Drag and the spirit of lesbos in Mamamoo's latest music video

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I'm not a huge fan of K-pop, but Mamamoo's Um Oh Ah Yeh played the backdrop to my vacation to Gangwon-do last week and I've been listening to it on repeat today. Cute beat, great hook, and a good deal of cross-dressing. (I would also hypothesize that Moon Byul and Whee In were playing a lesbian couple, but maybe I'm just shipping).



Basically, the main singer, Solar, is going after Moon Byul, who is dressed in drag through much of the video. Solar flirts with her as a maid, accidentally drugs her while working as a flight attendant, and aggressively attacks her as a nurse both in the hospital and back at her apartment. When Moon Byul's girlfriend? younger sister? played by Wheein roller blades into the house, Solar realizes she has been pining after a woman and is upset (though really, Moon Byul should be pissed. She was refusing Solar from the beginning). The other two members of the group, Whee In and Hwa Sa, also dress in drag to play different characters in the story.

Pretty fresh for K-pop and I like that they didn't use lesbianism solely for the male gaze (do you remember that awful music video by 4L?) Looking at Youtube comments, many female viewers also fell for Moon Byul's drag look. She does make quite the handsome man.

Check out the English lyrics, thanks Pop Gasa for the translation, below:

Um oh ah yeh
Oh yes um oh ah yeh

I’m falling for you, I keep reacting to you
Oh yes um oh ah yeh
I will go to you, you are just my taste, ace

You passed by me, our eyes met

I like your style, I like this feeling

Nothing’s different today

It’s getting hotter because of you
I like it today um oh ah yeh

First plan

I’m marveling
You’re the guy I’ve been looking for
um oh ah yeh
You look good on me like my many clothes

These soft words

What do you think?

Second plan, I’ll pull you in first

My eyes are shaking, stand by, cue
If you have time, wanna get some tea?
Yes, how about this?

Oh yes um oh ah yeh

I’m falling for you, I keep reacting to you
Oh yes um oh ah yeh
I will go to you, you are just my taste, ace

I’ll follow my instincts, I won’t hide myself

Today is different, I’ll go to you first
My walk is chic, my words are cute
Your eyes that look at me, um oh ah yeh

help me

Do you have some time? Help me
Because of you, my five senses are acting up
Because of your unpredicted smile
Your manner would make even Colin Firth weep

Your skin might get mistaken for a woman

Your existence alone makes me marvel
Um oh ah yeh
Without knowing, it’s getting hotter
Holy Shh

Oh yes um oh ah yeh

I’m falling for you, I keep reacting to you
Oh yes um oh ah yeh
I will go to you, you are just my taste, ace

Your voice, oh yes

Your eye smile, oh yes
Everything about you
From your head to your toes, oh yes

When I see you, oh yes

When I see you, oh yesh
Just us two, oh yesh
Oh yes

It’s getting hotter

The distance between me and you

One girl is walking in between us
Is she his girlfriend or just a friend?
“Unni, who is that girl?”

“It was a girl?” Oh my god

Oh yes um oh ah yeh

I’m falling for you, I keep reacting to you
Oh yes um oh ah yeh
I will go to you, you are just my taste, ace

Your voice, oh yes

Your eye smile, oh yes
Everything about you
From your head to your toes, oh yes