YOUNGJAE of all freaking people! I keep looking at this post that I made like…isa…dude. Areyoudumb? Not that there\’s anything wrong with Youngjae. But. Come on. Youngjae?!
Oh good times. Its also when @raonah took me under her wing and made me a better fan.

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I have finally made it to my first post on the fanwall. It was a post of Vromance\’s I\’m Fine now I\’m going to go through my wall and find ISWAK posts and rants and probably listen to a LOT of saltnpaper and EXO\’s Koko bop. Which I apparently super loved at one point. And resist the urge to rewatch FiS

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So, I got it in my head this morning that I was going to write something for the theme of the month (ISWAK, naturally) and I wanted to go back on my fanwall to see what I\’ve written about it before, and how much I\’ve actually talked about it. Instead I have fallen into a hole reading comments from BTLIOF (when I still liked it a lot) and Witch\’s Court and TOL and its fun and funny and makes me miss @katrina who I spoke with all the time back then and made me realize that I havent spoken to hardly at all recently. Sigh. I hope you\’re doing well out there!
Im not sure I want to write anything for the theme of the month. ISWAK is such a divisive drama and either I\’m too sensitive or people can be real dicks about it. Or both.

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Guys, seriously, what on Earth do people do all day? I had two job interviews this week. Both 2.5 hours away from where I live. On the way to both interviews (held at two different times of day) I got STUCK in bumper to bumper traffic. It wasn\’t morning or evening rush hour. Its not a super busy city (I guess) or what I would think of as a busy time of day. Where in the world are people going at 1 o\’clock in the afternoon? And would you kindly get out of my way? Zetus Lapetus.

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Last night I was listening to my spotify kpop daily mix before bed as I was reading. Please explain to me why every 3rd song was Seungri? Normally I can remove a song or artist and they absolutely would not let me with him. I was so mad I went to a smooth mix of r and b instead.

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I just read that Jackson Wang is cancelling the release of Faded. Admittedly I didnt like it the first dozen times I listened to it and called it terrible and asked where his team was and how come no one was stopping him. But. Now I feel all bad for him πŸ™ the two school of thoughts about it seem to be that it was cancelled because 1) it was terrible or 2) because the teaser video was too sexual considering the current scandal ridden state of kpop.
Either way, I feel badly for him. He seemed to be pumped about the song and was promoting it super hard.
And I did come around. I liked it eventually. Not my favorite of his solo stuff. But, I DID come around. And I feel really badly for him it got to him that his fans hated the song so much that he cancelled it.

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Beanies! Quick, some advice!
So, last week I applied for this job. The manager called me on Thursday to interview, but I live in a cell phone dead zone and didnt get the message until Friday. I called Friday and left a voicemail and (after much internet stalking) found his email online and sent an email on Sunday reiterating my interest in the position, so sorry to have missed your call etc professionalism! This morning I had an email from him asking me to interview tomorrow. Which, is short notice considering I have a full time job already. But, whatever. I emailed back saying that while I would love to interview for the position (and emphasized again that Im interested in the position) tomorrow is my programming day and that the exact time that he wants me to interview Im hosting a Dr. Seuss book club. And I completely forgot to mention that I work and have programs every day this week except my day off. So, he asked me to come in on Wednesday. I have two programs on Wednesday. I think that the one I could leave early for and drive to the interview (2.5 hours away) and skip the other. But, thats not super professional and I would be leaving the one program in the lurch. How do I say this in my email to the potential employer? I would love to come in and interview but I do have to prior obligations. I think it would make me look SO BAD to ask to reschedule TWICE. But I also think it would make me look SO BAD to skip out on these programs. WHAT DO I DO? The second I hit send I realized that I had forgotten to mention my programming schedule so that I could avoid this very scenario.

