Why “Red Flavor” Is the Greatest Work of Art in Human History

I Walk Now in the Light of Red Velvet’s Layered Masterpiece

Every year, as August slips away into September, it’s natural to reminisce about the summer that is ending and romanticize what was (or could have been). But as with many previously normal activities, the events of 2020 have turned this banal seasonal nostalgia into an uncanny, mind-warping exercise. Of course, for me the idea of summer being in any way special died long ago, when I entered the workforce and a three-month break became “the same as the rest of the year, only sweaty.” And surely, no summer in recent memory has felt less special, with days once reserved for travel and recreation spent largely in isolation. But in spite of all this, I find myself glancing in the rearview mirror, and glimmering back at me is one undeniable bright spot in my Summer of 2020: a perfect summer song called “Red Flavor.”

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Blue Orange (Wendy), Watermelon (Irene), Kiwi (Joy), Pineapple (Seulgi), Grape (Yeri)
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You said it, Irene. (Source video here.)
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Yeri (Grape), Seulgi (Pineapple), Irene (Watermelon), Wendy (Blue Orange), Joy (Kiwi)

“궁금해.”

“그러니 말해.”

“I wanna know.”

“So tell me.”

The power, the urgency, the raw vulnerability of this moment astonishes me every time. What lies deeper at the heart of the human experience than the need for an answer? We can dress our confessions up in candy-coated rainbow fruits, but the truth is there: to name our desire is to make it real. “I wanna know. So tell me.”

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