Do you remember having a cringe-worthy phase when you were younger?
A group of kids in Singapore might just not forget about it when they get older.
If you’re not on Twitter or exposed to the unsavoury side of it, let’s just say what probably started out as harmless fun spiralled into drama hitting the K-pop fandom in all the wrong places.
Fun went wrong
So, it all started when 13 girls in Singapore decided to form a girl group, inspired by various Korean girl groups that are all the rage now.
They filmed and uploaded a video, framed as their debut, in which they introduced themselves, their age and role in the group.
While they began and ended their introduction in Korean, they also spoke in English and had (some) Chinese subtitles.
It’s not known if the group had an official Twitter account, but we do know they have an official Instagram page, which was reportedly following all 13 members on Instagram.
Their YouTube video was then taken down, only to be re-uploaded by those who have seen it.
But it came too late as fellow K-pop fans picked up on their video and started ridiculing them.
Beaunite who? I only know Beautex. pic.twitter.com/xYA18rYoWd
— 🌹 (@wonwoez) December 5, 2017
BEAUNITE IS A WHOLE SINGAPOREAN XMM KBOO MESS OH MY GOD THIS IS THE SHIT I GO THROUGH EVERYDAY
— ✩ (@jungkookreally) December 4, 2017
Lmao kiddos in beaunite pls go home and study lmao don’t call yourselves idols when your parents still give you $5 everyday to eat in school for recess
— naby 🍑 (@apeachydaliet) December 4, 2017
don’t girl groups have nice names? like twice means touch people’s heart twice, once with the eyes and once with the ears and beaunite means where are their parents can someone stop them pls i’m begging
— c h e r y l (@fairiyjihoon) December 4, 2017
I CRINGED WATCHING BEAUNITE’S INTRODUCTION VIDEO HAHAHAHAHHA ONE OF THEM IS CALLED KOOKIE AND IS THE MAKNAE HAHAHAHAHAH LOLOLOLOL AND ONE IS CALLED TAEXIN AND ANOTHER IS CALLED BABY G IDK THEIR NAMES ARE ALL SO WEIRD
— n♡spearb (@changbinator) December 4, 2017
KDKDKSKS I JUST FOUND OUT BEAUNITE IS FROM MY COUNTRY IM KMS don’t embarrass us please we dont need this level of headassery
— 🐯🐶 (@taes4AM) December 5, 2017
singapore stop whatever youre doing challenge pic.twitter.com/G8FO3mpuaP
— nad (@njmlq) December 4, 2017
Someone even made a parody account of K-pop news site Allkpop, satirising Beaunite’s debut as one that would shake up the industry:
— allkpop (@aIlkqop) December 5, 2017
— allkpop (@aIlkqop) December 4, 2017
Debut: A serious word
Fans also took offence with the way the group used the word “debut”, which upon looking at the numerous tweets, suggests that with the effort and training K-pop idols undergo before they can make their debut on the scene, these girls from Singapore were nowhere worthy of saying that they were “debuting”.
dear beaunite members a.k.a SG’s “nation girl group”, pic.twitter.com/ET93dRLKBE
— V0DKAPRXNCE (@HxnsDxnixl) December 4, 2017
beaunite honestly made singaporeans look bad,,,, like at this kind of age and yall doing some kboo shit and saying you debuted /without any trainings or debut songs/
— rene ♡ (@leekwon96) December 4, 2017
okay la. this beaunite thing is kind of not a good thing. like stop being a kboo and just “debut” as a girl group with no agency, stop copying idols who have intros and outros and a fucking “tv show” this is just plain ridiculous.
— 엑소의 미소는 고통을 잊어 버린 경우 (@supernovabaek) December 5, 2017
right so we gonna pretend that debuting is so goddamn easy and you can train for a day and debut??? totally not like jihyo had to train 10 years, lee haein missing the chance to debut from both pd101 and idol school even after working so hard?? #BEAUNITE
— char ✧ (@moonbyyls) December 5, 2017
1. They aren’t actual trainees signed to a company. Their “company” works like this; the girls find a venue to train at. They don’t have an actual building or anything. Their only form of contact is through their facebook or instagram page.
— 민 (@aeyeolgi) December 4, 2017
Not the first
It’s not as if it’s Singaporeans’ first ever attempt at K-pop.
Singapore had a K-pop group called Skarf, made up of both Koreans and Singaporeans. It was a short-lived attempt and two years after their debut in 2012, the band dissolved.
But at least, in official terms, they went through everything a K-pop group needed to undergo.
4. Singaporean K-pop group?
As a Singaporean, I feel that this shouldn’t even exist. Yes, we had Skarf, they flopped but at least Skarf was scouted through an actual audition and had actual training, can speak Korean, dance, sing, has the looks and
— 민 (@aeyeolgi) December 4, 2017
Skarf debuted in Korea. Not Singapore. How are you a K-pop GG when you didn’t even debut in Korea? And how is it a debut when it’s simply just a video? Shouldn’t it be a debut teaser/ predebut video?
— 민 (@aeyeolgi) December 4, 2017
Just child’s play?
The overblown reactions of K-pop fans toward the girls probably comes with the understanding that K-pop is a serious business.
But in all likelihood, the girls in Singapore were just trying to have some fun.
Perhaps Beaunite started as a parody of the tropes that make up a K-pop girl group, self-aware that whatever they’re doing is a far cry from what their idols have gone through to get to where they are.
But to add fuel to the fire, supposed screenshots of their Insta stories say otherwise:
jokes aside @ beaunite honestly please go and have the real trainings then come back tell us your survived? your survived for one day? huh 1 day ??? sorry my produce 101 people they trained for 7 years thats almost half of your age pic.twitter.com/lW73h2vzuW
— 빅지훈 ❤️ (@aotiiix) December 4, 2017
my beaunite uknees are angry le.. pls stop pic.twitter.com/Rbo8JGSNdd
— esther, a jihoon enthusiast🎄 (@jollyhoonz) December 4, 2017
OUR LEADER UKNEE HAS SPOKEN ‼️
LEAVE 😤 BEAUNITE 😤 ALONE 😤 pic.twitter.com/1IUJvoqx2h
— BEAUNITE (@BEAUNITE_SG) December 4, 2017
Supposedly better known Singaporeans have also stepped in, with the likes of Dee Kosh and Benjamin Kheng putting in a word:
To all you Kpop fans asking me to bash that beunite group that’s just having some fun. Y’all are disgusting. These are literally kids just “playing Kpop” just how you used to play doctor when you were young.
— Dee Kosh (@TheDeeKosh) December 5, 2017
off topic, but i legit read it as Beauntie #BeAuntie
— Benjamin Kheng (@benjaminkheng) December 5, 2017
While most are pretty much aware that these girls didn’t know better, some are concerned whether the negative backlash would have some sort of repercussions on the young girls aged between 13 and 17.
Okay JOKES ASIDE will people stop asking beaunite to K*LL THEMSELVES????
— CALI 👑 (@jihancheoIs) December 4, 2017
JDJDJC fuck i didng want to be spoiler of the fun sjdj but i feel fucking bad that ppl gg so far to telling them to k*s ,, some of them are barely teenagers
— ๑ dill ❤ 정한 ❤ ๑ (@yjhpng) December 4, 2017
hello i know no one like that beaunite but pls mind your own word they’re also a human. is insulting their family and asked them to kill themselves is nice? to me they’re really disgusting but they also have a thing called heart. istg
— 🌼 (@peachybaebae) December 5, 2017
We’ve reached out to the group for comment.
Top image via Beaunite’s YouTube video
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