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    Can you take a personal day at your current job? Or take a personal half day? (Is it worth it to take it unpaid? I have had to do that in the past; take a half-unpaid-day to take care of personal stuff.) Is there a way to tell your current job that something urgent and unpredictable came up and you can only do one program, or something like that? It’s not ideal, for sure, but it seems like it might be better to put that on your current employer than on the potential one. Your current job knows you, can give you the benefit of the doubt, etc. (Just my thoughts. I am no expert and not in HR or anything)

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I woke up in *such* a good mood with actual good news to go with the good mood. So, this song (which I didn’t even like when it first came out) has been in my head since I woke up and I thought I would share.
Beanies–we have every right to a beautiful life. I mean, if Selena Gomez said it it must be true.
Also, I look massively adorable today. Which helps. I’m ready for my hot driver.

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    Here’s a bonus to remind you to flaunt your adorable self today.

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    Yay! I’m glad your day is off to a good start! I hope it only gets better from here!

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    Yay, good to hear! The best way to start off the week is with good news and looking cute. Hope the rest of your week is equally amazing.

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    “Beanies–we have every right to a beautiful life. I mean, if Selena Gomez said it it must be true.”

    Amen. In Selena Gomez We Trust. Thanks for the video as it reminded me how much I loved this song when it came out. (And how much I loved her film, Monte Carlo. 😅) Hope the rest of your week is as swell as your Monday.

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    Yay Isa!! I hope the rest of your week is just as awesome 😊 If I could gif there would be one here of Xiang Qin’s papa to go with hot driver and AJ

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Beanies, how do y\’all find new dramas to watch? Im scrolling aimlessly through one of the shifty sites looking for something that sounds fun and finding bubkiss. Bupkiss? I dont know. Nothing good.

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    I usually ask beanies for recommendations or look at my endless to-watch list or get distracted by kpop and watch random videos like this on youtube 😅
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SEolEBJ5xxY

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    It depends on what you’re in the mood for, I think. You can ask for recs based on that – what are you after?

    …a decent, well-written noona romance to take away the bad taste of RIABB probably…

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    Sometimes I tend to focus on one actor/actress I love and go down the rabbit hole that is their filmographies. πŸ˜€

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    I just started Radiant/The Light in Your Eyes yesterday and am really enjoying it. It’s silly, sweet, and sad all at once. The lead actress (not the young one) is excellent.

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    1. What We’re Watching is a great source, I write down all beanies’s recommendations, check them on mydramalist, IMDB and rotten tomatoes. If they have good enough rating I put them on my watch list.
    2. Once upon a time, there was a website called Dramatic Eye, the blogger list Top 500 Korean drama off all time. I don’t always agree with her/his recommendation, but I still get good rec from that site. one of them is my favorite Gloria, I don’t remember JB and GF ever mentioned this drama.
    3. Quora, I used it mostly to get rec for Chinese drama.

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      I’ll check that site out for sure!

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        Last time I checked this year it’s already closed down. I was reluctant to follow his recommendations because his taste in drama is totally different from DB which mostly I follow. None of popular drama like Tree with Deep Roots or Queen Seondeok made the list. Padam Padam and Que Sera Sera made it, but Hong sister’s and Kim Eun Seok’s drama didn’t. I never heard half of the drama on his list, his taste was peculiar.But I rememberDalja Spring made it into the list Isa

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    I try random dramas. If I like it, I’ll stay. If not, I drop it.

    And I also watch dramas which have my faves. Last year, due to LoM I tried watching all JKH dramas. This year I’m on a SSR drama watch hahaha 🀣

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      I also watched all of JKH’s dramas after LoM. Currently excitedly waiting for his return to the small screen with another rewatch of LoM. XD

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    Most commonly, bubkes but also bupkis 😉. Yiddish.

