As the great poet Jay Park once said, ‘Korea is gay…I hate Koreans’. Indeed, has there ever been a phrase that so sharply and succinctly captured the zeitgeist of the entire Kpop fandom? Of those seemingly endless nights languishing on the internets, desperate for any news of the bias, the OTP (that lo, perchance, they may have appeared in the same photographic frame!) of those days spent reading or writing fanfiction, making edits/gifs, downloading HD videos to make said edits/gifs as the best years of life slipped through the keyboard tapping computer screen stroking fingers…at the end of which you weep, defeated and overwhelmed in the throes of simultaneous agony and ecstasy, and as you turn your glistening cheeks to the heavens and whisper in reverence: Korea is gay…I…hate Koreans… You understand.
But no, this isn’t about that. This is a multi-part close reading/in depth critical analysis of why Eunhae as an entity has been, and perhaps continues to be, so enthralling. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns. [Fat Amy voice: not a good enough reason to use that quote]
EHB episode 12, The Look, and other things