Immediately after its release, “Love Wins All” has been winning the hearts of many fans worldwide. This new song from IU featuring BTS V has demonstrated perfect collaborations between the two. Many even wished the MV would soon turn into a real drama project. Unfortunately, not everything is smooth sailing for IU’s new song this time. Amid its global success, “Love Wins All” must face yet another unexpected controversy due to the couple depiction between IU and BTS V. So, what really happened, and what are the reasons behind this criticism? Join us as we dive thoroughly into the issue.
“Love Wins All” Faces Another Controversy Despite Its Global Success
IU’s latest release, “Love Wins All” has been the talk of the town since its first reveal that BTS V would be participating in the MV. Fans have been expecting what kind of collaboration the two superstars will demonstrate.
And just like what they usually do, IU and BTS V delivered. Their performances in “Love Wins All” were impeccable. All the incredible cinematics and beautiful messages swallowed the audience into the dystopian universe.
Not only that, but the chemistry was overflowing between IU and BTS V, showcasing wonderful acting demonstrations. Even after years of acting hiatus, BTS V showed we cannot underestimate Actor Taehyung. Throughout the MV, he managed to keep up and match the emotions of IU, who has been one of the most successful idol actresses of all time.
Unfortunately, this magnificent performance must yet encounter another unexpected setback.
Previously, IU had to change her song title from “Love Wins” to “Love Wins All” due to issues concerning the LGBTQIA+ community.
But now, even after all the positive responses from global fans, “Love Wins All” must face yet another surprising controversy. This time, the focus apparently fell on the couple depiction between IU and BTS V in the MV.
Issues on IU and BTS V Couple Depiction
So, what happened, and what are the reasons behind the “Love Wins All” controversy?
Set against a backdrop of a world in ruins, the music video showcases IU and BTS V battling the embodiment of hate, known as “Square,” in a quest for liberation. This production has ignited a flurry of interpretations from fans, some of whom feel it carelessly belittles those with disabilities.
The video’s portrayal of IU, characterized by a hearing impairment, and BTS V, depicted as having a visual impairment, has drawn some criticism for being insensitive. Critics argue that showcasing a couple with disabilities who then badly yearn for the “ideal” love of those without disabilities reflects a lack of creative vision.
Furthermore, the depiction of disabilities as challenges to overcome is allegedly romanticizing and objectifying the disabled community.
Moreover, “Love Wins All” was also under fire for its ending. Instead of showing IU and BTS V entering a world without hate and discrimination, they omitted IU and V’s disabilities. According to Korean media critics, this part of the MV perceived to be superficial.
“Love Wins All” Does Not Merely Focus on the Disability
Conversely, there’s a compelling argument that the video transcends the disability narrative. Some viewers suggest that characterizing the storyline as solely about disability is in itself a biased view, proposing alternate angles like a zombie apocalypse, viral outbreaks, or loss of function in a dystopian world.
Notably, the lyrics of “Love Wins All” steer clear of explicitly mentioning disability, focusing more broadly on the theme of love.
Furthermore, the debate highlights the perceived double standards in how disability-themed content is received. While TV shows and movies like “Extraordinary Attorney Woo” and “Good Doctor,” which also explore disability themes, have been met positively, IU’s music video faces heightened scrutiny and criticism. This disparity has triggered discussions: was it fair to treat these two projects in such different manners?
At the end of the day, both EDAM Entertainment and director Uhm Tae Hwa have thoroughly clarified the meaning and message behind “Love Wins All”. Hopefully, it will provide enough explanation why this MV has no intention of belittling those with disability.
So, what do you think about the controversy surrounding “Love Wins All”? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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Source: Sports Chosun.