I read an article earlier this week entitled I am the only officially recognized girlfriend of Edward Norton on the east side of the planet. This article annoys me, not because of the ridiculously long title, but the title itself.
As a huge fan of Edward Norton, who also lives on this side of Earth, I have to say I am not happy about the author.
Jokes aside, I found this a rather interesting topic, so I shared the article with my best friend, and she immediately started listing her ideal "husbands," starting from Duan Yihong to Edward Norton.
It is just harmless fun we have among friends, listing all the hot guys on the big screen and calling them our boyfriends or husbands.
In recent years, I have noticed that more and more women are screaming their idol’s names after one hit show or another, calling them their husbands in life, online and basically everywhere.
About three years ago, the Korean TV drama My Love From the Star was one of the most viewed Korean dramas in China. The young actor Kim Soo-hyun became an ideal husband for many women with no effort at all.
Not long after that, another hit show from Korea, Descendants of the Sun, had a similar effect.
Song Joong-ki, the male lead, soon became the new "national husband."
He and his character went viral online.
Women who subscribe to this phenomenon were heavily criticized and labeled "stupid," "crazy" and "delusional."
I would say this criticism is rather harsh. This is a "star era."
This trend, which started out in South Korea and Japan, has spread to China.
Young male actors and singers are trained to cater women’s aesthetic taste and their idea of a dream guy. So, along with a TV drama’s plots and settings, the stars are also made to fit the existing "ideal husband" criteria.
Women, especially young women, simply express their feelings toward the stars. It has not gone to the stage of being delusional.
On the other hand, women are not alone in this.
Men do the same. They enjoy the performances of a beautiful actress. They might not go public and call these female celebrities "my gal," but I am sure they do it in secret.