Looking around at the comments, I found one that seemed extremely great to make a post on, this topic actually being one that I have somewhat covered but basically just touched the edges on. Similar to a previous post asking solely if idols were useless, I came across a comment on the recent article 'Groups' Nugu Members: Are They Really Needed' by the commenter Sylarah saying this (an excerpt of the full comment):
I would rarely call an idol useless, but I definitely think many are underutilized or simply wasted in a group.Although to many people, it seems quite legit: Idols work so hard in training and even after training and contribute to the group through fans, talent and more so they can't be useless!, I want to argue against the popular, Mother Teresa-like opinion saying idols can be useless with three seemingly rock-hard examples to use.
vain - futile - worthless - unavailing - good-for-nothing
|vain - futile - worthless - unavailing - good-for-nothing|
Do Idols Have the Ability to Be Useless?
You all remember A-Pink's ex-member Yookyung, right? Well if you don't, here's a brief rundown of her: Placed in the group due to the size of daddy's wallet, Yookyung was not only the worst-looking in the group, but was also not that great of a singer, a dancer, a variety-dol... hell, she even had among the smallest individual fan base in the group. After her sweet, rich dad bought A-Pink's new dorm, she got the boot, even her company A-Cube Entertainment (subsidiary of Cube Entertainment) not finding use for her. If there is no prevailing characteristic to make her less futile than she was when she was in the group other than her father purchasing a dorm (they already had a dorm, was a new dorm's purchase even necessary?) and even her company kicked her out because they realized that, I cannot sit here and say that she was either "under-utilizing" or "wasted in the group" because she wasn't even under-utilizing--she wasn't even utilizing at all (under-utilizing signifies there's still some need) nor was she wasting talent or face because there wasn't much there. So... is that useless or--
Next example: upcoming Pledis boy group, Seventeen. If they're not splitting into sub-units (hopefully they are), each member would receive an estimated 14 seconds of video time in a 4 minute video if companies were fair. Does that not seem like enough? Okay, so let's see-- let's make the lead singer get 30 seconds, which is twice the amount of an individual's screen-time since of course, they need more shots of their singing. So who's going to receive the short end of the stick for less screen-time? Well, it's not going to be a useful member, now is it? Likewise, alongside the brutal divisions on stage, in videos and well... in payment, the guys are going to have to have brutal position divisions. I mean, how many singers can you have in a group before it's enough? How many dancers? How many rappers? What about the face--will there be multiple faces, too? With seventeen members, you cannot sit there and tell me that if just one was pulled from the final line-up--a dude who couldn't sing, dance, rap or be pretty to save his life--that it would make that big of a difference. You just can't.
|Awkward moment when there's already a lot of guys there... and that's not even all of them.|
The fourteen year old girl who's been rumored to join T-ara as a rapper when she can't rap to save her pubes.
The fourteen year old girl who can't speak Korean nor can speak Japanese and can only speak English with her Chris Brown buddy.
The fourteen year old girl who can't sing, can't dance, was picked up by Pedo Kwang Soo last year, will be out of place in the group since she's fucking fourteen years old, will have to dance to Bunny Style, will simply just wast--
Oh, you know her already?
Although she's been in the Core Contents Media dungeon for the past year, how fast can a person improve their skills to speak Korean like Amber, to rap like Yoon Mi Rae, to sing like Ailee, to dance like Eunhyuk or at the very least if she can't do shit, just speak like Amber? Not to mention, it seems like she's getting hate due to all of these circumstances and of course, her addition to T-ara after both scandals will be unneeded, nugatory and... what's that word? Oh yeah--useless.
Lastly, I'm not saying all idols who can't sing the best, dance the best, rap the best or have the best face in the group are useless, (for example, CL of 2NE1 would kill the group if she wasn't there cause she livens the stage, Jessica from Girls' Generation is a necessary member towards Girls' Generation's overall success and Seungri from Big Bang is... Seungri from Big Bang) but what I am saying that in many circumstances, if a group's final line-up had that one less member or a member replacement, there'd be so little difference that well, these idols turn out to be not only under-utilizing but useless.
What do you think of the comment-ception: do idols have the ability of being useless?
P.S. I sound extremely hostile so no offense to the commenter--sarcasm and snarkiness it's simply how I get my point across so don't take it personally. Have some Hyosung to lighten the mood.