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    I just start almost everything when it comes out…

    For old stuff, try Dramabeans “ratings” page

    http://www.dramabeans.com/ratings/

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Finished RiaBB.
In the end–I loved the love affair with books and publishing. I loved how much everyone loved their job and how much everyone supported each other (even Song-i). Thats the sort of atmosphere that I would personally love to work in one day.
I thought the best part of the finale was Author Kang\’s message about being a book and looking for other books. I didn\’t think the \”mystery\” surrounding him and his manuscript and his relationship with Seo-Joon was strong enough to end the drama on (did they ever say how Seo-Joon got a hold of Author Kangs The Heros partial manuscript in order to finish it, or did he make the whole book up but mimicked his father\’s style so closely?).
In the end there were somethings about the drama that bothered me (Dan-i ultimately being nothing more than a Mary Sue character, the complete lack of the daughter (there was a throw away line about where she was going to live after she graduates. I guess Dan-i isnt planning on seeing that kid until then? Isn\’t she like 12? Stand up parenting right there, I guess) is Hoon still homeless? Does Ji-Yul ever reconcile with her mother? Am I supposed to buy that Dir Ko and Jae-Min are in an actual relationship? Is Seo Young-A really dating that author that she slept with? And when did that start?) The world itself was so warm and welcoming that I have no problem believing that long after the drama is over these crazy kids are going to move on and keep making books and living their lives and I guess all of my questions will be answered on the other side—the part that we dont get to see.
In the end, I guess I liked it?
I\’ve got to say, though, we\’ve had two noona romances this year and while I technically liked them both I was still kind of \”meh\” on them both (WHICH IS RIDICULOUS! PBG and LJS COME ON DRAMALAND). Am I outgrowing noona romances or are they getting worse?

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    They’re getting worse. Much worse.
    I have one explanation that may or may not be true – somebody realised they were bankable and so they’re not being done organically. That is, networks are making big-budget noona romances just to make noona romances. And so instead of being interesting examinations of social norms they’ve become banal, as all big network stuff does.

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      Tell them to go away! Shoo! Shoo!
      I was so looking forward to PBG’s Encounter. He was made for noona romances. And I liked it. Well enough. Do you know—its a shoulder shrug drama.
      Like, “Hey did you like…xyz”
      response, (shoulder shrug). “I guess”.
      Both of these actors are capable of so much more than shoulder shrug dramas.

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        Half of Encounter was good. And then it went to sheer banality.
        You know how I feel about RIABB since I dropped it halfway through.

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          I dropped Encounter, but that drunk PBG scene was worth the watch at the beginning. Gold.

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            I can’t see the scene was worth the entire watch (I wish I’d dropped it around episode 11 or so) but it was certainly worth watching the first half. God that scene is adorable.

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    With the daughter that is something that bothered me with My Ahjussi too. Yes, he was mentioned more but we only saw him once and I dont remember if they ever mentioned how often he gets to come home. It just seemed like a very distant relationship for a character like Dong hoon. Though it is still one of my favorites it just seemed a bit off.

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      It never bothered me in My Ahjussi because I felt like Dong hoon’s unfulfilled paternal feelings – a father without a son – was one of the drivers behind his paternal care of Jian. That she was a person that helped filled the hole of his son’s absence. Unlike Danyi who didn’t seem to notice or care that she never saw her daughter, Dong-hoon’s deep loneliness and the paternal feelings he had no outlet for were part of what defined his character and a big factor in why he felt the urge to nurture and care for Jian like a father.

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Guys do you remember how I posted that time I was going to a new friends house I hope she doesn\’t try to kidnap me. And then 5 months later she tried to kidnap me? Well here we go again! Going to a new friends house I hope she doesn\’t try to kidnap me. This time she\’s married with kids. The last one is a tiny chunk. I\’m betting I can escape if necessary.

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    If you see zip ties and duct tape lying around- run! Hahahaha

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    Sounds like a sure fire plan. Unless you’re prone to letting little chunks worm them into your heart and you can’t leave!

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Also, Im not sure that the author business is enough to build the final episode around. but, whatever. Im grumpy.

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I have been one of the ones saying that Dan-yi isnt a Mary Sue and that I relate to her and blah blah blah. And to that I say: screw that noise.
a 200% raise and her dream job? After walking out on her crappy job because of \”principles\”? Its easy to walk out on principles when you live with your rich af boyfriend who will happily support you while you look for something new.
I\’ve been living that candy life. Where, exactly (like I need coordinates and such) is my rich af boyfriend who will support me so that I can quit my crappy job based on principles. Only to walk into a dream job with a 200% raise.
And, where tf is her daughter? Is she going to make an appearance at the wedding? When Dan-yi and Eun-ho discover that they are pregnant?
Like. Boo to you drama.
I know, I know. logic
but its not that. its straight jealousy and bitterness. table of me.

