[Column] Will Diversity ever Shine for Bullied JYJ?

[Column] Will Diversity ever Shine for Bullied JYJ?

July 01, 2014

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“Tanked again?” If you are a fan of the group JYJ (Jaejoong, Yuchun, Junsu), it is quite reasonable anger.

2014 Incheon Asian Games has caused a big issue after appointed JYJ as its ambassador. The game’s official song’s singer as well as the ambassador who participated for related events, JYJ now may not be able to be on opening/closing ceremony which are the main events of Asian Games.

JYJ was appointed as promotion ambassador for Asian Games in Feb 2013. The group sang the official song ‘Only One’, attended the showcases in Vietnam, China, and filmed official CF without paid.

But what they got in return was  bullying. On July 01, press conference for opening/closing ceremony was held at Millenium  Hilton Hotel Seoul. The group EXO and other performers attended, but JYJ was not informed anything about this. The organising committee of Asian Game commented that “JYJ’s appearance hasn’t been decided and under discussion”.

It is difficult to understand : several artists have already been confirmed and came to the press conference, however, the singer of the event’s official song is still not decided.

JYJ  appealed saying “It will be nothing more than covering up the heaven with your palm. It is not acceptable to anyone if the singer who sang the event’s official song and worked for more than 1 year to promote Asian Games would only be before ceremony. We wish it is not caused by unfair external pressure”.

Also the management amphasised that the agreement with the committee includes the conditions that 1) organising committee agrees with JYJ in advance for any events related to Asian games and 2) JYJ will be the top priority when cast any Korean singers for opening/closing ceremony and other conferences for international press.

With this controversy, it is very natural to pay attention to the relationship between JYJ and SM Entertainment, which had a long-term legal dispute. For general K-POP fans, it was attractive as JYJ and SM’s new star could be on the same stage – Just like ‘Diversity Shines Here’, which is Asian Games’ slogan.

JYJ side took the situation as “What we were dread just came true”. JYJ had cancellation notice without any proper explanation when they worked for Jeju Ireland’s ambassador – it was just one day before their stage, after all flight tickets had been booked and stage cue-sheet had been delivered.

As this history of incidents remains, JYJ was concerned about such thing would happen again, and even the organising committee deplore the situation together at the first meeting with the company.

Actually it is still hard for JYJ to get a chance to be on TV (entertainment/music programme) even though the group finished (practically won) the lawsuit with SM in 2012.  There is still no movement to cast JYJ as a singer, not as an actor. It has been years since the court ordered not to interfere JYJ’s activities, but JYJ has not been able to be on any stage, even at end-of-year awards which everyone comes.

The industry  doubts whether JYJ could continue activities while SM is practically dominating broadcasting area.

“For example, can you imagine JYJ on a show hosted by SM artists with Super Junior members? I don’t think so”, a staff expressed his/her doubts when JYJ was freed for activities.

An anonymous staff at entertainment department commented that “Once someone[at broadcasting company] breaks the ice, I guess JYJ will be free to appear. But whoever breaks it first, I hope I wouldn’t be the one”. Other source at drama department raised the question that “JYJ is having achievement in acting and musical but those are the fields that a big entertainment company cannot have such influence. So I don’t think JYJ is really free”.

Most experts say it is caused by the industry’s dynamics – means there is no ‘public’ pressure, but broadcasting staff and companies just do not even think about (casting JYJ) in order to keep their relationship with big management companies who has a lot of other celebrities.

When JYJ was appointed as the ambassador,  EXO was a newcomer. An anonymous source commented that “Whoever expected EXO would grow this big so fast? If Asian Games fails to keep its promise with JYJ, it would have to be seen as the committee gives more weight on EXO than JYJ. ‘Diversity Shines’ shouldn’t only be for Sports”.

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Full Statement for JYJ excluded from Asian Games Ceremony (C-JeS)

Full Statement for JYJ excluded from Asian Games Ceremony (C-JeS)

01 July, 2014

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Feb 2013, JYJ was appointed as official ambassador for 2014 Incheon Asian Games. At the press conference of appointment ceremony, the organising committee of Incheon Asian Games stated that “We appointed JYJ, the noted group in Asia in order to boots the event’s awareness and international promotion all over Asia”.

We, C-JeS Entertainment, made service contract in the form of written agreement as official ambassador with the organising committe’s PR company. The agreement includes the conditions that 1) organising committee agrees with JYJ in advance for any events related to Asian games and 2) JYJ will be the top priority when cast any Korean singers for opening/closing ceremony and other conferences for international press”. Furthermore, the head of the committe and PR staff promised JYJ’s appearance at finale stage for opening/closing ceremony.

After agreement, JYJ aggressively participated in promoton for Incheon Asian Games by releasing ‘Only One’, the official theme song, filming its Music Video and official CF, attending showcase in Vietnam and Guangzhou. The event planned in the Philippines was cancelled due to tragic typhoon.

And at the meeting with the organising committee of Asian Games last month, they asked us whether JYJ could attend the press conference with the ceremony’s director and we confirmed it would be possible after adjusting other schedules. However, there was no further discussion and somehow we did not even hear anything about today’s press conference.

During current phone calls, the committee said there was nothing finalised for direction. But today they released press release saying ‘Big stars will appear for Asian Game opening/closing ceremony’ and did not metion anything about JYJ, the official ambassador. Also the reply was not about stage order based on confirmed appearance but even the appearance itself is under discussion.

The organasing committee of Incheon Asian Games promised the finale stage of opening/closing ceremony. A couple of months ago they informed us that there might be collaboration with PSY at the finale stage and we took it as an honor considering that he is such representing artist of the country.

The Incheon Asian Games must fulfill its promise with us. If it is a public organisation established for the public good, it must keep its honor and loyalty. No one would understand the situation that JYJ is excluded from conference for opening/closing ceremony after the committee promoted JYJ as  the official face of  Asian Games to 4 billion people in Asia.

It will be nothing more than covering up the heaven with your palm if it blames a certain staff or gives excuse saying appearance at before ceremony can also fulfill the agreement. In a common-sense point of view, it is not acceptable to anyone if the singer who sang the event’s official song and worked for more than 1 year to promote Asian Games would only be before ceremony.

As you may have well known, we were cancelled the day before event when JYJ worked for Jeju Ireland’s ambassador. It was even after we received the cue sheet of the performance and booked flight to Jeju. There was no proper explanation and we filed official complaint to Korea Fair Trade Commissions and it was officially confirmed as unfair breach caused by external pressure. Even KFTC ordered to stop interference in JYJ’s activities.

At the meeting held in last May, we clearly stated to the committee that JYJ went through so many difficult incidents caused by external pressure and concerned about it would happen again at Asian Games. We even delivered our position that we were not willing to accept the offer if the committee could not fulfill its promise. Because such incidents not only hurt JYJ but also many fans in Korea and other countries as well. The committee deplored the situation JYJ is in and made sure that it would never happen at Asian Games.

We sincerely hope many people can listen this unfairness, while hoping that the organising committee’s  breach of promise is not caused by the unfair external pressure which JYJ has gone through so far.

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