But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
When Yonghwa left a message with the screen name “진짜용용” on the official daum cafe, twitterland and weiboland ran wild (saw the long timelines only, wasn’t around when it happened). Many weibo fans I follow even changed their IDs beginning with “真的” (“real” in Chinese). Yonghwa’s just too cute to handle!
But his calling himself “real” got me thinking. He’s a celebrity and not exactly the “real” people we see in our real life. Having read almost all the stuff I can understand about Yonghwa out there, I found him a very sincere person. The way he interacts with fans, the words he says in interviews, his totally enjoying himself during concerts like he’s partying with fans . . . all these make me feel he’s kind of “real”.
When he’s real, his skin isn’t that perfect at times.
When he’s real, he has his bad hair days.
When he’s real, he gains weight easily.
When he’s real, he may get sick or feel tired.
When he’s real, there may be times when he can’t hide his frustration and sadness (rare but even once is too heartbreaking).
When he’s real, he may make mistakes, big or small.
When he’s real, he may change.
But up till now, I’m very very fond of Real Yongyong. There are 622 reasons . . .