K-Pop idols get criticized through headlines and online portals every day. Some of these depict their stage presence, their talent, and even their physical appearance and personality. It’s important to remind ourselves that these idols are humans, and labeling them and treating them like dolls also affects them. How would you feel if you were in their position? If you got labeled as a pretty face and nothing else? Yunjin from LE SSERAFIM has expressed her most personal feelings about these judgments through her latest track, ‘I ≠ DOLL.’
Yunjin wrote and produced ‘I ≠ DOLL’ herself, and she also created the artwork for the music video, which shows her with different outfits from previous LE SSERAFIM eras and Instagram posts. We feel for her and every idol suffering from this unwanted criticism while they try their best to show themselves as honestly as possible. As the title expresses, the word “idol” doesn’t mean that these artists should be treated like objects or like “dolls.”
Not only Yunjin talks about these comments, but she also expresses how there’s no room to react to them. She mentions how “yesterday you called me a doll, and today you’re calling me a b*tch,” referencing how idols feel when they try to stand up for themselves. Idols have to continuously take care of their reputation. They don’t have the opportunity to call out these criticisms without being labeled as “harsh,” and this song reminds us that their voices are important as well.
‘I ≠ DOLL’ expresses these moments that I have experienced myself and is also told from the third-person perspective of someone who could have experienced them. I hope the song’s message will resonate with many people.
Yunjin about ‘I ≠ DOLL’
Yunjin created real and honest lyrics that give us chills every time we listen to this track, as well as feeling proud of her for standing up for herself against these comments that reach her on a daily basis. She’s more than a two-dimensional figure. She’s a human being.
‘I ≠ DOLL’ makes everyone out there think twice before they post an unwanted comment about an idol’s physical appearance. As enjoyers of the genre, we encourage everyone to remember Yunjin’s words. Idols are more than just pretty faces. They’re humans, too.