It’s been a while since I’ve ranted on Tumblr about something K-Pop related, but I guess this is a pressing issue that I want to write about ASAP while I collect more complex thoughts to put in a full-length article for Pop Reviews Now. :D
There have been quite a few arguments against the MBC lip-sync ban, arguments which I completely disagree with.
“They’re going to get tired if they sing live every time”
This is the argument that I hate the most both as a (former) performer and as a critic because it’s ridiculously naive, even if you don’t know much about music. Singing is their job — they are singers by profession. So to say that “they’ll get too tired if they sing,” is like saying that their profession will tire them, so they shouldn’t do it. Idols don’t just stop dancing because “it’s tiring,” or even if they get injured. You don’t tell office workers or teachers or lawyers of doctors not to do their work just because “it’s tiring,” do you? It’s the same for singers. I know firsthand how tiring it can be, but you are not a singer if you don’t sing — the same way you’re not a teacher if you don’t teach, the same way you’re not a doctor if you don’t treat illnesses, all of which are pretty damn tiring too. This sense of entitlement that idols get is insulting in so many ways, to so many people— it’s insulting to the idols themselves, to their abilities and the years they spend training that will never be shown because they lip-sync, and it’s insulting to the millions of performers who actually do their jobs day in and day out. And yet you still wonder why idols are looked down upon by “musicians.”
“It’ll strain their voices” / “It’s not healthy”
This is related to the point above, and this is an argument that is clearly made by people who have no clue about singing. Singing is a profession, there are people whose voices are their entire livelihoods — I know because I work with people like that on a daily basis. Tell me, if it’s “not healthy” to sing every day, then why has the act of singing survived this long, and why is it still a profession? You can sing every single day for hours at a time and not strain your voice, provided that you have the training and technique to do so. And with all the time, effort and resources spent on training periods in Korea, it’s a disgrace for these “singers” to not know how.
“It sounds better if they lip-sync”
…THEN LISTEN TO THE GODDAMN ALBUM OR WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO IF YOU WANT TO HEAR THE STUDIO RECORDING.