The Best and Worst of K-Pop: July 2019

Every time you turn around there’s a K-pop act debuting or coming back, and it’s pretty much impossible to keep up. But dammit, we here at the Academic Exiles try our hardest, consuming just about every new music video we come across. Knowing that busier (and probably saner) people don’t have time to obsess over... Continue Reading →

Let’s Revisit the BTS Mattel Dolls

The BTS Mattel dolls are upon us … or nearly. I guess some people have already gotten theirs, but if you ordered from Amazon and some other retailers in the U.S., they’ll start arriving today. This may shock people who read my original reaction to the designs, but I didn’t immediately place an order when... Continue Reading →

K-Pop vs. Thanos

Last year, I made a list of death predictions for Avengers: Infinity War. With Endgame upon us, I thought I would do something different. Sure, I could guess who is coming back from The Snap™  (everyone), who is staying dead (Loki) and who else will die (Thanos, duh), but where’s the fun in that? Also,... Continue Reading →

Let’s Rank Mattel’s BTS Dolls

Earlier this week, Mattel released images for its upcoming line of BTS-inspired dolls. Decked out in their “Idol” garb the boys look … unique. Okay, reactions have not been super positive. I myself was initially unable to look past their wild manes of plasticy hair, and Amanda immediately called them nightmare fuel. But the longer... Continue Reading →

Our Top 20 K-Pop Songs of 2018

Any YouTube video of K-Pop countdowns or “unpopular” opinions opens with a disclaimer that goes something like this: “This is just my opinion. Like, don’t get mad and write nasty comments. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. Blah, blah, blah . . .” Well, Academic Exiles isn’t having any of that shit. These aren’t... Continue Reading →

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