He's a mediocre rapper (at best) who at least knows how to hype up a crowd and/or leverage his deeper register to cover his flawed/basic flows. He's a shitty dancer who can only really do a couple dance moves, and otherwise gives no shits on stage. He doesn't exactly drip sex appeal through the 2-3 layers of clothing he insists on wearing at all times. He's an alright actor whose portfolio consists of mostly typecasted stoic/troubled characters. He doesn't really do any crucial shit for Big Bang besides participate in the odd high-profile movie/CF.
All things considered, he's pretty much the Dara/Yoona/Sohee/etc of the crew -- only good for bringing in acting/CF money and looking good. But goddamn does he look good.
So you can imagine my surprise when I find out he made it onto Rolling Stone's 2013 List of Hottest Sex Symbols...
|They didn't even pick one of his best pictures!!|
While his South Korean counterpart Psy grabbed worldwide attention with his novelty hit "Gangnam Style," rapper/actor/model T.O.P. merely went about the business of becoming K-Pop's answer to Justin Timberlake: a handsome, stylish, talented multi-threat. The standout member of the boyband Bigbang made serious inroads of late by popping up on tracks by Major Lazer and Pixie Lott, and seems destined to be endorsed by much bigger Western names.KPop's answer to Justin Timberlake?
The whole thing is 99.9% simple clickbait cash-in to get the hordes of rabid fangirls to swarm the article with hits and put eyeballs on the Rolling Stone website/ads, whether it's only to say "YASSSSSSSSSSS I KNEW TOP DA BESSSSSSSS" or whine that their favorite oppa isn't on here instead. It's fairly obvious when TOP's the only Asian person on this list, let alone male, but don't let that stop the crazies:
|Exhibit A: Crazy TOP stans|
|Exhibit B: Jelly GD stans + fanschism|