Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Those Creepy Dolls: BJDs in Music Videos

As some of you might know, I'm a huge Kpop fan. I usually only watch out for the few groups that I really love, but just this week, a relatively new Kpop act called Ladies' Code released a new music video and it immediately caught my attention. The reason? A BJD is featured prominently in the video and song cover art.


And judging by the song's cover art, you can already tell how the doll figures into the music video.


Yep, it's there to amp up the creepy factor. In the video, the girls are seen playing and destroying dolls (thankfully the BJD remained unscathed lol!) with vapid looks on their equally doll-like faces. Their doll-like quality gets more highlighted as they themselves become dolls as the video progresses. The "creepy doll" concept is nothing new in music videos though. BJDs have been used for the same purpose in other such videos. Below are some examples.


While I do like that BJDs are getting more exposure in pop culture and even though I have a thing for creepy, macabre concepts, I’m beginning to find it tiresome to see dolls portrayed as creepy things in media. They’re works of art, after all! How about featuring them in a different, possibly a more positive light? Like focusing on their beauty at the very least.

What do you guys think? Have you seen other artists use BJDs in their music videos?

8 comments:

  1. Krishna4:55 PM

    Hi Kass! I found a few videos that might interest you :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6M74OtXIyc - Loveholic's Magic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQrqt3a33GE - Nell's Cat
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Or2eRv2oi4 - Still kind of creepy, but I thought to show you it anyway since it's from Koda Kumi :D Ningyo Hime

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  2. Nick Chou4:55 PM

    I would like to see a music video where they are simply cute doll toys.

    Or photography in POP culture. Although that MIGHT cause intellectual property rights. Not totally sure.

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  3. Exactly my sentiments!

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  4. Ooh thank you for sharing these! :D

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  5. I was interested in this video too! There was an earlier K-pop video which featured SoHee from wonder girls and also a BJD (I believe a Supia..) but I can't remember the name of the band nor the song right now.. XD;

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  6. Julia A2:09 AM

    I don't even understand why people think dolls are creepy. These videos are suppose to be creepy because they're dark and macabre and I get that. But some times people get creeped out by dolls in "beauty setting" (ie the kinds of photos you take). I don't get it, they're dolls, calm down.

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  7. Pipkin9:03 AM

    I'm sorry, I know this is an old post but I'm new to bjds and just love this doll in the video, and I wanted to ask you if you knew which doll she is?

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  8. Sorry, I don't know either. ^^

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