Things have gone from bad to worse. We were left hanging as to what will be the next actions for 2PM’s leader, Jay. Now, JYPE has released its statement which more or less gives us an idea of what we’ll be expecting from Jay and from the group itself.
“Go to military training to correct your ways.”
“Ship him back to America where he belongs/ Deport him!”
“Netizens are calling for him to be banned from broadcast shows and even from the group.”
“Please don’t let him appear in TV shows. I will turn the channel the moment I see him. ”
Chansung later posted…
“Let’s Walk Together” but, due to strong netizen backlash he removed his message and changed it to (!).
Netizens flooded their posts with replies:
“PLEASE DO WALK TO AMERICA. HAND IN HAND.
THEN STAY HERE…”
JYPE had deliberations within the group and management. “JaeBum will NOT appear in the media’s eye for the time being. He will be put on a self-discipline period. For the time being, 2PM will not have any broadcast schedule, and all scheduled events will also be cancelled. But the recording for their album and dance practice will still continue accordingly.” JYP’s representative also said, “The messages which JaeBum wrote in 2005 on his own MySpace page is just an exaggeration to his friends back in the States. But because of the way and his language of expressing his ideas, he has received many disagreements and unhappiness from the mass public. Currently JaeBum is reflecting on his wrong in the dormitory and he is also skipping meals. He understands the magnitude of his mistake.” Park Jin Young (CEO) said they are sorry on behalf of Jay’s actions and that he will not be taking Jay out of the group, because “ we do not think it is enough to be taking his dreams and goals away from him.”
To be objective about the whole issue, Korea has the right to be outraged. Any country, no matter how or when a negative remark against it was said, will feel the same. It will take time for this whole debacle to settle down. On a more personal note, I’m relieved that he will not be leaving 2PM and having him rest for a while is the best and most logical decision. It’s not an easy thing to do, but for his safety (who knows, antis might be lurking outside their dorm, waiting to throw eggs or rubbish at him) and out of respect to the offended Koreans as well. It’s just really sad that netizens resorted to low-blows such as calling for suicide. RIDICULOUS.
We’ve heard what netizens have to say, now it’s YOUR turn to say your piece.
State your message to (1) Netizens, then to (2) Jay.
To Netizens, no one deserves a death wish for another person. Yes, he was wrong. Don’t watch his shows, don’t buy his group’s stuff. It’s your choice not to support him. It’s that easy. Like I always say, “The opposite of love is NOT hate but INDIFFERENCE.” If you don’t really care about him, why waste time and energy spreading negativity and adding fuel to the fire? Let’s all be civilized in dealing with the issue.
To Jay, you know and admitted your mistake. It takes a real man to do that. But don’t take it out on yourself too much, such as skipping meals. No matter what you do, you can’t erase the past. Be strong for the people who are around you—2PM, JYPE, HOTTESTS and most of all, your family. You’re not the only one who’s hurt. Think of this as a learning experience, a stumbling block you have to overcome to become a stronger and wiser person. ‘Til then, we’ll be waiting.
It’s appalling how one can go from being at the peak of fame to its lowest. 2PM has just celebrated their one year anniversary. We’ll just have to wait what’s up next for all of them, but for the time being, let’s all hope that everyone, including netizens and Jay, will find peace.
credits: K Bites, Seoulbeats, forums, 2oneday.com (whose efforts for supporting Jay are truly amazing)