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    Isa, put the bitterness away for awhile and hop into Fall in Love at First Kiss.

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    That scene bothered me to. I knew (we all did) that she would win the competition. But her walking out when her co-worker needs the job. Also, I kind of didnt like the literary snobbery when they were talking of the light short novels.

    But I did like that she negotiated for a bigger salary even knowing she was unemployed.

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I mean, well, damn.

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    Ji-Yul literally decided to actively start doing her job 3 days ago. After making a huge mistake. What on earth would make her think she deserves the opportunity to work on Mr. Kang’s book? I’m still irrirtated with her from last week. Girl needs to sit down somewhere.

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      Lol. I’m going to miss this show and these characters. I do wish some of the development had been more consistent with some of the characters. Not sure we needed the mystery, but did want more of the daughter.

      But still I looked forward to it every weekend. And the two leads had such a good rapport.

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        This is one of the few dramas that I have actively wanted to live inside. Like, if I could, I would hightail it over to SK and be the librarian at the publishing company. I mean, they have a library–they must need a librarian. I would do that job. And befriend them all. But as much as I have loved and been Team Ji-Yul all series long—last week she got on my nerves with the apartment thing. And her pouting about wanting the hero’s novel this week makes me want to kick her in the shin. Grow up, child.

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I have had to say MULTIPLE times today at the library: No. Not all kpop acts are the same. No. They are not all run by the same company. In regards to the current scandal and TEL. It used to annoy me that the only thing anyone seemed to know about kpop was BTS. Its been a few days and now the only thing anyone seems to know about kpop is the scandal. SAD.

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    To be fair, I didn’t know about K-Pop until I started watching dramas. Actually, I didn’t really know about K-Pop until I started reading beanie posts about it and getting into it myself, so I kind of understand the ignorance. It’s like knowing who PSY was back in the day and nobody else. It’s not part of the Western mainstream. Only a couple of my friends knew about K-Pop before I started chewing their ears off about it, but they knew PSY and very few knew BTS because they were viral hits.

    BUT, I get your frustration. K-Pop is not BTS. There is more to K-Pop than this scandal. Unfortunately K-Pop is a business. Bad things happen in business.

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    lol. to be fair, i still think all of it is factory product, specially the girl groups and most of the new boy groups

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I started watching Kdramas about 4 years ago. One looooong night as I was working the third shift at the library, had finished my homework and didn\’t bring a book to read I looked up and Delightful Gal A was watching a drama. She offered to pull one up for me and our supervisor. It was Coffee Prince. I watched half of it that night, binged the rest over the weekend. That Sunday DGA gave me Boys Over Flowers For the next few weeks I just consumed whatever I could get my hands on with a very limited key word search. I didn\’t know any of the actors names, we watched the dramas on Youtube and they weren\’t recommending new things to me. I think at the the time the only keywords that I actually knew were flower boy and kdrama.
Somehow or another that lead me to A Gentleman\’s Dignity. That drama was a game changer for me. That drama showed me that Kdramas weren\’t just for kids and they weren\’t made up of only youth and school romances. I\’ve watched it at a time or two since (I\’m a serial rewatcher if you havent noticed). I still love it. I love the ultimate man-child playboy being challenged into growing up for the woman he falls in love with. I love the friendship of the four men. I love (almost) all of the women (well—-I can say all of them since one love interest is a CHILD and acts that way throughout the entire drama and is the one fast forward plot line for me. Goodness she\’s irksome). I love the friendships between the women. I love that the drama ends with the four men and their four significant others going to get a professional picture taken together—something that the men have done on their own every decade. I love that they are adults that I recognize. They are trying more or less their hardest but adulting is hard–do people get that? Adulting is hard–and they don\’t have all the answers no matter how smooth they try to be.
And Lee Jong-hyun is in it. And he plays a pretty significant role as the unknown son of one of the leads who ultimately helps his father get the girl while finding his own group of solid best friends. Its not a huge role. But like I said, pretty significant.
It was more or less easy to cancel CNBlue in spite of them being one my favorite groups because I still have JYH and Min Hyuk in other things. Which is sad but true. But, to cancel one of my favorite dramas. One of the dramas that showed me that my love of kdramas wasn\’t going to be a few months trend but has turned into one of my defining characteristics these last few years…thats a bit harder.
Which leads me back to the questions I\’ve been asking with MJ and that I\’ve been asking with R. Kelly and didn\’t really have to challenge myself to ask with Kpop: do you separate the artist from the man? Do you cancel them completely? Do you say well this is my favorite drama and he\’s not even a lead character so its ok? Do you wait and see if he\’s forced out of his band and if he isn\’t or if he isn\’t charged with anything

