I was cooking dinner last night with the TV on for background noise when I heard G-Friend‘s name mentioned. It’s not like corny Australian talk shows to discuss the exploits of K-pop stars, but the show made a brief detour from its soft, obvious political coverage and celebrity scandals for G-Friend, who are currently going viral with a video of them slipping over eight times during a recent performance of “Me Gustas Tu.”
It was the second time that day I’d seen G-Friend in the Australian news, and when I punched their name into Google earlier, I discovered that Time, Daily Mail, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, and many more have reported about the group’s slippery performance.
The exposure from the video (which is approaching 2 million views and climbing fast) is now helping “Me Gustas Tu” bounce back up the digital charts in Korea, much like Yerin’s Running Man appearance helped “Glass Bead” earlier this year.
“Me Gustas Tu” had been hovering around the No. 30, sometimes higher, on Melon since it came out, but following the accident it’s now around No. 11.
Their chart comeback is awesome, but as a K-pop fan the press around the accident slightly frustrates me. I hate to be a spoil sport, but I can’t help but roll my eyes every time a media outlet laughs at G-Friend’s fall or cracks a joke about their lip syncing instead of acknowledging how fucking dangerous this shit is. Any K-pop fan is well aware of the bad conditions idols often have to perform in and how prevalent injuries are.
On a lighter note, yay for G-Friend! “Me Gustas Tu” is now their second smash hit of 2015. Once this era’s officially over, they’ll be without a doubt the second biggest rookie girl group after Red Velvet.