“Art Or P*rn?” — SHINee Taemin’s Album Contents Lead Netizens To Debate About Sexualization

Many feel the imagery goes further than just sensual photos.

SHINee‘s Taemin is known for his often boundary-breaking solo concepts and imagery, but his latest release has caused a fierce debate.

SHINee’s Taemin | @SHINee/Twitter

On October 30, Taemin released his fourth mini album, Guilty. While his other releases have had physical albums, Guilty’s shoebox concept excited many fans.

In the days since his release, fans have shared the album content online, first showing the CD and artwork components of the album.

Under the initial album contents is a hole to be used to open the fake bottom and reveal images more sensual than the initial, including a set of photocards showing close-ups of Taemin’s various body parts.

The contents have made some uncomfortable due to their intimate feel, with the “peephole” placed in the album reminding some of “molka” or illegal spying. The imagery of Taemin in what some feel is schoolboy-like attire only added to these feelings for some netizens.

Many fans feel, however, that the voyeuristic nature of the album’s contents is done intentionally to give the viewer a “guilty” feeling, going along with the album’s title.

In addition to this, others believe it shows how Taemin, who has been active as an idol since he was 14 years old, has been put in a position to be sexualized by adults but is now being sexual and intimate on his own terms as an adult.

What do you think of Taemin’s album?