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    Does that mean I can quietly add CNblue back to the rotation and I can rewatch A Gentleman’s Dignity in peace without feeling the weight of the guilt of all of those victims?.
    Thanks, so much, idols for ruining so very much. Criminals.

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      I wasn’t a big fan of Big Bang but I really liked Seungri in the variety shows that he was in. He just had so much personality and made me laugh so much. Up until the time the Burning Sun issue blew up, I was still watching snippets of his variety show appearances. His involvement in the scandal ruined those for me. Now seeing his face makes me so mad. I used to describe him as charming and hilarious but he’s now just a liar and criminal to me, together with his “friends”. I’m mad as well to those that condoned (and continue to tolerate and excuse) his behavior.

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      I had the same feeling when The Princess’ Man was ruined by trash. I still consider it one of my favorites, but will likely not watch it again (nor will I recommend it now.)

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    Same with me. Gentleman’s Dignity is one that I rewatch once or twice a year, but probably not anymore. I try to separate artist from art — after all, I’ve done my share of crappy things, but I can’t seem to. I can’t listen to Wagner or watch Edward Scissorhands and I’m hoping I can still listen to Highlight but that hasn’t happened yet. I know ignorance isn’t better, but it certainly would feel better.

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    I totally cancel a person if they are linked with murder, domestic violence or sexual crimes. Because these are crimes and there is a punishment by law for them. But more importantly, I think it is related to their profession. When you are a celebrity, you have an onscreen persona, which people idealize or believe to be true. So in one way or the other they influence people. In that case, they are not an ideal example/influencers for people. Also actors have the leeway to romance on screen with the same gender they talk crap about behind the scenes. Most of all, I just think it would be awful for the victims to see them and we appreciating them/their work when technically they are not being punished.

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      I have found it hard to get an answer to differentiating man from actor too but in cases I did end up watching a show, I found myself ffd the said person’s scenes. Somewhere I did keep thinking that it would be hurtful to the victims.

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    For me it take time, I can listen to likes of David Bowie or Led Zeppelin now, but new crop of creeps unearthed still make me uncomfortable and their art lead my brain to their crimes and I can’t enjoyed it as I used too, I don’t think I’ll be able to listen to MJ for a long, long time.

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    I can’t answer that for sure, but I can say that this really shows how the actions of the one person affect so many negatively. None of the actors in that show had anything to do with his actions, and yet people would consider discarding the entire show (where he plays a small part) because of his involvement in the scandal. Like I said, I don’t know the answer to that, I can only raise another question: Do the innocent people around the guilty deserve to suffer for the guilty’s offences? I guess each person has to do what they are comfortable with. I also re-watch A Gentleman’s Dignity from time to time and will continue to do so.

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      Thank you for this response, honestly. I hadn’t even considered that aspect of the problem. I was only thinking: ugh. Gross. I don’t want to see his face. And that I was irritated that I may not be able to watch a favorite drama because of my distaste that I hadnt thought to consider the innocent parties effected.
      Thank you for pointing it out. More thoughts to think.

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