Rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer B.I‘s lightstick has been revealed, and we may have discovered the wholesome inspiration behind it!
Nearly every K-Pop fandom has a lightstick, and it can contain deep meaning behind it.
B.I’s lightstick has been revealed to be called “BINBONG.” Most groups follow this simple formula: the group or fandom name combined with “bong,” short for “eungwonbong” (the Korean word for lightstick).
— ID (BE IDENTITY) (@ID_131official) July 25, 2022
B.I’s fans are called ID. In April of last year, the name was given to the fandom.
— 131online (@131online) April 15, 2021
So, actually, the lightstick name “BINBONG” comes from his real name Kim Han Bin.
나랑같이 소리쳐빈봉빈봉~~🔴🟠🟡🟢🔵🟣💖 https://t.co/y2eyJfMvS6
— 김한빈 (@shxx131bi131) July 25, 2022
Shout with me bin bong bin bong~~
As for the design itself, there appears to be an inspiration for it too. Fans have speculated what it could be, drawing comparisons to other objects from childhood…
IT LOOKS LIKE A MAGICAL DOREMI LIGHTSTICK AAAA pic.twitter.com/C7Lulfxcg8
— 🍒andrea ♡ ̆̈s 주헌아 & 승철이 (@Joocheekiess) July 25, 2022
why it gives me stacking pencils vibe😭 pic.twitter.com/sKC3fXAGSS
— mrk:☘︎ (@mrk_cyan) July 25, 2022
Looks like baby rattle so cute 🥺🥺 pic.twitter.com/KMJUKzBNJa
— ᴺᵃᵗ | 김한빈 💚 (@131Viola) July 25, 2022
Yet, the one that makes the most sense is Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong, from 2015 Disney-Pixar animated film, Inside Out.
Not only is his name similar to that of the lightstick…
Omg the crystals inside the lightstick is inspired those core memories?? pic.twitter.com/nMCKBVj5HZ
— ava (@bobbism) July 25, 2022
…but the glowing multicolored balls greatly resemble the memory orbs seen in the film!
Wow it's the same, maybe the lightstick has a lot of meanings and memories like those balls in that movie
— Asyafasollasido💢 아샤 (@asyafa_asya) July 25, 2022
Previously, when asked for a hint regarding his lightstick, B.I replied with the multicolored heart emojis.
— 김한빈 (@shxx131bi131) June 13, 2022
What do you think about B.I’s new lightstick?