Speaking out about LGBTQ issues is a difficult task for many K-pop stars. The industry, and South Korea in general, are historically conservative, and as a result, many K-pop groups and artists do not speak on these issues, or do so in a very subtle manner.
But in a new interview with MTV News, K-pop group Loona spoke up about their LGBTQ fanbase. As the piece points out, many of the Orbits (the self-proclaimed name of Loona’s fans) identify as LGBTQ, thanks to what they perceive as the queer imagery used in a number of Loona’s songs and videos.
Yves, one of the group’s 12 members, said that she was aware of the fact that many fans had interpreted her solo track “New,” and her fellow bandmate Chuu’s solo song “Heart Attack” as LGBTQ anthems. “When the song was being written and the video filmed, we didn’t see it like that,” she said. “For us, it was a story about yearning, but we were also thankful when it was translated that way.”
The star went on to say that their goal is not to pander to one specific demographic, but to make music that can be enjoyed by everyone. “You may have realized it during ‘Butterfly’, but we want to go beyond gender, race, and nationality,” she said, referencing one of the group’s most recent songs off of their [X X] EP.