The whole Jaebum controversy has shocked the kpop industry. Honestly in the 6-7 years I've been a fan in the kpop world, I've never seen anything as controversial, crazy, hurtful, and insane as this. Shinhwa (thank goodness I love this boygroup, a strong 10-year long idol boygroup in the kpop world) introduced me into the kpop world. And then DBSK, and then Big Bang, and now 2PM. I love all these groups equally and support them with all I've got.
I understand Hottests turmoil to hate on 2PM and JYPE, but I'm saddened to say that their acts are malicious, cruel, and definitely "beastly". Although they may not see it as that, anger is bitter and one does not know when they are wrong because all they feel is anger hurt. I go on the ONE2DAY forum and everytime an article appears of 2PM (without their ex-leader, Jaebum) sporting smiles, or are on a program everyone bashes on them like they're some sort of criminals. As if they aren't celebrities. As if they aren't on contract. As if it wasn't their dream to perform on stage to people who love their music and dance.
And you see, maybe I am biased. But I'd like to think I'm not.
Because when I look at current pictures of 2PM, their smiles do not reach their eyes. Make-up is pounded on their faces to cover up dark bags under their eyes. They try to squeeze theirselves into the background as much as possible.
Because when I read what happened at the conference, all I see are fans talking as if they OWN 2PM, as if 2PM does not have any human rights anymore, as if JYPE is to blame for everything. All I see is Taecyon the Boston-American-born citizen speaking like an American, with pride and no pain and no regrets with that little bit of sarcasm we are all sometimes known for having to hide something bigger. All I see are members who are being honest because that's what the Hottest demanded. All I see are Hottest spitting out questions that do not even concern 2PM but ex-leader Jaebum. If the Hottest had wanted truthful answers without emotion they should've specified. You see, the thing is in all this commotion that if one party is guilty, everyone involved is guilty.
Hottest for raising their own hopes? 2PM for not standing for their brother, Jaebum? Jaebum hiding this controversy? JYPE for covering up this mess?
I'm not trying to take sides. I'm just an advocate for kpop idol BASIC RIGHTS as being idols. Humans. (Have you kpop fans forgotten that word in all this stalking, hating, loving, burdening you do?)
I admit, I was as crazy for Shinhwa as you guys are for 2PM. I would hate on SM Entertainment because I heard of what they did to their artists. I would hate on anyone who did not agree on my POV. But you know, it takes a big heart a big laugh and a open mind to know that they are still also human.