When BTS Dropped An MV In The Middle Of My Class

When BTS Dropped An MV In The Middle Of My Class

Sometimes even the smallest things, like K-pop groups, can truly make your heart flutter.

I froze.

I took a quick glance at the hanging clock on the upper left wall. The clock read 10 a.m. I was in the middle of an excruciating scavenger hunt math practice when I noticed my phone screen light up, notifying me that there was a new video posted on my current favorite Korean app: VLive. I barely glanced at it, figuring that it would just be another live video of my Korean groups talking until my eyes laid on these very words: BTS “Young Forever” [MV]. My hands felt numb and my eyes dilated. Well aware of the fact that I was in the middle of class, I immediately opened the app and whipped out my earbuds, ready to listen to BTS’s angelic voices.

As I waited for the video to load, my fingertips were furiously tapping the table along with my foot on the floor. Christine, my best friend next to me, was wondering what on earth was making me act so frantic. I held the phone up right to my face, waiting for the video to load. Time passed and finally, the video loaded and I saw BTS, the ultimate Korean pop boy group I'm obsessed with.

The boys that I saw back in September 26, 2015, were in front of me again; however, this time, they were on my phone. As I watched the music video, I reminisced about the time when I saw them face-to-face. I still remember how I held hands with each and every one of time. I squealed each time as I saw one of the members appear on my phone screen as well as when I heard their beautiful voices. The way their deep and soulful voices ringed through my ears and their soulful raps spoke to me was unimaginable. Unlike other songs, their music spoke to me in the most harmonious way; I did not need to understand what they were saying to figure out their emotions in the song. Their beautiful voices told me everything.

This music video that I anticipated for over six months came out without any notice; no one in the fandom knew. Their company BigHit Entertainment released the last video of the trilogy of their The Most Beautiful Moments in Life album; this was when all of the mysteries would be solved: who died, who committed suicide, and who was the last one remaining. The music video replayed small clips of their past music videos in the trilogy: V floating in the water, Suga in the dull hotel room surrounded by flames and BTS running through the dark and dainty streets of Seoul.

Being the only K-pop fanatic in my math class, I had to fully contain my emotions and thoughts during the music video with the exception of my best friend. All I was able to do was to constantly pull on her shirt each time I saw each BTS member show up on my screen. However, Christine brought reality back to me and told me to hurry up and finish the scavenger hunt.

My conscious knew that she was right, but my heart refused to listen. Stubborn as ever, I retorted that the scavenger hunt could wait just a few more minutes. My friend rolled her eyes and turned back to her work, leaving me to watch the last few seconds when BTS was running into the horizon as sun began to fall. Then the screen went black, leaving me alone with my thoughts. My heart was fluttering; I could not think straight. My thoughts were scattered; I was unable to comprehend the mystery behind the trilogy. All I could do was press the replay button.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. All resemblance to actual people, places, incidents, or things is completely coincidental.

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We Need to Talk About Logan Paul

A conversation needs to be started.

I am never the type of person to get involved or even be concerned about YouTube drama. A lot of the time, it is petty and not worth the energy that is typically spent on it. However, a problem surfaced and was brought to my attention by multiple friends and family members.

Logan Paul.

I remember this guy from Vine. I didn't think much of him. I just thought he was a cocky kid who made average vines. I didn't follow him on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter after Vine got deleted, so I never really kept up with any of his whereabouts nor did I follow the Jake and Logan Paul drama.

Recently, he posted a video in Japan's Aokigahara forest, otherwise known as the suicide forest. There are many problems with his intent of filming a video in such a place, but that is not the main issue in this video. While traveling through the forest, Logan Paul and his friends come across a person who committed suicide. He then began to film the person, blurring his face, but showing the man's hands and torso.

The problem with his latest stunt is that it is way bigger than him. What he did deserves a conversation about all people and society, not just Logan Paul. I don't have any hate towards Logan and don't have any intention or desire to bash or join the hate bandwagon that is sometimes hard to fall into. However, I will not hold my tongue and let my seven-year-old brother watch an adult post disturbing images dealing with suicide.

What needs to be said about the disgust of this video has already been said and there are several great YouTube videos from other creators, i.e. Jenna and Julien, Cody Ko, and Christian DelGrosso. If you need more clarification of the contents of the video, then I suggest watching one of their videos.

My main issue is the kids that are involved. Logan Paul's fanbase is largely impressionable kids from the ages of eight to thirteen. Before Logan took down the video, the video had already received upwards of 50,000 likes. Meaning, these kids have no idea that this was wrong and then continue to stand up for him.

I am not a parent and have no intention on telling parents how to raise their children, but in my personal opinion, these kids have no business watching Logan Paul and any of his antics. Just because this video has become the most popular, by no means does that mean any of his other videos have questionable actions. These kids look up to Logan Paul and therefore will take on the persona of Logan Paul, even if by a small fraction.

I understand kids will find a way to watch something that they want to watch, but a parent should at least be aware and have the conversation that it was disturbing and unnerving, but at the very least wrong. Without this clarification, kids could grow up to think that what Logan Paul did was okay, in which it was not, on any level.

I have seen multiple people on all different forms of media asking how these kinds of people become famous, and as a closing sentence, I'd like to answer that question.

We, as a society, have the power to change the world and the people who have the spotlight. It is up to us who we see and who is famous or in the public eye. If we see something that is not moral, I believe it is our job as a society to change the tone.

Spread love, not hate.

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“The Disaster Artist” takes us on the journey of how the beloved, insanely quotable film “The Room” was conceived.

Tommy Wiseau’s, “The Room,” is a disastrous movie like no other. It’s cult following only seems to be increasing with the release of “The Disaster Artist,” directed by Golden Globe winner, James Franco, bringing “The Room’s” legacy full circle.

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We may not know his age, origin, or even where his money comes from, but it’s safe to say we’ve seen his vision. We all have our dreams; some may be so big we’re embarrassed to say them aloud. Tommy shows dreamers everywhere that you have to believe in yourself and the strength of your dreams. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

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The film felt so organic with actors seeming to be the people they are emulating, especially director and producer, James Franco. He went as far as directing the cast in costume and in character as Tommy. Members of the cast had to be warned that they were going on to a strange set of scenes.

Halfway through "The Disaster Artist," it became apparent that the film the characters were creating wasn’t going to be a critically acclaimed Oscar winner, to say the least. The headspace of Tommy suddenly became real. “The Room” didn’t just feel like a movie that we characterize as a drama and comedy, but his hard work and dedication as well. Most of all, his dream became realized.

While "The Disaster Artist" is a comedy, it was surprisingly uplifting. It’s not just about the making of “The Room,” but also the bond shared between Tommy and Greg. Even now, you can see that they have a close friendship that transcended so many years. In life, it’s rare to find life-long friendships.

From the start, they supported each other and made up for what the other lacked. Who knew they would be where they are today.

"The Disaster Artist" was able to connect so many different elements to make a movie many enjoy, regardless of if they are familiar with "The Room." It's a different type of comedy and story that was told. It feels like we were apart of its history as Franco's portrayal of Tommy earned a Golden Globe.

Entering Tommy's headspace is unforgettable. If you're wondering what Tommy was going to say during the ceremony, wish granted:

"If a lot of people loved each other, the world would be a better place to live.”

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